Team Exercises Third-Year Options For Lillard, Leonard, Robinson
The team is taking care of a little bit of housekeeping before the first official practice of the season by picking up third-year team options on second-year players Damian Lillard, Meyers Leonard and Thomas Robinson.
The Portland Trail Blazers have exercised their third-year options on Damian Lillard, Meyers Leonard and Thomas Robinson, General Manager Neil Olshey announced today.
Lillard, the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, averaged 19.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 6.5 assists in his rookie campaign with the Trail Blazers. Only the fourth unanimous Kia NBA Rookie of the Year in league history and fourth Trail Blazer to win the award, Lillard finished last season as one of three players in NBA history with 1,500 points and 500 assists.
Leonard, the team’s 11th overall pick in last year’s draft, posted averages of 5.5 points and 3.7 rebounds on 54.5 percent shooting from the floor and 80.9 percent from the charity stripe in his first season with the Trail Blazers.
Robinson, entering his second season in the league, joined the Trail Blazers in a trade with the Houston Rockets on July 10, 2013 in exchange for the NBA rights to Kostas Papnikolaou and Marko Todorovic along with two future second round picks. In his rookie season, Robinson averaged 4.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 15.1 minutes in 70 games with Sacramento (51 games) and Houston (19 games).
The team had until October 31 to pick up these options. By exercising these options, the Trail Blazers keeps Lillard, Leonard and Robinson from becoming free agents at the end of the 2013-14 season.