Report: Wade Baldwin IV agrees to 2-way contract with Portland
Free agent guard Wade Baldwin IV has agreed to a two-way contract with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. This comes only days after the Memphis Grizzlies waived the second-year point man prior to their season-opener against the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Blazers have been known for being an organization capable of developing a backcourt, doing so with the All-Star duo of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum and former Blazers sharpshooter Allen Crabbe.
Portland is coming off a massive success of a season-opener, throttling the Phoenix Suns on the road by a whopping 48 points on Wednesday night, despite a suspension to McCollum that forced him to sit out the game.
Baldwin is entering a great situation for his own development, despite a crowded backcourt in Rip City, as the 21-year-old can now grow within the organization instead of sitting on the Grizzlies’ bench for an entire season.
A then 6-foot-4 rookie with a 6-foot-11 wingspan, logged only 12.1 minutes per game while making only 33 appearances for Memphis, who seemed fully committed to its veterans before shifting its perspective this season, letting three of them go, only to give up on their 17th overall selection from last year’s draft.
Baldwin averaged 3.2 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.8 assists in his short stint with the Grizzlies.