ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday night that the Blazers signed free agent Brandon Rush to a 10-day contract. Rush has not played a game in the 2017-18 season, after being one of the final presason cuts by the Milwaukee Bucks. The well-traveled Rush “returns home” in a way, after Portland chose him with the 13th pick in the 2008 draft. He was promptly traded with Jarrett Jack and Josh McRoberts to Indiana for Iku Diogu and the rights to Jerryd Bayless.
Rush has played for the Pacers, Golden State Warriors (twice), Utah Jazz, and last season for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He has averaged 6.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game in his career, while shooting 40.2% from three.
Blazer’s Edge’s Eric Griffith recently explained how Portland can sign a veteran to their roster this season while still avoiding the luxury tax, thanks to their recent trade of Noah Vonleh to Chicago.
Wojnarowski also reported on Twitter that Rush spent time in Portland during the offseason, but did not elaborate. In 2013, the Blazers reportedly rejected a deal that would have brought Rush and David Lee to Portland, and sent LaMarcus Aldridge to the Warriors.