THE Portland Trail Blazers have announced the signings of forwards Mario Hezonja and Anthony Tolliver.
Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in the 2015 draft by Orlando, played three seasons with the Magic before spending last season with the New York Knicks. He averaged 8.8 points in 58 games.
Trail Blazers President Neil Olshey says the native of Croatia is "a prodigiously talented player with a high ceiling and a bright future."
Tolliver spent last season with Minnesota. The 11-year veteran has also played with eight other teams, averaging 6.4 points.
The deals were announced on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time) because they are among the few types of contracts that can be signed before the end of the free agency moratorium, which lasts until Saturday afternoon. Minimum-salary contracts covering one or two seasons with no bonuses could be completed once free agency opened.