D’Tigers star Festus Ezeli’s two-year deal to join the Portland Trail Blazers worth $15.2m has caused a buzz with the team.

The Nigerian became an unrestricted free agent after the Warriors relinquished their rights to him after they got a commitment from seven-time NBA All-Star Kevin Durant.

Ezeli who is expected to star for Nigeria’s basketball team at the 2016 Rio Olympics will earn $7.4 million next season from the Blazers with a team option paying him $7.33 million the second season.

According to NBA.com, Blazers President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey believes the 6-foot-11 Ezeli will add value to the team.

“Festus is an outstanding addition to the Trail Blazer organization on and off the court,” Olshey said in a statement.

“He will make an immediate impact and be a valuable addition to our culture.”

Festus welcome_festus_ezeli_articleEzeli averaged 7.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks with the Warriors last season. He was a member of their 2015 NBA championship team.

Newslegend.com.ng gathered that Ezeli was the subject of attraction coming from the United States basketball team as the Yankees contemplated the process of nationalising the basketball star.

While the market exploded this year for free agents, due to the new NBA television contract that begins next season, Ezeli’s search took a little longer than expected