Josh Hart will remain a player for the Portland Trail Blazers. Those from Oregon, who could have dispensed with the escort 100% free of charge if they had wanted, have decided to keep him in the squad in exchange for the 12.9 million dollars contemplated in his contract, which have been fully guaranteed after has not been cut this weekend.
For all practical purposes, the Blazers had a team option, because they could decide whether to keep the player or not, and it could be said that they have exercised it. The only reason why this possibility is not included as such is because the NBA regulations do not allow the same contract to have a team option and one player optionand since the third year of the same has said player option, the Pelicans (with whom Hart signed the agreement) and Josh had to find this alternative.
The shooting guard came to Portland in the transfer that brought CJ McCollum to New Orleans, and his level in the 13 games he has played since then seems to have pleased the Oregonians. In them, Hart averaged 19.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists, numbers that will surely come down to earth when he plays truly competitive games (he came to the Blazers in full tanking) but that are a reflection of its numerous virtues. In fact, Josh signed after his arrival his scoring record in the league by scoring 44 points against the Wizards.
Next summer, it will be the player who decides if he wants to continue in the team in exchange for, again, 12.9 million. This year he is called to be an important rotation man in a Blazers that, after the arrival of Jerami Grant, it seems that they will try to return to the noble zone of the West.
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