Ronnie Price Inked Deal With Portland Trailblazers

by July 19, 2012

The Blazers added free agent guard Ronnie Price (for the veteran’s minimum) to their roster on Wednesday, per the Oregonian: “Rookie Damian Lillard is expected to be the Blazers’ starting point guard and second-year player Nolan Smith the backup, so GM Neil Olshey has been searching for a mentor to help accelerate the young players’ learning curves. He decided Ronnie Price, a 6-foot-2, seven-season veteran, was the ideal fit. ‘He’s a totally different look than what Damian and Nolan bring to the table,’ Olshey said, ‘and I think he’ll really complement those guys.’ Price, 29, played for the Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz before signing with the Phoenix Suns in 2011-12 and holds career averages of 3.6 points, 1.4 assists and 1.1 rebounds per game. Price mostly has come off the bench in his career, serving as a backup to All-Star point guards Deron Williams and Steve Nash.”