September 21, 2017, 8:23 am
Alex Len is signing a $4.2 million qualifying offer with the Suns this offseason, but will become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2018.
Len has had trouble really breaking out ever since he was drafted as the 5th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. By signing this offer he’ll be able to go to go to any team next year and maybe that’s what he needs, a change of scenery. The Suns are absolutely stacked with front-court players including Marquese Chriss, Dragan Bender and Josh Jackson, all of whom they’ve drafted in the last 3 years. Not only does Len have to compete with the younger players, but he also has veteran Tyson Chandler ahead of him in the depth chart. However, even with all this competition, Len was still able to put up a decent season last year, averaging 8.0 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks while shooting 49.7 percent from the field in 20.3 minutes per game. There are a multitude of teams who could use a young center, whether it be for depth or a starting role, so Len should have a few offers come next off season.