Portland Trail Blazers

Orioles still hope Connaughton will return to baseball despite having NBA option picked up

Orioles still hope Connaughton will return to baseball despite having NBA option picked up

This summer offered an opportunity for former Orioles draft pick Pat Connaughton to revisit his professional baseball career after spending the past two seasons as a reserve guard in the NBA.

But on Thursday afternoon, the Portland Trail Blazers guaranteed the third year on the contract Connaughton signed after being drafted out of Notre Dame in 2015, essentially ensuring that he will continue his professional basketball career through the 2017-18 season.

The Blazers had a 2 p.m. EST deadline to waive Connaughton or guarantee his third year, which would give him $1.4 million for the 2017-18 season. The first two years of his NBA contract was...

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