The Trail Blazers intend to add one more player to their roster this offseason and enter training camp with 14 players, according to Jason Quick of The Athletic, who tweets that Portland is the market for a center.
The Blazers, who are currently carrying 13 players on guaranteed contracts, will be without Jusuf Nurkic for a portion of the 2019/20 season as he recovers from a broken leg. The club also traded away Meyers Leonard to Miami earlier this month.
Young big man Zach Collins may be in line for a larger role, and newly-acquired rim protector Hassan Whiteside figures to see plenty of action at the five, but Portland doesn’t have much center depth beyond those two players, so it makes sense that the club would be on the lookout for another backup.
It’s not clear if Quick’s reference to Portland taking 14 players into training camp just refers to players on guaranteed standard contracts — the team can carry up to 20 players on its roster before the start of the regular season. However, the Blazers typically don’t bring in a ton of players on non-guaranteed Exhibit 10 deals, since they don’t have their own G League affiliate to send them to once they’re waived.