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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.