The Portland Trail Blazers have completed the two-way transfers of center Moses Brown and forward Jaylen Hoard from the Texas Legends of the NBA G League to Portland, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey. In three games with the Legends this season, Brown, 20, has averaged 5.7 points (66.7% FG) and 4.7 rebounds. Brown (7-1, 245) has played in two games for the Trail Blazers this season, recording three rebounds in five total minutes.
Gasol signed a guaranteed one-year deal with Portland this summer, but the Blazers wisely inserted a clause that gave them some protection – if he missed 15 consecutive games due to a problem with his left foot or ankle, the contract would no longer be guaranteed. Monday was Portland’s 15th game, and Gasol hadn’t been healthy for any of them. So the Blazers are now free to waive him and not have his fully guaranteed $1,620,504 count against their salary cap – doubly important (literally) given that the team is $11M into the luxury tax.
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