Top Mario Hezonja News

  • Mario Hezonja: Finds work in Greece

    Hezonja signed a one-year contract Monday with Greek club Panathinaikos, reports. The deal includes an option for the 2021-22 season.

    The No. 5 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft will continue his career overseas after he was unable to find another opportunity in basketball's top league after being released by the Grizzlies during training camp. Still just 25 years old, Hezonja has time to revisit a return to the NBA down the road, but he'll first look to rejuvenate his career in Greece after failing to develop as anticipated during his five seasons in North America. Across stints with the Magic, Knicks and Trail Blazers, Hezonja averaged 6.9 points (on 41.7 percent shooting from the field), 3.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.8 three-pointers and 0.7 steals in 18.5 minutes per game over 330 regular-season appearances (69 starts).

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  • Mario Hezonja: Waived by Memphis

    Hezonja was waived by the Grizzlies on Friday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    Hezonja was traded to Memphis during the offseason, but his stay with the new team was short lived. Several teams are expected to be interested in the 25-year-old once training camp ends, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

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  • Grizzlies' Mario Hezonja: Unlikely to make team

    Hezonja is unlikely to make the Grizzlies' final roster, Chris Herrington of The Daily Memphian reports.

    Hezonja is not and will not be with the team for camp and is likely only to remain on the team as a possible trade option. It seems unlikely he'll be fantasy relevant this season.

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  • Grizzlies' Mario Hezonja: Traded to Grizzlies

    Hezonja was traded from the Trail Blazers to the Grizzlies on Friday in a three-team deal, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. The Trail Blazers acquired Enes Kanter and the Celtics acquired a future draft consideration from the Grizzlies.

    Hezonja continues to bounce around the league, as Memphis makes his third team in three years. With the Trail Blazers last season, he saw 16.4 minutes per game, averaging 4.8 points and 3.5 rebounds. Now a member of the Grizzlies, that workload likely won't change significantly for the 25-year-old, as Memphis has higher-upside young players on the wing.

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  • Trail Blazers' Mario Hezonja: Solid showing in 25 minutes

    Hezonja generated 12 points (5-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt), seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in 25 minutes during Sunday's 124-121 win over the 76ers.

    Hezonja had by far his best showing since the restart. He's likely to continue earning decent minutes off the bench given the long-term absences of Trevor Ariza (personal) and Rodney Hood (Achilles).

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  • Trail Blazers' Mario Hezonja: Erupts for 15 points off bench

    Hezonja scored a team-high 15 points (5-9 FG, 2-4 3PT, 3-3 FT) in Thursday's scrimmage against the Pacers.

    Never one to shy away from an open shot, Hezonja needed only 21 minutes to get his 15 points. He also added four rebounds and two assists. With Trevor Ariza (personal) out, the Blazers are in need of production on the wing, and Hezonja could emerge as the primary backup to Carmelo Anthony

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  • Trail Blazers' Mario Hezonja: Sees extra run in blowout win

    Hezonja posted 10 points (4-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, four assists and one steal across 28 minutes during Monday's 130-107 win over the Magic.

    Monday marked the first time that Hezonja has cracked 20 minutes since Feb. 7, and it was his first time seeing at least 28 minutes since Jan. 18. Despite the Trail Blazers dealing with a myriad of injuries, Hezonja still can't seem to find consistent playing time. As of now, it seems like he'll only see significant minutes in blowouts.

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  • Trail Blazers' Mario Hezonja: Plays 12 minutes in win

    Hezonja (ankle) played 12 minutes in Sunday's 107-104 win over the Pistons, finishing with zero points and one assist.

    Hezonja was initially ruled out for the contest but ended up taking the floor despite fighting through an ankle injury that has hampered him since before the All-Star break. The forward didn't attempt a shot during his time on the court and recorded no other statistics beyond the assist.

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  • Trail Blazers' Mario Hezonja: Will attempt to play

    Hezonja (ankle) will attempt to play Sunday against Detroit, Jamie Goldberg of The Oregonian reports.

    Hezonja was initially ruled out with a sprained left ankle, but coach Terry Stotts said pregame that the will attempt to give it a go after missing the previous three contests. Given his potential limitations, and the fact that even when healthy he's played a fairly limited role this season, Hezonja is probably best avoided in DFS contests.

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  • Trail Blazers' Mario Hezonja: Out again Sunday

    Hezonja (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Pistons, Jamie Goldberg of The Oregonian reports.

    The 24-year-old will be sidelined for the fourth consecutive contest due to the left ankle sprain. Hezonja's next opportunity to take the court will come Tuesday versus the Celtics.

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  • Trail Blazers' Mario Hezonja: Remains out Friday

    Hezonja (ankle) won't play Friday against New Orleans, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.

    Hezonja will miss a third straight game dating back to Feb. 11 due to a lingering left ankle sprain. The Croatian's next opportunity to take the looms Sunday against Detroit, where he'll presumably be tabbed questionable heading into the matchup.

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  • Trail Blazers' Mario Hezonja: Out again Wednesday

    Hezonja (ankle) will not play Wednesday against the Grizzlies, Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest reports.

    Hezonja will miss a second straight game as he continues to recover from a sprained left ankle. Following Wednesday's game, the Blazers don't play again until Feb. 21 thanks to the All-Star break, so Hezonja will have plenty of time to rest and recover before potentially returning when play resumes.

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  • Trail Blazers' Mario Hezonja: Won't play Tuesday

    Hezonja (ankle) will not play Tuesday against the Pelicans, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.

    Hezonja sprained his ankle during Sunday's win over the Heat and will miss at least one game as a result. With the Trail Blazers playing a back-to-back set Tuesday and Wednesday, there's a chance Portland decides to play it safe and keeps Hezonja out for both games ahead of the All-Star break.

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  • Trail Blazers' Mario Hezonja: Leaves with ankle sprain

    Hezonja departed Sunday's game against the Heat with a sprained ankle and will not return.

    Hezonja left the game in the first half after playing just five minutes and going scoreless on 0-of-2 shooting from the field while chipping in one assist. Consider him questionable as Tuesday's game against New Orleans approaches.

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  • Trail Blazers' Mario Hezonja: Bumped from rotation

    Hezonja (coach's decision) went unused off the bench Sunday in the Trail Blazers' 139-129 win over the Pacers.

    Hezonja lost out on a rotation spot with C.J. McCollum (ankle) back from a three-game absence, while young guards Gary Trent and Anfernee Simons also ceded some minutes to the Blazers' starting shooting guard. While it's possible Hezonja eventually supplants the underwhelming Nassir Little for the backup small forward job, that role will translate to minutes in the low teens more often than not.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-8, 220 lbs
Birthplace: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Age: 28
Experience: 5