A player on a part-time contract is making a strong case to be a full-time NBA player next season.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Portland Trail Blazers have signed center Drew Eubanks to his fourth 10-day contract in a row, a reward for the solid performances he has put on since getting signed last month.
Eubanks is in his fourth season in the NBA and spent most of that time with the San Antonio Spurs after signing him as an undrafted free agent out of Oregon State University in 2018.
Eubanks mainly acted as a role player over those three and a half years with the Spurs and struggled to make a consistent, playing in 148 games and averaging 4.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. This eventually led to Eubanks getting cut from the Spurs earlier this season and signing on with the Trail Blazers on a 10-day contract.
Since joining Portland, Eubanks has played above expectations. Eubanks has started all 13 games he has played, two fewer starts than the 15 he had during his entire stint in San Antonio, and has averaged 12.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game as a Blazer.
Portland and Eubanks will spend the last few weeks of the NBA season fighting to get the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Trail Blazers (27-45) are currently 12th in the conference, just 3.0 games back of the 10-seed New Orleans Pelicans.
The Blazers will have a chance to improve their record on Friday night when they host the Houston Rockets (18-55).