The Portland Trail Blazers announced on Wednesday that they have waived Andrew Nicholson.
The 27-year-old forward came over from the Nets to the Blazers on July 25 with Allen Crabbe heading to Brooklyn. As Adrian Wojnarowski first reported at the time of the trade, the Blazers’ plan was to waive Nicholson and stretch out the remainder of his contract as to minimize its impact on the team’s salary cap.
Acquired by the Nets during the latter stages of the 2016-17 season, Nicholson averaged 3.0 points and 2.7 rebounds across 11.1 minutes over a total of 10 games. He was dealt, along with Marcus Thornton and a first-round pick, by the Washington Wizards in February in exchange for Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough.
Nicholson was a product of the 2012 NBA Draft following a brilliant career at St. Bonaventure, where he averaged 18.8 points and 8.4 rebounds per game as a senior. He was only the third player in program history to be named an All-American and one of 11 former Bonnies to have their jerseys retired.
He was drafted No. 19 overall by the Orlando Magic, where he spent the first four seasons of his career. The rookie season was arguably the best for the 6-foot-9 forward, who started in 28 of the 75 games he played and averaged 7.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per contest. Nicholson played in 76 games the following year, but his playing time in the Magic rotation decreased the following two seasons.
He took his talents elsewhere during the 2016 summer when he signed a four-year deal worth $26 million with the Wizards.