Alex Len Reportedly to Sign Suns Qualifying Offer Contract Before Training Camp

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistSeptember 21, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA - APRIL 11: Alex Len #21 of the Phoenix Suns looks on during the game against the Sacramento Kings on April 11, 2017 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
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ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday that center Alex Len is expected to sign the Phoenix Suns' $4.2 million qualifying offer before training camp. 

Len has held off on signing any potential offer sheets and is in line to sign Phoenix's proposal at some point before Tuesday "barring an unforeseen change of events," per Wojnarowski.

By signing the offer sheet, Len can become an unrestricted free agent next offseason and would be free to sign with any team.

Phoenix selected Len with the No. 5 overall pick in the first round of the 2013 NBA draft out of Maryland, and he has slowly developed into a serviceable big.

The 24-year-old native of Ukraine is coming off a 2016-17 season that saw him average 8.0 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game, while shooting 49.7 percent from the field.

Although he was more efficient last season, his best statistical campaign came in 2015-16 when he set career highs with 9.0 points and 7.6 rebounds per contest.

Len has shuttled between starting and coming off the bench, and he is likely to primarily be a bench player in 2017-18 with veteran Tyson Chandler serving in a starting role.

While Len will provide needed depth during the upcoming season, he may not have a long-term future in Phoenix due to the other young talent it has in the frontcourt, including Marquese Chriss, Dragan Bender and Josh Jackson.