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Report: Trail Blazers signing Greg Stiemsma

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The Trail Blazers have just 14 players with guaranteed salaries – leaving one opening for the regular-season roster.

Greg Stiemsma is entering the competition for it.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Stiemsma will battle Tim Quarterman ($75,000 guaranteed), Luis Montero  (unguaranteed) and Grant Jerrett (unguaranteed) for that last regular-season roster spot.

On one hand, Stiemsma is by far the most experienced of the bunch. He has played for the Celtics, Timberwolves, Pelicans and Raptors in a four-year NBA career.

On the other hand, he’s already 30 and probably past his physical prime. Known as a shot-blocker – a fair perception over a larger sample – he didn’t reject a single shot in his last NBA stint, 17 games with Toronto in 2014-15. That he played so little is also telling.

Portland is pretty deep with big men: Mason Plumlee, Meyers Leonard, Ed Davis, Noah Vonleh and Festus Ezeli. But Leonard’s and Ezeli’s injuries could open the door for Stiemsma.

Report: Trail Blazers signing Grant Jerrett

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The Trail Blazers took off last season when they moved Al-Farouq Aminu to power forward. Stretch fours are especially valuable with Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum running Terry Stotts’ offense.

So, Portland seeks another in Grant Jerrett.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

To attend training camp, a player must have a valid NBA contract. Presumably, Jerrett’s contract is just partially guaranteed.

The Trail Blazers have 14 players – one fewer than the regular-season roster limit – with fully guaranteed salaries. Jerrett will probably compete with Tim Quarterman ($75,000 guaranteed) and Luis Montero  (unguaranteed) for the final spot. Portland doesn’t have its own D-League affiliate, so this appears to be a genuine chance to for Jerrett to stick.

Jerrett was actually drafted by the Trail Blazers (No. 40 in 2013), but they were picking for the Thunder. He spent nearly all his first pro season in the D-League then split his rookie NBA year between Oklahoma City and Utah in 2014-15. The Jazz waived him entering last season despite his fully guaranteed salary.

Jerrett’s outside shooting stroke and 6-foot-10 frame offer intrigue. His athleticism was also a plus coming out of Arizona, though that’s more in question after multiple injuries. Jerrett will have to shoot a little better than he has or improve his complementary skills to make it in the NBA.

Wild sudden-death double-overtime win for Trail Blazers in Vegas

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LAS VEGAS — It was as wild an ending as you’re going to see.

The Utah Jazz were down four, 89-85, with 4.2 seconds left in overtime. Portland had the game won, and the coaches were yelling from the bench “don’t foul.” Sure enough, Luis Montero — who played in a dozen games for the Trail Blazers last season — fouled Utah’s Spencer Butterfield in the act of shooting a three with 1.9 seconds remaining.

Butterfield makes the first two, but then intentionally missed the third and Trey Lyles picked up his 29th and 30th points of the night with the tip in at the buzzer.

It’s 89-89 headed to a second overtime — which at Summer League is sudden death. First bucket wins.

Utah won the tip, got the ball to Lyles who drew defenders when he drove, but his kickout pass caromed out of bounds. That’s when Portland’s Pat Connaughton ended it from deep.

Clerical error forces Blazers to play without C.J. McCollum


Here’s something you don’t see very often. Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts told reporters pregame that C.J. McCollum would be in the starting lineup…and then he wasn’t. Why? A clerical error by Stotts and his staff. Let’s Jason Quick explain it:

The confusion spilled over into the game, when McCollum was sent back to the locker room to change into street clothes, while rookie guard Luis Montero (who was mistakenly listed as active) changed into his uniform.

This is a pretty bizarre situation, one you don’t see very often in the NBA. We should get more clarity after the game as to what exactly happened, but no answer will help the Blazers right now, while they’re forced to play without their second-best player.