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Specifics to the Trail Blazers signing of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and TJ Leaf

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After clearing quarantine and returning six negative COVID-19 tests, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson plans to sign a 10-day contract with the Portland Trail Blazers Friday, sources confirm to Dwight Jaynes of NBC Sports NW. 

Additionally, the Blazers plan to sign former UCLA forward TJ Leaf to a two-way contract after he clears quarantine and returns six negative COVID-19 tests. 

Two-way contracts do not count as a rostered player so Portland will retain an open roster spot heading into Friday's buyout deadline. After April 9th, players who have been bought out will not be eligible to play in the upcoming postseason.

After the signings, Portland will have 13 rostered players, one 10-day contract, and a pair of two-way contracts (Keljin Blevins and TJ Leaf). 

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Shams Charania of The Athletic broke Friday that Portland plans to sign the Arizona product after he spent training camp in Minnesota this preseason before being waived on December 19, 2020.

Portland took Hollis-Jefferson 23rd overall in the 2015 NBA Draft and immediately traded his rights to Brooklyn in exchange for Mason Plumlee, who spent a season and a half with the Trail Blazers, and a second-round pick which became Pat Connaughton. 


Hollis-Jefferson showed promise during four seasons as a Net, averaging as much as 13.9 points per game during his junior season where he appeared in 68 games and made 59 starts. 

However, the highest he shot from the field over a season was 47.2% (2017-18) and is a career 21.3% three-point shooter. 

After not receiving a qualifying offer from Brooklyn, the 6'6" forward signed a one-year deal with Toronto where he appeared in 60 games, making six starts, and averaged 9.3 points per game on 47.1% from the floor and 13% from three-point range. He also played in five playoff games for the Raptors. 

Minnesota gave him a non-guaranteed preseason contract and waived him 16 days later last year. He has not played this season for an NBA team. 

He has a 7'2" wingspan allowing him to guard taller players and ideally gives Portland another option to guard scoring wings.