Trail Blazers Rumors & News

  • Festus Ezeli To Miss Six Weeks

    Hoops Rumors "The Trail Blazers announced today that Festus Ezeli will be sidelined for six weeks. The center had his left knee injected with a bone marrow aspirate concentrate and Orthovisc today in Chicago. The treatment is designed to alleviate pain and improve function in the joint, per the announcement. If..." August 23

  • Kevin Durant, USA blow out Serbia to win Olympic gold

    USA Today "They weren’t the Dream Team, or even the Redeem Team – not even close. But by the time Team USA’s 96-66 win against Serbia was complete on Sunday and the mission for the third consecutive gold medal was complete, only one thing mattered more than all the comparisons that always inevitably come:..." August 21

  • Seth Curry compares his game to C.J. McCollum's

    The Score "After showing flashes of shooting ability last season, Seth Curry is looking to establish himself in the NBA as a new member of the Dallas Mavericks. The 6-foot-2 point guard has been studying film of other guards for ideas on how to create off the ball. In addition to examining the moves of..." August 20

  • NBA Moves 2017 All-Star Game To New Orleans

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA has decided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans. An official announcement is expected by the end of Friday. The All-Star Game was previously scheduled to take place in Charlotte but the NBA decided to relocate it due to a state law in North Carolina that limits..." August 19

  • Charles Barkley Has Some Harsh Words For The U.S. Olympic Basketball Team’s Roster

    Uproxx "The U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team isn’t exactly dominating in Rio de Janiero so far. Sure, it finished the group stage 5-0, but the team had some close calls, including three-point wins over France and Serbia. With the knockout round set to start on Wednesday, the Americans have some..." August 17

  • Trail Blazers sign forward Grant Jerrett to training camp contract

    Oregonian "The Portland Trail Blazers have added another piece to their training camp roster, signing forward Grant Jerrett to a training camp contract, the team announced on Tuesday. Jerrett, 23, is a 6-foot-10 power forward who was initially drafted by the Blazers with the No. 40 overall pick in 2013,..." August 16

  • USA Basketball’s quest for superstar continuity may be impossible

    SB Nation "When Jerry Colangelo took over USA Basketball in 2005, he had both immediate and long-term goals. He wanted to wash the taste of bronze out of America’s mouth and he wanted to build a sustainable program. On most accounts, he has succeeded. While the United States slipped in the 2006 FIBA World..." August 16

  • McCollum fires back at critic with '106 million reasons'

    The Score "C.J. McCollum isn't going to take your trash talk. A man who goes by the name Richie tweeted at the Portland Trail Blazers guard Sunday night to warn him of the dark path he's supposedly going down due to his possible spa dates. It didn't take long for McCollum - who signed a $106-million..." August 15

  • FIBA pushing for 3-on-3 in 2020 Olympics

    The Score "The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) is pushing for the inclusion of three-on-three basketball in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann told USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt on Thursday. The request is under consideration by the International Olympic..." August 11

  • Pippen’s Wife Calls Laettner Out on Twitter For Scamming Them Out of $600K

    Black Sports Online "“I Hate Christian Laettner” still rings true Scottie Pippen’s wife Larsa. Larsa went on a Twitter rant this week taking their beef public. Apparently, Scottie invested a large sum of money with Laettner and his partners in 2007 to acquire a stake in the Memphis Grizzlies. When the deal soured,..." August 11

  • David Stern to give speech in support of legalized sports gambling

    The Comeback "New NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been outspoken in his support for legalized gambling across the United States, and that fight has received an unlikely ally – Silver’s predecessor, David Stern. At the Global Gaming Expo, held in Las Vegas near the end of September, Stern will be a featured..." August 11

  • CJ McCollum pledges to continue 'to strive for greatness' after signing $106 million contract extension

    Oregonian "CJ McCollum pledged to keep his underdog mindset, to continue "to strive for greatness" and to work even harder now that he's become the Trail Blazers' newest $100 million man. The Blazers' starting shooting guard said that and more Friday morning at the team's practice facility in Tualatin..." August 06

  • Stotts: Aminu will start, play almost exclusively PF next season

    The Score "The small forward position is where Al-Farouq Aminu has played 76 percent of his minutes over the course of his six-year career, including 56 percent in his first season as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers. Head coach Terry Stotts has big plans for the 25-year-old in 2016-17, including..." August 06

  • NBA Chief Adam Silver Isn’t Expecting Another Lockout in 2017

    Bloomberg "I’m going to abuse my privilege here to lodge a complaint, which is that basketball is a great flow sport, but NBA games stop too much. If it were me, I’d try to take most of the timeouts away from coaches. I know you have to have them for commercials and for rest, but if they were just programmed..." August 06

  • Blazers focused on growth, not contending, despite high payroll

    The Score "The Portland Trail Blazers spent a whole lot of dough - over $290 million, actually - this offseason on contracts for Meyers Leonard, Allen Crabbe, C.J. McCollum, and Evan Turner. Despite boasting one of the NBA's highest payrolls, don't expect the team to contend for a championship just..." August 05

  • C.J. McCollum doesn’t get ‘maximum’ contract extension’

    Pro Basketball Talk "C.J. McCollum reportedly signed a four-year, $106 million max contract extension. Only part of that is true. McCollum’s extension is worth about $106 million over four years, but it’s not a “maximum” deal. According to Basketball Insiders, McCollum’s extension will pay him:..." August 05

  • NBA union boss ‘optimistic’ there won’t be a lockout next year

    Yahoo! Sports "This July, Kevin Durant decided to join the Golden State Warriors. (Y’know, in case you missed it.) That was one of many, many transactions during a month in which NBA teams flush with cash thanks to a salary cap sent skyrocketing by the league’s $24 billion broadcast rights deal spent to such a..." August 02

  • Trail Blazers' Al-Farouq Aminu leaves Nigerian team ahead of Olympics

    Sporting News "The Nigerian national team will have to pursue its basketball goals without its best player. Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu has pulled out of the 2016 Summer Olympics, but it's unrelated to the multiple issues the city of Rio de Janeiro is having as the host city. According to the..." August 02

  • Jalen Rose thinks NBA players should only get to play in the Olympics once

    USA Today "Jalen Rose stopped by the Summer of Jeep event in Chicago along with 25 students from the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. The school began in 2011, and has now graduated 170 students, all who were accepted into college, trade school or the military. He brought the group to Chicago to see Team USA..." August 01

  • The Trail Blazers spent tons of money, but did they really get much better?

    SB Nation "The summer after a breakout season is always tough for any team. After dramatically exceeding expectations, the temptation is to skip steps and make win-now moves becomes overwhelming. Just ask the Phoenix Suns, who failed to capitalize on an out-of-nowhere 48-win season in 2013-14 and are now..." July 29

  • How Much Defensive Improvement Can the Blazers Expect?

    Blazer's Edge "Festus Ezeli and Evan Turner will join the Portland Trail Blazers lineup this fall. Both have been touted for defense. Today’s Blazer’s Edge Mailbag question asks how much difference they’ll actually make. If you have a question about the Portland Trail Blazers, send it to..." July 27

  • NBA to Fund Health Care for Former Players with at Least 3 Seasons of Experience

    Bleacher Report "The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced Wednesday it will fund health care for the league's retired players who racked up at least three years of experience, per Howard Beck of Bleacher Report. The statement noted player representatives passed the vote to fund the health..." July 27

  • Moe Harkless, Trail Blazers agree to 4-year, $40 million contract

    Oregonian "Moe Harkless came to the Portland Trail Blazers virtually for free last July an now he's set to stay in Rip City for the next four seasons. After a prolonged wait through restricted free agency, the Blazers agreed to re-sign Harkless to a 4-year, $40 million contract, The Oregonian/OregonLive..." July 26

  • Meyers Leonard says you're crazy if you don't think $41 million is enough

    Oregonian "Trail Blazers center/forward Meyers Leonard joined me on the Bald Faced Truth radio show on Monday to talk about his outlook for the 2016-17 season, teammate CJ McCollum, and why he thinks anyone who says $41 million isn't enough is nuts. Listen to the full interview here. "Market value is..." July 26

  • Blazers, C.J. McCollum agree to four-year, $106 million extension

    SI "The Portland Trail Blazers and guard C.J. McCollum have agreed to a four-year contract extension worth the maximum $106 million, The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports. McCollum, 24, is coming off a breakout season in 2015–16 that saw him average 20.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game on..." July 25

  • Blazers GM: Re-signed Crabbe is a 'foundational player'

    Oregonian "The Portland Trail Blazers held a press conference on Friday to discuss new contract deals with two familiar faces on the roster. Alongside Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey, three-year veteran Allen Crabbe spoke to the media about returning to Portland with a four-year, $75 million contract in..." July 23

  • Trail Blazers, Maurice Harkless 'not any closer' to getting free agent deal done

    CSN Northwest "The waiting game continues for restricted free agent Maurice Harkless and the Trail Blazers, as the two sides are "not any closer" to reaching a deal according to his agent, Happy Walters. Walters says several teams have shown interest in Harkless, but the small forward wants to re-sign with..." July 19

  • The NBA will create TV-style shows exclusively for Twitter

    Sporting News "Twitter continues to partner with sports industries, and the latest pairing is with the NBA. The social media company and basketball league made a joint statement Tuesday announcing a deal which allows Twitter to broadcast "exclusive original live programming" from the NBA. But the programming..." July 19

  • NBA execs want an NFL-style franchise tag. Players should hate that idea.

    SB Nation "The Washington Post's Tim Bontemps put together a tidy package of flashpoints in upcoming NBA labor negotiations, issues that could be so divisive they could spark another season-damaging lockout. We'll talk more about the Lockout Warning Level as summer wears on, but one item in particular piqued..." July 19

  • Damian Lillard Celebrates 26th Birthday by Holding a Very Lit Concert in Portland

    Complex "Damian Lillard turned 26 on Friday, and celebrated his big day by holding a concert at the historic Crystal Ballroom in Portland. And honestly? Kid did it up right. Thanks to social media we have evidence of just how turnt this birthday celebration really was, and those in attendance have given..." July 16

  • Damian Lillard on playing for hometown Warriors: 'Hell no'

    CBS Sports "Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard does not want to join a super team -- not even one that plays in his hometown of Oakland. A fan on Twitter asked Lillard if he would be switching teams, and he responded emphatically. Before turning Lillard into a hero and Kevin Durant or Dwyane Wade..." July 14

  • NBA Announces Changes to Intentional Foul Rules

    Bleacher Report "The NBA announced changes to its intentional fouling rules Tuesday following years of debate regarding teams' various Hack-a-Shaq strategies. According to the league's official press release, the NBA Board of Governors approved a rule change for the 2016-17 season that will make the intentional..." July 13

  • Portland Trail Blazers in Prime Position to Make a Trade

    Blazer's Edge "With Meyers Leonard and Allen Crabbe now officially coming back, and only Maurice Harkless remaining as an unknown, Portland GM Neil Olshey has had a solid, if unspectacular offseason. The team didn't land a star, but is undoubtedly deeper than it was last season. In fact, as the lineup currently..." July 12

  • Blazers Match Allen Crabbe's Four-Year, $75M Deal With Nets

    Real GM Basketball "The Portland Trail Blazers have matched the four-year, $75 million offer sheet Allen Crabbe signed with the Brooklyn Nets. Crabbe was a restricted free agent, which gave the Blazers the right to match." July 10

  • Blazers, Leonard agree to 4-year, $41M deal

    The Score "The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to a four-year, $41-million contract with restricted free agent Meyers Leonard, league sources tell The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski. Leonard enjoyed his best season as a pro in 2015-16, averaging career-highs in points (8.4), rebounds (5.1), and assists..." July 10

  • This Mother Recounts Damian Lillard Sending Her Son To His Overcrowded Basketball Camp For Free

    Uproxx "You’d have to imagine that attending a camp run by Damian Lillard is extremely popular for youngsters in the Pacific Northwest. It’s not so surprising that such a camp sold out quickly and many would-be campers missed out, but thankfully for Erica Cassidy, Dame had her back when she missed the..." July 10

  • Henderson signs deal to join Sixers

    Philly.com "Gerald Henderson called signing with the 76ers a dream come true - one that he'll never forget. That's partly because his father, Gerald Henderson Sr., played for the Sixers during the 1987-88 and 1988-89 seasons. The Sixers were also his favorite team growing in Blue Bell, a suburb of..." July 10

  • Festus Ezeli Bargain Contract Due To Knee Concerns

    Blazer's Edge "The Portland Trail Blazers signed free agent center Festus Ezeli to a bargain contract due to worries about his knees, reports ESPN's Marc J. Spears. The two-year, $15m deal (with a team option for the second year) was applauded as an unbelievable value for a free agent once expected to command..." July 10

  • Crabbe signs 4-year, $75M offer sheet with Nets

    Nets Daily "They're going for broke. The Nets have signed Allen Crabbe, the 6'6" Portland shooting guard ,to a four year, $75 million offer sheet, daring the Blazers to match. Like their offer to Tyler Johnson earlier Thursday, the Crabbe offer must be matched within three days or the 24-year-old becomes..." July 08

  • Trail Blazers waived forward Cliff Alexander

    Oregonian "The Portland Trail Blazers added a big man on Thursday and had to lose another in the process. The Blazers waived second-year forward Cliff Alexander to make room for newly acquired center Festus Ezeli, a source confirmed to The Oregonian/OregonLive. Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical first..." July 08

  • Can the Portland Trail Blazers pull off a Greg Monroe trade?

    Blazer's Edge "The Portland Trail Blazers seem a bit, well, inert during this free agency period. Evan Turner's massive 4-year, $70 million deal is one thing, but it clearly necessitates a second move by God Emperor of Dune President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey. My -- and your -- question is: what is..." July 07

  • Salary-cap projection for 2017-18 season to be lower than expected

    ESPN "In a surprise turn, the NBA is pulling back on its salary-cap projection for the 2017-18 season, according to a league memo obtained by ESPN, and it could complicate the Golden State Warriors' efforts to keep their new super team together. The league previously projected the 2017-18 cap to hit..." July 07

  • Evan Turner signs with Trail Blazers

    NBA.com "The Portland Trail Blazers have signed free agent guard/forward Evan Turner, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey. Turner, 27, joins the Trail Blazers from the Boston Celtics, where he netted averages of 10.5 points (45.6% FG, 24.1% 3PT, 82.7% FT), 4.9..." July 07

  • Charlotte Hornets adding Brian Roberts as third point guard

    Charlotte Observer "Looking to fine-tune their upcoming roster, the Charlotte Hornets came to terms with Brian Roberts Wednesday to be the team’s third point guard. A source familiar with the deal said Roberts will be paid the veteran minimum salary. The Hornets start Kemba Walker at the point and have agreed..." July 06

  • Integrating Evan Turner into the Portland Trail Blazers Offense

    Blazer's Edge "The Portland Trail Blazers went into 2016 NBA free agency with a handful of holes to fill on their roster. Not long after their first target, Chandler Parsons, agreed to terms on a max contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, they quickly shifted their focus to Evan Turner and agreed to terms on a..." July 06

  • Festus Ezeli Meeting With Blazers In Portland

    Real GM Basketball "The Portland Trail Blazers are meeting with Festus Ezeli. Ezeli began the offseason as a restricted free agent but the Golden State Warriors rescinded their qualifying offer to him once Kevin Durant committed to sign." July 06

  • Trail Blazers extend television deal with CSN Northwest through 2020-21 NBA season

    Oregonian "After searching far and wide for a new broadcast partner that delivered the largest audience and broadest reach in Portland, the Trail Blazers reached a surprising conclusion: It was the partner they had all along. The team has agreed to a four-year contract extension with CSN Northwest to..." July 06

  • Portland Trail Blazers trade for Shabazz Napier from Orlando Magic

    Blazer's Edge "The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to trade for Shabazz Napier from the Orlando Magic for cash considerations, according to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinal. Napier, 24, is a 6'1" point guard, with two years of experience in Miami and Orlando. He was drafted 24th overall in 2014." July 05

  • Books adjust NBA odds in wake of Durant to the Warriors

    Covers.com "Well, this is certainly a holiday weekend that Bay Area basketball fans will never forget. We were told to expect an announcement in the Kevin Durant free agency sweepstakes at some point over the weekend, and the bombshell dropped just before noon EST on July 4. Former Oklahoma City Thunder..." July 05

  • Spurs, Raptors reportedly front-runners for Pau Gasol; Blazers still in mix

    CBS Sports "The San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors and Portland Trail Blazers are all looking for Gasol's decision to be in their favor. The Minnesota Timberwolves have also pursued Gasol, but they don't seem to be a finalist for his services. Chris Broussard of ESPN is reporting the Spurs and Raptors are..." July 04

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