Trail Blazers' GM Neil Olshey said Ezeli's contract for the 2017-18 season won't be guaranteed, making him an unrestricted free agent, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.
Ezeli was expected to bring the Trail Blazers a much-needed defensive presence in the frontcourt this past season, but a previous left knee injury continued to hamper his availability to take the court. Despite originally expecting to miss just six weeks after receiving a pain injection early in year, Ezeli eventually suffered a setback in his rehab and would go on to miss the entire 2016-17 campaign, finishing with yet another season-ending surgery in March. With a non-guaranteed $7.73 million contract for next season on tap, GM Neil Olshey wasted no time making the decision to drop him, as just a day after the Trail Blazers were eliminated from the playoffs by the Warriors, he announced the team wouldn't keep Ezeli around. Ezeli will be an unrestricted free agent and can sign with anyone, although his most recent knee surgery could hold him out for a good chunk of the 2017-18 season as well, which will likely keep most teams away for the time being.
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.
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.
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 light 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.
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.
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.
Ezeli (knee) will not be with the Blazers on their upcoming road trip and will be seeking another medical opinion on his injury in the near future, Jason Quick of CSN Northwest reports
Ezeli reportedly suffered a setback with his injury back in October and has been sidelined ever since. He's dealing with chronic knee pain, but received an injection during the offseason that was supposed to address the issue. That said, he'll continue to be away from the team moving forward and is slated to have his knee reevaluated while the team goes on their upcoming road trip. He's yet to be given any sort of concrete timetable for a return, so consider him week-to-week until more information is provided.
Ezeli experienced a minor setback in October during his comeback from a left knee procedure, Jason Quick of CSN Northwest reports.
Ezeli indicated that he experienced swelling in the knee when he took part in back-to-back practices in mid-October, which prompted the Trail Blazers to slow down his rehab effort. The center, who had required an injection back in August to address his chronic knee pain, was initially expected to be available for the start of the season, but the setback looks like it could delay his return until December or later. The Trail Blazers haven't outlined an official timetable for Ezeli, and likely won't until he's cleared to resume full-contact practices.
Ezeli (knee) remains without a timetable for a return, CSN Northwest's Jason Quick reports.
Since undergoing a procedure on his left knee in August, Ezeli's activity has remained very limited, with the center doing little more than light running and shooting and some involvement in five-on-zero drills. Until Ezeli starts taking contact in practice, a return shouldn't be viewed as forthcoming, and based on how primitive his activity remains, it wouldn't be surprising if he was sidelined for several more weeks. Ed Davis should enjoy some longevity as the Blazers' main backup center while Ezeli is out.
Ezeli (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Clippers, Casey Holdahl of TrailBlazers.com reports.
Ezeli has yet to resume full practices, so he's not quite in the day-to-day range just yet and figures to miss several more games. The Trail Blazers will look to Ed Davis to pick up most of the reserve minutes at center behind Mason Plumlee so long as Ezeli is sidelined.
Ezeli is out Tuesday against the Jazz, Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Ezeli hasn't played throughout Portland's preseason, however showed promise as he was able to participate in some light shooting over the weekend. Although the Blazers have yet to indicate a timetable for Ezeli's return, there's some hope that he won't be sidelined for an extended amount of time. With Ezeli sidelined, expect Ed Davis and Meyers Leonard to see extended minutes behind starter Mason Plumlee.
Ezeli (knee) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Casey Holdahl of TrailBlazers.com reports.
Ezeli missed the entirety of the preseason thus far and will not take part in Friday's finale versus the Warriors. However, it was a big step in the right direction Thursday, as he was able to participate in practice for the first time in awhile. He's yet to be given any sort of timetable for a return and it's widely believed he'll open the regular season on the sidelines, but we should get some additional updates regarding his availability as the regular season opener approaches on Oct. 25.
Ezeli (knee) is without a timetable to return, the Portland Tribune's Kerry Eggers reports. "There's no timetable [for a return] when it comes to this stuff," Ezeli said. "It goes by feel. Some days I feel good. There are good days and bad days, but there's progress overall."
Ezeli underwent a procedure on his left knee in August and isn't considered close to returning to game action. The Blazers' offseason pickup was recently cleared to begin shooting drills, but still isn't ready to participate in 3-on-3 activity. With Ezeli on the shelf to begin the season, Ed Davis and Meyers Leonard are expected to see increased minutes at center behind starter Mason Plumlee.
Ezeli (knee) was able to do some light shooting on the court over the weekend, Jason Quick of CSN Northwest reports.
Ezeli isn't participating in practices in any capacity yet and remains without a timetable to return, so it appears safe to say that he'll likely be unavailable when the regular season begins. Knee problems have dogged Ezeli for the last three seasons, and once he's fully healthy, it could be difficult for the center to find minutes given how much time he's already missed.
Ezeli (knee) has been ruled out of Monday's preseason opener versus the Jazz, Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Ezeli received a pain injection in his left knee back in August and continues to sit out of all team related drills and scrimmages. He's now been ruled out for the team's preseason opener Monday and remains without any sort of timetable for a return. With Ezeli on the sidelines, Ed Davis and Meyers Leonard could see additional minutes behind starter Mason Plumlee.
Ezeli (knee) did some individual shooting on the side of Tuesday's practice, Jason Quick of CSN Northwest reports.
Ezeli recently indicated that he no longer has a concrete timetable for a return, thus we still have no idea how long his current absence will drag on. He was able to do some solo work on the side of Tuesday's practice, but remains out of team drills as he continues to rehab his knee injury. Ezeli is expected to open the season as starting center Mason Plumlee's direct backup, but it's yet to be announced whether we'll get to see Ezeli once the preseason schedule begins.
Ezeli (knee) said Thursday that he no longer has a definitive timetable for a return, Ananth Pandlan of CBS Sports reports. "I personally don't have a timeline," Ezeli said. "I'm taking it day by day because when it comes to this situation, you never go with a timeline. It will frustrate me if I go by a timeline. I just try to take it by how I feel so hopefully sometime soon I can get back on the court and start playing again."
The Trail Blazers initially outlined a six-week recovery timetable for Ezeli after he received a pain injection in his left knee in late August, but they'll row back their expectations for the big man, who battled knee issues throughout most of last season. Ezeli is projected to serve as the top backup to Mason Plumlee at center once he returns to full health, though with ample frontcourt depth on hand in Meyers Leonard, Ed Davis and Maurice Harkless, the Trail Blazers won't be in any rush to get Ezeli back on the court.
Ezeli received an injection in his left knee and is expected to miss six weeks, Marc Spears of The Undefeated reports.
Ezeli missed nearly half of last season due to complications with his left knee, which resulted in a mid-season procedure just before the All-Star break. While he returned near the end of the regular season and was available throughout the playoffs, he was never quite fully healthy, and that was borne out in his lackluster postseason performance. According to the Trail Blazers, Ezeli received the injection to "alleviate pain and improve function," perhaps as a means of taking caution against further issues before the 2016-17 season begins. The six-week timetable should enable Ezeli to be ready for opening night, though more will be known as training camp approaches.
Ezeli signed a two-year, $16 million contract with the Trail Blazers on Thursday, Marc Spears of ESPN.com reports.
After landing former-MVP Kevin Durant, the Warriors renounced the rights to Ezeli in order to open up cap space, making the center a free agent. The 26-year-old progressed greatly in his third season in the league, as he averaged 7.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks in 46 games with the Warriors. The Trail Blazers finally land a two-way center who will immediately make an impact in the starting rotation. Having only started 13 games last season, Ezeli should see his numbers soar in Portland, making him an intriguing option for fantasy leagues this season.
The Warriors renounced the rights to Ezeli on Monday following Kevin Durant's decision to join the team, Marc J. Spears of ESPN.com reports. Ezeli will become an unrestricted free agent.
Durant's arrival will require the Warriors to clear up some cap space, and that starts by immediately releasing Ezeli to the open market. The 26-year-old boasts a lot of potential with his size and athleticism, but has lacked the basic fundamentals at times to make him a consistently productive center in the NBA. He is coming off a season where he averaged 7.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks over 16.7 minutes per game.
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