HoopsHype Jeff Pendergraph rumors

June 30, 2011 Updates

How does the lockout impact you as a free agent? Jeff Pendergraph: "Normally it would be kind of bad because you don't want to be out that long, everyone is kind of anxious to play again but for me, specifically, actually I think it works in my favor because it gives me extra time and less pressure to try and hurry to come back to try to make somebody's Summer League team or rush, maybe push myself too hard to get ready for training camp. Now I can take the pressure off and go about it how I'm supposed to instead of trying to push really hard for it. Blazers Edge

Update on your rehabilitation, have you worked out for team and what's up with you and the Blazers? Jeff Pendergraph: "Actually, yeah, I've had been in contact with a few teams, went and made a couple of visits the last week or so and actually talked with the Blazers yesterday and today so that went really well. I wanted to touch base with them before this lockout stuff goes down and we wouldn't be able to talk. "Rehab-wise, things are going well. I've started doing my core stuff. The only thing I haven't really done yet is my lateral movements, cutting, jab-stepping, real serious post work just because I want to get my quad strength up first before I do all that stuff. I'm running, shooting jumpers, putting myself through a medium kind of workout. I'm getting there." Blazers Edge

November 9, 2010 Updates

Pendergraph said that he was initially informed by Utah's team doctor that his knee injury was minor. "I was like, 'Cool. Heck yeah. I'm going to be back in 4-6 weeks, I'll be back smacking people, it's nothing.'" That initial diagnosis led to some real surprise when an MRI the following day revealed major ACL damage that would end his 2010-2011 season. "All of a sudden I come here, get my MRI and everything as a precaution and the doctor tells me my ACL is gone," Pendergraph said. "Not partially torn, not a little bit, not a lot ... gone." In short order, with the news that he was done for the season, the Blazers elected to release him to free up a roster spot so that they could pursue big man Fabricio Oberto (and, in turn, Sean Marks). The decision caught Pendergraph by surprise and still doesn't sit well with him. "To be honest, I felt like I got slapped. It was like a slap in my face, kinda. It caught me off guard. It wasn't something I was expecting." Blazers Edge

November 7, 2010 Updates

Pendergraph says he will remain in Portland to complete his rehab and then he might move to Arizona. He went to Arizona State and still has several close friends on the team. There, he would have a built-in support net and ample opportunities for pickup basketball games when he's healthy enough to resume playing. In the offseason, he will see what the free agent market is like and plot his next career course. A return to the Blazers is not out of the question. "We like Jeff as a player and a person," Cho said. Added Pendergraph, on a possible return: "I don't see why not. I like it here. It's just a matter of seeing what's out there and what other teams offer. Like any major life choice, you have to look at your options." Oregonian

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Second-year center Jeff Pendergraph left Thursday's exhibition game at Utah with a right knee injury that appears to be serious. Pendergraph crumpled to the court holding his right knee after Jazz center Kyrylo Fesenko drove and scored on him with 10:48 left in the second quarter. Blazers players immediately signaled for athletic trainer Jay Jensen. Pendergraph was unable to put pressure on the knee as he was positioned into a wheelchair on the court. He was wheeled off with his right knee extended and Jensen holding his foot. Oregonian

July 7, 2010 Updates

Kaleb Canales – the Blazers assistant coach who will head the team in Vegas - recently spent four days working out with Pendergraph in Ontario, CA., and Los Angeles, where the two spent a couple days doing multiple workout sessions focusing on Jeff’s lowpost moves and footwork. “I’ll have to keep earning my place every year, so I’ll just do what I have to do. I have to get in the gym and work hard.” For Pendergraph, working hard is all he knows. Taking a break, however, is slowly becoming part of the equation. But there is still much to prove and Pendergraph is the first to admit it. “I might take breaks during the summer – like a day or so – where I won’t do anything,” laughed Pendergraph. “I’ll just do what I have to do to keep getting better.” Beyond The Beat

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