LinkThe Trail Blazers on Monday are expected to add Chris Johnson, a 6-11, 210-pound forward with the Dakota Wizards of the NBA Development League, who will be signed to a 10-day contract via a hardship exception.
Portland is eligible for the exception because four of its players – Marcus Camby, Greg Oden, Brandon Roy and Elliot Williams – have missed at least three games and are declared to be out at least another two weeks.
Johnson, 25, is averaging 17.2 points and 9.7 rebounds and is third in the D-League with 3.1 blocked shots in 27 games. The former Louisiana State standout is mostly an insurance policy, but Blazer brass and coaches want to take a look at him, too, for the future.
The Blazers can sign Johnson to a second 10-day contract, then will be forced to make a decision whether to keep him or let him go. If they keep Johnson, they’ll have to move another player because they are at the 15-player roster limit.