Swanigan informed the Trail Blazers on Wednesday that he won't be joining the team in Orlando when the NBA season resumes later this month, Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest reports. Swanigan joins Trevor Ariza as Trail Blazers players who are electing not to make the trip to Florida. Even before the hiatus, Swanigan had been a fringe member of the Portland rotation, and he likely would have sacrificed all of his minutes now that big men Jusuf Nurkic (leg) and Zach Collins (shoulder) are ready to play again after lengthy absences.
Swanigan has yet to decide whether he'll join the Trail Blazers in Orlando when the NBA season resumes, Erik Gundersen of the Associated Press reports. Swanigan's rationale is unclear, but the NBA has given players the option to sit out without penalty, so it's possible that's the path he'll take. If he does indeed sit out, it wouldn't be a major blow to the Blazers, who will get Jusuf Nurkic (leg) and Zach Collins (shoulder) back from long-term injuries.
Swanigan had two points (1-2 FG), three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 12 minutes during Wednesday's 111-104 loss to the Grizzlies. Swanigan has earned double-digit minutes in eight straight games, but he has yet to reach double figures in scoring through 18 tilts in 2019-20. As such, he's avoidable in most formats on nights when injuries don't force him into a starting role.
Swanigan will get the start at center for Friday's matchup with the Jazz, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports. Swanigan will replace Hassan Whiteside (lower leg) in the starting unit. He is the only healthy center remaining on the roster, so he could be in line for a much heavier workload than usual.
Swanigan had seven points (3-6 Fg, 1-2 FT), 10 rebounds and two assists in 21 minutes during Tuesday's 127-99 loss to the Nuggets. Swanigan made the most of garbage time, hauling in a season-high 10 rebounds. Swanigan can rack up the boards in bunches when afforded sufficient playing time. Unfortunately, his opportunities are few and far between and he is only someone to keep an eye on in the deepest formats.
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