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Blazers reportedly not extending qualifying offer to Zach Collins originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest
The 10th overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft has likely played his final game in a Trail Blazers uniform.
Jason Quick of The Athletic reports Portland will " will not tender a qualifying offer at $7 million, making [Collins] an unrestricted free agent."
By not extending the offer, the Blazers will forgo having the restricted rights for the Gonzaga alumnus. If Collins signs with another team, the Blazers will not have the opportunity to match.
However, due to Collins being on the Blazers for the last four seasons, Portland still has his bird rights.
The Blazers big man "underwent a second revision surgery to repair a left medial malleolus stress fracture" on June 29th, the team announced after Collins missed all of the 2020-21 season.
In theory, Collins can still sign with Portland but the Blazers clearly did not see his value at $7 million so any deal between the parties would come at a lower number. Even if the $7 million would have been an overpay, the Blazers could have used that salary as trade filler, with Collins' blessing. Any NBA player who signs a qualifying offer earns a no-trade clause. Rodney Hood waived his no-trade clause to join Portland midseason back in 2018-19.
The Blazers entered the 2017 NBA Draft with three first round picks and four years later, have declined to extend qualifying offers to both players acquired that evening in Collins and Caleb Swanigan. Donovan Mitchell and Bam Adebayo were selected after Collins while Kyle Kuzma was taken one pick after Swanigan. Derrick White, Josh Hart and Dillon Brooks all got selected after Swanigan, too.
Collins looked primed to assume a starting role after a crucial playoff performance against Denver in 2019 and the Blazers letting Al-Farouq Aminu walk for nothing despite holding his bird rights that offseason, but multiple injuries had Collins play in just 11 games over the next two full seasons.
He averaged 7.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in those 11 starts.