Trail Blazers second-rounder Gary Trent Jr. to receive higher salary guarantee than six first-rounders

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A couple years ago – due to the NBA’s dated rookie scale and the national TV contracts causing a salary-cap boom – some second-round picks got paid more than first-round picks.

The league mostly addressed that issue by tying the rookie scale to the salary cap.

But because second-rounders can negotiate any contract and first-rounders are tied to the scale, there will still be oddities – like No. 37 pick Gary Trent Jr.‘s deal with the Trail Blazers.

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Second-round picks rarely receive three guaranteed seasons when signing the same year they’re drafted. The Mavericks guaranteed A.J. Hammons three years in 2016 (and regretted it).

By rule, first-round picks receive just two guaranteed seasons – though with higher salaries. So, even on his minimum contract, Trent will receive a larger guarantee than six first-rounders.

Here are the guarantees for Trent and the bottom of the first round:

24. Anfernee Simons (POR): $3,985,080

38. Gary Trent Jr. (POR): $3,919,177

25. Moritz Wagner (LAL): $3,825,600

26. Landry Shamet (PHI): $3,698,760

27. Robert Williams (BOS): $3,591,960

28. Jacob Evans (GSW): $3,570,120

29. Dzanan Musa (BRK): $3,543,840

30. Omari Spellman (ATL): $3,518,280

Trent will be locked into the minimum in the third year of his contract. Wagner, Shamet, Williams, Evans, Musa and Spellman will receive much more – if their team options get exercised.

So, they have higher upsides on their deals. But Trent — an ace 3-point shooter with lacking all-around game, particularly defensively — has a higher floor.

In exchange, Trent locked into a cheap salary for three years with Portland, essentially betting against himself. But security matters, too.