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Blazers Get Future 2nd Round Pick From Timberwolves For Tanguy Ngombo

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Over the weekend, we noted the strange case of Tanguy Ngombo, a player with questions about his name and age, who was selected with the No. 57 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Blazer selected Ngombo with a pick sent over from the Dallas Mavericks in the Rudy Fernandez trade and planned to re-route the rights to Ngombo to the Minnesota Timberwolves. That deal was put on hold by the NBA league office, who wanted to review Ngombo's draft eligibility.

On Monday evening, the Blazers issued the following press release.

The Portland Trail Blazers have acquired a future second round pick from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for the draft rights to forward Tanguy Ngombo, it was announced today by the team.

Selected by Dallas with the 57th overall pick in the second round of last week's draft, Portland gained the draft rights to Ngombo as part of the trade that sent guard Rudy Fernandez to the Mavericks.    

Ngombo hails from the Congo and was playing professionally in Qatar. Reportedly he is nearly 27 years old despite claiming that he was 21 in his draft paperwork.

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