Former North Carolina State standout Richard Howell has agreed to sign a partially guaranteed contract with the Portland Trail Blazers his agent Joel Bell told RealGM. Howell had been bought out from his French team and flew to the States to sign his new deal on Friday. Despite having 15 players under guaranteed deals the Blazers are intrigued by Howell the 6-foot-8 forward who averaged 12.7 points and 10.9 rebounds in his senior season at N.C. State.