December 16, 2009

Trail Blazers Granted Hardship Exception

Thanks to the NBA, the Blazers now have the opportunity to sign a 16th player to their roster after some very trying times.  They will be allowed to sign this player until one of their other players returns which will likely be Rudy Fernandez or Nicolas Batum.

Joe Freeman has the word...
The NBA has awarded the Blazers a hardship exception, giving them the option of signing  a 16th player to the roster for a short-term basis. Teams are eligible for the exception after four players on a roster miss at least three games and are expected to miss two additional weeks.

The Blazers became eligible after their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday, when Greg Oden missed his third consecutive game because of a fractured patella in his left knee, and were awarded the exception by the NBA on Sunday.

“We’re surveying our options,” said Tom Penn, the Blazers’ vice president of basketball operations. “We’ve been looking at free agents that are out there and available ... and we’re going to keep our options open. We may or may not ultimately sign a player.”
And the free agent list you are all probably wondering about is right here.  Its last update was 10/22/09, but it should give you a pretty good idea of Portland's options.

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