Former University of Oregon small forward, E.J. Singler, has been offered a training camp contract with the Portland Trail Blazers. As nifty as it is to have an Oregon native on board, don’t read too much into it. The Blazers’ roster is full, so the best possible outcome for him in all of this is landing with the Idaho Stampede (Portland’s D-League affiliate).
Singler played 4 years at the University of Oregon before going undrafted in the 2013 NBA draft. At 6’6”, he is a little undersized for an NBA forward and could not make up for it with his middling talent level. If he is able to join the Idaho Stampede instead of electing to play overseas, it is possible that the Blazers could call him up in times of injury.
As a senior at UO, Singler averaged 11.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.8 assists in 31 minutes per game. His older brother, Kyle Singler, was selected by the Detroit Pistons in 2011, but had the benefit of playing in the Spanish League until the NBA lockout ended. Without the same developmental opportunity, E.J. will have a difficult time finding an NBA home this year.
Still, I will very much enjoy tracking his progress and wish him the best of luck in training camp.