Portland Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers

And so it begins.

NBA players are going to start withdrawing their name from resuming play in Orlando next month.

Trail Blazers forward Trevor Ariza is the latest to opt-out of returning to play, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

According to the report, Ariza will instead be committing to a one-month visitation window with his young son.

Players have until June 24th to tell teams whether or not they will be returning once the season restarts.

The Trail Blazers traded for Ariza on January 21st for Kent Bazemore, Anthony Tolliver and two second round draft picks. He was instilled as the team's starting small forward. Wenyan Gabriel and Caleb Swanigan were also involved in the deal. 

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In 21 games played with the Trail Blazers this season, Ariza averaged 11.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.0 assists.  

Now the question will be: Who will replace Ariza at the starting three position?

With Zach Collins back healthy from shoulder surgery, will coach Stotts go with a big lineup of Carmelo Anthony at small forward and Collins at the four? OR will Portland sign someone in the next few days?

We will all find out soon.

Teams will start practicing in their own facilities before traveling to Orlando starting with vamped up workouts this week. Training camp is set to begin June 30.

 

Teams will then travel to Orlando on July 7.