Despite Trail Blazers President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey asserting the franchise did not need to address its backup point guard position last offseason, it appears he may have changed his tune.
The Blazers will bring in Emmanuel Mudiay, the seventh overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft, to play for its summer league roster next month per Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports.
The 25-year old's career has gone downhill since scoring a spot on the second-team All-Rookie squad in 2016, after averaging 12.8 points and 5.5 assists in 68 games, including 66 starts.
However, by the end of his third season, Denver had moved him to the bench before leaving him there, freezing him out of the rotation.
Mudiay played single seasons for the New York Knicks and Utah Jazz as well. During 2018-19, he averaged 4.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 3.9 assists in New York.
During the 2020-21 NBA season, Mudiay remained a free agent.
Mudiay will join Michael Beasley, another former lottery pick, on the Blazers summer league roster.
It seems unlikely Mudiay will make the Trail Blazers roster, but it's a no-risk move to see if he can harness his potential from his early NBA seasons.