The Portland Trail Blazers signed Olivier Sarr to a $10,000 contract. This is a non-guaranteed agreement. On Sunday, the team passed on center Norvell Pell.
Sarr, 23, will compete with other backups Drew Eubanks and Trendon Watford for a spot in training camp. This deal can be converted to a two-way contract before the start of the regular season.
During the NBA 2K23 Summer League, Sarr played with the Phoenix Suns. However, his stats are not available.
Sarr He couldn’t get out of Kentucky in 2021. The 7′ center was released one day after signing a contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder on October 15, 2021.
— Alexander Sarr (@alexandresarr_) August 30, 2022
However, he signed a 10-day contract with the Thunder on December 27. The rookie then signed another 10-day contract with the team on January 9, 2022.
Five days later, Sarr was assigned to the Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA G League. Of course, it was called after one day.
In 14 games with the Blue, the Kentucky product averaged 7.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1 assist per game. He averaged 14.1 minutes per game and shot 52.2% from the field.
Sarr signed a formal contract with the Thunder on February 22.
Trail Blazers sign center Olivier Sarr to a $10 contract
On April 3, in the Thunder’s 117–96 win over the Suns, Sarr scored a career-high 24 points in 22 minutes of action. He finished 9-for-12 (75%) from the field and 5-for-6 (83.3%) from downtown.
But Oklahoma City waived him three days later. In 22 games with the Thunder last season, the center averaged 7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
Saar also played his first three collegiate seasons with Wake Forest and closed out his senior season at Kentucky. In 110 games in the NCAA, the center averaged 8.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1 block per game.
In his 2017-18 freshman season with Wake Forest, Sarr averaged 3.2 points and 3 rebounds per game. He shot 34.8% from the floor.
The following season, the center averaged 6.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1 block per game. In 25 games and 16 starts, Sarr is shooting 47.4% from the field and 25% from beyond the arc.
Then, in his junior 2019-20 season, Sarr averaged a career-high 13.7 points, 9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. In addition to averaging 26.7 minutes per game, he shot 52.7% from the floor.
He was selected to the All-ACC Third Team in 2020.
In his senior 2020-21 season with Kentucky, in 25 starts, Olivier Sarr averaged 10.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.2 blocks per game.
If he plays well in training camp, the center will have a chance to play with the Trail Blazers in the upcoming 2022-23 season.