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This off season, the Portland Trail Blazers got a bargain when signing C Festus Ezeli. A player with great talent when he's healthy, but something he's had difficulty staying over the course of his four year career. Now it appears, that he may be suffering from yet another potential injury as the Trail Blazers announce Tuesday that Ezeli will be out up; to six weeks after receiving an injection containing bone marrow aspirate concentrate to alleviate discomfort, and improve performance.
We all knew the Lakers signed the asian star, but it was made official on Monday. Jianlan last played in the NBA back in the 2011-'12 season but only appeared in 30 games. However, the game has changed since his last time suiting up against the best in the world. We live in a stretch-forward world and Jianlian fits that criteria to a tee.
The North Carolina standout finally has a guaranteed NBA deal. The issue with signing in Utah is the logjam at point-guard. The Jazz brought in George Hill during the offseason, have Dante Exum returning from injury and kept Shelvin Mack as well after he showed he's more than equipped to log minutes in the NBA. Paige will likely spend most of, if not all of his season in the D-League.
Anthony became the 1st player ever to win 3 Olympic gold medals in basketball on Sunday and announced that it will be the end of his Olympic career. The 32-year-old is entering his 14th season in the NBA and has yet to win that elusive NBA Championship. With the Knicks acquiring Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah in the offseason to go with a budding star in Kristaps Porzingis, Anthony and the Knicks will turn their attention toward competing for a NBA championship.
John Wall dealt with knee issues all of last season. He had surgeries on both knees this offseaon, the left knee surgery was the much more serious one. If the Wizards look to make a return to the playoffs after missing out in 2016 they will need their leader at 100%.
The Nuggets are reportedly signing Nate Wolters. He briefly started at point guard for the Bucks. Wolters’ most recent destination on the court has been in the Turkish Basketball Super League. A former second-round pick by the Washington Wizards in the 2013 NBA Draft, Wolters last appeared in the league with the New Orleans Pelicans in 2015.
In a twist of good news for Spains Olympic basketball team, C Pau Gasol, who has been hampered by a calf injury, will get the start against team USA. This is a rematch of the gold medal competitions of 2008, and 2012. however, this time only the opportunity to play for the gold hangs in the balance. A lot of big name stars are missing as well, such as Kobe Bryant, Marc Gasol, and LeBron James. Pau Gasol who is not in the prime of his career, still brings plenty of skill and power to court, as well as veteran leadership. He will be joined by the likes of Ricky Rubio, to try and change the pattern that has seen USA victorious the last two times.
Seeking veteran leadership in the locker room, Bucks coach Jason Kidd, who has a previous relationship with Terry, has gone out and signed him to a deal. Terry, who in his prime, was an electric scorer, and primarily a deep threat coming off the bench, won the NBA sixth man of the year award. Now nearing the end of a lengthy career, Terry scores more in spurts, but is definitely still a long threat, shooting 39 percent from three two seasons ago, and 35.6 percent last year.