After holding out for most of this offseason in hopes for a more lucrative contract offer, center Alex Len is expected to return to the Phoenix Suns on a one-year, $4.2 million qualifying offer, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
The deal, expected to be signed before the start of training camp Tuesday, will allow Len, 24, to become an unrestricted free agent after this season — giving him the power to sign with any team that offers him a contract.
After the Suns drafted him with the No. 5 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Len has not progressed as the franchise had hoped. This season will serve as a final examination for Len and will determine if the Suns are ready to commit to him long-term.
Len averaged eight points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks last season for the Suns, while starting in 34 games.
The qualifying offer allows the team cap flexibility and nets them nearly $14.3 million in space headed into the 2016-2017 season.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report on Len's expected signing.