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.
Anfernee Simons and the Trail Blazers are not expected to reach an agreement on a contract extension before Monday’s deadline. The Blazers want to see a larger, more consistent body of work and Simons believes he can enhance his market under the tutelage of coach Chauncey Billups— Jason Quick (@jwquick) October 16, 2021
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.