The Portland Trail Blazers are trying to stockpile as much young talent as they possibly can to clear the way for a bright future.
They made a recent move with that in mind by signing Dee Bost, a guard, to a non-guaranteed contract. Following training camp, he will probably play on the franchise’s Development League team, the Idaho Stampede.
That means unless Bost has a phenomenal training camp and makes the Blazers roster, he’s likely not to have an impact on the team this season, unless he later gets called up to fill in for players that have been injured, aren’t playing well or have left the team. He has diversified athletic skills, which should also make him attractive to the Blazers. In high school, Bost led both his football and basketball teams to state titles. But he had the playmaking skills to do that it takes to attract college basketball coaches and eventually get a scholarship.
A playmaker four seasons at Mississippi State, where he averaged 13.4 points, 5.2 assists and 3.7 rebounds a game, Bost handles the ball very well. A year ago, he played for a team in Montenegro and averaged 8.3 points, 1.8 assists and 21.5 minutes per game.
But Bost’s desire to play in the NBA has led to this opportunity although he has a long way to go to be an impact player.
Bost’s playmaking skills might attract the Trail Blazers while he competes for a roster spot. There’s a good chance the Blazers are too deep to give Bost a spot right now but he’s definitely someone they’re looking at for future considerations.