There’s a chance the Portland Trail Blazers would always reconsider any previous decisions they’ve made, but it doesn’t appear they’ll be bringing Luke Babbitt back to the team next year.
Babbitt didn’t see much action for the Blazers in his third season, although he did, as a reserve forward, receive a third-place vote for the 2013 NBA Sixth Man of the Year award.
The players used Babbitt in 62 games and he averaged 3.9 points. 2.2 rebounds and 11.8 minutes. But of all the players on the team, Babbitt had the ninth-most minutes and obviously wasn’t high on the priority list. It came as no surprise that the team did not pick up the option of the fourth year of his contract and Babbitt, as a result, is a free agent this summer.
Whether or not any team will pick him up remains to be seen, although there’s still always a chance the Trail Blazers might bring him back in the preseason. But based on his past years, don’t count on it. Chances are, some other team will pick up Babbitt as their No. 12 to 14 player and use him when injuries affect a roster.
Babbitt got more of a chance to play last season when he saw action in 40 games and started four. He had an average of 11.8 minutes, 2.2 rebounds and 5.0 points per game. It was a far cry from a rookie season when he only saw action in 24 games at an average of 5.7 minutes per game. But it’s safe to say that Babbitt is not emerging into a reliable NBA player.