NEW YORK, March 17, 2008 – The Portland Trail Blazers today re-assigned rookie forward Josh McRoberts to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Idaho Stampede, it was announced by Trail Blazers General Manager Kevin Pritchard. McRoberts was previously on assignment with Idaho from Jan. 9-Feb. 3.
During his first assignment, McRoberts averaged 7.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 26.5 minutes in eight games with the Stampede. This season in the NBA, McRoberts is averaging 2.0 points, 0.8 rebounds and 4.4 minutes in five games with the Trail Blazers.
“Sending Josh back to Idaho will give him the best chance to develop as the season winds down,” said Pritchard. “Getting the opportunity to play extended minutes is an important step in his rookie season, and we saw good results from his last trip there.”
Originally selected in the second round (37th overall) of the 2007 NBA Draft, McRoberts played two seasons at Duke, where he averaged 10.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 69 games.
McRoberts is scheduled to join the Stampede on Friday, March 21, when the team travels to Anaheim to take on the Arsenal.
Trail Blazers fans can stay in step with McRoberts and the Stampede by logging onto www.d-league.com/watch to watch all D-League games streamed live, for free.