Mason Plumlee, the fourth year big man, is now eligible for a contract extension but the Portland Trail Blazers are in no hurry, according to several reports.
The Blazers have until the Oct. 31 deadline to sign the Duke standout to a rookie extension.
Otherwise, Plumlee would enter the next offseason as a restricted free agent. In such a scenario, teams can bid for Plumlee’s services even though the Blazers retain the right to match offer sheets.
Portland still don’t have a longterm solution at the starting center position.
They signed Festus Ezeli this offseason but let veteran Chris Kaman walk.
Even though Plumlee started all 82 games last season, he will be fighting for the starting position with Ezeli and Myers Leonard this season.
The Blazers have a lot of depth at the 4 spot with the likes of Maurice Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu, Ed Davis and Noah Vonleh as part of the rotation.
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Plumlee averaged 9.1 points and 7.7 rebounds last season but averaged only 25.4 minutes per game as Blazers coach Terry Stotts experimented with various line-ups that featured Davis and Leonard at center.
It’s fair to say that Plumlee hasn’t done enough to warrant a max extension, regardless of the kind of contracts handed out this summer.
Plumlee’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, told CSNNW.com this week that his client wishes to stay in Portland.
“I can’t say whether or not we will get something done or not (before the deadline). We are fine either way, we really are. If we get a deal done now that works for both sides, great. If not, we will revisit it in the summer.”
Blazers guard C.J. McCollum, who was also drafted in 2013, agreed to a max extension earlier this summer.
However, general manager Neil Olshey realizes that Plumlee hasn’t earned a max extension.
“I’ve been pretty consistent with this: I don’t have extension discussions — unless it’s a no-brainer max discussion – until the week that the deadline hits,” said Portland’s front office executive.
Meanwhile, Mason Plumlee doesn’t wish the contract talks derail his focus heading into the new season.
“I’ve always had mentality that every year is a big year because you only get so many of them.
“The life of the NBA is not forever, but I don’t wait until a contract year to prepare differently or do anything differently. I take the same approach every year,” said the fourth-year center.
Mason Plumlee and the Portland Trail Blazers begin their preseason against the Utah Jazz on Oct. 3.