Following the 2021 NBA Draft a proposed two-way deal with the Trail Blazers was reported.
Portland traded into the second round of Thursday night’s draft acquiring pick No. 43 from the New Orleans Pelicans to select Greg Brown. The Blazers also reportedly intended to sign a two-way contract with LSU sophomore forward Trendon Watford, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. And now, the Blazers have made that deal official.
Watford averaged 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game as a sophomore with the Tigers.
The 20 year-old is a 6’9”, 240-pound-forward, who earned second-team all SEC last season as a sophomore.
He has been known for his versatility and his knack for rebounding.
Watford notched a career-high 30 points in the SEC Tournament title game loss to Alabama. He hit 13-of-23 field goals to go along with eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.
As with so many young players, the next step for Watford will be polishing his game after being turnover prone and an inconsistent mid-range shooter, along with his struggles on the defensive end.
[WATCH] Highlights from Trendon Watford’s 2020-21 season at LSU: