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Blazers sign Rondae Hollis-Jefferson for remainder of season

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After signing two, 10-day contracts with the Portland Trail Blazers, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is staying in Rip City.

Moments after the Blazers closed out the Pacers with a 133-112 win to snap a five-game losing streak, Adrian Wojnarowski reported Hollis-Jefferson has been signed for the rest of the season.

The Trail Blazers confirmed that report on Wednesday when president of basketball operations Neil Olshey announced the signing. 

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The 26-year-old, who played for the Nets and Raptors before arriving in Portland, signed his first 10-day contract on April 8 and his second 10-day contract on April 18.

During both stints, Hollis-Jefferson averaged 3.4 points while shooting 40.0 percent from the field. The six-year veteran also added 2.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.6 blocks in 12.6 minutes of action.

Against the Clippers on April 20, Blazers coach Terry Stotts opted to roll with the 6-foot-6 forward in the starting lineup over Derrick Jones Jr. Stotts was pleased with the job Hollis-Jefferson did defensively.

 

“I thought he just made some things happen. He got some extra possessions, provided some energy, good length,” Stotts said.

Hollis-Jefferson spoke after that game about the opportunity to play with the Blazers and why it was so special to him after not playing in a regular-season game prior to his signing.

"As a competitor, as someone who is passionate about the game, it was definitely tough to be at home sitting,” Hollis-Jefferson said. “There was a point where I didn’t watch any basketball at all... I’m definitely grateful for the opportunity and for the Portland organization for believing me.”

Now Hollis-Jefferson has found his NBA home, at least for the rest of the season.