Trail Blazers Rumors & News

  • Trail Blazers Stotts eyes lineup change heading into Game 3

    NBC Sports Northwest "Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts said he is considering lineup changes as his team heads into Thursday’s Game 3 in New Orleans in an 0-2 hole. One of the lineup changes might be forced upon him: Evan Turner, who started at small forward the past 11 games, is questionable with a bruised big toe..." April 19

  • Adam Silver on NBA’s handling of tanking incentives: ‘We’re not there yet’

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has defined tanking so narrowly – a team purposefully losing – he can deny it happens. A team sitting good healthy players? Not necessarily tanking. A team using suboptimal lineup combinations? Not necessarily tanking. Players giving less effort as they feel..." April 18

  • Damian Lillard: ‘I’ve Just Got to Be Better’

    SLAM Online "The Portland Trail Blazers are in a 0-2 playoff ditch against the Pelicans, and Damian Lillard knows he needs to step up his play. Lillard had 17 points in a 111-102 Game 2 loss Tuesday night, and says he must overcome the Pels’ hounding defense if Portland is to have a chance in the..." April 18

  • Stotts: Trail Blazers considering Game 2 changes

    NBC Sports Northwest "The Trail Blazers’ brain trust has discussed changes for Game 2 after New Orleans opened the series with a 97-95 win at the Moda Center. “We’ve discussed matchups,’’ Blazers coach Terry Stotts said Monday after practice. “Whether we pull the trigger on change, that’s to be..." April 17

  • Blazers Could Put G League Affiliate At Nike World Headquarters

    Real GM Basketball "The Portland Trail Blazers are considering having their G League affiliate play their home games at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon." April 17

  • NBA owner reportedly berated coach for not tanking

    Larry Brown Sports "As long as the NBA keeps its draft system the way it currently is, tanking will always be a huge issue across the league, particularly late in the season. For at least one team owner, tanking was an absolute must down the stretch. In the latest edition of his podcast with Bobby Marks, ESPN’s..." April 17

  • Big Pay Raises Coming for G League Players

    New York Times "The N.B.A. is instituting a long-anticipated salary increase in its developmental league, according to two people familiar with the league’s plans. Effective next season, players signed to G League contracts will earn $35,000 — or $7,000 per month — in addition to housing and insurance benefits..." April 17

  • NBA Leaves 18-19 Cap Projection At $101M, 19-20 At $108M

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA has not changed their preseason salary cap projection of $101 million for the 18-19 season and $108 million for 19-20 in a new memo to teams." April 17

  • Blazers’ Moe Harkless questionable for Game 2 vs. Pelicans

    Clutch Points "The Portland Trail Blazers have been without small forward Maurice Harkless since March 25th, when an issue with his knee forced him to have surgery and be out ever since. Now, the Blazers are saying Harkless is questionable to play in Game 2 of their first round series against the New Orleans..." April 16

  • 2018 Pre-Lottery NBA Draft Order

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA conducted its draft tiebreakers on Friday evening, further cementing the draft order for 2018. While we’ll have to wait until the lottery to determine the exact order for this year’s event, we now know what most of the 60 selections look like. Listed below is the pre-lottery 2018 NBA..." April 16

  • Joel Embiid Predicts Every Team the Sixers Will Beat in the Playoffs

    The Big Lead "Joel Embiid is out here predicting the teams Philly will beat in the NBA Playoffs. Embiid made his round-by-round playoff predictions in his latest Instagram post. First the Miami Heat, then the Boston Celtics, followed by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, finishing it off with the..." April 14

  • Source: Maurice Harkless tracking toward a return next week

    NBC Sports Northwest "The Trail Blazers got encouraging news on Maurice Harkless on Wednesday. According to a Trail Blazers’ source, Harkless is “tracking toward a three-week timeline” in his return from left knee surgery, placing his possible return in the middle of the Blazers’ first round playoff series against..." April 12

  • NBA viewership up year-over-year on both ABC and TNT

    Awful Announcing "It has been a good year for the NBA. Both conferences have featured more exciting races than expected, with mildly surprising results atop the standings and all kinds of unexpected outcomes (Jazz! Blazers! Pacers!) just a bit lower down. Superstars have played like superstars, young players have..." April 12

  • Donovan Mitchell Breaks Damian Lillard's Record for 3-Pointers in Rookie Season

    Bleacher Report "The debate over Rookie of the Year continues to be heated, but Donovan Mitchell has separated himself in at least one category, via Bleacher Report The Utah Jazz rookie entered the day with 182 made three-pointers and made four of his first five in Tuesday's game against the Golden State..." April 11

  • Trail Blazers looking for their shot, mojo as playoffs near

    NBC Sports Northwest "Al-Farouq Aminu was the last player to leave the Trail Blazers locker room Monday, and no matter how long he sat in front of his locker, he still couldn’t find the answer to what has happened to his shot and the Trail Blazers’ once invincible mojo. Since the Blazers’ magical 13-game winning..." April 10

  • Damian Lillard: ‘I Should Be First Team All-NBA’

    SLAM Online "It’s been Dame time all season long in Portland. The All-Star point guard has led the Blazers to the No. 3 seed in a competitive Western Conference, averaging 26.8 points, 6.6 assists, and 4.5 rebounds per game. In his mind, Lillard deserves to make the All-NBA first team, via SB Nation‘s..." April 09

  • Blazers’ Damian Lillard to return from ankle injury Saturday vs. Spurs

    Clutch Points "The Portland Trail Blazers nearly pulled off an upset to beat the Houston Rockets in Texas on Thursday night, but ended up falling when Chris Paul’s game-winning bank shot with 0.8 left on the clock ended a 17-0 Blazers run and gave them the loss. They did all this without All-Star point guard..." April 06

  • Stephen Curry, LeBron James Headline US Men's Basketball National Team Roster

    Bleacher Report "USA Basketball announced its 35-player roster for the 2018-20 international basketball schedule on Friday, with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder's reigning MVP Russell Westbrook among the notable..." April 06

  • Steph Curry Forgets to Name Damian Lillard Among NBA's Elite Point Guards

    12 Up "​​Steph Curry was recently asked who are the toughest match ups he faces at point guard. He rattled off a bunch of names that we'd expect on this list, but he forgot about one of the NBA's best players; ​Damian Lillard. ​​"You could look at all 30 of the starting point guards across the..." April 06

  • Lillard more invested in Blazers than rings: 'I'm going to live and die with this'

    SI "Dame Time dawned in the spring of 2006, when Santa Clara University hosted a Memorial Day Weekend tournament for local AAU teams at the Leavey Center, and the Oakland Rebels fell behind the NorCal Magic by 20 points on the first court. Coach Raymond Young upbraided the Rebels at halftime, and..." April 05

  • CJ McCollum: LeBron-to-Philly ‘A Bigger Possibility Than People Think’

    SLAM Online "CJ McCollum thinks that LeBron James joining the Philadelphia 76ers next season “is a bigger possibility than people think.” On the premiere episode of the Pull Up podcast, McCollum reasoned that staying in the East, and playing alongside “his young guy” Ben Simmons could make Philly an..." April 04

  • Nurse, Vanterpool Top List Of Rising Head Coach Candidates

    Hoops Rumors "No NBA head coaches were replaced during the 2017 offseason, but that’s very unlikely to be the case for 2018. Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post and Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports suggest that as many as 10 or 11 teams could be on the lookout for a new head coach this offseason. That list of..." April 04

  • Damian Lillard leans toward caution on his injured ankle

    Clutch Points "The Portland Trail Blazers suffered a shocking loss at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks on the road, Tuesday night. However, the defeat may be the least of their worries for now as their star point guard in Damian Lillard suffered an ankle injury near the end of the matchup. With a few minutes..." April 04

  • Trail Blazers' Ed Davis targets early return from sprained ankle

    NBC Sports Northwest "Trail Blazers center Ed Davis says he will be back from injury sooner than later. Davis on Sunday told NBC Sports Northwest he expects to return from his sprained right ankle either Saturday at San Antonio or Monday in Denver. Davis rolled the ankle in the third quarter of Friday’s game..." April 03

  • Blazers fans put up billboard asking LeBron James to be Damian Lillard’s ‘third option’

    Pro Basketball Talk "LeBron James is an MVP candidate this season for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Next year, he may be elsewhere. Perhaps with the Los Angeles Lakers or the Houston Rockets. But what if he played behind Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum for the Portland Trail Blazers instead? That’s what one set of..." April 03

  • Revolution Interrupted: Why Has the NBA's Effort to Hire Female Refs Stalled?

    Bleacher Report "Twenty-one years ago, the NBA broke the gender barrier when it hired Violet Palmer and Dee Kantner, becoming the first major U.S. professional men's league to hire women as full-time officials. But what was once seen as a sign of progress has not ushered in the cultural shift many expected. Today..." April 02

  • NBA Teams That Will Be Most Active on Trade Market This Summer

    Bleacher Report "Trade speculation is rampant during the NBA offseason—for good reason. Every team is, ostensibly, granted a fresh slate each summer. Breaks in the action allow them to decide what's next. Where are they headed? Where do they want to go? Squads can kick around rebuilds. They can chase instant..." April 02

  • NBA teams break league-wide 3-point record for 6th consecutive year

    The Score "NBA players are digging the long ball more and more. Teams combined to break a league-wide record for the sixth year in a row Friday night courtesy of the 23,749th made 3-pointer, surpassing the 2016-17 total. With 93 games remaining, players are drilling threes at more than eight percent above..." March 31

  • Damian Lillard rejoins Trail Blazers after birth of son, shooting of half-brother

    ESPN "All-Star Damian Lillard rejoined the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night after what he called a day of "highs and lows." On Thursday, his first son was born and then his half-brother was shot in an incident in Portland. Lillard said his brother, Jahrell, was shot five times and is in stable..." March 31

  • Damian Lillard’s half brother Jahrell reportedly shot

    Larry Brown Sports "What should have been one of the happiest weeks of Damian Lillard’s life has quickly taken a turn, as the NBA star’s half-brother was reportedly shot on Thursday night. The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon confirmed to Nate Hanson of KGW8 News that Lillard’s 20-year-old half-brother..." March 30

  • Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Grant Hill to enter Basketball Hall of Fame

    ESPN "Jason Kidd, Steve Nash and Grant Hill have been notified of their inductions into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. A formal announcement of the full 2018 Hall of Fame class will come at a Final Four news conference in San..." March 29

  • Blazers’ Moe Harkless to be re-evaluated in 2 weeks

    Clutch Points "The Portland Trail Blazers have been on an incredible roll since the All-Star break, and much of that has been due to the surge in play by forward Moe Harkless. Unfortunately, it was recently determined that Harkless would need to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery to remove a loose body in his..." March 28

  • How good are these Blazers? Maybe better than we thought

    NBC Sports Northwest "During this entertaining span of 13 wins in 15 games, the thought has popped into my head many times: How good is this team? And at this point, I must admit that it seems to be a lot better than I thought. How could this happen without adding a player at the trade deadline? How would it be..." March 28

  • Blazers’ Moe Harkless out with left knee arthroscopy

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Portland Trail Blazers closed Tuesday night with some good news and some bad news. Immediately after a thrilling win over the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Arena, the team dumped news that forward Maurice Harkless would undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. The Blazers..." March 28

  • Evan Turner Offered To Pay Terrance Ferguson’s Fine After Their Dust-Up

    Uproxx "In what could end up being a playoff preview between two of the top teams in the West, the Blazers and Thunder battled it out on Sunday afternoon, with Portland eventually walking away with a gritty 108-105 road victory to give themselves a two-game cushion over OKC for the No. 3 seed. The..." March 26

  • YouTube TV to become first ever presenting sponsor of the NBA Finals

    Awful Announcing "Last fall, YouTube TV served as the presenting sponsor for the World Series, plastering its logo all across the Fox broadcast and using a play-button image behind home plate to create the illusion that the entire game was a YouTube video. Now, the streaming service is at it again, having..." March 26

  • Blazers Hired a Ref Consultant and Are Suddenly Getting More Calls in Their Favor

    12 Up "​What is and isn't a foul nowadays? That's what NBA players wonder across the league on a nightly basis, particularly those who make their hay driving to the basket. This confusion isn't exactly new. It has been going on for years in various forms. But the NBA has seemingly become more strict..." March 21

  • Blazers To Sign Papagiannis For The Rest Of The Season

    Hoops Rumors "The Trail Blazers will sign center Georgios Papagiannis for the remainder of the regular season, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The 20-year-old signed a 10-day contract with Portland last week that was set to expire. The Blazers could have made another 10-day offer to the seven-footer, but..." March 17

  • Damian Lillard has LeBron James' attention: 'That guy's a superstar in our league'

    USA Today "The Portland Trail Blazers are the hottest team in the league, riding a 10-game win streak into Thursday night’s matchup against LeBron James and the Cavs. Leading the way for the Blazers has been Damian Lillard, who is averaging over 32 points, six assists and four rebounds over the 10 wins...." March 15

  • Trail Blazers Sign Wade Baldwin To NBA Contract

    Hoops Rumors "The Trail Blazers have filled the open spot on their 15-man roster, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who reports (via Twitter) that the club has signed Wade Baldwin to a rest-of-season, minimum-salary contract. Baldwin, who will turn 22 later this month, signed a two-way contract with..." March 12

  • Blazers Evan Turner on $70 Million Contract: ‘I Earned That F–king Money’

    NBC Sports Northwest "There is a fan at Trail Blazers home games who takes great effort to heckle and chastise Evan Turner. It reached a head a couple weeks ago, during a blowout win over Sacramento, when the heckler harped on the fact that Turner had only two points as the Blazers were blowing out the..." March 12

  • Damian Lillard after Blazers' latest win over Warriors: 'We're the real deal'

    CBS Sports "Take a look at the Western Conference standings, and underneath the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors, you'll see a surprising team in third place: the Portland Trail Blazers. The Blazers have used a massive nine-game winning streak over the past few weeks to surge into third in the..." March 10

  • Blazers fan has words for Kevin Durant, gets ejected

    Larry Brown Sports "Kevin Durant isn’t exactly the biggest fan favorite these days, and that was certainly true on Friday night in Portland. In the second quarter of a game between the Golden State Warriors and the Portland Trail Blazers, a fan sitting courtside at the Moda Center had words for Durant during an..." March 10

  • LaMarcus Aldridge shares regret about relationship with Damian Lillard

    Sportsnaut "When the San Antonio Spurs swiped LaMarcus Aldridge in free agency, the Portland Trail Blazers lost a superstar pairing. Perhaps that wouldn’t have happened if he and Damian Lillard had a better relationship. Previously, Lillard said he’d hoped Aldridge would be a mentor. And now, in an..." March 09

  • Portland Trail Blazers sign center Georgios Papagiannis to 10-day contract: Report

    Oregonian "The Portland Trail Blazers have signed center Georgios Papagiannis to a 10-day contract according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Papagiannis, the No. 13 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, has played for Sacramento Kings during his brief NBA career posting averages of 4.2 points..." March 07

  • Unwritten Rules No Longer Have A Place In The NBA

    Dime Magazine "Disrespect has become a punchline. It is the word chosen to describe acts done on the basketball court that are increasingly fun for NBA fans. A crossover, a stare down, a heat check three; all moves that can be described as disrespectful without being true to the exact definition of the..." March 06

  • Trail Blazers' stretch run will go long way in determining commitment to current core

    Sporting News "There are always whispers and rumblings, and Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum is aware of them. In the two years before this one, Portland has carved out an identity as a pretty good offensive team and a so-so defensive team, and the results have been predictable. The Trail Blazers won 41 games..." March 01

  • Seattle ownership group wants NBA franchise after NHL expansion bid

    The Score "If the NHL decides to plant its 32nd team in Seattle, expect the ownership group in question to then vie for an NBA franchise. Oak View Group, the organization that has already submitted a $10-million payment to the NHL as part of its bid for an expansion franchise, wants it to be known they..." March 01

  • Adam Silver cautions NBA teams to protect integrity of game

    USA Today "A week after the NBA fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $600,000 for his public admission of tanking, the race to the bottom has continued in full force. Entering Wednesday, just six games separate the last nine teams in the league — from the New York Knicks on down to the Atlanta Hawks...." February 28

  • NBA Execs Believe Tanking Has Never Never Been More Widespread

    Real GM Basketball "Multiple NBA executives believe the current season features one of the most widespread tanking efforts the league has seen to date. The combination of lottery reform set to begin next year and a top-heavy draft class featuring five to seven prospects has created an atmosphere where eight teams..." February 27