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Mason Plumlee, Portland Trail Blazers Do Not Agree to Contract Extension

The deadline to extend starting center Mason Plumlee’s rookie contract will pass without activity.

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Today marks the deadline for NBA teams to negotiate rookie contract extensions with players from the 2013 draft class, and it appears that the Portland Trail Blazers and starting center Mason Plumlee have not agreed on a new deal.

Plumlee broke the news to Jason Quick of CSN NW earlier today, and had this to say:

“And I’m okay with that,’’ Plumlee sad. “I expected it, and I’m preparing to play the season and go from there.’’

Without an extension, Plumlee’s rookie contract will expire at the end of this season. At that point, the team will almost certainly extend a qualifying offer, set at $3.4 million, to Plumlee.

If Plumlee rejects the qualifying offer, as expected, he will become a restricted free agent and the Blazers will have the option to match any contract he signs with another team. If Plumlee accepts the qualifying offer he will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2017-2018 season.

Blazers fans are familiar with the qualifying offer/restricted free agency process. Portland retained Allen Crabbe, Meyers Leonard, and Moe Harkless this summer under similar circumstances.

Leaving Plumlee without a contract may be a risky proposition for the Blazers. With Meyers Leonard’s on-court development in question, and Festus Ezeli’s long-term health doubtful, losing Plumlee in free agency would leave the Blazers with a question mark in their starting lineup. Thus, the decision not to extend Plumlee’s contract may be vexing to some. Especially after President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey proved very willing to lock up role players with multi-year contracts this summer, regardless of long-term luxury tax implications.

Blazers Shooting Guard CJ McCollum, another member of the 2013 draft class, signed a near-maximum 4-year, $106 million extension earlier this summer.