Trail Blazers

Report: Trail Blazers sign free agent center Cody Zeller

Trail Blazers

After close to 3 hours of NBA Free Agency, Neil Olshey and the Portland Trail Blazers have made a move. 

With big man Zach Collins reportedly on his way to San Antonio, and Enes Kanter an unrestricted free agent, Portland certainly had a hole to fill in the frontcourt to back up the 'Bosnian Beast' Jusuf Nurkic. 

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Portland has found their solution in free agent veteran center Cody Zeller. 

The 6'11, 245 pound veteran was a lottery pick for the then Charlotte Bobcats in 2013 (No. 4 overall). In 8 seasons, all with Charlotte, the Washington, IN native averaged 8.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.7 blocks in 22.7 minutes per game.

His best season for the Hornets was in 2019-20 where he averaged 11.1 points and 7.1 rebounds in 58 games (39 starts). 

Last season, the 28 year old appeared in 48 games for the Hornets, starting 21. He averaged 20.9 minutes, 9.4 points, and 6.8 rebounds per game, shooting 55.9% from the floor. 

According to Spotrac, the University of Indiana grad is coming off a 4-year $56 million contract and made over $15 million last season.

In a July episode of "The Woj Pod" with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Zeller discussed what he is looking for in his next team.

 

“In my mind, a team that’s top four in their conference, they’re playing for home-court advantage, they aren’t playing to make the playoffs — they’re playing for home-court advantage and then anything can happen once you get in the playoffs," Zeller explained. "In my mind, that’s a winning team. Even if that means me playing 15, 20 minutes as the backup center on a team like that, that would be my ideal role in free agency.”