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Blazers Sign Center John Butler To Second Two-Way Deal

Portland has filled its two-way spots with a couple of seven footers.

2022 NBA Draft Combine Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/NBAE via Getty Images

The Portland Trail Blazers have signed 7’1 power forward/center John Butler to its second two-way contract slot, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

After one season at Florida State, Butler went undrafted in June before representing the New Orleans Pelicans during NBA Summer League. Earlier this month, the 19-year-old signed a two-way contract to stay in Louisiana but was waived a few days later.

Butler joins Olivier Sarr as the Blazers’ second two-way contract signing.

During Summer League, Butler averaged 8.5 points on almost 67% three point shooting, along with 3.7 boards and 1 block.

At Florida State, Butler, who carries a skinny 174-pound frame and a 7’2 wingspan, put up averages of 5.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 18.9 minutes.

Butler and Sarr are the only Blazer players, outside of Jusuf Nurkic, taller than seven foot. With Sarr currently out of the lineup due to a wrist sprain, Butler will add extra reassurance and size to the front court.