PORTLAND, Ore. -- Besieged by injuries before the season even starts, the Portland Trail Blazers signed a new center ahead of their preseason matchup against the Utah Jazz.

Newly signed center Steve Hill played one NBA game for the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2008 before being assigned to the NBA Development League s Tulsa 66ers.

The team plays Monday night at Memorial Coliseum.

Joel Pryzbilla underwent knee surgery and returned to practice over the weekend, but will not yet return to the game.

Jeff Pendegraph last week announced he would be out for the season after an ACL tear. And Greg Oden was still in recovery from a broken knee cap that knocked him out last year.

The game is one of three games during the 2010-11 season that will feature the alternate Rip City jerseys, which debuted last season.

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