Blazers Sign C Earl Barron

The Portland Trail Blazers have officially announced the signing of reserve center Earl Barron. The move was first reported by Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld.com.

The Portland Trail Blazers have signed center Earl Barron for the remainder of the season, it was announced today by General Manager Rich Cho.

Barron, 29, was a member of the 2005-06 NBA Champion Miami Heat his rookie season in the league and has played parts of five seasons with Miami (2005-08), the New York Knicks (2009-10), Phoenix Suns (2010-11) and Milwaukee Bucks (2010-11), posting career averages of 5.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 15.1 minutes in 108 games (27 starts).

A University of Memphis product, Barron (7-0, 250) averaged 3.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 14.1 minutes in 19 games (six starts) with Phoenix and Milwaukee this season.

Barron also played parts of five seasons in the NBA Development League, making the D-League All-Star team in 2009-10 with the Iowa Energy.

The Trail Blazers roster now stands at 15 players. Barron will wear jersey No. 40.

The signing marks the fifth different reserve center that the Blazers have signed this season. That murderers' row: Fabricio Oberto, Sean Marks, Jarron Collins, Chris Johnson and now Barron. Blazers GM Rich Cho is now averaging a stunning one big man signed every 34 days dating back to Oct. 22. (Not including multiple 10-day contracts and the double-signing of Johnson.)

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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