The Portland Trail Blazers are converting Trendon Watford’s two-way contract to a four-year deal, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
ESPN Sources: The Portland Trail Blazers are signing two-way rookie forward Trendon Watford to a new four-year, $5.8M deal that’ll include two non-guaranteed seasons. Blazers are also waiving guard Dennis Smith Jr., who is out several weeks with an elbow injury.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 21, 2022
In a corresponding move, the Blazers are waiving point guard Dennis Smith Jr., who suffered an elbow injury last week and likely would not have played for the rest of the season.
Watford, an undrafted rookie from LSU, is averaging 4.5 points per game along with 3.2 rebounds. He’s begun to see more rotation minutes as the team’s injuries have begun to pile up, and he’s made the most of it.
In a piece written by Jason Quick of The Athletic, coach Chauncey Billups expressed Watford’s value to the team.
“He’s a plug-and-play guy, where you can put him in so many places,” Billups said. “He can do so many things because of his feel, and I don’t have to teach him, he just knows. And those things are quantified in numbers, or analytics, but those things are big. Big.”
With Watford now on the main roster, a two-way contract spot is now vacant and the Blazers will have the opportunity to fill it in the coming days.