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Festus Ezeli | Center | #31

Team: Portland Trail Blazers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/21/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 265
College: Vanderbilt
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (30) / GS
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Trail Blazers' GM Neil Olshey stated on Tuesday that Festus Ezeli will not be with the team next season.
Portland had a team option on Ezeli for Year-2, but Olshey isn't willing to hand him another $7.7 million after he failed to play a single game for them due to chronic knee issues. Ezeli should be able to find a contract with another team as a backup center, but he's not going to have any fantasy value. Apr 25 - 6:04 PM

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Festus Ezeli is hopeful that he will have a chance to suit up for the Blazers next season.

Ezeli never made an appearance for the Blazers this season and had cadaver ligament replacement surgery on his left knee back in March. He's been rehabbing his knee five times a week and is working on his range of motion, but he still has to monitor some swelling and is eating healthy to avoid putting on any extra weight. While it's unlikely that the Blazers will pick up their $7.73 million option on Ezeli for next season, hopefully he'll get another chance to play in 2017-18 if he can finally get his knee right.
Apr 23 - 9:41 AM

Festus Ezeli underwent season-ending knee surgery on Wednesday.

Ezeli didn't manage to get on the court for a single minute with the Trail Blazers this season, so there won't be any fantasy impact with him now officially done for the year. Hopefully, he'll be ready to go by training camp.
Source: NBA.com
Mar 8 - 1:05 PM

Festus Ezeli is expected to undergo surgery next week on his left knee.

He will be out for the rest of the season and not log a single minute following his contract from over the summer. With Jusuf Nurkic playing well, the Blazers really have no need for Ezeli on their roster for another year. He'll have an important summer ahead of him.
Source: NBA.com
Mar 4 - 6:57 PM

The Blazers are still looking to trade away Festus Ezeli (knee) on Thursday, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

On top of the fact that Ezeli hasn't played a minute this year, the Blazers added another young center in Jusuf Nurkic. The Blazers signed Ezeli to a two-year, $16 million deal last summer, so it's not the worst deal out there.
Feb 23 - 11:20 AM

The Blazers are still hoping to trade Festus Ezeli (knee) before the Feb. 23 deadline.

Ezeli is in the first year of a two-year, $15 million deal, but the Blazers are pitching him to teams well below the salary floor and are reportedly offering draft compensation to make a deal work. His contract is guaranteed for only $1 million next season, so moving him may not be as difficult as many would expect. Ezeli is out indefinitely and is still contemplating a season-ending surgery.
Source: ESPN
Feb 13 - 9:40 AM

Festus Ezeli (knee) will not be with the Blazers on their four-game trip, but his agent says it is not because of an impending knee surgery.

Per Blazer beat writer Joe Freeman: "Before leaving, Ezeli approached teammates and exchanged hugs/handshakes. Like he was saying bye. Blazers are leaving for a four-game trip Saturday, but it sure seemed like Ezeli was saying bye for good (or extended time) rather than a week." We will update the situation when we have more info. However, this doesn't have a significant fantasy impact, as Ezeli has been ruled out indefinitely due to a knee injury.
Jan 14 - 9:13 AM

Festus Ezeli (knee) is likely to undergo season-ending surgery.

He's still trying to determine if he should have the procedure. Ezeli signed a two-year, $15 million deal with the Blazers this summer and said he was 100 percent healthy back in July, but it just isn't working out.
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 05:25:00 PM

Festus Ezeli is seeking a second opinion on his surgically repaired left knee.

Ezeli suffered a setback in his recovery in October, and it doesn't sound like he's any closer to getting back to the court. Ezeli will not travel with the team to Houston or New Orleans, but he's expected to re-join the squad for Sunday's game in Brooklyn, where he'll watch the game from the sidelines. Ezeli is not worth owning in any league.
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 10:11:00 AM

Festus Ezeli suffered a setback in his recovery from left knee surgery while practicing last month.

"I practiced, and that’s what happens sometimes – it reacts, swells up, you go back, regress and come back,’’ Ezeli said. "I’m just continuing to work and grind through this rehab. That’s all I can do." This helps explain why Ezeli has gone well past his initial six-week timetable, and it's currently unclear exactly when he'll be able to get back to the court. He's not worth owning anywhere.
Source: CSN NW
Wed, Nov 9, 2016 09:15:00 AM

Festus Ezeli (left knee surgery) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Warriors.

Ezeli has been limited to light shooting, light running and going through some 5-on-0 drills, but he's still not practicing in full and remains without an official timetable to return. "It’s going to be slow,’’ Ezeli said of his recovery process. "It is slow. But hopefully rewarding at the end." Even when healthy, Ezeli won't be worth owning in most leagues as he figures to earn limited minutes behind Mason Plumlee.
Source: CSN NW
Tue, Nov 1, 2016 04:48:00 PM

Festus Ezeli (left knee surgery) has been ruled out for Portland's regular-season opener against Utah.

He's still not practicing in full, so this is hardly a surprise. Ezeli will have a limited role behind Mason Plumlee this year, so his fantasy value will be more or less non-existent.
Tue, Oct 25, 2016 02:30:00 PM

Festus Ezeli (knee) was a limited participant during Thursday's practice.

Ezeli remains doubtful for the regular season opener, and he'll likely be brought along slowly once he is finally able to give it a go. In other words, he's not an attractive guy to draft in almost any format.
Thu, Oct 20, 2016 06:49:00 PM

Festus Ezeli (left knee surgery) is still not close to getting back on the court.

"We’re taking it day by day," said Ezeli. "There’s no timetable [for a return] when it comes to this stuff. It goes by feel. Some days I feel good. There are good days and bad days, but there’s progress overall." To this point Ezeli has only been able to go through light shooting drills, but taking contact remains off the table. It would be shocking to see Ezeli active on opening night, and the fact is he just won't have a large enough role in Portland to justify a draft pick in most settings.
Wed, Oct 19, 2016 10:37:00 AM

Festus Ezeli (knee) was able to participate in some light shooting after Saturday's practice, but he still has no timetable to return.

Beat writer Jason Quick states it's the "most" he's seen Ezeli do this season, and that's a stark indication of where the big man is in his recovery process. It would be surprising to see Ezeli in uniform on opening night, and his ongoing knee issues are a major factor in why his free agent market was much quieter than most had once expected.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 03:26:00 PM

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