TRAIL BLAZERS WAIVE ANTHONY TOLLIVER,ASSIGN PATTY MILLS TO IDAHO STAMPEDE

BOISE, Idaho, December 24, 2009 – In a pair of roster moves, the Portland Trail Blazers waived forward Anthony Tolliver and assigned guard Patty Mills to the NBA Development League’s Idaho Stampede, it was announced today by General Manager Kevin Pritchard. Mills is the 10th NBA player and the 12th assignment to an NBA D-League affiliate this season.

Tolliver appeared in two games for the Trail Blazers, grabbing a rebound in four minutes. He was called up from the Stampede on Dec. 17 after the NBA awarded Portland a hardship exemption.

Mills, selected by the Trail Blazers with the 55th overall pick in the second round of the 2009 NBA Draft, will join the Stampede on Wednesday. The Australian national fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during an NBA Summer League practice session July 9. He underwent surgery on July 13 and recently completed a successful rehabilitation.

A two-year contributor at St. Mary’s (CA), Mills twice earned First Team All-West Coast Conference. Named West Coast Conference Newcomer of the Year as a freshman, Mills was also selected to the Naismith Trophy Award Mid-Season Top-30 list during his sophomore season.

“We are very excited to welcome Anthony back as well as have a player of Patty Mills’ character join our team,” said Idaho Stampede Head Coach Bob MacKinnon. “It is an honor for our organization that the Trail Blazers will send us one of their team members. I think our fans in the Treasure Valley will really enjoy watching as these added players really put a little more fuel in our tank.”

Mills averaged a team-high 14.2 points to go with 2.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 steals in 23 minutes for his native Australia at the Beijing Olympics becoming the youngest player in Australian history to compete in the Olympic Games in basketball.

Mills and Tolliver will both join the team for practice tomorrow, December 30th. The Stampede then travel to Reno to take on the Bighorns January 1st. Trail Blazers fans can stay in step with Mills and the rest of the Stampede by logging onto nba.com/dleague to watch all of the Stampede’s game live, online, for free.