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In the grand scheme of the Blazers’ master rebuild, it seems clear a proverbial turning of the page from Babbitt to Claver is unfolding. The Blazers signed Claver to a three-year contract in July; roughly three months later, they declined to exercise a 2013-14 team option on Babbitt, guaranteeing that the No. 16 pick of the 2010 NBA draft will become an unrestricted free agent this summer. It seems clear that the Blazers are poised to let Babbitt walk after the season. “You can read into it,” Babbitt said, responding to a question about what his diminishing role says about his future with the Blazers. “I don’t read into things. I didn’t play my first two years and that wasn’t an indication (of my future). So I just go game by game. I don’t think about anything because things change very quickly in this business. I don’t really consider things too far down the line.” Oregonian

It seems clear that the Blazers are poised to let Babbitt walk after the season. “You can read into it,” Babbitt said, responding to a question about what his diminishing role says about his future with the Blazers. “I don’t read into things. I didn’t play my first two years and that wasn’t an indication (of my future). So I just go game by game. I don’t think about anything because things change very quickly in this business. I don’t really consider things too far down the line.” Oregonian

December 31, 2012 Updates

Three-point specialist Luke Babbitt wants in on the 2013 NBA Three-Point Shootout in Houston, TX. The Portland Trail Blazers' forward says he's been a fan of the contest since he was a young child and says he always dreamed of one day competing in it. “It would be an honor if I was selected,” Babbitt told CSNNW.com. “It's something that I watched growing up and it would be great if I had the opportunity to be a part of it.” He has the support from his teammates. “My money would be on Luke,” Nicolas Batum said. “I know how good he can shoot and I know he'll probably win it if he was in it. Hopefully, he can get picked.” CSNNW.com

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Ben Golliver: LaMarcus Aldridge praised Luke Babbitt's post-dunk "swagger." Babbitt's response: "I don't know what you're talking about there." Twitter @blazersedge

October 30, 2012 Updates

The Portland Trail Blazers will decline to exercise the fourth-year option on forward Luke Babbitt and he will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2012-13 season, a source close to the situation has informed CSNNW.com. The Trail Blazers had until Oct. 31, to elect whether to pick up or decline Babbitt's option worth $2.9 million. Babbitt had a slow rookie campaign only participating in 24 games and shooting a miserable 27 percent from the field and 18 percent from three-point range. CSNNW.com

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But if Babbitt had known that his shot would prompt the city’s top-rated sports radio show to open its broadcast the next day with a five-minute dissection of the Chalupa, if he had known that Yahoo Sports would later plug a highlight video featuring him and myriad images of the flat-bread-wrapped entree, if he had known that fans would tag him “Cha-Luke-a” for the remainder of the season, or that his roommate would encourage him to seek a Taco Bell endorsement deal, or that Wesley Matthews would dub him the team’s designated Chalupa shooter, well ... “If I had known,” Babbitt said, “I would have missed the shot on purpose.” To say that Babbitt made this statement half-jokingly would be a bit generous to the joking portion. In all likelihood, he was 30-percent kidding at best. Columbian

But Babbitt also confessed that by then, he had grown accustomed to being a punchline — a scrub whose haircut and dance “moves” had elicited more ink than anything he’d accomplished on the court. So even though most of us would sit on the end of the bench with the Taco Bell chihuahua in our laps for $1.7 million a year, Luke saw that particular association as one solidifying his jester status. “There are guys like that on every team, where it becomes a joke. That’s what I was, and to some people, I still am. I’m trying to bust out of that,” said Babbitt, 22. “I play to be a winner, to be a contributor, not a guy who comes in and makes Chalupa shots. ... Still, we’ve got the best fans, and I can’t really blame them because for a year and a half, I hadn’t really done anything else.” Columbian

“The only reason I’m in the NBA is because of God. It’s nothing that I did,” said Babbitt, who lists faith as his top priority, family as his second, and basketball as his third. “If you look at the statistics, it’s not very common for a 6-8 white guy from Reno, Nevada, to be here. This is an opportunity for me and I’m going to use it to glorify God.” Columbian

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