Per the Hoops Rumors report, both options are slated for the 2022-23 season, which will mark Ball’s third season and Washington’s fourth. Details of the report add that Ball’s $8,623,920 salary will be locked in, also securing Washington’s $5,808,435 cap hit that year.
The 6-foot-7 guard in Ball has played like the top-3 draft pick he became, making big impressions with only one full season in the NBA.
Ball earned Rookie of the Year honors for the 2020-21 season and has helped the Charlotte Hornets get off to a decent start at 4-2 — currently fifth in the Eastern Conference.
He is averaging 17.3 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds a game. Prior to a recent two-game slump in scoring, combining for 13 points total, Ball was averaging 22.8 points per contest.
Washington was the 12th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. The 6-foot-7 Kentucky product has averaged 12.6 points through two seasons with the Hornets, adding 6 rebounds and 2.5 assists a game.
The forward displayed solid offensive outings last season, including a 42-point performance against the Sacramento Kings and appears to be a developing staple in the Hornets offense moving forward.