Festus Ezeli

#31 C / Portland Trail Blazers / EXP: 3YRS Height: 6-11 Weight: 265 lb Age: 27 College: Vanderbilt

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  • Ezeli (knee) underwent season-ending surgery Wednesday. Ezeli never suited up with the Trail Blazers this season, as the left knee troubles surfaced almost immediately after he signed with the team in the summer. The 27-year-old's procedure reportedly required the use of a cadaver donor and is more intricate than most knee surgeries, so it appears likely that Ezeli may require a longer recovery time that could sideline him for much of the 2017-18 campaign. Expect the Trail Blazers to decline their $7.73 million team option on the center this offseason.

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  • Ezeli (knee), who is set to undergo season-ending surgery during the upcoming week, could require up to a year to recover from the procedure, ESPN.com's Chris Haynes reports. Ezeli has been plagued by knee trouble throughout his brief NBA career, previously requiring surgery on both knees during his time with the Warriors. Shortly after signing a two-year deal with the Trail Blazers in the offseason, Ezeli required injections in his left knee that ultimately failed to ease the pain, forcing him to undergo another procedure. His impending surgery is expected to require the use of a cadaver donor, which will likely result in a longer recovery timetable than most knee operations. With that in mind, it seems rather unlikely that the Trail Blazers will exercise Ezeli's $7.7 million team option for 2017-18, and the center figures to remain unsigned until he's fully recovered from surgery.

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  • Ezeli will undergo season-ending surgery on his left knee during the upcoming week. After signing a two-year, $15.1 million deal with the Trail Blazers over the summer, it was expected that Ezeli would slot in as the team's backup center and offer a rim-protecting presence, but that never came to fruition after his career-long knee troubles reared their head later on in the offseason. Ezeli received injections in his left knee in late August, and after progressing to practices in October, he hit another snag in his rehab that ultimately left him with no other alternative than to go under the knife. With Ezeli likely in store for another long rehab process that could sideline him for the start of the 2017-18 season, it seems likely that the Trail Blazers will decline his $7.7 million team option over the summer, sending him back into free agency after having not logged a single minute over the past season.

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  • Ezeli isn't traveling on the Blazers' current four-game road trip, but his agent indicated that the center isn't facing an impending surgery on his ailing left knee, Jason Quick of CSN Northwest reports. With Ezeli making limited progress since undergoing a pair of injections in his left knee in August after previously requiring surgery on the knee in February, the Trail Blazers have provided minimal updates on the big man's condition and continue to list him as out indefinitely. Ezeli still seems hopeful to avoid season-ending surgery, but given that he's not yet working out and is far behind the curve from a conditioning standpoint, it appears that a return well after the All-Star break is a best-case scenario for the 27-year-old.

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  • Ezeli (knee) is reportedly considering undergoing a season-ending procedure on his left knee, ESPN reports. Ezeli is yet to play this season after signing with the Trail Blazers as a free agent, and he missed all of training camp, as well as the preseason, following an offseason procedure on the knee. With progress apparently stagnating, Ezeli is considering another procedure, though at this point no decision has been made. Neither the Blazers nor Ezeli have offered comment, however Ezeli has been traveling with the team in recent weeks, which was thought to be an encouraging sign.

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