The Trail Blazers are continuing to add forwards.
After the reported signing of bringing in veteran forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson last week, Portland is now signing TJ Leaf to a two-way deal. That’s according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Leaf, a 6’10” power forward who was the No. 18 overall pick for the Indiana Pacers in the 2017 NBA Draft, hasn’t suited up for an NBA team since the preseason.
Leaf was never able to crack the rotation in Indiana. In three seasons with the Pacers, he averaged 3.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per game before being traded on Nov. 25, 20220 to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The 23-year-old was waived by the Thunder after their final preseason game.
It was in 2017 that the UCLA standout was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team as a freshman.
Leaf will sign the two-way deal with the Blazers once he clears quarantine and goes through the health and safety protocols of returning six negative COVID-19 tests.
The same goes for Hollis-Jefferson.
Hollis-Jefferson will then sign a 10-day contract.
Since Leaf and Keljin Blevins are both two-way, G League players, they do not count as roster spots. Thus, the Blazers still have an open spot available.
Leaf has always been looked at as a high-character player, but hasn't been able to put together the same production he had at the college level.
As a freshman with the Bruins, Leaf finished the season as UCLA's leading scorer with 16.3 points per game, while also averaging 8.2 rebounds. His efficient field goal percentage of 61.7 ranked him third among Power Five conference players.