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The deadline for all player contracts across the league to become fully guaranteed has passed and three Trail Blazers players on non-guaranteed deals survived the deadline without being let go. Second-year guard Tim Frazier and rookies Cliff Alexander and Luis Montero have all had their contracts guaranteed through the rest of the season. The Blazers had until 2 p.m., 5 p.m. at the league offices in New York, to take action on the contracts of Alexander, Frazier and Montero
Barring an unexpected trade offer, the Trail Blazers today are expected to let pass the NBA deadline to waive players with nonguaranteed contracts. That means Tim Frazier, Cliff Alexander and Luis Montero are expected to remain with the Blazers, making their contracts guaranteed through June 30. The Blazers can still trade them between now and Feb. 18, but their salaries — $845,000 for Frazier and $525,000 for Alexander and Montero – will be guaranteed
There is still a possibility for trade leading up to today’s deadline, although it is unlikely. The Blazers are an attractive partner for teams looking to cut salary because as a team under the salary cap the Blazers can trade without taking back equal contracts. In turn, the Blazers would have to give something back, which in theory would likely be one of the three nonguaranteed players, who would then be waived.
Trail Blazers rookie big man Cliff Alexander was inactive for Portland’s season opening win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night as he recovers from a left knee injury he suffered early in training camp. But he may be out for longer than expected, according to a report from Jay Allen of Fox Sports Radio. Alexander was initially expected to miss “a couple weeks” with a bone bruise, but may need surgery after a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test on Tuesday revealed he had suffered a setback, according to Allen.
An MRI confirmed Portland Trail Blazers forward Cliff Alexander has a bone bruise on his left knee, said head coach Terry Stotts after Saturday’s practice. “We’re going to shut him down for a couple of weeks and then work him back in,” Stotts said. “He’s going to be out for a little bit.”
Reggie Brown, the agent for undrafted Kansas forward Cliff Alexander, in a very good story on SBNation on his winding path to the NBA after one season in Lawrence. Alexander had hoped to go late in the first round or early in the second, but would not agree to play overseas for a year in exchange for being selected. “I don’t speak up that often, but I felt I needed to clear the air. I wish someone had just asked me for clarification before everyone immediately jumped to negative assumptions. A couple people sometimes ruin it for everyone else. I’ve got no hard feelings, but I do see why some guys are more skeptical about opening up when this type of thing happens.”