Blazers sign Garrett for training camp

By Erik Gundersen, Columbian Trail Blazers writer

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After making an addition to their front court last week, the Portland Trail Blazers added another body to their backcourt for the upcoming training camp.

The Blazers signed point guard Diante Garrett, who played most recently with the Utah Jazz, to a two-year non-guaranteed deal according to a source.

The Oregonian first reported the signing.

Garrett played in 71 games last season with the Jazz, averaging 3.5 points, 1.7 assists in 15 minutes per game. Garrett shot 38 percent from the field but a respectable 37 percent from the three-point line last season, improving from his rookie season.

The Jazz drafted point guard Dante Exum with the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, one-year after using a lottery pick on point guard Trey Burke 2013.

Utah subsequently moved Garrett in July to Toronto in exchange for sharp-shooter Steve Novak. The Raptors then waived Garrett.

Garrett has been in the NBA for two seasons after a four-year career at Iowa State. He played 19 games for the Phoenix Suns his rookie season.

Of course, the signing comes with the obvious caveat that the Blazers have the maximum league allotted 15 players with guaranteed contracts for next season.

Garrett or any other non-guaranteed signee can be waived by the Blazers without financial or salary cap consequences.

Training camp opens the first part of October.