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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
Contract: view contract details

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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. Nov 16 - 10:11 AM

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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
Nov 9 - 9:15 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
Nov 1 - 4:48 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.
Oct 25 - 2:30 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.
Oct 20 - 6:49 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.
Oct 19 - 10:37 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.
Oct 15 - 3:26 PM

Festuz Ezeli (knee) did some light shooting during Tuesday's practice.

Ezeli is still in recovering from a procedure that was performed on his surgically repaired left knee this offseason, and he's currently without an official timetable to return. Once he does get back to the court, he'll play limited minutes behind Mason Plumlee, so there's no reason to invest in Ezeli in most formats.
Sep 27 - 6:42 PM

Festus Ezeli (knee) has no timeline to return to action.

"I personally don't have a timeline," he said. "I'm taking it day by day because when it comes to this situation, you never go with a timeline. It will frustrate me if I go by a timeline. I just try to take it by how I feel so hopefully sometime soon I can get back on the court and start playing again." The big man did say that his knee is "getting better," but "it's gonna take a little bit for me to get to where I'm a 100 percent." The ongoing knee issues helps to explain why Ezeli's free agent market didn't develop like so many anticipated, and it's currently unclear when he may be able to get onto the court for his new team. As a result, Portland will be forced to lean a little harder on Mason Plumlee and Ed Davis.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 24 - 2:47 PM

Festus Ezeli (knee) said he's disappointed he won't be ready to play at the beginning of training camp.

The former Warrior did add he expects to be ready soon after. Ezeli had his left knee injected with bone marrow aspirate concentrate on Aug. 23 and was expected to miss six weeks, so he should be ready before the middle of October. He's still only going to be a backup for the Blazers this season.
Sep 22 - 9:27 PM

Festus Ezeli had his left knee injected with a bone marrow aspirate concentrate on Tuesday, and he will be sidelined for the next six weeks.

While Ezeli has plenty of time to get himself ready for the start of the 2016-17 season, this report is a bit concerning as Ezeli's knees have been a problem throughout his career, and this is the same knee that required arthroscopic surgery back in February. We currently have Ezeli penciled in as the third-string center in Portland, and it's going to be tough for him to change that, particularly if he's forced to spend the beginning of training camp on the sidelines. He's off the radar in most leagues.
Aug 23 - 5:01 PM

Blazers center Festus Ezeli said that his surgically-repaired knees are "100 percent healthy and ready to go."

Concerns about his injury history may have dampened his appeal in free agency. The Blazers did their due diligence, however, and still decided to give him a two-year, $15 million contract, so they must not have seen any medical red flags. Ezeli said that defense is "the part of the game that I like the most...I'm trying to be the monster that I can be." He and Mason Plumlee will hold down the center position this season, a position battle that doesn't bode well for fantasy purposes.
Jul 11 - 2:29 PM

Teams had some concerns about Festus Ezeli's knees.

He has been injury prone with his knee being his biggest issue last year. Ezeli was a bit of a bargain on a two-year, $15 million contract, so the Blazers didn't risk too much. He'll be a backup to Mason Plumlee and is likely looking at minutes around 20.
Jul 9 - 10:24 PM

Unrestricted free agent Festus Ezeli has reached an agreement on a two-year, $15 million deal with the Blazers.

The Warriors rescinded their qualifying offer on Ezeli, so the big man is headed to Portland. He was very disappointing in the postseason and has dealt with numerous injuries. Ezeli played just 46 games in each of his last two seasons with a career-high 16.7 minutes per game last year. He'll likely be in the upper teens again, which doesn't give him much fantasy value.
Jul 7 - 9:22 PM

The Trail Blazers are reportedly bringing in free agent Festus Ezeli for talks and a physical, but other teams are also interested in him.

It was previously reported that Portland wouldn't pursue Ezeli, because to afford him they felt they would have to renounce players such as Meyers Leonard, Allen Crabbe or Moe Harkless. That plan seems to have changed now that Zaza Pachulia signed with the Warriors and Nene signed with the Rockets, leaving a shallow pool of available centers.
Jul 6 - 8:36 PM

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