Frahm Signs With NBA's Blazers

Sept 30, 2002

By ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Sports Writer

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Just in time for training camp, Bonzi Wells was re-signed Monday by the Portland Trail Blazers to a multiyear contract.

Wells was one of four players signed Monday that included former Gonzaga University guard Richie Frahm. A 4-year letterman for the Bulldogs, Frahm was a member of Gonzaga's 1999 NCAA Elite Eight and 2000 NCAA Sweet 16 squads. He is fifth on the all-time Gonzaga scoring list with 1,621 points and is the school leader in 3-point field goals made (280) and attempted (662).

Frahm was a two-time All-West Coast Conference selection as a junior and senior after earning honorable mention honors as a sophomore, averaging 16.9 ppg his final season. He was also an All-District 14 selection as a senior, and won the National 3-Point Shooting Contest at the NCAA Final Four.

Frahm played for the Blazers this past summer in the Rocky Mountain Revue Summer League. He started all five of his appearances during the six-game season, averaging 11.4 ppg. He also shot 55.6 percent from the floor (20-for-36) and 58.8 percent from 3-point range (10-for-17).

He was in Italy the past two weeks preparing for the upcoming season overseas when he was summoned by the Blazers.

"I've got a job again. I'm happy," said Wells, a restricted free agent guard. "I went all summer without a job. I felt like a bum."

Wells and his teammates were at the Rose Garden preparing to open camp Tuesday in neighboring Tualatin.

"Our goal every year is to have every player signed and in camp on time," Portland general manager Bob Whitsitt said. "We were fortunate to get the job done."

The 25-year-old Wells was the team's second-leading scorer last season, averaging a career-high 17 points and six rebounds a game. In four years with the Trail Blazers, the 6-foot-5 guard has averaged 12.7 points a game.

"Bonzi was a guy who was a major contributor last year," guard Damon Stoudamire said. "I don't expect it to be any different this year."

Wells was the 11th overall pick in the 1998 draft by the Detroit Pistons. He was acquired by the Trail Blazers in early 1999 for Portland's first-round pick that year.

"We're happy to get him signed because it get everybody back on the court right away," Portland coach Maurice Cheeks said. "Nobody has to play catch up."

The Trail Blazers also signed center Chris Dudley, a 15-year veteran who appeared in 43 games with the Trail Blazers last season and forward Billy Owens, a nine-year veteran.

 

 

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