Jarred Jeffries has officially been released from the Portland Trail Blazers. The 6’11” power forward played in just 38 games this season, most recently on March 10th against the New Orleans Hornets. Jeffries was initially acquired from the New York Knicks as part of the deal that banished Raymond Felton from the Blazers last summer.
For those unfamiliar with waiver rules, when a player is waived any time between the end of the regular season and August 15th, they can be claimed by any team within the next 10 days. If this happens, the team that selected them takes up their remaining contract. So, if Jared is claimed by a team in need, the Blazer’s have just freed up $1.5 million in salary to build with in the off-season.
A return to New York seems possible for Jeffries, as the Knicks prepare for the playoffs with a severely hampered frontcourt. Amar’e Stoudemire (knee) will not play as he recovers from surgery, Kenyon Martin (ankle) is questionable to be ready in time, Marcus Camby (foot) is questionable to play at all, and Tyson Chandler (neck) appears ready although lonely. If nothing else, Jeffries could be a body to put in when the stars are wheezing.
Of course, there are other options for Jeffries, and I’m sure they will become more and more apparent in the coming days. While with the Blazers, he averaged 1.2 points and 1.6 rebounds per game on 30% shooting. Those numbers are horrific, but partially due to Terry Stotts’ rotation and the paltry 9.2 minutes per game he received. Overall, this split will be good for the Blazers organization and for Jared. It marks the start of a new beginning for both parties.