The Portland Trail Blazers lack front court personnel heading into training camp next month. Head coach Terry Stotts reportedly needs extra bodies to hold team practices properly.
Festus Ezeli and Meyers Leonard are expected to miss the bulk of training camp due to nagging injuries. The former Golden State Warriors center is currently recovering from knee treatment while Leonard won’t be cleared to participate in five-on-five scrimmages until the preseason.
The Trail Blazers still have Chris Kaman, Mason Plumlee and Noah Vonleh to work with. However, the trio of big men is not enough for Stotts and his coaching staff.
Rip City Project reported that the Trail Blazers recently signed LSU’s Tim Quarterman and Grant Jerrett to training camp contracts. The team could add another center before training camp starts in September.
The vacancy has given hope to veteran free agents like Kwame Brown and Emeka Okafor. Both players have expressed interest in returning to the league.
To fetch intrigue from NBA teams, Brown recently signed with sports agency Interperformances. The company proudly announced on Monday that Brown is readily available for interested teams.
“The #1 overall pick of the 2001 draft is ready for a new life. His comeback can be the road to glory for a team that believes in him,” the announcement read. “Kwame is back, physically healthy and ready to be the outstanding player he was on several NBA teams.”
Meanwhile, Okafor’s agent Jeff Schwartz told ESPN that the 33-year-old journeyman is preparing for an NBA comeback. The former No. 2 overall pick is busy regaining his NBA physique.
“He’s probably five or six months away [from being NBA-ready]. He’s been working hard rehabbing,” said Schwartz. “For some guys that means one thing. To Emeka, who understands his body as well or better than some trainers that have worked with him, it means something else. He’s healthy.”