The Trail Blazers’ Las Vegas Summer League roster has begun to take shape, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes. He reports that former first-round pick John Jenkins is set to bolster Portland’s young backcourt for the offseason tournament.
ESPN Sources: Portland plans to add guard John Jenkins, a 2012 first-round pick, to its Summer League roster. There's a good chance he'll be on an NBA roster next season.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 23, 2018
Jenkins was selected at pick No. 23 by the Atlanta Hawks in in the 2012 Draft after a successful college career at Vanderbilt. The 27-year-old shooting guard averaged 5.1 points per game in his 145 games (8 starts) in the NBA.
After departing the NBA, Jenkins spent the 2017-18 season in Spain’s Liga ACB. While overseas, the former Hawks guard averaged 12.7 points per game while shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc.
Jenkins attended the second of the two veteran camps the Blazers hosted earlier this offseason. Jenkins told Oliver Maroney why he is excited to play for Portland’s Summer League team:
John Jenkins (@JohnnyCashVU23) on playing w/POR: “I just think it’s a great opportunity. In previous years, I probably would have been prideful and said no to Summer League. But, I think it’s a great situation and I just want to compete and show people that I have gotten better.” https://t.co/ttrj9rys8e— Oliver Maroney (@OMaroneyNBA) June 23, 2018