Tim Frazier To Sign With Portland Trailblazers For Remainder Of Season
Penn State’s own Tim Frazier is going back to the NBA, swapping the City of Brotherly Love for Rip City.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Portland Trailblazers will pick up Frazier, who was waived by the Philadelphia 76ers in order to clear up a roster spot for the recently acquired Thomas Robinson on Feb. 24. Robinson was claimed off waivers from Denver just before the NBA trade deadline. Frazier, who played with Philly on two 10-day contracts during his stint, proved that he could hold his own with the big boys. In six games, Frazier notched 5.7 points, 7.2 assists, and 3.2 rebounds per game.
We can expect Frazier to play behind star point guard Damian Lillard, while providing the Trail Blazers with another capable shooter and ballhandler in relief of the injured Wes Matthews, who ruptured his achilles and is out for the season.
Frazier received a call up to the NBA earlier this year by the 76ers after lighting it up in the D-League with the Maine Red Claws. After he was waived by Philadelphia, Frazier picked up right where he left off in Maine, earning D-Leauge Player of the Week honors this past week. During the three-game stretch, Frazier averaged 20.3 points, 7.7 assists, 7.7 boards, 1.3 steals, while shooting 48.9 percent from the floor an outing. On the year, he’s averaging 16.1 points, 9.5 assists, and 7.1 rebounds per game.
That’s not too bad for an undrafted point guard who many deemed too small to play in the pros.
Portland has 10 games remaining on its schedule, and currently sits as the fourth seed in the loaded Western Conference with a 47-25 record. Frazier should assist the team as it fights for home court advantage in the playoffs.