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Trail Blazers sign Rondae Hollis-Jefferson to 10-day contract

Kurt Helin and Corey Robinson explain how Golden State's inconsistency and dependence on Steph Curry are concerns, but that the team is trending in the right direction when it comes to reestablishing a winning culture.

The Trail Blazers want to add some depth on the wing and they are going to give veteran Rondae Hollis-Jefferson a chance to prove he can be that guy.

Portland announced Thursday it had signed Hollis-Jefferson to a 10-day contract after he cleared COVID-19 protocols. Hollis-Jefferson himself confirmed it.

Hollis Jefferson played last season in Toronto, where he gave the Raptors a solid 18 minutes and seven points a night, and then went into training camp with the Timberwolves and played well. Still, he was always unlikely to make the roster (due to a numbers game).

The Trail Blazers get a versatile defender who can guard multiple positions, put the ball on the floor, get to the rim, and is a quality passer. He’s available because he’s a 6'6" swingman who does not space the floor from three — in Toronto he took about one three every other game and only hit 13% of those. That allows opponents to hide weaker defenders or help off him. Despite that, he can give a team solid wing minutes off the bench during the regular season.

Portland was down to 13 players on the roster after the two-for-one trade that brought in Norman Powell, they needed to add a player and Hollis-Jefferson is that guy (for now).