Saturday in the Trail Blazers win over the Rockets, Anfernee Simons made his 2020-21 regular season debut, and now Sunday, Portland has picked up his rookie scale team option.
The Blazers have exercised the fourth-year rookie scale option for Simons and the third-year option for Nassir Little, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
NBA teams have until Monday, December 29 to make decisions on the third and fourth-year team options for all players on rookie scale contracts.
All the young players whose options will either be exercised or declined by Monday are already under contract for the 2020-21 season, but now it’s about making a decision on the future.
Even if the young players aren’t a key piece to the rotation, rookie scale salaries are affordable enough for teams typically to pick them up.
Simons’ fourth year option is valued at $3,938,818, while Little’s third year is $2,316,240, according to Hoops Rumors.
Last season, Simons averaged 8.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.
20-year-old Little has not seen game action this year as he is still out due to health and safety protocols. As a rookie last season, Little appeared in 48 games for the Blazers, averaging 3.6 points and 2.3 rebounds.