The Portland Trail Blazers have exercised the fourth-year option on forward Nassir Little. The move keeps the 25th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft in Portland’s uniform for another season. The decision is hardly a surprise; it’s a fairly standard step for players under rookie-scale contracts. If Little plays for the Blazers through the end of his fourth season, he will have the option to enter restricted free agency. He could also re-sign under an extension with Portland after his third year.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported the news via Twitter:
The Blazers have exercised the fourth-year rookie scale option on Nassir Little, source tells ESPN.
Little will earn $4.2 million in his option year, 2022-23.
In two seasons with the Blazers so far, Little has produced 4.1 points and 2.5 rebounds in 12.6 minutes per game, appearing in 96 total games, playing as a reserve forward. He’s shot 45.0% from the field, 30.2% from the three-point arc for his career. Last year he hit 46.7% from the field overall and 35.0 from the arc.