July 4, 2016, 11:19 am
Kevin Durant joining the Warriors rocked the NBA landscape, and now we’re beginning to see the aftershocks ripple across the rest of the league.
Ezeli’s first suitor appears to be the Portland Trail Blazers, who had previously struck out on big men Hassan Whiteside and Dwight Howard in free agency. Beat writer Joe Freeman reports that the Blazers are interested in Ezeli, even though GM Neil Olshey hasn’t reached out to Ezeli’s camp just yet.
Ezeli, coming off a disappointing postseason, would make for an intriguing fit in Portland. The 26 year old would provide another big body for Terry Stotts to use off the bench in support of Mason Plumlee and while he’s hardly the impact big man Portland so desperately coveted, he could still be a nice piece of the puzzle for the Blazers.
Portland is looking to surround Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum with complementary pieces that can speed up Portland’s Western Conference Ascension. After signing Evan Turner earlier this offseason to bolster their wing depth, they will be looking to add to their frontcourt.
Assuming Mo Harkless is gone, Ezeli would combine forces with Plumlee, Al-Farouq Aminu, Ed Davis and Meyers Leonard to help control the paint. Ezeli isn’t the ideal rim-running fit, but a talented young guy would fit nicely with Portland’s trajectory.