In another move today the Portland Trail Blazers have signed Mario Hezonja to a veteran’s minimum deal this evening. This is the second small forward the Blazers have signed today and the Blazers are now very deep at the position. As we speculated earlier today this could be a signal of some sort of move coming up.
Hezonja is only 24 and from Croatia. This coming season will be his fifth in the NBA. He spent the first three years of his career with the Orlando Magic and played with the New York Knicks last season.
A lot of people around the league consider “Super Mario” to be a bit of a bust. He had some lofty expectations coming in to the league from Barcelona of the Spanish League.
He’s never lived up to those expectations.
Over his four years in the league Hezonja has averaged 8.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, and a steal over the 277 games he’s played. The Knicks played him at back up point guard quite a bit at the end of the season and he seemed to flourish with the ball in his hands a bit more. So maybe he can replace some of the minutes Evan Turner had.
The Blazers are probably not done doing moves yet. So I’m sure we’ll back with with more in the coming hours and days.