REPORTS » Trail Blazers to Sign Hollis-Jefferson, Leaf

Over the past few years, the Trail Blazers have often opted to keep one roster spot open going into the regular season for a number of reasons, including the possibility a two-for-one trade or a mid-season free agent signing. The 2020-21 season has been no exception, with Portland entering the 72-game campaign with 14 players under contract, one less than the maximum. And, after using both of their two-way contracts, which allows for team to sign players who split time between the NBA and G-League without taking up a spot on the “regular” roster, last season, they also chose to keep one open heading into this season.

But according to reports, the Trail Blazers are filling a couple of their open slots.

First, according to Shams Charnia, the Trail Blazers are signing free agent forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson to a 10-day contract (which has since been confirmed by many others, including Hollis-Jefferson himself). The 6-6 forward, who was originally selected by the Trail Blazers out of Arizona with the 23rd overall pick of the 2015 Draft before being traded that same night to Brooklyn in exchange for Mason Plumlee and Pat Connaughton, owns career averages of 9.3 points on 45 percent shooting, 5.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists in of 294 games, with the Nets and Raptors. He most recently signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Timberwolves, though he was waived before the start of the season.

Not only does signing…

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