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Blazers’ Gary Trent Jr. Intends to Test Restricted Free Agency

According to The Athletic’s Jason Quick, Trail Blazers guard Gary Trent Jr. has signaled that he won’t sign an early extension—paving the way for him to enter restricted free agency next offseason.

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Gary Trent Jr. has signaled that he will not sign an early extension with the Trail Blazers prior to the Dec. 21 deadline. According to The Athletic’s Jason Quick, Trent intends to test the restricted free agency waters in the 2021 offseason.

Trent, who enters this season at 21 years old, was one of the breakout performers for the Blazers last season. In 61 regular season contests (8 starts), the former Duke star averaged 8.9 points per game and connected on 41.8 percent of his three-pointers.

This offseason, Trent was eligible for an early contract extension with the Blazers. Due to cap circumstances, Trent could have agreed to a new deal that topped out at $51 million over four years.

In October, it was announced that Trent signed with Klutch Sports Group, the same agency that represents Lakers superstar LeBron James.