There have been a few question marks surrounding the Portland Trail Blazers since it was first reported last week that Trevor Ariza is opting out of returning with the Blazers and resuming the 2019-20 season, and instead committing to a one-month visitation window with his 12-year-old son.
The Portland Trail Blazers plan to sign guard Jaylen Adams as a substitute player to replace Trevor Ariza, sources tell ESPN. Adams was the G-League's MVP runner-up with Wisconsin. #Bonnies— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2020
Adams went undrafted in 2018 after playing college ball for the St. Bonaventure Bonnies and earning co-Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year honors as a senior in 2018.
In August of 2019, Adams signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Milwaukee Bucks. During training camp with Milwaukee, he was cut and assigned to the Bucks' G League affiliate, the Wisconsin Herd.
Adams averaged 21.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game for the Herd during the 2019-20 season.
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With those type of numbers, and his ability to score while also finding his teammates with ease, the Trail Blazers are adding young talent to their roster.
This season, Adams earned All-NBA G-League First Team honors and was the G-League MVP runner up to Wisconsin Herd's Frank Mason III.
He won't replace Ariza. He'll just replace Ariza's roster spot.
Adams is a 24-year-old, 6-foot point guard weighing 225 pounds, but this move will likely help Portland take a look at young talent. Could this be a move for the future?
Adams isn't afraid of contact and has proven he can take it hard to the rim and finish in the G League. He is also a consistent three-point shooter. This season with the Herd, he shot 40.7 percent from deep.
After going undrafted in the 2018 NBA draft, the Atlanta Hawks signed him to a two-way contract. He was waived by Atlanta in July of 2019.
Watch some of Adams' G-League highlights here:
Report: Trail Blazers to sign G-League MVP runner-up Jaylen Adams originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest