Festus Ezeli had knee surgery last summer, which is part of what drove down the price on the then-Warriors’ big man. Of course, Portland still gave him $7.4 million (with a team option for $7.7 million next year).
However, Ezeli has never gotten on the court. After taking it slow over last summer he practiced with the team twice in mid-October, there was more swelling, so he pulled back. As time went on, it became more and more clear he was done for the season.
Saturday the Blazers made that official by announcing Ezeli would have knee surgery and he is done for this campaign.
Ezeli and Evan Turner were Portland’s two big offseason signings, but neither has had the season or impact management expected.
Most Blazers fans have moved on from Ezeli. Near the trade deadline, the Blazers sent Mason Plumlee to Denver for Jusuf Nurkic, who has played better than expected in his limited time in Portland. He and Meyers Leonard are the frontcourt trying to lead a push to get Portland the eighth seed. It is very possible Blazers management has moved on as well and will not bring Ezeli back.