The Portland Trail Blazers chased free agent Mario Hezonja in free agency but ended up losing him to the New York Knicks. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Hezonja earned a one-year, $6.5 million contract from New York.
The Knicks and Hezonja close out a tough recruitment, where several teams -- including Portland, Sacramento and Memphis -- competed for a fifth overall pick from the 2015 NBA Draft. Hezonja was drawn to coach David Fizdale, after going thru several coaching changes in Orlando.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 2, 2018
For Hezonja and KNICKS, it's a one-year, $6.5M deal, sources tell ESPN. He'll have a real opportunity to create some traction for his career with the Knicks. https://t.co/hLe6jPXwaI— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 2, 2018
In a moment of unintentional comedy, Wojnarowski roused Blazers fans by erroneously tweeting that Portland had won the bidding for Hezonja’s services. The tweet has since been deleted, but here’s a screenshot of the correction:
I just felt a disturbance in the Force, as if millions of Blazers fans cried out in joy, then suddenly fell silent.— David Deckard (@DaveDeckard) July 2, 2018