The Blazers will sign forward Rondae Hollis – Jefferson to get their roster back to 14 players after trading Gary Trent Jr and Rodney Hood. Blazers GM Neil Olshey said the Blazers would be active in the buyout market, which has dried out with big market teams monopolizing.
Hollis -Jefferson was originally drafted by the Blazers back in 2015 and traded along with Steve Blake to the Brooklyn Nets for Mason Plumlee and a pick that would materialize into Pat Connaughton.
He played 4 seasons with Brooklyn from 2015-2019 before joining the Raptors for 2019-20. He was invited to the Timberwolves training camp earlier this offseason, but was waived shortly after.
It has been surprising Hollis-Jefferson has remained a free agent for so long. While he is not offensively inclined (he shoots only a career 21% from deep)(He can score at the basket and had a career high 25 points back with the Nets) he is known for his defensive stops. He can bolster Portland’s shoddy defense. But, minutes would likely come from Nassir Little if he plays. He will likely be an insurance piece for the Blazers.
Hollis-Jefferson has averaged 9.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.9 assists for his career.