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Portland Trail Blazers Do Not Extend Moe Harkless, Meyers Leonard Before Deadline

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The Portland Trail Blazers did not reach terms to extension to Maurice Harkless and Meyers Leonard before the deadline.

Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

The 9:00 PM PST deadline for extending players went by without any action from the Portland Trail Blazers front office. The team has apparently been unable to come to terms for contract extensions to forward Maurice Harkless and center Meyers Leonard. Both players will likely become restricted free agents next summer, if the Blazers make the typical Qualifying Offer.

Jason Quick of Comcast SportsNet Northwest reported that Leonard and the team will not reach terms before the deadline:

"I'm betting on myself,'' Leonard said after passing on the Blazers' offer.

Leonard confirmed his contract status to the Blazers' Casey Holdahl shortly after:

Holdahl also noted that Harkless was unlikely to be extended based on postgame conversation.

Harkless was acquired on July 14th from the Orlando Magic in exchange for a second-round pick in 2020.  He averaged 6.8 points and 3.5 rebounds over three seasons with the Magic, and has averaged 8 points and 4.3 rebounds for Portland this season.

Leonard was drafted by Portland with the 11th overall pick in the 2012 draft out of the University of Illinois.  He has averaged 4.8 points and 3.9 rebounds over his career with the Blazers.  A regular starter for the first time in his career this year, he has averaged 7 points and 4 rebounds while dealing with numbness in the fingers on his shooting hand.