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Blazers Unlikely To Reach Extension Agreement with Anfernee Simons

The fourth-year guard looks set to enter restricted free agency next offseason with the Blazers wanting to see more.

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The Portland Trail Blazers are prepared to allow Anfernee Simons to enter restricted free agency next summer, waiting to see how he performs this season before negotiating further compensation. That revelation comes from The Athletic’s Jason Quick.

While the Blazers have until Monday to extend the fourth-year guard, it appears they are keen to see how the 22-year-old performs under new coach Chauncey Billups.

Simons is primed for a larger role this season with many anticipating him to occupy many of Portland’s reserve point guard minutes.

The 6’3 guard enjoyed somewhat of a breakout performance on April 27, playing a major role in the Blazers’ road win against the Indiana Pacers. He then went on to average 6.5 points in 17.8 minutes on 61 percent three-point shooting in Portland’s first round playoff loss to the Denver Nuggets.

Drafted 24th overall in the 2018 NBA Draft, Simons owns career averages of 7.5 points on 38 percent three point shooting, with 2 rebounds and 1.3 assists.