Phoenix Suns center Alex Len plans to sign the teams $4.2 million qualifying offer prior to training camp Tuesday, according to a report from ESPN.
Len will then be eligible to be an unrestricted free agent in 2018.
“Len, a skilled 7-footer, investigated offer sheets and sign-and-trade proposals, but none made sense with the possibility of free agency next summer,” ESPN wrote. “The Suns are preserving salary-cap space in 2018 without signing him to an extension now, but do risk losing Len for no compensation.”
Len averaged 8.0 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game last season. He is viewed as one of the league’s up-and-coming defenders of the rim.
“With Len signing a $4.2 million qualifying offer, Phoenix would enter the season with $14.3 million in salary-cap space,” ESPN wrote. “Len will have veto power over a trade. If traded, he would lose his Bird rights in contract negotiations.”