Portland Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers

The Trail Blazers formally parted ways with injured Festus Ezeli on Friday when they waived the center after declining to pick up his one-year option.

Ezeli, who never played a game in his only season with Portland, will still get $1 million for next season after making $7.4 million last season.

Even though Neil Olshey, the Blazers’ president of basketball operations, said in April that Ezeli would not be on the roster next season, the Blazers waited until Friday’s deadline on the one-year option worth $7.33 million for next season in case he could become an asset in a potential trade.

When they were unable to find a suitor, the Blazers released him.

Ezeli came to the Blazers after experiencing a history of problems with both knees at Golden State, problems that included him missing the entire 2013-2014 season.

Ezeli said he was healthy when he signed in July and the team brought him along slowly in training camp before letting him practice in mid-October. The next day, Ezeli experienced swelling in his left knee and he never took part in another practice before opting for surgery in March.