On Tuesday, John Salmons opted out of the last year of his contract with the Milwaukee Bucks to become a free agent.
The move came as a surprise to no one. Salmons was going to make $5.8 million if he had played out his final year but wanted to get a new contract during free agency.
The talented guard/forward has taken longer than most players to develop his game in the NBA but has been a quality player for the past several seasons.
Salmons attended the University of Miami and was selected with the 26 overall pick in 2002 by the San Antonio Spurs. He never played for the Spurs; instead, his rights were immediately traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.
It wasn’t until his sixth season in the NBA that Salmons averaged over ten points per game. Salmons’ best stint on one team was during his two seasons with the Chicago Bulls from 09-10 when he averaged 15.5 ppg.
Salmons is 30 years old but he isn’t playing like it. Salmons has a good skills set that will have several NBA teams asking for his services.