Trail Blazers Rumors & News

  • Leonard, Green, Jordan, Bradley, Paul On All-Defensive Team

    Pro Basketball Talk "There wasn’t much consensus among All-Defensive voters, except for this. Kawhi Leonard is really good. The back-to-back reigning Defensive Player of the Year was the only player to appear on every ballot, and he made the first team on all 130. He leads a pretty well-selected group: First..." May 25

  • Craig Sager to receive Jimmy V Award for Perseverance

    College Spun "During the Western Conference Finals, NBA fans can find Craig Sager doing his normal job, handling sideline duties for TNT. Sager, who was given just a few months to live back in March, continues to work the job he loves, even driving hours from chemotherapy treatments to make sure he’s in time..." May 24

  • Mission Impossible: African-Americans & analytics

    The Undefeated "The mission was to find black folks who spend anytime talking about advanced analytics, whose conversations are framed by — or even casually include references to — win shares or effective shooting percentage, WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) or points per 100 possessions. It’s a failed..." May 24

  • Damian Lillard on Plans to Sign Major Rap Deal This Summer (Audio)

    Black Sports Online "Dame D.O.L.L.A is probably the best rapper in the NBA and considering his name recognition it makes sense that major record labels would be interested. But Dame isn’t in a rush and is looking for a particular type of deal according to TMZ. Aaron Goodwin, telling TMZ Sports they’ve approached..." May 24

  • Portland’s Nate Tibbetts to meet about Warriors’ top assistant job

    Yahoo! Sports "Portland Trail Blazers assistant Nate Tibbetts has emerged as a candidate for the Golden State Warriors’ top assistant-coaching job and will meet with Steve Kerr on Monday in Oklahoma City, league sources told The Vertical. Tibbetts and Charlotte assistant Stephen Silas are two of the serious..." May 23

  • Tales from the NBA draft lottery

    ESPN "For a moment in the closed-off lottery drawing room, there is real suspense. The machine with the 14 pingpong balls inside flips on, the balls fly around, and a timekeeper with his back to it waits 20 seconds before raising his hand, the signal for the operator to suck up the first ball. Those..." May 18

  • Count Kevin Durant out (and maybe Dwight Howard in?) for Blazers plans

    Oregonian "Marc Spears of the ESPN's The Undefeated joined the Bald Faced Truth radio show (12-3p on 750-AM and 102.9-FM) to talk about the NBA playoffs, the coaching hires, and why he thinks Kevin Durant is going to stay in Oklahoma City... and how Dwight Howard would be an interesting fit in..." May 17

  • Blazers Offer to Stotts Reported to be Near 5 Years, $20 Million

    Blazer's Edge "Jay Allen of Rip City Radio 620 AM in Portland has reported on his radio show and has tweeted that the Portland Trail Blazers are offering Head Coach Terry Stotts a 5-year deal in the neighborhood of $20 million total to retain his services. Allen's report originally came out on Friday morning...." May 16

  • Memphis Grizzlies granted permission to speak with Portland assistant Nate Tibbetts

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Memphis Grizzlies have been granted permission to interview Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach Nate Tibbetts for their vacant head coach position, league sources informed Tibbetts, 38, is expected to interview with Memphis early next week. Tibbetts is a well-respected..." May 15

  • LeBron James: Terry Stotts ‘Should Have Been’ Coach of the Year

    SLAM Online "The Cleveland Cavaliers have a few days off until the Eastern Conference Finals kick off, giving people plenty of time to get upset—and look for hidden messages—about things LeBron James says. The Cavs superstar gives props to Terry Stotts by saying he should have been named Coach of the Year..." May 14

  • Terry Stotts ‘isn’t a slam dunk’ to return to Trail Blazers

    Blazer's Edge "Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times reported an unexpected rumor coming from the NBA executives at the Draft Combine: That a Blazer contract renewal of Terry Stotts may not be as obvious as expected. " May 14

  • Banged-up Warriors eliminate Blazers, earn a rest

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors limped to the finish line in their Western Conference semifinal series Wednesday night. Hitting the tape first made them feel good. And getting at least four days off before playing again made them feel even better. Stephen Curry..." May 12

  • The inside story of how Damian Lillard became the Blazers’ franchise player

    Yahoo! Sports "When Paul Allen and Neil Olshey walked out of a June meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge, the Portland Trail Blazers’ owner and general manager were uneasy with the two words that had been ominously absent from Aldridge’s lips: Damian Lillard. Before the start of free agency, the exhausting,..." May 12

  • Blazers, Terry Stotts' reps to talk contract extension

    ESPN "After the Portland Trail Blazers closed their season Wednesday with a 125-121 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals, the team's first item of business is to retain coach Terry Stotts, sources say. The Trail Blazers hold a team option for Stotts'..." May 12

  • At the end of a special season, Trail Blazers get a special speech from Paul Allen

    CSN Northwest "It was a season unlike any other for the Trail Blazers, and when it was over Wednesday, owner Paul Allen delivered a speech unlike any other he has at the end of a season. With his voice cracking with emotion, Allen stood before the Blazers and told them he was proud. Proud of how hard they..." May 12

  • Barkley bemoans current NBA: 'Worst I've ever seen'

    The Score "Another day, another retired player complaining about today's game. Charles Barkley made an appearance Wednesday on the Dan Patrick Show to deliver a take down of the modern game. "The NBA is watered down," Barkley said. "The NBA is the worst I’ve ever seen it." Keep in mind Barkley was..." May 11

  • Trail Blazers interest in Dwight Howard would be foolish, per ex-NBA coach

    Oregonian "Long-time NBA coach Herb Brown joined me on the radio show (weekdays 12-3p on 750-AM and 102.9-FM) to talk about the NBA playoffs, the job that Portland coach Terry Stotts has done, and Dwight Howard to Portland rumors. "I think you're courting disaster. He's not a finisher inside. He doesn't..." May 11

  • Curry sets OT scoring record in Warriors' win

    The Sports Xchange "PORTLAND, Ore. -- It was one of those big-moment times that comes along only in the playoffs, and the Golden State Warriors needed a big-moment player. On came Stephen Curry to the rescue. Curry, back after missing the previous four games with a sprained right knee, scored 17 of his 40..." May 10

  • Blazers F Maurice Harkless limited by bruised right hip

    Columbian "The Portland Trail Blazers season got a jump when they inserted Maurice Harkless into the starting line-up but right now, he’s just not himself. Harkless said that a right hip bruise that he suffered in the first quarter of Game 2 against the Golden State Warriors. Harkless fell on his hip when..." May 08

  • Lillard, Aminu lead Trail Blazers past Warriors In Game 3

    The Sports Xchange "PORTLAND, Ore. -- Al-Farouq Aminu came up big, Damian Lillard was even bigger and the Portland Trail Blazers are alive in the Western Conference semifinals. Lillard bombed in a career playoff-high 40 points and dished out 10 assists to lead the Trail Blazers past the Golden State Warriors..." May 08

  • Blazers' Al-Farouq Aminu says he didn't write homophobic tweets

    Blazer's Edge "Earlier this week Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu came under scrutiny as homophobic tweets from 2010 and 2011 surfaced as part of a larger collection of older twitter submissions by NBA players. Today Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN posted a response from Aminu during which he said the..." May 07

  • Tim Donaghy: '100 percent' of NBA refs gamble

    Fox Sports "Whether you believe all his claims or not, few (if any) know the inner workings of the NBA and the role referees play in determining outcomes of games better than Tim Donaghy does. The disgraced former ref worked in the NBA for 13 seasons, until an FBI investigation revealed that he had bet on..." May 05

  • Warriors blitz Blazers in 4th quarter, take 2-0 lead

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Everyone expected the guy who didn't play in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals between the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers eventually to have an impact on the series. But who would have thought that guy would be Warriors backup center Festus..." May 04

  • NBA to ban alcohol and gambling advertisements on jerseys

    Sportsnaut "The NBA will soon allow advertisements on jerseys but according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, the companies eligible for advertisements will be limited. Rovell also added that the NBA can veto any other possible company. There are no big surprises here, but a few things do stand..." May 04

  • Charles Barkley says Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and the Blazers must play 'smarter' against the Warriors

    Oregonian "Following the Portland Trail Blazers deflating Game 2 loss at the hands of the Golden State Warriors in their best-of-seven second round NBA Playoffs series, the TNT crew on Inside the NBA took a look at the game tape and offered the opinions on the Trail Blazers fourth quarter meltdown, CJ..." May 04

  • Why NBA Players Lie About Their Height

    Wall Street Journal "Kevin Durant is 6-foot-9. That’s his height by all official accounts—the NBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder, his Wikipedia page—and that’s how Durant will be described throughout the basketball playoffs. As it turns out, though, there is one person who disagrees. His name is Kevin Durant. This..." May 03

  • Blazers' CJ McCollum: Golden State setting illegal screens to free up Klay Thompson

    CSN Northwest "If it wasn’t tough enough defending Klay Thompson and the rest of the Golden State Warriors, the Trail Blazers found in Game 1 they have another hurdle to overcome. “They set a lot of illegal screens,’’ Blazers guard CJ McCollum said Tuesday at the team’s shootaround at The Olympic Club. “They..." May 03

  • Terry Stotts: Warriors' Anderson Varejao made 'dangerous play'

    East Bay Times "Portland coach Terry Stotts said Warriors center Anderson Varejao made a dirty play in tripping Trail Blazers guard Gerald Henderson in Game 1 on Sunday. "It was a leg whip, and I thought it was a dangerous play," Stotts said Monday. The tripping incident in the third quarter with the..." May 02

  • Thompson pours in 37 as Warriors jump on Blazers

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- If the Golden State Warriors miss star guard Stephen Curry, they sure didn't show it in their first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets. And here they go again in Round 2. Klay Thompson bombed in a game-high 37 points and Draymond Green recorded his..." May 01

  • Trail Blazers move on after grinding out win over Clippers

    The Sports Xchange "PORTLAND, Ore. -- Terry Stotts admitted afterward it was a "grind-it-out game." Is the final score in a sometimes-ugly game the only thing that matters? "I think 106-103 is beautiful," Stotts said Friday night after his Portland Trail Blazers had beaten the Los Angeles Clippers by that count..." April 30

  • Blazers pull away from ailing Clippers

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- The short-handed Los Angeles Clippers simply ran out of gas. The toll of losing Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, the emotions it extracted and a fourth-quarter scoring binge by Damian Lillard were too much for the Clippers to handle Wednesday. CJ McCollum had 27 points, and..." April 28

  • Magic, Bucks, Blazers and Hornets the favorites for Dwight Howard

    The Sports Daily "Dwight Howard seems as good as gone from the Houston Rockets and the suitors lining up for his services this summer seem plentiful. According to’s Calvin Watkins, the Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers and Charlotte Hornets stand alone as the favorite to land D12..." April 28

  • Clippers' Paul breaks hand as Blazers even series

    The Sports Xchange "PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Los Angeles Clippers didn't just lose Game 4 of their first-round playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night at the Moda Center. They lost their point guard, leader and best player, too. Chris Paul left the game in the third quarter of the Trail..." April 26

  • Craig Sager Helped Talk Dennis Rodman Out of Committing Suicide in 1993

    Complex "Dennis Rodman thought long and hard about taking his own life back in 1993, and in the past, he hasn’t shied away from talking about it. He wrote about his suicidal thoughts in his 1996 book, Bad As I Wanna Be, and during an interview on In Depth with Graham Bensinger in 2011, he spoke openly..." April 26

  • C.J. McCollum has been named the Most Improved Player of the Year "Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum has won the 2015-16 Kia NBA Most Improved Player Award, it was announced today by the NBA. McCollum finished the 2015-16 regular season with career highs of 20.8 points (44.3% FG, 41.7% 3-PT, 82.7% FT), 3.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.21 steals and 34.8..." April 22

  • Clippers crush Blazers for 2-0 edge

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Missed shots, an ineffective offense and the solid play of the Los Angeles Clippers' bench resulted in the demise of the Portland Trail Blazers in a Game 2 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night. Chris Paul scored 25 points, and the Clippers rolled to a 102-81..." April 21

  • NBA Players Admit to Checking Their Cell Phones at Halftime

    Complex "It’s been more than seven years now since Charlie Villanueva made headlines—and pissed off then-Bucks head coach Scott Skiles—by sending out this tweet at halftime of a Milwaukee game And while most NBA players have refrained from tweeting during games since then, they apparently haven’t..." April 21

  • Griffin re-emerges as Clippers top Blazers in Game 1

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- No one really knew what to expect from Blake Griffin in Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals Sunday night. Griffin, though, was better than either the Los Angeles Clippers or the Portland Trail Blazers imagined. Chris Paul scored 28 points, dished out 11..." April 18

  • Trail Blazers end regular season with win over Nuggets

    The Sports Xchange "PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Trail Blazers finished a regular season of surprises by beating the Denver Nuggets 107-99 Wednesday night at the Moda Center. Now it's on to a first-round matchup with the Los Angeles Clippers beginning Sunday at Staples Center in a battle between the Nos. 4..." April 14

  • Sources: NBA owners expected to pass rule allowing ads on jerseys

    ESPN "NBA owners are scheduled to vote this week on putting ads on jerseys for the 2017-18 season, multiple sources told ESPN. The measure is expected to pass, according to sources. Several teams have begun testing the market to sell the potentially lucrative ads, which would be placed in a..." April 12

  • Blazers’ Meyers Leonard out 6-8 months after undergoing shoulder surgery

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Blazers announced a few weeks ago that fourth-year center Meyers Leonard would be shut down for the season and require shoulder surgery. On Friday, Leonard underwent a procedure to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, which the team says will sideline him between six and eight months." April 09

  • Trail Blazers earn postseason berth with win over Thunder

    The Sports Xchange "PORTLAND, Ore. -- With four-fifths of the starting lineup gone, including All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, preseason prognostications did not have the Portland Trail Blazers going anywhere near the playoffs. So there was plenty of satisfaction in their locker room Wednesday night at..." April 07

  • Blazers dominate Kings on glass in win

    The Sports Xchange "SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard get much of the credit for the Portland Trail Blazers' unlikely rise in the Western Conference standings, what with their backcourt ability to shoot and dart to the hoop. But the Blazers bring a lesser known weapon to the floor each night,..." April 06

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  • Curry pours in 39 as Warriors trounce Trail Blazers

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors play so well after they lose, it makes one wonder why they don't do it more often. Actually, that is exactly why they don't lose more often. The Warriors remained unbeaten in games following defeats Sunday, riding Stephen Curry's game-high..." April 03

  • Splended Trail Blazers easily handle Heat

    The Sports Xchange "PORTLAND, Ore. -- In baseball parlance, the Portland Trail Blazers tossed a complete game, hit for the cycle and played errorless defense Saturday night. The result was a resounding 110-93 victory at Moda Center over the Miami Heat, as Portland continued its drive for the No. 5 playoff spot..." April 03

  • Gerald Henderson emerges as leader with Trail Blazers, says 'I'd love to come back' to Portland

    Oregonian "The Trail Blazers acquired Gerald Henderson last summer to add leadership and experience to a rebuilding roster, the idea being that he would be a perfect one-year piece in a transitional season. But as this transitional season enters its final days, a curious and perhaps unexpected development..." April 02

  • Aminu's 28 points carry Blazers past Celtics

    The Sports Xchange "PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Boston Celtics' game plan was simple Thursday night at the Moda Center: Blanket Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum and make their teammates beat them. It was the perfect time for Al-Farouq "Chief" Aminu to come through with the game of his career for the Portland Trail..." April 01

  • Maurice Harkless Needs to Start

    Blazer's Edge "This is just a taste of what Maurice Harkless has brought the Trail Blazers this season when he's come onto the floor as a starter recently. To get an idea of the statistical impact that Harkless has had on the Blazers in those limited games take this into consideration: Harkless is No. 3..." March 30

  • The Power and Polarity of Peter Vecsey

    The Big Lead "It was a late afternoon in early December 1997. Peter Vecsey had an 8 pm deadline for his New York Post column, which ran three times per week, but the Golden State Warriors weren’t returning his calls. Vecsey had recently reported that Latrell Sprewell was on the trade block, and was trying to..." March 30

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