Trail Blazers Acquire Mason Plumlee, Draft Rights to Pat Connaughton from Brooklyn

Portland sends Steve Blake and draft rights to Rondae Hollis-Jefferson to the Nets

PORTLAND, Ore. (June 25, 2015) – The Portland Trail Blazers have acquired center/forward Mason Plumlee and the draft rights to guard/forward Pat Connaughton from the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for guard Steve Blake and the draft rights to forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, it was announced today by President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey.

Plumlee, 25, has posted averages of 8.1 points (60.6% FG, 54.5% FT), 5.4 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.78 blocks and 19.9 minutes in 152 career games (67 starts) over two seasons with Brooklyn.

A 2013-14 NBA All-Rookie First Team selection, Plumlee (6-11, 235) was selected by the Nets with the 22nd overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft out of Duke.

Selected by the Nets with the 41st overall pick of tonight’s NBA Draft out of Notre Dame, Connaughton (6-5, 218) averaged 10.5 points (45.0% FG, 38.6% 3-PT, 77.7% FT), 5.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists in four seasons with the Irish.

Connaughton was an All-ACC Third Team selection in 2015.

Blake, 35, played parts of five seasons over three different tenures with the Trail Blazers, posting averages of 7.8 points (41.4% FG, 39.8% 3-PT, 78.2% FT), 2.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists for the team. His 492 3-pointers rank sixth among Portland’s all-time leaders.

Portland selected Hollis-Jefferson with the 23rd overall pick in the first round of tonight’s NBA Draft.

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