The Portland Trail Blazers signed free agent point guard, Dee Bost, today. Before we look at this and think, “Wow, another guard?” it should be noted that team policy is not to release terms of the contract. Since the Blazers have 15 players already (more when you include Terrel Harris), the contract is certainly non-guaranteed. This means that Bost will be invited to training camp, but is probable to be waived before the season begins, or sent to the Blazers’ D-League affiliate, the Idaho Stampede.
Those who watched Portland compete in Las Vegas Summer League 2012 may recognize the 23 year old point guard. He had impressive chemistry with Will Barton and looked like a humble NBA contract might have been within his reach. Since then, he has played with Buducnost Podgorica in Montenegro, averaging 8.3 points and 1.8 assists in 21.5 minutes per game.
If nothing else, this is most likely a feel good story. Barring multiple horrific injuries, he won’t be called up to play for the Blazers in the 2013-2014 season, but if he finds a place in Idaho, he’s on the right track to becoming a full-fledged NBA player. I’ll root for him. He was a fun guy to watch and I think in the long run he could find a team to call home. For now, that interim team is Portland.