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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.
The training camp battle between Tim Frazier and Phil Pressey is expected to go down to the wire. But after more than two weeks of training camp and four exhibition games, it seems as if Frazier has distanced himself in the race to be the Trail Blazers’ third-string point guard. Not that anyone affiliated with the Blazers would say so. “I think they’re both doing a good job of competing,” coach Terry Stotts said Friday after his team’s practice. “We’ll make a decision next week.”