Trail Blazers Rumors & News

  • Paul Allen Comfortable With Big Financial Commitment To Blazers' Payroll

    Real GM Basketball "The Portland Trail Blazers became a far more expensive team in the short and long-term this offseason by re-signing Allen Crabbe, Meyers Leonard and Moe Harkless while also signing Evan Turner in free agency and extending C.J. McCollum. Paul Allen was asked if he had any apprehension about..." September 28

  • What NBA players and coaches are saying about national anthem protests

    USA Today "As NBA teams hold their annual media days before training camps tip off, players and coaches across the league are speaking out in the wake of the national anthem protests that have swept the sports world in recent weeks. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry: "I respect everybody’s..." September 27

  • ESPN’s deal with the NBA is killing Disney stock

    New York Post "As NBA training camps open Tuesday, one of the league’s most important players has already been placed on disability. Drexel Hamilton analyst Tony Wible downgraded Disney stock on Monday in response to “a massive increase in NBA costs” for ESPN. Disney’s deal to televise NBA games, with its..." September 27

  • Blazers' Festus Ezeli has no timetable for his return from knee injury

    CBS Sports "From re-signing Allen Crabbe, to offering a max-level extension to C.J. McCollum, to signing swingman Evan Turner to a long-term deal, the Portland Trail Blazers were very active this offseason. Unfortunately, one of their acquisitions, big man Festus Ezeli, is expected to miss all of training..." September 24

  • Report: NBA not planning to change rule requiring players to stand for national anthem

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA and union are discussing how to handle expected national-anthem protests, a movement started by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the Star Spangled Banner in objection to police brutality against blacks. Unlike the NFL, the NBA has an explicit rule for the anthem:..." September 22

  • NBA Sends Letter to Players Explaining How It Plans to Help Local Communities

    Complex "At the 2016 ESPY Awards, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James took the stage at the start of the show to call for change in their respective communities in light of the police brutality and violence that has plagued many different parts of the country. "We all feel..." September 22

  • NBA, players' union outline joint 'meaningful action' plan in letter

    ESPN "The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have worked together over the past several days to create a plan for handling potential protests by players during the national anthem, sources told ESPN.com. NBA commissioner Adam Silver and union executive director Michele Roberts on..." September 22

  • Which NBA teams should tank in 2016–17?

    SI "NBA practices open next week, and hopes are high in cities all over the league. But I'm not here to talk about hope. This is about reality. This is about maturity. It's about about staring hope in the face, and answering back with pragmatism. It's about burning down the forest so that the heat can..." September 22

  • One thing every NBA Western Conference team must fix in training camp

    Fox Sports "A few NBA teams will hold their media days on Friday, and the rest will do so beginning next week. That means training camps are just about upon us, so with that in mind, here's an introductory look at one thing each team should look to address before the regular season gets going at the end of..." September 20

  • Every NBA team's best and worst player according to NBA 2K17

    Fox Sports "NBA 2K17 officially releases today, and one of the best aspects of playing the yearly basketball sim before the NBA season kicks off is seeing how each team's new arrivals and rookies look on the court. Many of the rookies selected in the 2016 draft didn't get much love from the ratings wizards at..." September 20

  • He made millions in the NBA. Now Darius Miles is bankrupt

    Belleville News-Democrat "Former East St. Louis Flyers basketball standout Darius Miles was a first-round draft pick with the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2000 NBA draft with a contract worth $9 million. He starred in a movie with Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds. He landed an endorsement with Michael Jordan’s athletic..." September 17

  • NBA players are on deck to spread protests as baseball shies away

    Sporting News "Someone finally thought to ask the obvious question about Colin Kaepernick and other football players using the games as protest platforms: why only football? Isn’t there another major American sport going on right now where players can follow his lead? The Orioles’ Adam Jones answered it,..." September 13

  • Trail Blazers signing Greg Stiemsma

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Trail Blazers have just 14 players with guaranteed salaries – leaving one opening for the regular-season roster. Greg Stiemsma is entering the competition for it. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports: Stiemsma will battle Tim Quarterman ($75,000 guaranteed), Luis Montero (unguaranteed)..." September 12

  • The best NBA free agents still on the board

    Today's Fastbreak "Jesus Gomez ByJesus GomezPosted on September 8, 2016 It’s September, which means most NBA teams have largely gone into deep offseason mode. Rosters are mostly set and training camp doesn’t start for a few more weeks. The work that needed to be done over the summer is mostly over in all but..." September 09

  • NBA revenue expected to hit $8 billion in 2016-2017

    Today's Fastbreak "ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell tweeted on Thursday that the NBA’s revenue for next season is projected to hit the $8 billion mark. The league reportedly earned $5.2 billion during the 2014-2015 season, which was a record at that time. In February, Forbes estimated that the New York..." September 08

  • C.J. McCollum trash-talks Stephen Curry

    Sporting News "You don't become a lottery pick out of mid-major Lehigh without confidence. You don't earn a $100 million contract by your fourth year in the NBA without it, either. Needless to say, Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum, who has done both of those things, is confident in his abilities on the..." September 01

  • Noah Vonleh Undergoes Procedure On Thigh

    Hoops Rumors "Trail Blazers forward Noah Vonleh will be on the mend for at least the next three or four weeks, the team announced today in a press release. According to the Blazers, Vonleh underwent a procedure to remove a bone fragment from his right thigh musculature. Vonleh, who turned 21 last Wednesday,..." August 31

  • Terry Stotts says Trail Blazers 'have to get better defensively'

    Oregonian "Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts joined Brian Wheeler and Michael Holton on Courtside Monday night to discuss the Blazers' offseason and how the team can grow heading into the 2016-17 season. Stotts said he expects the majority of the roster to be in Portland working out for most..." August 31

  • 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