Click here to Skip to main content

Blazers sign C Oberto, waive F Pendergraph

Posted Oct 26 2010 12:07AM

PORTLAND, Ore.(AP) -- The Portland Trail Blazers signed free agent Fabricio Oberto of Argentina to help the team at center while Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla rehabilitate from injuries.

Terms of the deal Monday were not announced.

Earlier in the day the Blazers let go second-year forward Jeff Pendergraph, who injured his knee in the preseason and requires surgery.

The Blazers open the season on Tuesday against the Phoenix Suns at the Rose Garden.

Oberto, 6-foot-10 (2.08 meters), played last season with the Washington Wizards after four seasons with the San Antonio Spurs. He was starting center when the Spurs won the NBA championship in 2007.

Oberto has averaged 3.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 14.6 minutes in 331 NBA games, including 128 starts.

Oberto played on the Argentine national team that won the gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics and also the bronze medal-winning team in 2008 Beijing.

Oden and Przybilla were both injured last season and required surgery. Przybilla has already returned to contact practice and is expected to return by mid-November.

The Blazers had planned this season to play Marcus Camby at center, backed up by Pendergraph. But Portland was left thin in the middle when Pendergraph was injured on Oct. 7.

"We want to thank Jeff for his hard work and professionalism since he arrived here in Portland, and we wish him a fast and successful recovery from his injury," said Blazers general manager Rich Cho. "We sometimes have to make difficult decisions in this business, and this was certainly one of them."

photoBucks-Pistons Series Recap
Relive the top moments from the Bucks-Pistons first round series.
photoJet Stream | Apr 22, 2019
The latest from the Jet Stream!
photoTurning Point: 'Fighter's Mentality'
Jae Crowder came out in Game 4 and set the tone for the Utah Jazz to win and head to Houston for Game 5.
photoMonday's Ultimate Playoff Highlight
Check out the best moments from Monday's Playoff action.
photoMitchell: 'It's not over'
Donovan Mitchell gives props to Jae Crowder after Utah beat Houston in Game 4.

Copyright © NBA Media Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved. No portion of may be duplicated, redistributed or manipulated in any form. By accessing any information beyond this page, you agree to abide by the Privacy Policy / Your California Privacy Rights and Terms of Use. | Ad Choices Ad Choices is part of Turner Sports Digital, part of the Turner Sports & Entertainment Digital Network.