Blazers waive Cody Zeller following New Orleans Pelicans deal

The Portland Trail Blazers have waived injured center Cody Zeller following the uneven trade that sent CJ McCollum to the New Orleans Pelicans earlier today.

The Blazers also officially announced the trade that ended McCollum’s nine-year tenure at Portland.

The Trail Blazers acquired Josh Hart, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Tomáš Satoranský, Didi Louzada, a protected 2022 first-round pick, the best of New Orleans and Portland’s 2026 second-round picks, and the second-round pick of New Orleans in 2027. Pelicans’ draft picks in exchange for CJ McCollum, Larry Nance Jr. and Tony Snell, the team announced today. In a related move, the Trail Blazers waived Cody Zeller.

“I want to thank Larry Nance Jr., Tony Snell and Cody Zeller for their contributions to the organization and the community this season,” continued Cronin (Acting General Manager Joe).

Zeller signed a veteran free agent contract with the Blazers last offseason and has since played 27 games, averaging 5.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 0.8 assists off the bench.

He underwent surgery on January 25 to repair an avulsion fracture in his right kneecap, which has kept him out of action for more than 20 games this season.

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