- Portland Trailblazers shooting guard Anfernee Simons had a breakout season in 2022.
- With Damian Lillard out injured and CJ McCollum traded to New Orleans, Simons became the Blazers primary scoring option.
- Now he’s set to be rewarded for his performance with a gigantic new contract.
Not much went right for the Portland Trailblazers in the 2021-22 season.
In Chauncey Billups’ first year as head coach, superstar Damian Lillard missed most of the year due to injury, CJ McCollum got traded to the New Orleans Pelicans and the Blazers finished with the sixth-worst record in the league.
The one bright spot, however, was fourth-year shooting guard Anfernee Simons.
With Lillard out and McCollum gone, Simons bore the brunt of the offensive product for Portland. The 22-year-old shined in his new role. He averaged a career-high 17.3 points per game or 40.5 percent beyond-the-arc. Simons also dished out a career-high 3.9 assists per game.
Simons To Secure The Bag In Free Agency
His breakout campaign came at a good time, as Simons is set to be a restricted free agent when the period officially begins on Thursday. But according to Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer, he doesn’t plan on going anywhere.
Pre-free agency notebook @BR_NBA starts with Portland, Brunson/NYK, Ayton and Bridges, the Wizards, Dejounte trades, some new Toronto intel, Miami details, Boston targets, and much more: https://t.co/J2VQZ65ySh
— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) June 29, 2022
Fischer says that the Blazers are set to offer their budding star a four-year deal that’s north of $80M, and that Simons is expected to accept.
That’s just one of multiple moves Fischer reports the Blazers are working on to build around Lillard. The organization traded for 2020 Olympic Gold Medalist Jerami Grant last week and are expected to offer starting center Jusuf Nurkic a long-term extension. Portland could also make a run at veteran guard Joe Ingles, who is currently rehabbing after a torn ACL.
Add that to Lillard’s aggressive push to lure Kevin Durant to the Blazers and suddenly Portland has one of the crazier offseasons across the NBA.