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Kennedy: Blazers To Sign C Earl Barron

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Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld.com reports that "the Portland Trail Blazers will sign Earl Barron for the playoffs, according to sources close to the situation." Barron worked out for the Blazers on Monday and also back in November. Following the Gerald Wallace trade in February, there had been some discussion that the Blazers would sign Barron as well. Here's Kevin Pelton's bio on Barron from this year's Pro Basketball Prospectus... -------------------- Journeyman Earl Barron played well for the Knicks in a snippet of playing time at the end of last season, but he was still looking for work at press time. Barron is an offense-first center who has a nice face-up shot on long twos. Unfortunately, it's tough to build a career out of that if you don't defend well, which appears to be the case for Barron. Barron's rebound percentages were excellent for New York, far better than his below-average career norms. If he has legitimately improved his rebounding, he can still find a job. -------------------- Here's an extended look at Barron from Scott Schroeder at Ridiculous Upside written last year. Barron (7-foot, 250 pounds) has played for the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns this season, averaging 3.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in 19 appearances. Once signed, Barron would complete Portland's 15-man roster and he would plug in behind centers Marcus Camby and Chris Johnson on the depth chart. Update: Jason Quick of The Oregonian also reports that the Blazers will sign Barron. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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