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The Trail Blazers on Friday bolstered their depleted center position by agreeing to sign free agent center Fabricio Oberto to a one-year contract, a high-ranking source told The Oregonian. The move will result in the departure of injured center Jeff Pendergraph, who will either be waived or traded by Monday.

Oberto, a 6-foot-10, 208-pound center, is a five-year NBA veteran who has played for San Antonio and Washington. Last season with the Wizards, he played in 57games, including 20starts, and averaged 1.5 points and 1.8 rebounds in 11.4minutes.

Oberto on Friday was in Argentina when the Blazers agreed to sign him. The 35-year-old will arrive in Portland on Monday. The Blazers open the regular season on Tuesday at home against Phoenix.

The move came after coach Nate McMillan was apprehensive about opening the regular season with one healthy center, Marcus Camby, a veteran who has battled injuries throughout his career and throughout this preseason. The Blazers are awaiting the return of rehabilitating centers Joel Przybilla and Greg Oden, with Przybilla predicting a mid-November return. The team has not forecasted a return date for Oden.
Good move. Hopefully he won't get off the bench much and Joel will be back soon, but we needed another big body.

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