The Portland Trail Blazers are signing rookie forward Trendon Watford to a four-year $5.8 million deal that will include two non-guaranteed seasons.
The undrafted rookie out of LSU made a significant impact on the Blazers, averaging 6.6 points and 4.5 rebounds in their last ten games.
ESPN Sources: The Portland Trail Blazers are signing two-way rookie forward Trendon Watford to a new four-year, $5.8M deal that’ll include two non-guaranteed seasons. Blazers are also waiving guard Dennis Smith Jr., who is out several weeks with an elbow injury.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 21, 2022
The Blazers will also waive guard Dennis Smith Jr. after Portland announced he suffered a high-grade tear of the UCL in his right elbow that’s kept him sidelined since February 11.
never I won’t surrender & always I’m gon remember… 💯✍🏽 check the date https://t.co/VbEPV9SwrK— Trendon Watford (@trendonw) February 21, 2022
In 2019, Watford was a five-star recruit coming out of high school and played two seasons for the LSU Tigers, where he was named to the SEC All-Freshman team in 2020. In his sophomore campaign with the Tigers, he averaged 16.3 points per game and 7.4 rebounds, leading LSU to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Trail Blazers (25-34) return to action against the Warriors (42-17).