The Portland Trail Blazers plan to sign Jaylen Adams to replace forward Trevor Ariza ahead of the NBA’s restart in Orlando, Florida, according to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
A 6-foot-2 point guard, Adams was named the G-League’s MVP runner-up this season after averaging 21.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.7 assists in 33 games for the Wisconsin Herd. Adams went undrafted in 2018 before joining the Atlanta Hawks on a two-way contract. The 24-year-old joined the Herd after being waived by the Hawks last summer.
Ariza is opting out of the NBA’s restart to commit to a one-month visitation window with his young son.
The ninth-place Blazers (29-37) will face a difficult task inside the NBA bubble in Orlando if they hope to earn a spot in the playoffs.
They will open the restart with a key game against the eighth-place Memphis Grizzlies on July 31, the first of eight “seeding games” that the Blazers will play in Orlando. The Blazers, who currently sit 3.5 games behind the Grizzlies in the standings, are a combined 3-12 against the teams they will face in Orlando.