Blazers sign Pressy, Alexander Jul 24, 2015 15:29:44 GMT -8
Post by DiamondThief on Jul 24, 2015 15:29:44 GMT -8
July 24 -- The Trail Blazers announced today that they have signed point guard Phil Pressey and power forward Cliff Alexander. The particulars of the signings were not disclosed, but they are more likely than not, non-guaranteed contracts..
Pressey, 5'11", will be going into his third NBA season. He was waived by the Boston Celtics on July 15. He joined the Celtics as an undrafted free agent in the summer of 2013. He has averaged 3.1 points, 2.9 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 125 games in 125 games over his NBA career. His signing gives the Blazers a summer roster of three point guards with he, Damian Lillard and Tim Frazier. Pressey played college ball at the University of Missouri.
Cliff Alexander and Phil Pressey
Alexander, 6'8", was undrafted last month out of the University of Kansas. He is a project who never really found a role in one season in college, which was mired by an NCAA investigation which found his mother had received benefits from the university. Nonetheless, he was projected as a lottery pick coming out of high school. He played in the Las Vegas Summer League for the Brooklyn Nets, averaging 7.5 points and 6.4 rebounds in 22.8 minutes per game. He suffered a bruised sternum last season at Kansas, and injured his right knee in a pre-draft workout with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Alexander looks at his signing with the Blazers as a blessing. "God has still found ways to bless me through the struggle. I am officially part of the NBA & Trailblazer family," he tweeted.
The Blazers now have 14 players on the roster, not including forward Dorell Wright, who is a free agent, nor rookie forward Daniel Diez, who is expected to continue to play in Europe this season. Additionally, the Blazers still list free agent center Joel Freeland on the roster. Freeland has signed with MSKA Mosow and is expected to play in Russia.
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