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Blazers Sign High-Flying Forward Derrick Jones Jr.

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The Trail Blazers bolstered their forward rotation by reaching a two-year deal with forward Derrick Jones Jr.

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The Trail Blazers have reached an agreement with free agent forward Derrick Jones Jr. According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Jones is set to sign a two-year, $19 million contract with Portland.

According to NBA reporter David Aldridge, the second year of Jones’ contract is a player option.

Jones, a 23-year-old athletic forward, played in 59 regular season games with the Heat last season. In those outings, he averaged 8.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. At the 2020 All-Star Weekend, Jones won the dunk competition.

If that reported contract figure is accurate, the Blazers have successfully exercised their mid-level exception to acquire Jones.