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Blazers Make Cuts


The Portland Trail Blazers cut three players on Thursday, including former UCLA star Charles O'Bannon.

Also released were forward Jim Carruth and guard Ira Bowman.

All three players appeared in just one exhibition game for the Blazers, a 105-85 home win over Golden State on Oct. 14. O'Bannon was the only one who scored, getting four points and two rebounds.

The cuts reduced Portland's roster to 17 players. They must get down to 15 12 active and three on the injured list by Nov. 2, the start of the regular season. The Blazers open at Vancouver.

O'Bannon, a 6-foot-5, 209-pound guard, played on the Bruins' 1995 national championship team, led by his brother Ed. Charles O'Bannon played in all 124 games during his four-year UCLA career and averaged 14.4 points.

He was selected in the second round of the 1997 draft by the Detroit Pistons. He played in 48 games the past two seasons, averaging 8.3 minutes and 2.5 points.

Carruth, a 6-10, 265-pound forward from Virginia Tech, played last season with the Milwaukee Bucks. Bowman, a 6-5, 195-pound guard from Pennsylvania, played the last three seasons with the CBA's Connecticut Pride.

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