Sources: Blazers make contact with Josh McRoberts

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Sources: Blazers make contact with Josh McRoberts
July 1, 2014, 11:15 am

In an effort to shore up their depth in the frontcourt, the Portland Trail Blazers contacted the representatives of free agent forward Josh McRoberts and established that both side have interest, league sources informed CSNNW.com.

McRoberts, 27, is attractive to Portland due to his toughness, playmaking ability and shooting range. He’s seen as a no-brainer fit for this team and we’re told, “he’s fond of Portland.”

In 78 appearances last season, McRoberts, 27, averaged 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists while shooting a respectable 36 percent from three-point distance. Every year he has improved as a player.

Hornets head coach Steve Clifford publicly raved on McRoberts’ behalf as being one of the key factors in the turnaround of their franchise. Charlotte would like to keep their steady veteran.

Portland drafted McRoberts in 2007 with the No. 37 pick. He played only played eight games with the team.

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Tuesday night general manager Neil Olshey and head coach Terry Stotts met with free agent center Spencer Hawes in Los Angeles, Calif. Hawes is looking for a salary more substantial than what Portland can offer with its midlevel exception. Still, the prospect of playing in an offensive-friendly system and returning to his neck of the woods intrigues him.

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Phoenix Suns free agent forward Channing Fyre says the Trail Blazers have not contacted him. Fyre was one of the free agents on Damian Lillard's wish list.