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Mike Maccagnan Doesn’t Commit to Picking Up Calvin Pryor’s Fifth Year Option

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Mike Maccagnan addressed the media on Friday. We didn’t pay a ton of attention to it because seldom is anything of substance said at these predraft news conferences. General managers aren’t going to give away their strategy.

One notable comment by Maccagnan was something he didn’t say.

As a first round pick, Pryor was given a four year contract, but the team also controls an option for a fifth year. For a player who was not a top ten pick, the fifth year option salary is the average of the 3rd through 25th highest average salaries at that player’s position.

It is a low risk move in most cases. None of the contract is guaranteed until the player’s fifth league year begins or unless the player suffers a catastrophic injury that costs him that fifth year.

This is fairly noteworthy because unlike many aspects of the offseason, there would be no strategic value for Maccagnan to hide his willingness to pick up Pryor’s fifth year option if he wanted to do it.

We will have to wait until the deadline to know for certain what will happen, but that was fairly noteworthy. Because of how low the risk is, refusing to pick up a player’s fifth year option is a major vote of no confidence.

Here are some of the other highlights from Maccagnan’s chat with the press.