Festus Ezeli
Festus Ezeli
29-Year-Old CenterC
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
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$Signed a two-year, $15.13 million contract with the Trail Blazers in July of 2016. Waived by the Trail Blazers in June of 2017.
Will be let go by Trail Blazers
CFree Agent
Knee
April 25, 2017
Trail Blazers' GM Neil Olshey said Ezeli's contract for the 2017-18 season won't be guaranteed, making him an unrestricted free agent, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.
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Ezeli was expected to bring the Trail Blazers a much-needed defensive presence in the frontcourt this past season, but a previous left knee injury continued to hamper his availability to take the court. Despite originally expecting to miss just six weeks after receiving a pain injection early in year, Ezeli eventually suffered a setback in his rehab and would go on to miss the entire 2016-17 campaign, finishing with yet another season-ending surgery in March. With a non-guaranteed $7.73 million contract for next season on tap, GM Neil Olshey wasted no time making the decision to drop him, as just a day after the Trail Blazers were eliminated from the playoffs by the Warriors, he announced the team wouldn't keep Ezeli around. Ezeli will be an unrestricted free agent and can sign with anyone, although his most recent knee surgery could hold him out for a good chunk of the 2017-18 season as well, which will likely keep most teams away for the time being.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Festus Ezeli
Handicapping the NBA: The Warriors' Win Meant Something
January 18, 2017
Jason Rubin is taking the Hornets to cover a 4.5-point spread at home against the Blazers.
NBA Injury Analysis: First Quarter Report
December 20, 2016
As the NBA’s first quarter draws to a close, Jeff Stotts looks at some of the most notable injuries so far, including Blake Griffin, who’ll have surgery on his right knee and most likely miss a month.
NBA Draft Kit: Injury Primer
NBA Draft Kit: Injury Primer
September 29, 2016
September 29, 2016
RotoWire injury expert Jeff Stotts breaks down all the big injury news heading into fantasy basketball draft season, including whether Anthony Davis can move on from his multiple ailments.
NBA Draft Kit: Pacific Division Positional Battles
September 18, 2016
The Kobe Bryant farewell tour is finally over and the Lakers are ready to move on. However, they have a few spots in the front court up for grabs. Can Julius Randle lock up the PF spot?
NBA Draft Kit: Northwest Division Positional Battles
September 12, 2016
The Northwest division is stacked with young talent, with the Thunder possibly the most intriguing now that Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka are gone. But who is going to line up with Russell Westbrook?
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Ezeli returned to active duty in 2014-15 after sitting out the entire 2013-14 season while recovering from surgery on his ACL and MCL in his right knee. A combination of a relatively healthy Andrew Bogut and an increasing reliance on small-ball lineups left Ezeli with little playing time. He averaged just 11 minutes per game in 46 games. At this stage of his career, Ezeli is all defense. He averaged 3.0 blocks and 11.1 rebounds per 36 minutes. Offensively, his hands have gotten better, though he's still very much limited to dunks and put-backs. He's entering the final year of his rookie deal, and the Warriors want to retain him at a reasonable price. Bogut's still around for another two years, but the organization is interested in having an inexpensive and familiar in-house option as a replacement.
Ezeli missed the entire 2013-14 season after undergoing surgery to repair the medial collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments in his right knee back in June 2013. The Warriors' initial timetable had him returning last season, but he kept getting pushed back and never made it to the court. He was medically cleared to play this summer but suffered inflammation in his right shin and didn't see action at the Las Vegas Summer League. The injury was not considered serious, and we expect Ezeli in camp to compete for a depth role at center. He's an outstanding shot blocker, but work remains to refine his overall game. After missing a year of development time due to the knee injury, it would not be surprising to see Ezeli get a lot of D-League minutes this season.
Ezeli had offseason knee surgery and is not expected to be ready to play until December, at the earliest. He received a fair amount of playing time as a rookie in 2012-13 because of the recuperation time Andrew Bogut needed after undergoing ankle surgery. With Bogut healthy heading into training camp and veteran Jermaine O'Neal on board for the season, Ezeli's role will be diminished once he returns. He's a feared shot-blocker, but could use some development time in the D-League.
Ezeli is athletic and mobile, but is a work-in-progress at both ends of the floor. He’s an aggressive shot blocker, though probably too aggressive as it takes him out of rebounding position when, more than anything, the Warriors could use rebounding help in the frontcourt. Where he fits in the big-man rotation is up in the air as the team enters training camp. He could usurp minutes from the disappointing Andris Biedrins, but the addition of Carl Landry could block Ezeli’s path to meaningful playing time.
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Undergoes surgery Wednesday
CPortland Trail Blazers
Knee
March 12, 2017
Ezeli (knee) underwent season-ending surgery Wednesday.
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Recovery from surgery could take a full year
CPortland Trail Blazers
Knee
March 5, 2017
Ezeli (knee), who is set to undergo season-ending surgery during the upcoming week, could require up to a year to recover from the procedure, ESPN.com's Chris Haynes reports.
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Will undergo season-ending knee surgery
CPortland Trail Blazers
Knee
March 4, 2017
Ezeli will undergo season-ending surgery on his left knee during the upcoming week.
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Not traveling with team, surgery still undecided
CPortland Trail Blazers
Knee
January 17, 2017
Ezeli isn't traveling on the Blazers' current four-game road trip, but his agent indicated that the center isn't facing an impending surgery on his ailing left knee, Jason Quick of CSN Northwest reports.
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Considering season-ending surgery
CPortland Trail Blazers
Knee
December 17, 2016
Ezeli is reportedly considering a season-ending procedure on his left knee, ESPN.com's Chris Haynes and Marc Stein report.
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