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Trail Blazers Exercise Contract Options on Zach Collins, Anfernee Simons

The Blazers will hold onto two young hopefuls at a reasonable price.

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Toronto Raptors Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Though they traded for big-name veterans Hassan Whiteside and Kent Bazemore this summer, the Portland Trail Blazers are still banking on rookie-contract stalwarts Zach Collins and Anfernee Simons for internal improvement and fiscal sanity. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported today that the Blazers have exercised the fourth-year option on Collins’ contract and the third-year option on Simons’.

ESPN capologist Bobby Marks offers further details:

Collins averaged 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds for the Blazers last season in 17.6 minutes per game. He played in 77 of Portland’s 82 games.

Simons averaged 3.8 points in 7.1 minutes per game, appearing 20 times.