Extension not coming for Class of 2000

Players like Kenyon Martin, Darius Miles and Jamal Crawford will have to wait until the summer of 2004 to cash in.

Updated: October 31, 2003, 1:21 PM ET
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
Want more proof that the talent level in the NBA draft has been diluted by the influx of high school seniors and underclassmen?

The 2000 NBA Draft is the poster child for the dearth of talent being pipelined into the NBA via the draft.

Today is the deadline for teams to work out contract extensions with players drafted in the first round in 2000. If the team and player can't come to some sort of agreement by 5 p.m. ET today, the player will become a restricted free agent next summer.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer