PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 8 (UPI) --
First-round draft pick Jeff Pendergraph
signed a contract Tuesday with the Portland Trail Blazers, a day before he is scheduled to have hip surgery.
The NBA club didn't reveal the terms of its deal with the rookie forward, who it obtained from Sacramento in a draft-day trade.
Pendergraph, the 31st pick overall in the 2009 draft, needs the operation to correct a left hip impingement. It's not known when he will be ready to play.
Pendergraph averaged 12.6 points and 7.5 rebounds in four seasons at Arizona State.
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