Trail Blazers will sign center Steven Hill to training camp contract

The Trail Blazers plan to sign center Steven Hill to a training camp
contract in an effort to fortify their injury-depleted frontcourt,
according to a source close to the situation.

The 7-foot Hill, who played on the Blazers’ summer league team in 2008
and briefly with the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2008-09 season,
was traveling to Portland Sunday afternoon and the parties were
optimistic that Hill would be available to play Monday night, when the
Blazers host the Utah Jazz in a preseason game.

The Blazers developed a need for a center Thursday night, when Jeff Pendergraph tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in a game at Utah. Hill, who had been working out privately, was not part of a training camp roster, so the match is perfect.

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