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Trail Blazers Courted Mario Hezonja in Free Agency, Lost to Knicks

Adriand Wojnarowski of ESPN reports that Portland, Sacramento, and Memphis all had interest in the former lottery pick.

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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.

Hezonja, a 6’8 small forward, averaged 9.6 points and 3.7 rebounds for the Orlando Magic last season, his third after being drafted 5th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft.

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: