Trail Blazers Upgrade Duop Reath from Two-Way to Three-Year Contract

‣ The Portland Trail Blazers have converted Duop Reath’s two-way deal into a three-year contract, which is fully guaranteed through the 2024-25 season and non-guaranteed for the 2025-26 season. Reath, who went undrafted in 2018, has made a significant impact in his rookie NBA season with the team.

‣ Through 40 games, including 11 starts, Reath is averaging 8.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 17.4 minutes per game, showcasing his skills as a valuable player for the Blazers.

‣ Before joining the Portland Trail Blazers, Duop Reath had a diverse international career, which included playing for teams in Serbia, Australia, and China, as well as helping Al Riyadi win the 2023 West Asia Super League (WASL) title.


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So, the Portland Trail Blazers made a pretty bold move. They’ve turned Duop Reath’s two-way deal into something more solid—a three-year contract. Michael Scotto of HoopsHype was the one to spill the beans.

Reath’s deal? It’s rock solid through the 2024-25 season. After that, it’s a bit up in the air for 2025-26. The guy’s 27, and believe it or not, he went undrafted in 2018 after his time at LSU.

But here’s the kicker: he only made his NBA debut this season with Portland. Before that? He was showing off his skills in the 2023 NBA Summer League, and by October, he’d snagged a one-year deal with the team.

Then, a bit of a rollercoaster. Waived on Oct. 21, right before the 2023-24 season kicked off. But, Portland wasn’t done with him yet—they brought him back on a two-way contract.

Michael Scotto dropped a tweet that caught everyone’s eye: “The Portland Trail Blazers signed Duop Reath to a 3-year deal, which is fully guaranteed through the 2024-25 season and non-guaranteed for the 2025-26 season, sources told @hoopshype. The 27-year-old rookie has been a bright spot for Portland averaging 8.9 points in 17.4 minutes.”

In his debut season, Reath’s been more than just a number. Averaging 8.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, and a bit over an assist per game, he’s making his minutes count. His shooting? Pretty solid across the board.

His first big game? Against the Lakers, where he dropped 11 points, including three 3-pointers. But wait, there’s more. December 26th saw him hit a career-high 25 points against the Kings. Talk about making a statement.

And it’s not just about points. Reath snagged a career-high 13 rebounds against the Nets on January 7. Then, he went on to score 17 points in back-to-back games against Phoenix and Brooklyn. The guy’s on fire.

Before all this NBA buzz, Reath was a globe-trotter. Post-LSU, he joined the Dallas Mavericks for the 2018 NBA Summer League. Then, a detour to Serbia with a three-year deal at FMP. The Nets saw him in the 2019 NBA Summer League, but it was Crvena zvezda in Serbia that snagged him next.

In 2020, he signed with Crvena zvezda for the season. The journey didn’t stop there. The Illawarra Hawks of the National Basketball League welcomed him for the 2021-22 season. Although he played for the Phoenix Suns in the 2022 NBA Summer League, no deal materialized. His next stop? The Qingdao Eagles of the Chinese Basketball Association.

Then, a tweet from FIBA Asia Champions Cup welcomed him to the @OfficialWASL. “Welcome to the @OfficialWASL, Duop Reath ” it read. ” 24 pts, 6 rebs, 2 stls, 2 blks in debut 1 big W for Al Riyadi vs. Beirut Club in Game 1 of the West Asia Semi-Finals #FIBAWASL x #ChampionsCup | @DuopReath pic.twitter.com/kav2AIxUwt”

In April 2023, Reath took his talents to Lebanon, joining Al Riyadi Beirut. His debut? Nothing short of spectacular, with 24 points in a win over Beirut Club in the division semifinals. And guess what? He led his team to the WASL championship, dropping a team-high 29 points in Game 2 of the finals against Shahrdari Gorgan.

Quite the journey for Reath, huh? From undrafted to making waves across the globe, and now, making his mark in the NBA. It’s a reminder, really, of how unpredictable and thrilling the path to success can be.

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
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