Blazers Decline Team Option on Babbitt's Contract

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Trail Blazers have declined to pick up the team option on Luke Babbitt's contract for the 2013-14 season, making him an unrestricted free agent after this season.

He wasn't alone. The team also announced that they will not exercise similar options on reserve guards Elliot Williams and Nolan Smith.

Babbitt averaged a career-high 5.4 points and 2.4 rebounds last season, playing 13.4 minutes per game. His playing time and scoring increased under interim head coach Kaleb Canales, who is now an assistant coach.

Babbitt also shot 43% from three-point range, up from .18% his rookie season. His field goal average also rose from just 27% to 41% last season.

Babbitt has averaged 3.7 points and two rebounds in 64 career games with Portland. He was the No. 16 pick in the 2010 Draft out of Nevada, where he was the WAC Player of the year his sophomore season.

His three-year contract was worth $5.31 million dollars. He is making $1.89 million this season.

Babbitt was an All-American at Galena high school in Reno.


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