Trail Blazers Rumors & News

  • NBA free agents: Entire class of 2015

    CSN Washington "Here's a league-wide list of all NBA Free Agents in 2015. Various team and player options must be declared before free agency begins July 1. More on several of these options as possible fits for the Wizards in the coming weeks. KEY: (T) = Team option. (P); (P) = Player option; (R) = Restricted..." May 27

  • Time is now for Portland to trade Nicolas Batum

    CSN Northwest "The Portland Trail Blazers are set to enter the 2015 NBA offseason with a potential roster overhaul on the horizon. The team only has four players guaranteed to be on the books next year, but as it turns out, one of those surefire returnees is far from a lock to remain in Rip City after..." May 23

  • Breaking Down LaMarcus Aldridge's Contract Options

    Blazer's Edge "With all the questions swirling around LaMarcus Aldridge this summer, the first question of his recent exit interview cut right to the chase: Q: LaMarcus, what's going to be important for you when you decide where you play next year? Aldridge: ... I'm not gonna get into the details of it,..." May 21

  • 2014-2015 All NBA Teams named "The NBA announced today that Pelicans forward Anthony Davis has been named to the 2014-15 All-NBA First Team. The distinction is the first in Davis’ three years in the NBA. Davis, 6-10, 220, led the NBA in Player Impact Estimate (PIE), which measures a player's overall statistical contribution..." May 21

  • Tim Duncan's heir is not LaMarcus Aldridge

    Pounding The Rock "No matter how much we resist the idea, Tim Duncan will be gone at some point and the Spurs will need someone to fill his role if they intend to remain contenders. There have been plenty of rumors about LaMarcus Aldridge being on the Spurs radar to be that guy. Yet as great as Aldridge is, it's not..." May 21

  • Behind the Scenes of the NBA Draft Lottery

    Grantland "A few thoughts on the playoff interruption that is the annual NBA draft lottery … • The best thing about the lottery is watching some of the world’s most sophisticated basketball thinkers sweat over the order in which numbered Ping-Pong balls get sucked up a tube. The absurdity hits home in the..." May 21

  • Spurs aim to bring back Duncan, Leonard; pursue Aldridge "With the NBA Draft lottery happening Tuesday night, there is only one given: As has been the case since they were awarded the No. 1 pick in 1997 and chose Tim Duncan, the Spurs will be nowhere near the ping-pong balls. It's been an incredible run of playoff success, 18 consecutive years out of..." May 19

  • Why NBA Has So Many Dumb Rules--And Won't Change Them "There’s a reason the NBA has dumb rules like Hack-a-Shaq, which is messing up a perfectly good post-season, dating back to the 1940s when the league emerged from the bushes in Tri-Cities and Ft. Wayne. We always did it this way. I didn’t say it had a good reason. If hacking represents the..." May 19

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    Ben Golliver @BenGolliver

    Blazers announce LaMarcus Aldridge had surgery to repair ligament in left thumb. All-Star PF will return to basketball activities in 8 weeks

  • Blazers gm says changing rules to prevent Hack-a-Shaq strategy is a 'slippery slope'

    Pro Basketball Talk "The strategy to commit fouls away from the ball in order to send poor free throw shooters to the line is fair under the current rules, although it’s anything but entertaining to watch. Because of its lack of aesthetic value, many both inside and outside the league would like to see the..." May 17

  • Report: Celtics looking to pursue LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews as package deal

    Pro Basketball Talk "If LaMarcus Aldridge leaves the Trail Blazers, where would he go? The Spurs are reportedly at or near the top of his list, and the Cavaliers could factor. The Lakers and Knicks will push for him, too. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Mavericks and Rockets also pursue the native Texan. A..." May 14

  • Boston Celtics rumors 2015: LaMarcus Aldridge and Wes Matthews both possible targets? "'s A. Sherrod Blakely believes the Boston Celtics could target a pair of Portland Trail Blazer free agents this summer, including star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge. During an episode of Celtics Talk TV (below), Blakely said, "My understanding is the Celtics are going to be open to..." May 12

  • Wesley Matthews to remove boot Tuesday

    Oregonian "Wesley Matthews did a guest analyst spot on the NBA-TV during the weekend, and he started by revealing some news. Matthews, who had season-ending surgery on March 11 to repair a ruptured Achilles' tendon, said he will discard the walking boot he has been in on Tuesday. "Coming off on..." May 11

  • LaMarcus Aldridge: The Elephant in the Room

    Blazer's Edge "The elephant in the room had another superb season worthy of his large mammalian status. Coming into this season, LaMarcus Aldridge had been an All-Star in his previous three campaigns. Since those accolades started coming in, the evaluation, expectation and perception of his game has remained..." May 11

  • Rumor: Blake Griffin to Trail Blazers in sign-and-trade?

    CSN Northwest "Then-Clippers general manager Neil Olshey declared of Blake Griffin in 2011: “I can guarantee you he will only ever be a Clipper.” The next year, the Clippers announced they reached “a deal in principle” to retain Olshey. A few days later, he became the Trail Blazers’ new general..." May 09

  • Report: NBA in negotiations with “global sports betting companies” to partner in Europe

    Pro Basketball Talk "When NBA Commissioner Adam Silver came out in support of legalized gambling legislation, there was one motivation behind it — money. Silver looked at things like the Barclays Premiere League where three teams have their kit/jersey deal with an online gambling company, and numerous other teams..." May 06

  • Report: Damian Lillard won’t consider contract extension worth less than the max

    Pro Basketball Talk "Initially left off the Western Conference All-Star roster, Damian Lillard passionately defended his credentials. He eventually earned a nod as an injury replacement. But, eligible for a contract extension this offseason, Lillard surely hasn’t abandoned his faith in himself. Shams Charania of..." May 05

  • Report: NBA could eliminate Hack-a-Shaq strategy "The NBA is considering a rule change that will punish teams for employing the Hack-a-Shaq strategy, according to a report from Ken Berger of NBA commissioner Adam Silver recently said that he expects the NBA to engage in "full-throated" discussions about the possibility of..." May 05

  • NBA Commissioner Sends Veiled Warning to Players' Union Regarding Labor Deal

    Bleacher Report "If NBA players opt out of the league's labor agreement in 2017, they might find themselves staring at some familiar and unsettling proposals: a hard salary cap, shorter contracts, smaller raises and perhaps an end to guaranteed contracts. No one is making that threat directly, at least not yet,..." May 04

  • Wesley Matthews' 'perfect situation' is return to Portland

    Oregonian "The Portland Trail Blazers held their exit interviews Thursday, marking the official end of the 2014-15 season. The Blazers head into an important offseason with much uncertainty surrounding a team loaded with free agents, including heart-and-soul Wesley Matthews. Matthews suffered a..." May 03

  • Blazers’ GM non-committal on attempting to re-sign free agent Wesley Matthews

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Portland Trail Blazers had their eyes set on the Western Conference crown earlier in the season, and were capable of hanging with the league’s elite with a fully-healthy squad. But once Wesley Matthews was lost for the year with a torn Achilles, the wheels fell off, and a first-round..." May 03

  • Arron Afflalo Plans To Opt Out, Become Free Agent

    Real GM Basketball "Arron Afflalo plans to opt out of his contract for the 2015-16 season and become a free agent. Afflalo was bothered by a shoulder injury late in the season with the Portland Trail Blazers." May 03

  • LaMarcus Aldridge: 9 years in Portland will ‘have more weight than anything else’ on his free agent decision

    Columbian "Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge has a big summer ahead. He is an unrestricted free-agent for the first time in his career. The Lakers, Knicks and Spurs are all reportedly trying to get him to come to their team. But on his way out during his exit interview, he had nothing but good..." May 01

  • Damian Lillard To Seek Designated Five-Year Max Deal With Blazers

    Real GM Basketball "Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard will seek the designated player maximum contract – a full five-year deal – in a possible extension this upcoming offseason, league sources told RealGM. The Blazers will address the immediate futures of LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews when the..." May 01

  • Memphis Grizzlies Survive and Advance with 99 - 93 win over Portland Trail Blazers

    Grizzly Bear Blues "Earlier today, Kevin Lipe called on Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol to take over tonight's game, and to do it without Mike Conley's assisting: "Tonight, Gasol and Randolph's mission should be to terminate the Blazers' season with extreme prejudice." To the brothers from another mother. Z-Bo..." April 30

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    Joe Freeman @BlazerFreeman

    #Blazers LaMarcus Aldridge on prospects of being a sought after free agent: "I’m not going to lie, you want to be wanted."

  • Damian Lillard delivers passionate sideline pep talk, Trail Blazers beat Memphis Grizzlies to avoid sweep

    Oregonian "Why not us? Before the Trail Blazers staved off elimination in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs last season, beating the San Antonio Spurs in Game 4 to avoid a sweep, Nicolas Batum uttered those three words as a sort of rallying cry for his beleaguered team. No team in NBA..." April 28

  • Scottie Pippen's daughter arrested, accused of public urination

    Iowa City Press-Citizen "Retired NBA star Scottie Pippen's daughter was arrested early Sunday after being accused of urinating in the lobby of The Sheraton Iowa City downtown hotel. According to an Iowa City Police Department complaint, Sierra Marcelle Pippen, 20, an undergraduate student at the University of Iowa, was..." April 28

  • NBA signs deal with Stance to become official league sock

    The Score "The NBA is filling some big shoes with its latest licensing deal. The league has inked a multi-year deal with Stance, a sock manufacturer, to put its logo on socks worn during games starting next season, according to Bloomberg's Scott Soshnick. John Wilson, founder and president of Stance,..." April 27

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    Trail Blazers PR @TrailBlazersPR

    Portland C Chris Kaman (L ankle sprain) is PROBABLE for Monday vs. Memphis.

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    Jason Swygard @FANswag

    The inside of Kaman's left ankle is huge. Can't imagine how much that hurt, or how strong of a pain killer he took.

  • Aldridge flew back to Portland while the rest of the team stayed in Memphis

    Pro Basketball Talk "LaMarcus Aldridge will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and although it was believed for much of the season that he’d simply re-sign with the Blazers, there have been recent rumblings that he may seriously consider playing somewhere else. One anonymous teammate put his odds of..." April 26

  • Spurs to pursue Aldridge after giving Leonard max contract "The San Antonio Spurs have their new franchise cornerstone in Kawhi Leonard, the two-way superstar who scored 32 points while smothering the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 3 on Friday. He'll be a restricted free agent in July, and the Spurs are hoping to lock him up with a max deal, then chase..." April 26

  • Grizzlies lead wire to wire, go up 3-0 on Blazers

    Fox Sports Tennessee "The Grizzlies never trailed in a 115-109 win Saturday over the Trail Blazers to take a 3-0 series lead, but lost Mike Conley with a facial injury in the third quarter. He was hospitalized for further evaluation. Here are three takes from a game already without backup point guard and playoff..." April 26

  • Trail Blazers' Arron Afflalo will play in Game 3 vs. Grizzlies: 'It's no time to get to 100 percent'

    Oregonian "After spending the first two games of the first-round playoff series watching from the end of the bench, Trail Blazers shooting guard Arron Afflalo says his strained right shoulder is healthy enough for action. Afflalo is officially listed as probable, but he said Friday that he plans to play..." April 25

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    oregonlive/blazers @blazersblog

    Per Blazers: Chris Kaman (L ankle sprain) is QUESTIONABLE and Arron Afflalo (R shoulder strain) is PROBABLE for Saturday's Game 3

  • NBA Announces First Game in Africa

    Sportsnaut "For the first time ever, the NBA is going to take its talents to Africa. The Association announced on Wednesday that it will play its first-ever exhibition game on the continent on August 1st in Johannesburg, South Africa. The game will feature Team Africa, led by South Sudanese native Luol..." April 24

  • Dominant Grizzlies go up 2-0 on Blazers

    Fox Sports Tennessee "Mike Conley stripped All-Star Damian Lillard and pumped a couple of fists. A sellout crowd pumped a lot of fists Wednesday as the Grizzlies beat Portland, 97-82, a second straight dominating win in this Western Conference first-round series. A newly-animated Conley and his unheralded team..." April 23

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    Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

    We know Knicks & Lakers will chase LaMarcus Aldridge come July, but at least two teams in Texas believe they have shot at him: Spurs & Mavs

  • Blazers’ Batum says he wrote “We don’t lose to Spanish players,” was intended as joke

    Pro Basketball Talk "It was meant to be an internal joke that got out and blown way out of proportion. That according to Portland’s Nicolas Batum, who told he was the one who wrote the “We don’t lose to Spanish players” line on a motivational card in the team locker room. Batum, who is French and says he..." April 22

  • Blazers players worried LaMarcus Aldridge might leave Portland

    SB Nation "LaMarcus Aldridge will be a free agent this offseason and will no doubt be one of the more coveted ones. The belief, though, has always been that he'd be re-signing with Portland. Not only can the team, via the league's Bird Rights rules, pay the most the money and give him an additional year, but..." April 21

  • Trail Blazers posted anti-Spanish-players sign in locker room "The Portland Trail Blazers had a laminated card in their locker room at the FedExForum on Sunday that included the phrase "We don't lose to Spanish players." The Memphis Grizzlies, the Trail Blazers' opponent in their Western Conference first-round series, feature one of the NBA's most..." April 21

  • Trail Blazers' list of concerns after Game 1 should include the future of LaMarcus Aldridge

    Oregonian "It was 40 minutes before Game 1 here Sunday when Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen arrived at FedExForum and caught the eye of LaMarcus Aldridge. The Blazers star was in the midst of his pregame warmup when he stopped to run over to the corner baseline to greet the man who has paid him..." April 20

  • Grizzlies set tone with 100-86 win over Portland

    Memphis Commercial Appeal "LaMarcus Aldridge dribbled across the lane and tried to get off a shot that would beat the clock. But the Portland Trail Blazers’ All-Star power forward bounced off Grizzlies center Marc Gasol and then crashed into backup big man Kosta Koufos before he fell to the court with the..." April 20

  • Adam Silver on gambling: 'It's good for business, I don't want to hide from that' "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been outspoken on the topic of sports gambling -- back in November, he wrote an op-ed in the New York Times where he argued that betting "should be brought out of the underground." On Monday, as a guest on the Boomer & Carton show, he was asked about talking to..." April 20

  • Arron Afflalo could return for Game 2

    CSN Northwest "After enduring one of their most difficult nights on offense, a little help may be on the way for the Trail Blazers. Arron Afflalo could return to the lineup for Game 2 on Wednesday against the Memphis Grizzlies. Portland fell 0-1 in the best of seven first round series against Memphis with..." April 20

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    Casey Holdahl @CHold

    Arron Afflalo will NOT play in Game 1

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    Erik Gundersen @blazerbanter

    No surprise: Arron Afflalo is DOUBTFUL for tomorrow per Blazers.

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    Erik Gundersen @blazerbanter

    CJ McCollum making hard cuts and quick moves off the dribble. Looks like the left ankle is just fine.

  • Nike Close To Taking Over NBA Apparel Rights From Adidas With Long-Term Deal

    Sports Business Daily "Nike is close to securing a long-term NBA uniform rights deal. Sources said the framework for a deal has been reached, the outline of which will be presented to ownership today in N.Y. during a meeting of the Exec Committee and tomorrow before the full NBA BOG. Multiple sources said that while the..." April 17