Source: Blazers to sign Fabricio Oberto
A source within the organization said that the Blazers plan to sign center Fabricio Oberto to a one-year contract. The move would add much-needed height to the Blazers’ roster, which is conspicuously low on big men.
Oberto, a five-year veteran who stands at 6-foot-10, 208 pounds, has played for the Spurs and Wizards and averaged 1.5 points and 1.8 rebounds for Washington last year. The 35-year-old was in Argentina Friday night and is expected to arrive Monday.
The Blazers must dwindle their roster to 15 before the regular season starts, and already have 15 players under guaranteed contracts. Jeff Pendergraph, who suffered a season-ending torn ACL in the second preseason game, is the most likely candidate to be waived or traded to make room for Oberto.
Marcus Camby, who has been hobbled by minor injuries this preseason, is the only true active center for the Blazers. Portland is still awaiting the return of centers Joel Przybilla and Greg Oden, both of whom are recovering from knee surgeries. Przybilla has been practicing. Oden has not.