Trail Blazers Rumors & News

  • Douglas' late free throws push Grizzlies past Blazers

    The Sports Xchange "MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Toney Douglas is just three games into his tenure with his latest NBA team, but he looks as if he belongs in a Memphis Grizzlies uniform. He certainly possesses the franchise's grit-and-grind mentality. The veteran reserve guard, signed by Memphis on Dec. 5, connected on..." December 09

  • Antetokounmpo's triple-double powers Bucks

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- Giannis Antetokounmpo filled up the stat sheet again Wednesday night, recording his second triple-double of the season, but it was Jabari Parker who led the way for the Milwaukee Bucks, scoring 27 points to rally Milwaukee past the Portland Trail Blazers in the second half for a..." December 07

  • Lillard, McCollum lead Trail Blazers' rally past Bulls

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- In the times this season when the Portland Trail Blazers have struggled, defense has typically been at the center of the troubles. But coach Terry Stotts has also seen glimpses of improvement, which gives him hope. While he concedes the defense remains a work in progress, there..." December 05

  • Trail Blazers use late rally to defeat Heat

    The Sports Xchange "PORTLAND, Ore. -- Offense was missing from the Portland Trail Blazers' arsenal much of the way Saturday night at Moda Center. So the Trail Blazers turned to defense to help them pull out a 99-92 come-from-behind victory over the Miami Heat. Portland (11-10) outscored Miami 14-1 in the..." December 04

  • Heat center Hassan Whiteside says Portland was second free agency option

    Miami Herald "Heat center Hassan Whiteside met with president Pat Riley and Heat representatives at midnight in New York City when free-agency began on July 1. After that meeting, he heard a pitch from the Dallas Mavericks, before ultimately deciding to rejoin the Heat. All of that made Whiteside’s..." December 04

  • Report: NBA opening night to be 7-10 days earlier in 2017-18

    ESPN "Major League Baseball had all the labor negotiating fun this week, coming to terms on a new five-year pact to avert a lockout just before its own buzzer to get a deal done, but fear not. The NBA remains on course to announce its highly anticipated agreement with the National Basketball Players..." December 02

  • Defense leads to offense in Blazers' victory

    The Sports Xchange "PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Trail Blazers put together an offensive masterpiece in a 131-109 pasting of the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night at Moda Center. The Trail Blazers, though, said it was a direct result of improved performance at the defensive end. "When we play well..." December 01

  • Damian Lillard's defensively deficient Blazers battle burden of expectations

    CBS Sports "Damian Lillard has noticed that he's getting different kinds of questions this season. Instead of the easy stuff about the Portland Trail Blazers' chemistry and his leadership, he has to answer for the Blazers' shortcomings. No more are they the NBA's feel-good story. That was last year. Now..." November 30

  • Nerlens Noel Linked to Portland Trail Blazers

    Blazer's Edge "Following an ESPN report that Nerlens Noel (knee) wants out of Philadelphia, the 76ers big man has been assigned to the Delaware 87ers of the NBA D-League as part of his recovery from plica surgery. Sam Amico of Amico Hoops has rumored that the Portland Trail Blazers have recently held trade..." November 30

  • Trail Blazers 'get back to basics' during demanding practice focused on defense

    Oregonian "The Trail Blazers returned to practice Monday with the sobering reality they own the worst defense in the NBA and a candid challenge from their coach. After sputtering so badly on defense over the first 19 games that you couldn't help but wonder why this team had such high expectations to begin..." November 29

  • Harden erupts for 38, Rockets KO Trail Blazers

    The Sports Xchange "PORTLAND, Ore. -- With the Rockets' offense revved up into top form, Houston's defense turned the tide in the critical fourth quarter of a 130-114 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night at Moda Center. "We got a couple of stops and that changed the game," Rockets star James..." November 28

  • Lillard leads Trail Blazers past Pelicans

    The Sports Xchange "PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Trail Blazers entered Friday night's game against the New Orleans Pelicans with the NBA's worst rebounding percentage. You'd never know it by the way the Trail Blazers hit the glass in a 119-104 victory at Moda Center. Portland won the battle in total..." November 26

  • Evan Turner admits he was stunned by Blazers’ $70 million offer

    Larry Brown Sports "If you were surprised that the Portland Trail Blazers paid Evan Turner $70 million, you’re not alone. It turns out Turner was just as surprised as you were. According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, upon learning of the contract offer, a stunned Turner called up friend and mentor Andre Iguodala in..." November 24

  • Love's historical night leads Cavs over Blazers

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue acknowledged the Cavaliers' first play call every game is a touch for Kevin Love in the post. After Wednesday, Love might start getting the second, third and fourth touches of every game, too. Love scored 34 points in the first quarter, the..." November 23

  • Trail Blazers may look to trade for center to help lagging defense

    Pro Basketball Talk "Portland has the second worst defense in the NBA as you read this, allowing 108.3 points per 100 possessions (to answer your question, Sacramento is worse). Opponents are getting 32.3 shots per game within five feet of the rim and are hitting 56.2 percent of them, and those teams are getting a lot..." November 23

  • Amazon is pushing for sports rights, but NBA turned them down for League Pass

    Awful Announcing "The Amazon buildup towards trying to gain live sports rights continues. They quietly hired SI/120 Sports veteran James DeLorenzo in March to head a new sports group, and they’ve since hired content-acquisition people and made attempts to land particular sports rights. According to The Wall Street..." November 23

  • Porzingis, Knicks knock off Blazers

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- For the past several seasons, the New York Knicks were lacking at point guard. Now they have two capable guys. Derrick Rose scored 18 points, six in the final 3:40, and backup Brandon Jennings dished out 11 assists off the bench for the second time this season to help the..." November 22

  • It’s Time for These NBA Teams to Bottom Out

    The Ringer "As we go through life, we’re taught about different levels of shame in sports. Being a sore loser is shameful, sure, but being an eager and willing loser is a downright sin. Tanking in the NBA has long been considered one of the most shameful things in all of sports. But sometimes we learn to live..." November 22

  • McCollum, Blazers top Nets to snap skid

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Sure, the Portland Trail Blazers certainly enjoyed setting season highs in points and shooting percentage and getting a big performance from CJ McCollum. Their biggest source of elation was a more active defensive presence in the second half, particularly in the third quarter,..." November 20

  • Davis returns to lead Pelicans over Blazers

    The Sports Xchange "By Les East, The Sports Xchange NEW ORLEANS -- Anthony Davis had been absent for just one game, but Jrue Holiday had been absent for the first 12 games of the season. When they both returned Friday night, they led the New Orleans Pelicans to a 113-101 victory against the Portland Trail..." November 19

  • Retired NBA commissioner David Stern went off about cheating and ethics

    Quartz "As NBA commissioner, David Stern was a strict and unyielding monarch, who presided over a successful and growing empire for 30 years. In retirement, unshackled from those responsibilities, he is happy to let loose with his raw, undiplomatic opinions about the ills befalling sports and..." November 19

  • Blazers' Damian Lillard after blowout in Houston: 'We kind of suck right now'

    CSN Northwest "After another blowout, there is no longer room for lip service, excuses or promises from the Trail Blazers. The team’s play has been so surprising, so disappointing and so prolonged now that even their ever-positive leader couldn’t avoid a blunt assessment. “We kind of suck right now,’’..." November 18

  • Rockets prevail behind another Harden triple-double

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- While guard James Harden produced a stat line worthy of praise and recognition, it was the return of guard Patrick Beverley that provided the Rockets the balance and depth they have lacked over the opening four weeks of the season. Harden posted his third triple-double in five..." November 17

  • Butler, Bulls blast Blazers

    The Sports Xchange "PORTLAND, Ore -- From the first minute to the last Tuesday night, the Chicago Bulls owned Moda Center. Jimmy Butler led the way, but he had plenty of help as the Bulls destroyed the Portland Trail Blazers 113-88. Butler scored 27 points, grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds and dished out..." November 16

  • Trail Blazers' Festus Ezeli: Will seek second opinion on knee

    CBS Sports "Ezeli (knee) will not be with the Blazers on their upcoming road trip and will be seeking another medical opinion on his injury in the near future, Jason Quick of CSN Northwest reports Ezeli reportedly suffered a setback with his injury back in October and has been sidelined ever since. He's..." November 16

  • Russell Wilson: “Seattle needs basketball back”

    Pro Basketball Talk "Russell Wilson announced via Twitter on Monday that he was joining the ownership group pushing to return the SuperSonics to Seattle. Now, Wilson has penned his feelings about doing so in The Players’ Tribune. In the article, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback says that, as a kid of the ’90s,..." November 16

  • The Changes to Expect in the NBA’s Upcoming Collective Bargaining Agreement

    The Ringer "The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association expect to finalize terms on a new collective bargaining agreement “just after Thanksgiving” or in “early December,” a source familiar with the negotiations told The Ringer. The source confirmed previously reported details of the new..." November 15

  • The Monstars are back just in time to celebrate Space Jam's 20th birthday

    USA Today "Way back on November 15, 1996, when Michael Jordan only had four titles, Space Jam released in theaters. Now, 20 years later, Jordan is a billionaire, and his company, Jordan Brand, has released a teaser for the anniversary campaign and fresh apparel to get everyone hyped about the 90s basketball..." November 15

  • Duncan, Leroux Announce Twitter NBA Show

    Real GM Basketball "A year and a half ago, the Dunc’d On Basketball Podcast launched with invaluable support from RealGM so it feels appropriate to use this space to detail the new project Nate Duncan and I have been working on for a little while now that launches this week. A little while back, Twitter reached..." November 15

  • Damian Lillard on Portland’s Trump protests: “Tearing apart your own city” doesn’t help

    ESPN "Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard questioned the damage and violence taking place in Portland, Oregon, during anti-Donald Trump protests, saying it isn't the proper way to go about implementing change. "I think it's very unfortunate that people have done some of the things they have done..." November 13

  • Trail Blazers' Al-Farouq Aminu sidelined 'a couple weeks' with left calf injury

    Oregonian "The Portland Trail Blazers will be without forward Al-Farouq Aminu for at least the next two weeks. Blazers coach Terry Stotts said on Friday that Aminu's left calf injury will "be re-evaluated in a couple weeks." Aminu strained his calf on Tuesday in a non-contact injury during the first..." November 12

  • Lillard denounces anti-Trump protesters for making Portland less safe

    ESPN "Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard questioned the damage and violence taking place in Portland, Oregon, during anti-Donald Trump protests, saying it isn't the proper way to go about implementing change. "I think it's very unfortunate that people have done some of the things they have done..." November 12

  • Clippers roll past Blazers for 4th consecutive win

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers are playing as well as any NBA team right now. Blake Griffin recorded 22 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, and the Clippers ripped the Portland Trail Blazers 111-80 Wednesday night at Staples Center. It was the largest margin of victory by..." November 10

  • Jalen Rose: NBA players will refuse to visit the White House during Trump’s presidency

    USA Today "The Cleveland Cavaliers are set to visit the White House on Thursday — the same day that President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with Donald Trump. It may also be the last time a full NBA championship team makes that trip for at least four years. During ESPN’s NBA Countdown on Wednesday,..." November 10

  • NBA announces plan for youth basketball academy in Australia

    USA Today "The NBA and Basketball Australia today announced their plan to launch NBA Global Academy — an elite youth basketball training center in Australia's capital city, Canberra. The academy, which will be at the Centre of Excellence at the Australian Institute of Sport, will serve as a "global hub"..." November 10

  • Lillard, McCollum power Trail Blazers past Suns

    The Sports Xchange "PORTLAND, Ore. -- The first quarter was CJ McCollum's. The fourth quarter was Damian Lillard's. When the smoke cleared, the backcourt mates had carried the Portland Trail Blazers to a 124-121 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night at Moda Center. Lillard scored 22 of his 38..." November 09

  • McCollum explodes as Trail Blazers outlast Grizzlies

    The Sports Xchange "MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Portland shooting guard C.J. McCollum tied his career high with 37 points and scored 16 of those points in the fourth quarter. And while he didn't say the basket looked bigger, maybe it looked brighter. "I love this place," McCollum said of FedExForum, where the Trail..." November 06

  • Lillard pours in 42 as Blazers top Mavs

    The Sports Xchange "DALLAS -- Damian Lillard wasn't mentioned as a potential MVP candidate coming into this season. He certainly is looking like one right now. "Sensational. Amazing. All-Star. MVP," Trail Blazers backcourt mate CJ McCollum said Friday after Lillard racked up a season-high 42 points in..." November 05

  • Suns outlast Blazers in OT

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- Eric Bledsoe knew he wasn't going to let anyone else take the last shot. He just didn't know what that shot would end up looking like. Bledsoe wound up stepping back for a 25-foot jumper that went through the net as time expired to give the Phoenix Suns their first win of the..." November 03

  • Jerry Colangelo to step down from chairmanship of USA Basketball "USA Basketball announced Thursday afternoon that Jerry Colangelo will step down from the role of chairman of the organization. A new chairman will be elected on November 14. Colangelo had been in the role since 2009. He officially served two elected four-year terms. Colangelo continues to..." November 03

  • Lillard 'It's Put Up Or Shut Up' "The NBA regular season, to borrow a metaphor from another sport, is much more of a marathon than a sprint. With 82 games spread out from the end of October through the middle of April, teams typically have ample time to work through mistakes in the early days of the season before rounding into..." November 03

  • Curry, Warriors top Blazers for 3rd straight win

    The Sports Xchange "PORTLAND, Ore. -- For a half, Stephen Curry was off his game, scoring five points on 2-for-9 shooting, including 0-for-4 from 3-point range. Then the two-time defending Most Valuable Player suddenly became Steph Curry again. Curry's 23-point third-quarter barrage helped the Golden..." November 02

  • Evan Turner is off to a rough start in Portland

    Today's Fastbreak "It’s hard to judge offseason signings when they happen. What makes sense, in theory, doesn’t always translate to the floor. Right now we’ve gotten a sense of how those additions have adapted to their new teams, but it’s still too early to be overly concerned or bullish about the bad and the..." November 02

  • Trail Blazers' center Festus Ezeli on his 'slow' recovery: 'We are going to have to be patient'

    CSN Northwest "Festus Ezeli doesn’t know how much he can help the Trail Blazers tonight when his new team takes on his old team, the Golden State Warriors. He is unable to play because of his left knee, which underwent a procedure in August, and he figures there is not much his new teammates don’t already..." November 01

  • NBA to host postseason awards show in June 2017

    Today's Fastbreak "The NBA announced on Tuesday that they will host the first-ever NBA awards show next June. The event will take place in New York City following the conclusion of the NBA Finals on June 26, 2017, and will be televised by TNT. The venue, host and award presenters will be announced at a later..." November 01

  • Damian Lillard says Warriors defense 'just not the same' without Andrew Bogut

    CBS Sports "Damian Lillard offered an honest assessment of the Golden State Warriors' defense leading up to the Portland Trail Blazers' game against the super-team on Tuesday. While he called the Warriors a "championship-level team," he said they are "just not the same" when it comes to protecting the paint..." November 01

  • Which NBA Star Needs A Trade The Most?

    SI "It doesn't take long for the NBA rumor mill to get churning once the season begins. But before reports and sources start putting the full-court press on your timeline, we thought we'd examine the NBA trade landscape ahead of the madness. The Crossover asked its writers which star they would..." October 31

  • Lillard's shot lifts Trail Blazers over Nuggets

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER – Damian Lillard has played in big games, but he never played in one as strange as Saturday's. He made sure it was a memorable one with a big shot in the final second. Lillard hit a floating 7-footer with 0.3 seconds left in overtime, and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied from..." October 30

  • Griffin, Paul carry Clippers to victory over Trail Blazers

    The Sports Xchange "PORTLAND, Ore -- If the Los Angeles Clippers are going to advance far in the NBA playoffs this season, they're going to have to win on nights when not everything is clicking. That's what they did Thursday night at the Moda Center, overcoming poor shooting to pull out a 114-106 victory over..." October 28

  • Mason Plumlee makes up with young fans he scared during DeAndre Jordan fight

    Larry Brown Sports "Men who are nearly 7-feet tall can be quite intimidating to children who are about three feet shorter than that. It’s easy to understand, then, why two men of that stature nearly getting into a fist-fight made two young Portland Trail Blazers fans who were sitting courtside feel uneasy. Mason..." October 28