Trail Blazers Signing Center Ibou Badji to a Two-Way Contract, Waiving Olivier Sarr
Portland is adding another developmental center.
The Trail Blazers plan to waive two-way center Olivier Sarr and sign center Ibou Badji to a two-way deal to replace him, a league source confirmed. The move was first reported by ESPN.
Badji, a native of Senegal, came up in the NBA Academy Africa program and played professionally in Spain for three seasons before going undrafted in June. He's currently with the Wisconsin Herd of the G League.
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In December of 2020, in his former job as a draft analyst for ESPN, current Blazers assistant general manager Mike Schmitz wrote a scouting report on Badji that compared his upside to useful shot-blocking NBA centers like JaVale McGee, Hassan Whiteside and Mitchell Robinson.
Badji joins center John Butler Jr. as the Blazers' second two-way contract player. Butler has appeared in just one game and played nine minutes of garbage time for the Blazers. Sarr, who had a strong preseason and appeared poised to compete for real minutes before suffering a wrist injury, wasn't going to be ready to return soon and the Blazers felt they needed more frontcourt depth.
Badji likely won't play much right away and could see time in the G League in the coming weeks. Second-year forward Greg Brown III is currently playing for the Ontario Clippers.