Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com reports that Portland Trail Blazers guard Eric Maynor would like to receive his qualifying offer this summer.
Although Maynor has only been part of the organization for a little over two weeks, he says it would be great if the Trail Blazers tendered him.
"That would be great for me," he said. "There's a bunch of cool dudes that work hard and want to get better. I'm used to that and those are the type of guys I want to be around. This is the type of team that I want to be on."
That was not a deal done in a vacuum just to get us over the next 25 games. Eric is being evaluated just like everybody else on the roster. What was intriguing about Eric is that he was a restricted free agent and we do have the ability to keep him long-term. He's represented by an agent who we have a good relationship with, who also represents Jared Jeffries and J.J. Hickson and had Jamal Crawford. For me in Los Angeles, he represented Kenyon Martin and Chauncey Billups. We're going to work together with Andy [Miller] to make sure that this is the right spot for Eric and he works into our roster composition and our culture going forward.
Maynor's qualifying offer is $3.35 million. If the Blazers tender him that offer, he would become a restricted free agent, giving Portland the ability to match any outside offer. If not, he would become an unrestricted free agent.
Last year, the Blazers did not extend a qualifying offer to forward/center J.J. Hickson but later re-signed him to a one-year contract.
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