Trail Blazers Sign Another Player To Hardship Contract

With no less than 10 players listed on their injury report, the Portland Trail Blazers are just trying to field a team for each of their final games of the season this week. To that end, they've signed yet another player to a "hardship exception" contract. 

Justin Minaya, an undrafted forward out of Providence last year, has been signed to a 10-day contract, and will finished out the regular season with the Trail Blazers. 

Minaya spent the season south of the border with the Mexico City Capitanes of the G League. In 27 regular season games, he averaged 12.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 2.1 steals in about 35 minutes per night. 

But more recently, Minaya has averaged 17 points — on 40 percent three-point shooting — with 4.8 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.4 blocks in his last 10 games.

Minaya becomes the 3rd player to sign a hardship exception for the Blazers within the past week. They've also signed guards Skylar Mays and Shaq Harrison under the same type of 10-day deal.

Damian LillardJerami GrantAnfernee SimonsJusuf NurkicJustise WinslowKeon Johnson, and Cam Reddish have all missed at least the last three games (many more in some cases). It's full-on Tank Central in the Pacific Northwest.

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