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Report: Gary Trent Jr. declined Trail Blazers’ extension offer

Trail Blazers wing Gary Trent Jr.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - AUGUST 20: Gary Trent Jr. #2 of the Portland Trail Blazers reacts after making a three-point basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half in game two of the first round of the NBA playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 20, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kim Klement-Pool/Getty Images)

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As a 2018 second-round pick who signed a three-year contract, Trail Blazers wing Gary Trent Jr. is eligible for an extension worth up to:

  • 2021-22: $12 million
  • 2022-23: $12.96 million
  • 2023-24: $13.92 million
  • 2024-25: $14.88 million
  • Total: $53.76 million

Is that enough for the 21-year-old sharpshooter who had an awesome bubble? Or would he rather wait until 2021 restricted free agency, when he’ll be eligible for any amount up to a max contract?

Jason Quick of The Athletic:

Trent will probably get more next summer. He had shown flashes of progress before the bubble, and he proved he’s more than just shooter. His toughness helps him defend and penetrate inside the arc. Though he won’t sustain the 48% 3-point shooting he had in the bubble, he doesn’t need to.

But $53.76 million is a lot of money for someone who’d been earning just a minimum salary. There’s definitely risk with this plan.

Trent is betting on himself, which will be pretty darn exciting next season and into the offseason.