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Report: Trail Blazers, Anfernee Simons agree to four-year, $100 million contract

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PORTLAND, OREGON - FEBRUARY 27: Anfernee Simons #1 of the Portland Trail Blazers reacts against the Denver Nuggets during the second quarter at Moda Center on February 27, 2022 in Portland, Oregon. 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 Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

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After trading away CJ McCollum at the deadline, there was no chance the Trail Blazers could let the guy who filled his shoes – breakout star Anfernee Simons — get away. Simons is part of the core Portland wants to rebuild around, next to Damian Lillard.

The good news is Simons wanted to stay, and just minutes into NBA free agency the Trail Blazers locked in their man to the tune of four years, $100 million, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

This signing was expected.

It’s a steep price, but 23-year-olds who scored 17.3 points per game and shot 40.5% from 3 are hard to come by in the NBA and get paid.

Simons is a case study in player development and being patient. He was always athletically gifted, but developing the craft of his game and learning how to use his talents at the NBA level took time. When it all came together this season, it was the biggest bright spot in a down Portland season.

And it got Simons paid.