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Festus Ezeli wasn't expected to return to the Blazers after missing all of this past season due to a knee injury. Ezeli will look to get healthy first before signing on with another team.
Ezeli isn't a fantasy option so continue to leave him off your roster.
The former Warriors center is now also a former Trail Blazer. GM Neil Olshey confirmed that the injury-riddled big man would not return to the team next year after missing all of the 2016-17 season.
Ezeli won't likely have much of a fantasy impact next season, but it will all depend on his health and what team he lands with. It's doubtful a team would be willing to make Ezeli their starting center at this point after all the health issues.
Blazersâ€™ President of Basketball Operations announced on Saturday that Festus Ezeli will undergo knee surgery next week. It was rumored that Ezeli was being shopped around before the trade deadline but no deals were made.
It is unclear if Ezeli has a future with Portland or not. His season will be ending before it ever started due to injury and he was already on the trading block. He is under a two-year deal with Portland, but his contract is only partially guaranteed for next season.
The Blazers hope to trade Festus Ezeli by the trade deadline as his two-year deal signed this summer hasn't paid off. The difficulty lies in that Ezeli hasn't played this season while suffering from a knee injury and could require surgery at some point. The Blazers clearly feel that they blew it on this signing and want to clear his cap space immediately.
Ezeli hasn't played this season and doesn't expect to play a game this season. He shouldn't be on any roster and even if traded isn't a speculative add. However, Jusuf Nurkic is looking at a huge uptick in minutes and needs to be owned.
Festus Ezeli is still deciding on whether or not to have the procedure but it's worth noting as Ezeli hasn't played this season. Ezeli signed a two-year deal back in the summer so we'll see how this plans out in the offseason.
With Ezeli out, this means more minutes for the likes of Meyers Leonard, Ed Davis and Noah Vonleh this season. Other than Ed Davis showing some signs of fantasy potential, none of these are add worthy at this time.