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Portland Signs Earl Barron For the Remainder of the Season

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Earl Barron with the Suns earlier this season. Also, Steve Nash and Hakim Warrick's hands.
Earl Barron with the Suns earlier this season. Also, Steve Nash and Hakim Warrick's hands.

According to multiple sources, Earl Barron has been declared the winner of the Blazers "who gets to replace Jarron Collins" contest, beating out worthy NBA-caliber competitors Robert Swift and Dwayne Jones.

This will be Barron's third NBA stint this season, having previously played a combined 19 games for the Suns and Bucks, playing infamously bad basketball with the former. With the latter, he was good enough to win an extremely prestigious award from yours truly.

Jokes aside, Earl has proven himself at the very least good enough to be in the NBA, and he isn't any worse than Jarron Collins, the man he's essentially replacing. He and fellow D-League alum Chris Johnson will help shore up the Blazers frontcourt depth, an area the team has been lacking in most of the season (due mainly to injuries).

In his 19 games with Phoenix and Milwaukee (and his first game with Portland last night), Barron has averaged 3.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, and shot a paltry 37% from the field. Barron has not played in the D-League this season (he spent most of the 2009-10 season with the Iowa Energy).