Blazers sign Juwan Howard to a one-year deal

The Blazers have signed Juwan Howard for one year. Here’s the press release, and here’s what KP had to say on it:

“Juwan Howard will add a wealth of experience and veteran savvy to our young, talented roster,” said Pritchard. “We look forward to Juwan’s contributions on the court and in the locker room.”

Blah, blah, blah he’s been around the block so many times he’s carved his own path into the pavement. This is the most important line in the press release for me:

Howard becomes the 14th player on Portland’s roster.

That’s the key. As long as Howard stays the 14th player on the roster, seeing nothing more than Shavlik Randolph/Josh McRoberts/Michael Studmuffin minutes (barring injuries), then we’re all good. Anything more and…just no. This move probably helps LaMarcus and Greg more than anything, just giving them someone to teach them veteran tricks in practices.

If you think about it, however, this does signify the true start to the “Veteran Era” in Portland. We’re no longer stacking our bench with long-shot draft prospects, we’re filling out our squad just like any contenders do — with aging veterans that can give you few mistakes in spot minutes and an extra voice in practice.

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