James Southerland To Play In France

2:58pm: Limoges has announced the deal (translation via Sportando’s Emiliano Carchia). Southerland will have to clear NBA waivers first before he can play overseas, but that’s likely a mere formality.

1:27pm: Recent Blazers camp invitee James Southerland has a deal with Limoges CSP of France, tweets David Pick of Eurobasket.com. Portland announced Monday that it had waived the small forward, and while no signing can become official until Southerland clears NBA waivers, Pick indicates that Southerland has already put pen to paper.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports originally reported that Southerland had a European deal and that the Blazers would release him, but the identity of the overseas team had been unknown. It remains unclear whether the pact includes an NBA escape clause.

Southerland was with Charlotte and New Orleans last season after going undrafted out of Syracuse in 2013, but he saw action in only four NBA games. He spent the bulk of last year playing with the Lakers D-League affiliate, averaging 14.7 points and 6.5 rebounds in 28.6 minutes per game, though he made only 32.3% of the 4.8 three-pointers he shot per contest. Still, his performance landed him on the D-League’s All-Rookie Second Team.

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