Tag:Jarron Collins
Posted on: April 12, 2011 1:58 pm
Edited on: April 12, 2011 2:05 pm

Blazers sign C Earl Barron

The Portland Trail Blazers have signed free agent center Earl Barron. Posted by Ben Golliver. earl-barron

The Portland Trail Blazers had looked content to enter the NBA playoffs with their roster but then starting center Marcus Camby suffered a freak neck injury last week. Camby's absence exposed Portland's lack of interior depth, a constant problem during a season that has seen big men Greg Oden and Jeff Pendergraph go down to season-ending knee injuries. 

On Tuesday, the Blazers decided to fill their one remaining roster spot with the best available seven-footer: free agent center Earl Barron. He will be eligible for the playoffs.     
The Portland Trail Blazers have signed center Earl Barron for the remainder of the season, it was announced today by General Manager Rich Cho. Barron, 29, was a member of the 2005-06 NBA Champion Miami Heat his rookie season in the league and has played parts of five seasons with Miami (2005-08), the New York Knicks (2009-10), Phoenix Suns (2010-11) and Milwaukee Bucks (2010-11), posting career averages of 5.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 15.1 minutes in 108 games (27 starts).
A University of Memphis product, Barron (7-0, 250) averaged 3.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 14.1 minutes in 19 games (six starts) with Phoenix and Milwaukee this season.
Barron also played parts of five seasons in the NBA Development League, making the D-League All-Star team in 2009-10 with the Iowa Energy. The Trail Blazers roster now stands at 15 players. Barron will wear jersey No. 40.
Camby is expected to return to the court this week and be available for the playoffs, so Barron is really just injury insurance. The Blazers also recently signed reserve big man Chris Johnson, who has played sparingly when Camby has been out. 

Rather than lean on Johnson or Barron should Camby go down again, Blazers coach Nate McMillan is much more likely to play a smallball lineup that shifts forward LaMarcus Aldridge into the middle. Nevertheless, the spot was open and there's very little cost associated with bringing Barron on at this point.

The signing completes a crazy year for Cho, who has signed five free agent centers in less than six months: Fabricio Oberto, Sean Marks, Jarron Collins, Johnson and now Barron.

If the playoffs started Tuesday, the Blazers would be the Western Conference's No. 6 seed. They would face off against the No. 3 seed Los Angeles Lakers.
Posted on: March 21, 2011 12:40 am
Edited on: March 21, 2011 12:48 am

Blazers won't retain center Jarron Collins

The Portland Trail Blazers will not retain reserve center Jarron Collins after his second 10-day contract expired. Posted by Ben Golliver.

A Portland Trail Blazers source tells CBSSports.com that the team will not sign reserve center Jarron Collins for the rest of the season, after his second 10-day contract expired on Sunday. 

Collins was initially signed to a 10-day contract on March 1. He received his second 10-day contract on March 11. The Blazers signed reserve center Chris Johnson for the rest of the season on March 14.

In five appearances, Collins averaged 0.4 points and 1.4 rebounds for the Blazers. He backed up forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who has started at center recently, and reserve center Marcus Camby.

Portland's roster now stands at 14 players.
Posted on: March 1, 2011 2:05 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2011 10:02 pm

NBA post-deadline Tuesday buyout and signing buzz

A roundup of all of Tuesday's buyout updates and signings from around the NBA after last week's trade deadline. Posted by Ben Golliver. trade-deadline

The blockbuster moves are out of the way now that the NBA's trade deadline has come and gone, but roster movement around the league continues as players are bought out or waived. This post will update throughout Tuesday with the latest updates on buyouts, waivings and signings. 

For Monday's Buyout Buzz, click here.

(Latest Buzz)  
  • In an unexpected move, the Washington Wizards have announced that they have bought out and waived forward Al Thornton. The team issued this statement quoting President Ernie Grunfeld: "The additions of Rashard Lewis and Mo Evans combined with Josh Howard’s return from injury gave us a logjam at the small forward spot,” said Grunfeld. “Coming to terms on a contract buyout with Al was mutually beneficial, as it allows us to clear space in the rotation and allows him the chance to pursue an opportunity with another team.”
  • The Heat officially waived Carlos Arroyo this afternoon. Their statement read: "The Miami HEAT announced today that they have requested waivers on guard Carlos Arroyo. 'This was a very difficult decision to make because Carlos has done a great job for this team and this organization,' said HEAT President Pat Riley. 'He is truly a first class individual and professional. We wish him nothing but the best.'"
  • The Indy Star also reports that a Ford buyout is unlikely by the Pacers: "Ford unlikely to be bought out. Ford said all along he wasn't leaving any money on the table w/o a new team."

(Morning Buzz)
  • CSNNE.com reports that the Celtics "are focused on Corey Brewer. There's a strong belief that he is the final piece to this championship puzzle. Competition is very tight for Brewer. I think the Mavs are going to be the team to beat for his services."
  • ESPN.com reports that the Cavaliers may use their midlevel exception to tyr to entice Corey Brewer into signing with Cleveland. The site also lists the Heat, Bulls, Hornets, Mavericks, Spurs and Celtics as teams interested in Brewer.
  • NBA.com reports that free agent forward Leon Powe is talking with the New York Knicks, New Orleans Hornets, Memphis Grizzlies and Miami Heat. Powe was released by the Cleveland Cavaliers last week.
Posted on: December 10, 2010 8:32 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:27 pm

Clippers: Kaman out 3+ weeks with ankle injury

The Los Angeles Clippers announced on Friday that center Chris Kaman will miss at least three weeks with an ankle injury. Posted by Ben Golliverchris-kaman Aside from the magical play of power forward Blake Griffin, it's been a tough start to the season for the 2010-2011 NBA season Los Angeles Clippers.  On Friday, the team announced more bad news: all star center Chris Kaman will miss at least three weeks due to an ankle injury. Here's the release from the team.
Los Angeles Clippers center Chris Kaman will miss a minimum of three weeks due to an aggravated bone bruise and deltoid ligament sprain of his left ankle. Kaman was examined by team physician Dr. Steven Shimoyama after undergoing an MRI on Dec. 6. He was then was re-evaluated on Dec. 9 by Dr. Richard D. Ferkel. Kaman will wear a protective boot when not participating in assigned rehabilitation.
Kaman originally suffered the injury when he rolled his ankle in a game against the New Orleans Hornets in early November. His prognosis at the time was that he would miss 2-3 weeks, but obviously it's become a bit more serious than that. In Kaman's absence, head coach Vinny Del Negro has turned to center DeAndre Jordan, physical big man Craig Smith, the washed up Brian Cook and has used end-of-the-bencher Jarron Collins sparingly as well. Clearly, Kaman cannot return soon enough. Kaman averaged 10.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 blocks per game in the 10 games he appeared in this season prior to the injury. He was an NBA all star last season. The Clippers are currently in last place in the Pacific Division, with a record of 5-18.
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