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James Southerland Signs One-Year, Non-Guaranteed Deal With Blazers

James Southerland has signed a one-year, non-guaranteed deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, a league source told RealGM.

Southerland, a 6-foot-8 sharpshooter, played four games for the New Orleans Pelicans and Charlotte Hornets in his rookie season. After going undrafted out of Syracuse, Southerland signed a training camp contract with Charlotte and earned its final regular-season roster spot.

Southerland averaged 3.5 points and two rebounds while hitting three of six 3-pointers a year ago. In the middle of his release from Charlotte and signing with New Orleans, Southerland logged 42 games with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the D-League. 

Southerland played for the Pelicans’ summer league team in July.

As a senior at Syracuse, Southerland found a niche on a talented roster, averaged 13.3 points and 5.2 rebounds and solidified himself as one of the top shooters in the 2013 NBA draft.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM
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