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Haynes: Agent Says Blazers Not Talking Contract Option With Luke Babbitt

The agent for Portland Trail Blazers forward Luke Babbitt says that the team has not engaged in talks about picking up his option for 2013-14.

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Chris Haynes of reports that Bill Duffy, the agent for Portland Trail Blazers forward Luke Babbitt, says that team and player haven't engaged in talks regarding the 2013-14 option on Babbitt's contract.

Babbitt's agent, Bill Duffy, when asked about the Trail Blazers possibly picking up his client's option, in a text message, he told "There have not been any discussions."

There's plenty of time for sides to begin talks, but in the meantime, Babbitt wants to make sure he doesn't put too much pressure on himself like he did during his rookie year.

"I know it's a business, but, I got to play and have fun," Babbitt said. "If they bring me back [next year], I'll be happy to be here. If it's somewhere else, I'll have to adjust, but I have to have fun playing regardless."

Babbitt is entering the third season of his rookie deal. The Blazers face an Oct. 31 deadline to pick up his option for the 2013-14 season. Portland faces similar deadlines for Elliot Williams and Nolan Smith. It's worth noting that there isn't any negotiating involved in this process; it's a simple "yes" or "no" decision from management.

StoryTeller's Contracts notes that Babbitt's option for 2013-14 would be $2.9 million.

Babbitt, 23, holds career averages of 3.7 points and 2.0 rebounds in 10.5 minutes per game. He's made 64 regular season appearances over his two seasons in the NBA and is a cult hero among taco lovers.

Recently, BlazerFanSince1970 opened it up for discussion: Should Portland pick up their options for Babbitt, Williams and Smith? Join in that discussion here.