The Portland Trail Blazers will be without Caleb Swanigan as the NBA resumes its 2019-20 regular season at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Per Trail Blazers president of basketball operations and general manager Neil Olshey, Swanigan will not join Portland when the NBA restarts. He has decided to withdrawal his name from the NBA’s return to play, citing personal reasons.
Swanigan joined the Trail Blazers’ big man rotation for a second stint in February when he, along with Trevor Ariza and Wenyen Gabriel, were traded from the Kings in exchange for Kent Bazemore, Anthony Tolliver and two second-round picks.
The 22-year-old power forward is averaging 3.0 points, 1.5 assists and 0.1 steals in 20 games with one start for Portland.
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The Blazers will be allowed to sign a replacement for Swanigan’s spot on the roster. Beginning Wednesday, July 1 until August 14, teams in Orlando will continue to be allowed to sign replacement players for anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 or decides to sit out.
Swanigan isn’t the only Trail Blazer to opt out of participation in the NBA’s restart to the season. Forward Trevor Ariza announced in June that he will not join his team in Orlando because of a one-month visitation window he has with his 12-year-old son.
The Trail Blazers signed Jaylen Adams from the G-League to replace Ariza. Jaylen Hoard, a two-way player for Portland, will also be in Orlando when play resumes.
Teams will travel to the Disney campus on July 7. The Trail Blazers are currently 3.5 games back from the Grizzlies for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.