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Freeman: 17th Man is Dwayne Jones or Earl Barron

Joe Freeman of The Oregonian tweets... --------------- I expect one of these two guys to be at the workout: Dwayne Jones or Earl Barron. Who are they? D-League centers and finalists to fill the hardship exception roster spot the Blazers presumably were granted from the NBA. --------------- To read more about Jones, check out this post from last week. Well-traveled at 28 years old, Barron last played in the NBA in 2007 for the Miami Heat. He's listed at 7" and 245 pounds. On Sunday night, he put up 25 points and 15 rebounds for the Iowa Energy of the NBDL. He was in camp with the New Orleans Hornets this fall but was eventually waived. Update (11:46AM): Hold up, heyyyy. Freeman tweets an update that neither player is at practice today. The third game Joel Przybilla missed due to injury was last night. So the hardship exemption could only have been sent to the league for review as soon as that game ended. Given the logistics of getting league approval, making sure the active D-leaguers into town, finalizing the contract, etc. this is likely a momentary snag. It's fair to expect a signing announcement shortly, especially if word of the team's final candidates has gotten out. Update (12:13PM): Brian T. Smith further clarifies the timeline described above, tweeting that Kevin Pritchard is still waiting to hear back from the league offices. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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