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Blazers’ Caleb Swanigan Opts Out of NBA Restart

Swanigan cites personal reasons for not joining the Blazers in Orlando.

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Portland Trail Blazers forward Caleb Swanigan has opted out of the NBA’s season restart in Orlando, according to president of basketball operations Neil Olshey (via Lindsey Wisniewski of NBC Sports Northwest). Swanigan cites personal reasons for not participating at the NBA’s Walt Disney World bubble. Starting small forward Trevor Ariza has also elected to opt out in order to fulfill a one-month visitation period with his son.

Swanigan arrived in Portland for the second time after a February trade from Sacramento. He played in 20 games for the Blazers, averaging 2.4 points and 3.7 rebounds across 10.7 minutes per contest. The Blazers initially drafted Swanigan with the No. 26 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Teams are allowed to sign replacement players for those that opt out until Aug. 14, as detailed by Luke Adams of Hoops Rumors.

Portland’s first game in Orlando is set for July 31 against the Memphis Grizzlies. You can read more about their possible starting lineup here.