Trail Blazers Rumors & News

  • Mason Plumlee on if he'll pay Jimmy Butler's fine: 'Absolutely not'

    USA Today "According to Mason Plumlee, Jimmy Butler’s request for the Portland player to play his incoming fine for a technical foul is denied. “Absolutely not,” Plumlee said. “He just signed a new contract. He shouldn’t be hurting for money.” Butler made the demand after a play in the fourth quarter..." November 26

  • Bulls end three-game western swing with win over Trail Blazers

    CSN Chicago "The fourth quarter at the Moda Center is generally known as “Lillard Time” because Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has created more than his share of magical moments in that building with his exploits. But the Chicago Bulls had no plans on being on that next highlight package, going..." November 25

  • Jimmy Butler: Mason Plumlee 'cost me $2,500'; I'm asking him to pay me back

    ESPN "Bulls All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler plans to ask Trail Blazers big man Mason Plumlee to pay his fine after Butler was called for a technical foul during the fourth quarter of Chicago's 93-88 win over Portland when the two got tangled up. The play in question came with 4:17 left in the game and..." November 25

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    Joe Freeman @BlazerFreeman

    Meyers Leonard said he will not play Tuesday vs. the Bulls (7th game he's missed) but didn't rule out playing vs. the Lakers on Saturday.

  • Blazers race to 107-93 win over Bryant, Lakers

    CSN Northwest "The Portland Trail Blazers were picking, rolling and running Sunday night. And the Los Angeles Lakers didn’t look at all capable of doing anything about it in a 107-93 Blazer win in the Staples Center. Damian Lillard set a career high in assists with 13 to go with his game-high 30 points in a..." November 23

  • Blazers ride return of Lillard Time to win over Los Angeles Clippers

    Oregonian "Lillard Time is back. And so are the Trail Blazers' winning ways. The Blazers seven-game losing streak came to a screeching halt Friday night with a 102-91 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at the Moda Center. CJ McCollum provided hot shooting early and three Blazers recorded..." November 21

  • LaMarcus Aldridge sprains ankle, is unsure he'll play Sat. vs. Memphis

    ESPN "San Antonio Spurs power forward LaMarcus Aldridge suffered a sprained left ankle Friday during a 104-90 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, casting doubt about his availability for the team's matchup Saturday against the Memphis Grizzlies. "[It's] pretty tight right now, but we'll re-evaluate it..." November 21

  • Rockets use overtime to top Trail Blazers, end losing skid

    Houston Chronicle "There was a new coach, a new starting lineup, a renewed interest in actually trying. But the real change came when things seemed most familiar. The Rockets had seemed as hopeless as they had been through 11 games that cost Kevin McHale his job and elevated J.B. Bickerstaff to interim head coach..." November 19

  • Champions League set to debut in 2016 with former NBA players, 16 teams

    USA Today "When it comes to jobs that are hard to land, it doesn’t get much tougher than the NBA. At most, there are 450 roster spots to be had by the world’s best players. Consider there were approximately 5,600 Division I men’s college players in 2014 in America alone, and you start to understand it’s..." November 18

  • Spurs hold off Blazers thanks to fourth quarter heroics from Manu Ginobili

    Pounding The Rock "Another double-digit win in front of the home crowd at the AT&T Center and that makes five on the trot, yet not all was hunky dory in Spurs-land. One would assume that if anyone would be happy with the performance it would be Manu Ginobili, who scored 14 of his season-high 17 points in the fourth..." November 17

  • Billy Hunter files amended wrongful-termination complaint against NBPA

    The Score "Former NBPA boss Billy Hunter continues to seek damages from the union for the circumstances surrounding his termination in 2013. Hunter's attorneys filed an amended complaint in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday, seeking a jury trial on four breach-of-contract claims, reports Ken..." November 17

  • Hornets top Trail Blazers with 71 first-half points

    Charlotte Observer "The Charlotte Hornets got their low-post scorer back Sunday. After three games totaling just 19 points, center Al Jefferson scored 29 at Time Warner Cable Arena to push the Hornets to a 106-94 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. The Hornets led by as many as 29 points, but the Blazers..." November 16

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    Casey Holdahl @CHold

    Meyers Leonard (shoulder) is OUT for tomorrow's game versus the Hornets in Charlotte

  • Griz snap four-game skid with 101-100 win over Blazers

    Memphis Commercial Appeal "In desperate need of a little something extra Friday night, the Grizzlies watched Zach Randolph reach into an old bag of tricks to make a magic moment. The veteran, ground-and-pound forward came up with a timely offensive rebound and scored a putback basket with 0.6 seconds left to propel the..." November 14

  • LaMarcus Aldridge disliked Portland lifestyle, attention Damian Lillard received

    Pro Basketball Talk "In April, Ramona Shelburne reported LaMarcus Aldridge was more likely to leave the Trail Blazers than most people realized. Blazers fans met the report with skepticism and resentment. Two words particularly irked them: “It’s Portland.” They dismissed the Los Angeles-based Shelburne as big-city..." November 13

  • Aldridge returns to Portland, helps Spurs beat Blazers

    San Antonio Express-News "It was an emotional night for LaMarcus Aldridge, as he made his return to Portland, but when it was all said and done, the Spurs made it easier, beating Trail Blazers, 113-101 on Wednesday at Moda Center. Aldridge led the team with 23 points, while Kawhi Leonard chipped in with 20 points and..." November 12

  • Pat Riley Asked LaMarcus Aldridge To Re-Sign With Blazers, Sign With Heat In 2016

    Real GM Basketball "Pat Riley received a meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge last July during free agency, but the Miami Heat didn't have the necessary cap space to sign him. Riley's wish was for Aldridge to sign a one-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers and sign with the Heat in 2016. Riley's words actually..." November 12

  • Meyers Leonard dislocates shoulder in Trail Blazers game vs. San Antonio Spurs

    Oregonian "Meyers Leonard left the game and headed straight to the locker room while holding his left arm in the third quarter of the Portland Trail Blazers game against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday. The team later confirmed that Leonard had dislocated his left shoulder and would not return to the..." November 12

  • Trail Blazers downplay LaMarcus Aldridge homecoming, but 'want to beat him'

    Oregonian "They had just lost a vexing and winnable set of back-to-back games, bringing their early-season momentum to a frustrating halt, so the Trail Blazers were in no mood Monday night to banter about reunions. But as they left the visiting locker room at the Pepsi Center, it was hard to ignore the..." November 11

  • Nuggets get first win at home, improve to 3-4 overall

    Denver Post "Every team needs something to lean on. Home court. Style of play. Defense. Big-time star player. Something, anything, to get it through when times get tough. The Nuggets, to start this season, have found it difficult to put any kind of consistent personality on the court. They know what they..." November 10

  • Jackson 40 points lead Pistons to comeback win over Blazers

    Detroit News "Once Reggie Jackson got it going, it was hard to turn it off. After the Pistons trailed by as many as 18 in the second half, Jackson got into a scoring groove — and didn't stop until the end of the game. Jackson scored 16 straight points during a fourth-quarter run and helped the Pistons..." November 09

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    Casey Holdahl @CHold

    Cliff @CAlexander (left knee soreness) upgraded to PROBABLE for tonight's game vs. Detroit. Gerald Henderson (left hip soreness) is OUT

  • Surprise! Trail Blazers win again, sit alone in first place

    CSN Northwest "The NBA season is just more than a week old, but already there is quite a story brewing in the Northwest. Sitting in first place, the winners of three straight are the Trail Blazers. Yes, those Trail Blazers: The team with the NBA's lowest payroll. The team that lost LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley..." November 06

  • Smart and crisp Blazers beat up Utah at both ends of court

    CSN Northwest "Shooting the ball well, particularly from distance, is the ultimate band-aid in basketball. It covers a whole bunch of ugly scars. The Trail Blazers went just 15 for 32 from the foul line and had 19 turnovers Wednesday night against the Utah Jazz and yet still whipped the Jazz at both ends of..." November 05

  • 24d
    Mike Richman @mikegrich

    Gerald Henderson (hip) says he's "doing everything the team's doing" in practice. Still won't put firm timeline on return. "Soon" he said

  • Oddsmakers say George Karl, Lionel Hollins coaches on hottest seats

    Pro Basketball Talk "It’s inevitable. Some team is going to get off to a slow start, ownership/top management will be looking for a scapegoat, and a coach will get fired in the middle of the season. Even though the guys swinging the axe are more likely at fault for the team’s problems than the guy on the receiving..." November 04

  • Lillard "leads" Portland's win over the Timberwolves

    CSN Northwest "Now THAT'S leadership, right there. Damian Lillard broke out of a little early season rut Monday night on an emotional opening night for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who were honoring their late coach and general manager, Flip Saunders. Lillard is not the sort of guy who is going to go out..." November 03

  • Backcourt dominates as Phoenix Suns beat Blazers again

    Arizona Republic "Once the Suns roster was settled this season, the people who had put it together and would coach it had a vision of how dynamic the backcourt could be, how improved the defense could look and how much better they could close out games. In 26 hours over two cities, the vision became reality. A..." November 01

  • Aldridge claims he's a different person with Spurs after leaving Portland

    The Score "Transitioning from the focal point of the offense as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers to a team which functions on a pass-heavy system with the San Antonio Spurs has presented some early obstacles for forward LaMarcus Aldridge. "It's not the same. I'm not the same person here that I was..." November 01

  • Phoenix Suns rebound from poor opener to rout Blazers

    Arizona Republic "In the preseason, the Phoenix Suns never really got a good look at the starting lineup they retooled over the offseason. Injuries, illnesses and a short six-game exhibition schedule conspired to keep the key Phoenix players from playing together. The season opener didn’t provide much of a sense..." October 31

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    Earl K. Sneed @EarlKSneed

    There's a growing hope that the @DallasMavs may have Wesley Matthews, Chandler Parsons and Deron Williams available Sunday vs. the Lakers.

  • NBA All-Star Game will reportedly feature Kia ads on jerseys

    Yahoo! Sports "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has regularly talked up the supposed inevitability of official uniforms featuring advertisements, which would serve as another revenue stream for the league and continue the professional sports world's embrace of leveraging every available surface for financial gain...." October 30

  • Blazers' Cliff Alexander reportedly suffers setback in injured left knee, may need surgery

    Oregonian "Trail Blazers rookie big man Cliff Alexander was inactive for Portland's season opening win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night as he recovers from a left knee injury he suffered early in training camp. But he may be out for longer than expected, according to a report from Jay Allen..." October 29

  • Trail Blazers shoot past New Orleans in season opener behind CJ McCollum's career night

    CSN Northwest "What. A. Start. The young and hungry Trail Blazers put on a show in Wednesday's season opener, bolting to an early lead behind a career performance from CJ McCollum before eventually holding on to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 112-94. The Blazers set an NBA record with their 15th..." October 29

  • Jason Kidd: Bucks made a run at Knicks’ Robin Lopez

    New York Post "If Greg Monroe joined the Knicks, there was a chance Bucks coach Jason Kidd would have coached his second Lopez twin. Kidd coached Brook Lopez with the Nets and revealed Milwaukee recruited Robin Lopez last July. The Bucks were desperate for a starting center as the missing piece to their young..." October 28

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    Joe Freeman @BlazerFreeman

    Terry Stotts says Al-Farouq Aminu (hamstring) and Moe Harkless (ankle) are probable when #Blazers host New Orleans tomorrow night.

  • Trail Blazers enter season $14 million below NBA's minimum salary

    CSN Northwest "The Trail Blazers’ opening night roster became official at 2 p.m. Monday, but there’s a good chance the 15 players introduced Wednesday night at the Moda Center won’t last the entire season. The Blazers have the lowest team salary in the NBA, at $49.375 million, which is about $14 million below..." October 27

  • Keeping Meyers Leonard: Expect clear-cut negotiation between team and big man

    CSN Northwest "With the NBA’s Nov. 2 deadline for contract extensions one week away, Meyers Leonard and the Trail Blazers have yet to broach his future. Neil Olshey, the Blazers’ president of basketball operations, has said he will address an extension with Leonard’s agent near the end of October, and knowing..." October 27

  • 2016 NBA free agency could dominate this season in an ugly way

    Sporting News "The 2015-16 NBA season is set to get underway. There will be 1,230 games played in the regular season, and another 80-90 games in the playoffs over the next eight months before we finally settle on another champion. And then the real fun begins. That’s because the next free agency period,..." October 27

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    Shams Charania @ShamsCharania

    The Utah Jazz have claimed Portland free agent guard Phil Pressey off waivers, league source tells Yahoo Sports.

  • Silver does not expect NBA breaks for FIBA, says preseason will likely be reduced

    The Score "It is highly unlikely the NBA will employ international soccer-like breaks in its regular season in order to accommodate FIBA's new World Cup qualifiers, which will overlap with the NBA season beginning in 2017, commissioner Adam Silver stated Friday. Silver touched on the topic at a news..." October 24

  • Blazers Waive Pressey, Johnson

    Blazer's Edge "The Portland Trail Blazers have cut their roster down to 15 players. The Blazers waived point guard Phil Pressey and forward Omari Johnson Friday morning." October 23

  • Robin Lopez dealing with undisclosed injury, Knicks center says ‘it’s nothing serious’

    New York Daily News "The player the Knicks committed the most money and years to over the summer was underwhelming during preseason, but there may be another reason for his struggles beyond the expected acclimation process. Robin Lopez acknowledged to the Daily News that he has been dealing with an undisclosed..." October 23

  • Lamar Odom crisis spurs union plans to help NBA players adjust to retirement

    Yahoo! Sports "National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts told Yahoo Sports that Lamar Odom's crisis has "reignited" discussions to create a program to aid NBA players who are transitioning toward retirement. Odom was found unconscious at a brothel in rural Nevada last week in..." October 22

  • LaMarcus Aldridge On Kobe Being ‘Silver Lining’ Of Bad Lakers FA Pitch

    Black Sports Online "San Antonio Spurs star LaMarcus Aldridge is refuting claims that Kobe Bryant’s approach is what ruined his free agent meeting with the Lakers this summer. NBA experts expected Aldridge to join the Lakers in the offseason, but reports came out that Kobe Bryant and Aldridge didn’t “gel” well..." October 22

  • NBA commissioner Adam Silver calls for 'regulatory framework' to daily fantasy sports

    Sporting News "Even though NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the league will continue its partnership with daily fantasy sites like FanDuel and DraftKings, he thinks it's time concrete regulations were put into place to keep the multi-billion-dollar industry in check. "There should be a regulatory framework;..." October 22

  • Wesley Matthews hopes to play Friday against Bulls

    Pro Basketball Talk "On March 5, Wesley Matthews suffered a torn left Achilles that sidelined him for the rest of the Portland Trail Blazers’ season. Over the summer, he signed a four-year, $70 million deal with the Dallas Mavericks, even though there was no clear timeframe for his return to the court after one of the..." October 22

  • Pistons' Blake could be cleared to play soon

    Detroit News "The Pistons have been dealing with injuries most of the exhibition season, but are on track to get another reserve back as soon as this week. Backup point guard Steve Blake, who has missed the last two weeks with a concussion, is resuming activities and could be cleared in the next few days if..." October 20

  • Arron Afflalo sold Kendrick Lamar a bootleg Jay Z CD in high school

    NBC Sports "Kendrick Lamar and Arron Afflalo have been linked for a while — they went to high school together in Compton and Lamar’s 2012 track “Black Boy Fly” included the line “I used to be jealous of Arron Afflalo.” It turns out the veteran guard may have had a hand in kick-starting his career. In an essay..." October 18

  • Damian Lillard: ‘I’m not going to be the hero’

    NBC Sports "It was Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts who first addressed the elephant in the room. General manager Neil Olshey took the stage to face the media at the start of fall camp, and Stotts jokingly lobbed the first question: “Why didn’t you sign LaMarcus?” LaMarcus, of course, is LaMarcus..." October 17