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Blazers’ Hezonja to Honor Petrovic With Jersey Number

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The Trail Blazers introduced forwards Mario Hezonja and Anthony Tolliver on Wednesday.

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The Trail Blazers introduced two free agent acquisitions today: Anthony Tolliver and Mario Hezonja. Tolliver, a 34-year-old power forward, signed a one-year deal worth $2.6 million on Monday. Hezonja, a former lottery lottery selection, signed a two-year deal on Sunday that includes a player option.

In the Blazers’ press release on the signings, President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey said the following about Tolliver:

“Anthony is a consummate professional with an elite skill that will translate immediately into our system while providing leadership in our locker room.”

In front of the assembled media, the Tolliver spoke about lessons he learned from his time as a role player in the NBA (via KGW’s Orlando Sanchez).

Olshey was equally complimentary and hopeful in his comments about Hezonja.

“Mario is a prodigiously talented player with a high ceiling and a bright future,” said Olshey. “He will have a chance to contribute immediately while we work to accelerate his development.”

Hezonja explained that he will honor Drazen Petrovic by donning the No. 44 next season.

After deciding to join the Knicks over the Blazers last summer, Hezonja playfully delivered a set of apologies during his introduction.

The exodus of forwards this summer should open up opportunities for both Hezonja and Tolliver in coach Terry Stotts’ rotation. Tolliver is a floor-spacing specialist and Hezonja’s role could involve a wide range of responsibilities.