The Portland Trail Blazers introduced two new players on Thursday, though one of them is not entirely new. Steve Blake is returning for his third stint as a Blazer guard.
Although Blake has played for three teams since he was last a Blazer in 2010, he said he has kept a house in Portland. The Blazers also signed 7-foot center, Chris Kaman.
Blazers' general manager, Neil Olshey, told reporters Kaman and Blake are the kinds of veterans that can help a playoff team like the Blazers: "We want to bring guys in here that we know can deliver in high-pressure, high-level environments. You know, this is a team that was in the second round of the playoffs last year, and you've got to target a certain type of player to be able to compete at that level - and both these guys are in that category."
The Blazers will be Kaman's fifth team in 12 seasons. Next season will be Blake's 11th in the NBA.
Blazers' coach, Terry Stotts, said the new players should fit well with the current roster. But he says signing two veterans means the younger players will have to work harder for playing time.
This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.