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Festus Ezeli | Center | #31

Team: Portland Trail Blazers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 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 (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. Sep 24 - 2:47 PM
Source: CBS Sports

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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

The Blazers are not pursuing Festus Ezeli, according to Jason Quick of CSNNW.

This is a conflicting report from the Oregonian. The Warriors will rescind their offer sheet on Ezeli, so he'll be an unrestricted free agent. He had a terrible run in the postseason, so his market likely weakened. Ezeli can block shots, but his offensive game isn't strong enough to consider him as a strong fantasy target.
Jul 4 - 4:05 PM

The Blazers "have expressed interest" in Festus Ezeli, a source told Joe Freeman of Oregonian.

Jason Quick of CSNNW adds that Ezeli's agent has yet to hear from Portland GM Neil Olshey, so it sounds like there is still some work to be done here if the two sides are going to come together on a deal. Although the Blazers need a starting center, there is no incentive to rush into an agreement. After Golden State landed Kevin Durant, Ezeli will now be looking for a new home.
Jul 4 - 2:10 PM

The Warriors are expected to rescind the qualifying contract offer to Festus Ezeli, making him an unrestricted free agent, a source told ESPN's Marc Spears.

Golden State is in salary-clearing mode after Kevin Durant's announcement that he'd sign with the Warriors, and they're not going to bring back Ezeli as a result. Now that he'll be a UFA, the market should develop quickly for one of the best true centers remaining on the market.
Jul 4 - 12:19 PM

Festus Ezeli has officially received a qualifying offer, making him a restricted free agent on July 1.

Ezeli is expected to receive some hefty offers from teams around the league, and Golden State will be hard-pressed to match if they're reserving cap space for Kevin Durant. The team would reportedly prefer to keep Ezeli rather than Andrew Bogut, the latter of whom is a trade candidate, but it's unclear how many teams would be interested in Bogut's expiring $12.7 million salary.
Jun 29 - 8:20 PM

Festus Ezeli said he hasn't considered whether he's played his last game with the Warriors.

While the 26-year-old could be lured away from the Warriors as a restricted free agent this summer, he's still smarting from the Warriors' Game 7 loss in the NBA Finals. "I really have not," Ezeli said when asked whether he'd considered if Sunday’s game might have been his last in a Warriors uniform. "There are a lot of emotions going through my mind right now. That one is really in the back of my mind. It’s not really an issue. I’m just thinking about the fact that we lost, and it’s a really s— feeling." While Ezeli could see an uptick in fantasy value with a new team, his fantasy value will be limited if he ends up back with the Warriors.
Jun 21 - 10:19 AM

Festus Ezeli moved into the Warriors' lineup for Game 7, but he struggled to a line of zero points, one rebound and one assist in 11 minutes of action.

The Warriors started the 'death lineup' in Game 6 but it resulted in another loss, so Steve Kerr opted for a more traditional approach with Ezeli replacing Andrew Bogut's size in the starting lineup. The move didn't pay off, however, as Ezeli looked tired early and was repeatedly burned on defense in a game full of small-ball lineups. It will be interesting to see what sort of contract offers he receives as a restricted free agent this summer.
Jun 19 - 11:23 PM

Festus Ezeli will start Game 7 for the Warriors on Sunday.

Andre Iguodala (back) will come off the bench but he's playing without a minute-limit, and the lineup change is a matchup-based move by coach Steve Kerr. Ezeli gives the team more rim protection and rebounding, but Iguodala should still see an increased role in Game 7 with Andrew Bogut (knee) watching from the sidelines.
Jun 19 - 8:03 PM

Festus Ezeli played 10 minutes with two points, three rebounds and one block against the Cavs on Monday.

The Warriors needed some help at the five tonight and they really didn't get it from anyone. Draymond Green will be back for Game 6 on Thursday, so Ezeli won't be as important for that one.
Jun 13 - 11:56 PM

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PG1Damian Lillard
2Shabazz Napier
SG1C.J. McCollum
2Allen Crabbe
3Pat Connaughton
4Tim Quarterman
SF1Evan Turner
2Jake Layman
3Luis Montero
PF1Al-Farouq Aminu
2Moe Harkless
3Meyers Leonard
4Noah Vonleh
C1Mason Plumlee
2Ed Davis
3Festus Ezeli