Portland’s roster now has 13 players on standard NBA contracts, two short of the NBA maximum of 15 roster spots.
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The Trail Blazers had converted Skylar Mays from a two-way contract to a standard contract in November when the team’s guard depth was tanked by injuries to Anfernee Simons, Scoot Henderson and Malcolm Brogdon.
The 26-year-old guard turned in solid play when he saw the floor. In 21 appearances this season, including five starts, Mays averaged 6.3 points, 3.6 assists and 1.8 rebounds. Mays first joined the team last March on a 10-day contract, appearing in Portland’s final six games of the 2022-23 season.
Portland signed Wainright in October after the forward was waived by the Phoenix Suns, but his short Blazers tenure was plagued by injuries. In seven appearances with the team, Wainright averaged 2.9 points and 1.3 rebounds.
When news like this breaks, opening up two roster spots with just over a month until the Feb. 8 NBA Trade Deadline, the natural thought process wonders if the team is making room for upcoming moves. That’s the most exciting scenario, at least. We’ll have to see what Portland does in the next 30 days or so.
To wrap it up with one closing thought: This writer enjoyed watching Mays, with his sure-handed craftiness, play in a Trail Blazers uniform.