League sources tell CBSSports.com that the Portland Trail Blazers will sign free agent center Sean Marks to replace Fabricio Oberto, who retired onThursday. Posted by Ben Golliver.
League sources tell CBSSports.com that the Portland Trail Blazers will sign free agent center Sean Marks to replace center Fabricio Oberto, who retired this week due to a re-occurring heart condition.
Marks was was one of five players invited to a Friday workout at the team's practice facility, and he beat out Earl Barron, Eric Boateng, Dwayne Jones and former Blazer Shavlik Randolph to take the team's only open roster spot. The Blazers are said to favor Marks for his combination of experience and ability to defend the center position.
League sources tell CBSSports.com's Ken Berger that Marks will receive a non-guaranteed veteran's minimum contract.
Marks is listed at 6'10" and 250, and he has enjoyed a lengthy, although unproductive, NBA career that dates back to the 1998-1999 season and includes time with the Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Hornets.
Marks attended training camp with the Washington Wizards this fall before the team released him to get down to the NBA's roster maximum of 15 players.
Marks will serve as Portland's backup center, behind starter Marcus Camby and will join Camby and power forwards LaMarcus Aldridge and Dante Cunningham in Portland's short-handed frontcourt rotation. Once injured centers Joel Przybilla and Greg Oden return, Marks is not likely to see much, if any, playing time.
His signing will push Portland's roster back to the maximum of 15 players.