Phoenix is reportedly offering former UK guard Brandon Knight a lucrative deal to sign with the Suns after being acquired from the Bucks last season. So thought it might be a good time to check out the current status of Kentucky’s 15 first-round draft picks (now 19 after last Thursday’s draft) under John Calipari.
Anthony Davis: The No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft signed a four-year rookie deal worth $23,198,010 with the New Orleans Pelicans. Now he has a decision to make. When free agency starts Wednesday, Davis reportedly will get a maximum offer from New Orleans of five years worth nearly $145 million. According to The Advocate, Davis will be the 16th player over the past decade to receive a max offer a year before his rookie contract expires. The question is will Davis accept the offer?
John Wall: Take No. 1 by the Washington Wizards in 2010, Wall signed a five-year extension worth $84,789,500 million in August of 2013. Wall will be an unrestricted free agent in 2019.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: Taken No. 2 in 2012, Kidd-Gilchrist signed a rookie contract with the Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets) for four years worth $20,760,923. He can become a restricted free agent after the 2015-16 season.
Enes Kanter: Taken No. 3 by the Utah Jazz in 2011, Kanter signed a four-year deal worth $18,652,514. He was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder during this past season and is a restricted free agent.
DeMarcus Cousins: The No. 5 overall pick in the 2010 draft, Cousins signed a four-year deal worth $65,619,700 in 2014. He can become an unrestricted free agent in 2018. Meanwhile, there is reportedly a battle between head coach George Karl and Kings’ management about whether to deal the temperamental star.
Nerlens Noel: The No. 6 overall pick in the 2013 draft, Noel signed a three-year deal worth $9,945,240. He did not play in 2013-14 because of injury, but played in 75 games this past year. He is scheduled to be a restrict free agent after the 2016-17 season.
Julius Randle: As the No. 7 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Randle signed a two-year deal with the Lakers for $6,129, 600. Randle fractured his leg in the first game of the regular season in 2014-15. He will not become a restricted free agent until 2018.
Brandon Knight: Detroit took Knight with the No. 8 pick in the 2011 draft and the point guard signed a four-year deal worth $11,589,837. He was traded to Milwaukee then to Phoenix. Reportedly the Suns have offered Knight a five-year deal worth close to $70 million.
Patrick Patterson: The No. 14 overall pick by Houston in the 2010 draft, Patterson was traded to Sacramento and then on to Toronto in December of 2013. In 2014, the Raptors signed Patterson to a three-year deal worth $18,150,001. He can become an unrestricted free agent in 2017.
James Young: Taken No. 17 in the 2014 draft, Young signed a two-year rookie contract with $3,424,320 before the 2014-15 season. Young played in just 31 games last season. He will be an restricted free agent in 2018.
Eric Bledsoe: After starting out with the Los Angeles Clippers, the No. 18 pick in the 2010 draft signed a five-year deal with the Phoenix Suns last season for $70 million. He is currently the center of much trade speculation.
Terrence Jones: Taken No. 18 overall in 2012, signed a four-year deal worth $7,145,049 with the Houston Rockets. He can become a restricted free agent after the 2015-16 season.
Archie Goodwin: Taken by Phoenix with the No. 29 overall pick in 2013, Goodwin signed a three-year deal worth $3,336,840. He will become a restricted free agent after the 2016-17 season.
Daniel Orton: The 29th pick in the 2010 draft, Orton signed a two-year rookie contract with Orlando that guaranteed him $2 million. He has been in and out of the league since. He played for the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League and for a team in the Philippines last season.
Marquis Teague: The 29th overall pick by Chicago in the 2012 draft, Teague played 67 games over two season with Chicago and 21 games with Brooklyn in 2013-14. He signed a rookie deal with the Bulls for $857,000. By rookie scale, he should have been guaranteed $2 million over his first two years. Teague was traded by the Nets to the 76ers, who waived him last October. He is currently on Oklahoma City’s NBA Summer League roster.
Photo of Anthony Davis vs. Enes Kanter by AP