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Trail Blazers won't extend Zach Collins, but don't be alarmed

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The Portland Trail Blazers will not pursue an extension with forward/center Zach Collins, a league source confirmed to NBCSNW.

Jason Quick of The Athletic was first to report

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The Trail Blazers had until Monday to reach an agreement with Collins. 

Portland traded the 15th and 20th overall picks in the 2017 NBA Draft to trade up to No. 10 and select the Gonzaga center. He's shown moments of promise in his career whether it be blocking Paul George as a rookie or playing big minutes against Denver as a sophomore to help Portland advance to the Western Conference Finals.

His junior season was supposed to be his best one yet. It's when Collins would step into a starting role as the team's power forward of the future. But it did not go as planned, as Collins suffered a torn left labrum and he would miss all the team's games until the restart in Orlando.

Then inside in the bubble, an ankle injury ended his season. He averaged 7.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in 26.4 minutes in 11 games played and started in 2019-20.

The fourth-year center is currently rehabbing from ankle surgery and aiming got a return in January. 

Collins will be a restricted free agent during the 2021 offseason if the Trail Blazers extend a qualifying offer and Portland will have full bird rights on him. 

 

And this news doesn't mean the Trail Blazers don't value Collins or don't want him back. 

But, with injuries, Collins has not been able to showcase his true abilities yet. It appears the Blazers want to see Collins show what he can do, both consistently and injury-free before offering more money. The Blazers don't seem to appear to want to pay for potential output.   

This isn't an uncommon approach for Olshey, either.

The only Draft picks to receive rookie extensions under his tenure in Portland have been Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. Meyers Leonard and Allen Crabbe re-signed in Portland after entering restricted free agency in 2016. 

Portland tips off the 2020-21 regular season on Wednesday, December 23rd against the Utah Jazz at 7:00 p.m. PT here on NBC Sports Northwest, the home of the Portland Trail Blazers.