Elina Svitolina had just discovered she was pregnant with her first child but the joy she shared with her partner, and fellow tennis player, Gal Monfils was painfully short-lived: days later, her native Ukraine was invaded by Vladimir Putin's Russian forces. Hes hungry for more. It was a transaction heavy Monday for the Portland Trail Blazers as the team inked Trendon Watford to a multi-year contract. And those things are quantified in numbers, or analytics, but those things are big. He's playing 12.6 minutes per game. Defending Tour de France champion Tadej Pogacar refused to blame his high-speed downhill fall for losing ground on Tour de France leader Jonas Vingegaard after stage 18 in the Pyrenees, insisting "the best man won". And suddenly, it did not seem like the time to celebrate. 9 overall in the 2017 draft by the Dallas Mavericks. To make room for the signing, the Trail Blazers waived Dennis Smith Jr. Watford played two seasons at LSU before entering the NBA draft. Follow us on Facebook! Sharpe logged only five minutes in the Las Vegas Summer League after suffering a left shoulder injury. He finished sixth in the SEC in scoring and fifth in rebounding. 12:36 PM, Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn ESPN Sources: The Portland Trail Blazers are signing two-way rookie forward Trendon Watford to a new four-year, $5.8M deal thatll include two non-guaranteed seasons. You can hear my voice is gone a little bit.. Orlando Sanchez of KGW Sports videos Lillard talking about his rehab and the new season. Measuring a hair below 6-foot-9 with a wingspan over 7-foot-2 at the draft combine, Watford has ideal positional length for a power forward. Watford said he was confident coming into the season, but it took him a while to get out the butterflies and get used to NBA action. Every team in the league wants a playmaking big who can occupy multiple roles offensively. Now Ive gotten a rhythm. KGW Top Stories: Noon, Thursday, July 21, 2022, Hiking through Cape Lookout State Park in Tillamook, The Trail Blazers are winning again. With his spot in the rotation and contract locked down, Watford isnt satisfied yet. Champions league, Blazers sign Trendon Watford to 4-year deal, Tristan Thompson is a new player of the Chicago Bulls, Goran Dragic signs with the Brooklyn Nets until the end of the season, Michael Jordan makes a memorable appearance in NBA All-Star game, Steph Curry dazzles with 16 3-pointers, LeBron his a game-winner to win the All-Star Game, Giannis Antetokounmpo on sitting next to Dirk: 'That's an incredible feeling for me', Philadelphia 76ers announce plans to build new, $1.3 billion arena by 2031, Former Maccabi swingman Kameron Taylor lands in Marc Gasol's Girona, Matthew Strazel moves from ASVEL to Monaco: 'I am going to new horizons', New beginnings for Panathinaikos: a mid-summer review, Jonas Valanciunas responds to a question about mocking LeBron James, Ignas Brazdekis reaches agreement with Zalgiris Kaunas, No active NBA player has played against Sacramento Kings in playoffs. What caused Watford to slide out of the draft altogether are major concerns about his ability to tighten his jumper and how he fits in defensively at the next level given his lack of quick-twitch athleticism. | 3-on-3 Blazers podcast, RELATED: Anfernee Simons is a star; Trail Blazers get 4th straight win | Locked on Blazers podcast, VIDEO PLAYLIST:Portland Trail Blazers coverage from KGW, Example video title will go here for this video. The Blazers also waived backup point guard Dennis Smith Jr., according to the report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The wing had his two-way contract converted to a four-year deal this week. Always Place A Plastic Bottle On Your Car Tire When Traveling Alone, Here's Why. The contract is reportedly worth $5.8 million over four years, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. He's averaging 4.5 points and 3.2 rebounds in 33 games off the bench this season. Watford, 21, joined the Blazers as un undrafted free agent out of LSU. With no true backup center on the roster, during this winning stretch, Watford at 69 has taken on the difficult assignment of guarding opposing big men.
Sign up for the The Rookie Wire newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morning. Its just the beginning, he said. With the Blazers looking beyond this season, Watford has had the opportunity to carve out a regular role in the rotation. Ogunjobi was playing for the Browns when Myles Garrett bashed Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head with a helmet during an [more]. Damian Lillard is recovering from surgery to address an abdominal injury. Their next game is Thursday at home against the Golden State Warriors. The point guard was with the Blazers early this season on a 10-day deal in December and now joins the team as some point guard insurance on a two-way contract that gives the team a chance to get a closer look at him for the remainder of this season and potentially next year as well.Learn more about your ad choices. Is that a good thing? We got you covered. If he doesn't eventually shoot threes at a reasonable and find a way to contribute on defense, it won't be worthwhile for the Blazers to afford Watford the on-ball offensive latitude that really makes his game go. Watford, a top-20 player in the high school class of 2019, spent two seasons in Baton Rouge before turning pro.
Watford, who went undrafted out of LSU last year, is averaging 4.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 33 games on 59% shooting from the field. He leads all first-year players that have taken at least 100 shots in field goal percentage.
[Damian Lillard] texted me, congratulating me yesterday and saying he believes in me and the organization believes in me going forward, Watford said. Did you miss the ESPYs?