The Trail Blazers on Tuesday extended qualifying offers to Meyers Leonard, Maurice Harkless and Allen Crabbe, ensuring the three players will be restricted free agents beginning July 1.
By extending the qualifying offers, the Blazers reserve the right to match any offer the players receive on the free agent market, which begins July 1. A qualifying offer is 125% of the players’ previous salary.
Leonard, a 7-foot-1 forward/center, received a $4.2 million qualifying offer after averaging 8.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in 22 minutes a game. He played in 61 games, missing the final month of the season and playoffs to have surgery on his left shoulder.
Harkless received a $4.0 million qualifying offer after a strong finish to the season, when he became a starter at small forward. The fourth-year forward averaged 6.4 points and 3.6 rebounds during the season and 11.0 points and 5.1 rebounds in 11 playoff games.
Crabbe received a $2.7 million offer – larger than the projected $1.8 million offer because he played more than 2,000 minutes – after averaging 10.3 points and 2.7 rebounds in 26 minutes a game.
The players can still negotiate with other teams and the Blazers for a higher salary, but teams have until June 30 to extend the one-year offer in order to maintain the ability to match offers from other teams.