I'm not so sure that the Blazers lose the RFA status as a result of converting his contract to a standard minimum deal. From the NBA CBA: Since the 2-way contract contained the restricted free agency provision, my (admittedly uninformed reading of this) would be that only the salary changed when his contract was converted and that restricted free agency remains in play. I'd love it if someone knows how to get Larry Coon to comment on that. But, I agree that the Blazers will have his Early Bird rights and that gives them the option to pay him up to the average player salary plus five percent. Given all of the free agents that are going to hit the market in next summer's flood, that's probably more than enough to do the job, unless Baldwin simply wants to leave.