Trail Blazers Rumors & News

  • Adam Silver: NBA still considering changing playoff format

    Sportsnaut "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver gave his version of the state of the league address during All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles on Saturday evening. The innovative commissioner touched on a ton of topics, including the Association considering drastically changing its playoff format. It was previously..." February 18

  • The curious case of Jusuf Nurkic

    NBC Sports Northwest "It seems that suddenly Nurkic Fever has turned into Nurkic Flu. And it's spreading like wildfire. Once the darling of Portland fans, Portland center Jusuf Nurkic has become a Twitter punching bag and a controversial figure. This seems to be sparked by his absence from both the Portland lineup..." February 14

  • Stotts, Blazers' newest dilemma: What to do with resurgent Mo Harkless?

    NBC Sports Northwest "A developing subplot in the Trail Blazers season has been the reemergence of Maurice Harkless over the past week. In what has largely been a disappointing season for the one-time starting small forward, Harkless has recently flourished while being reinserted into the rotation because of..." February 12

  • NBA's buyout market: Which players could be available?

    USA Today "The buyout market is open for business, offering teams their last chance at upgrades ahead of the postseason. We've already seen some significant movement from guys who could potentially influence a playoff series or bolster the backend of a roster. Teams have until March 1 to add a player on..." February 12

  • Damian Lillard: Donovan Mitchell ‘Should Be Rookie of the Year’

    SLAM Online "Damian Lillard says Donovan Mitchell is the NBA’s Rookie of the Year. Mitchell’s leadership and overall impact on the Utah Jazz give him the nod as the League’s top rookie, according to Lillard. Mitchell finished with 27 points and six rebounds in a 115-96 road win Sunday night against the..." February 12

  • Blazers Trade Noah Vonleh To Bulls, Drop Below Luxury Tax

    Real GM Basketball "The Portland Trail Blazers have traded Noah Vonleh and cash to the Chicago Bulls for the draft rights to Milovan Rakovic." February 08

  • Rachel Nichols, Katie Nolan to coach NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

    Awful Announcing "What do Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Diddy, Ashton Kutcher, Eva Longoria, Queen Latifah, Gabrielle Union, Magic Johnson, Julius Erving, Bill Walton, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Jalen Rose, Bill Simmons, Mike Golic, Mike Greenberg, Jemele Hill, Michael Smith, Kevin Hart, Drake..." February 08

  • NBA rumors: Teams shifting focus out of trade market and into buyout possibilities

    Clutch Points "Teams have started to shift their focus out of a frenzied trade deadline market, instead focusing on the buyout market soon to ensue, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deadline for contract buyouts is March 1. Just as teams are looking to aggressively sell some of their star and role..." February 08

  • Portland Trail Blazers brace for NBA trade deadline, but CJ McCollum isn't going anywhere

    Oregonian "With the NBA trade deadline fast approaching and the unsettling realization that the Portland Trail Blazers could be active participants hanging overhead like a black cloud, CJ McCollum had a Wednesday of relaxation mapped out to escape the noise. Following the Blazers' afternoon practice,..." February 07

  • NBA Team Values 2018: Every Club Now Worth At Least $1 Billion

    Forbes.com "A weeklong selloff wiped out $4 trillion from global stock markets but don't expect the value of NBA teams to suffer. The average team is worth a record $1.65 billion, 22% over last year, and every team is worth at least $1 billion for the first time. Franchise values have tripled over the past..." February 07

  • NBA rumors: Tyreke Evans, Lou Williams headline surplus of wings available at the trade deadline

    USA Today "By the time the NBA trade deadline arrives at 3 pm EST on Thursday, at least a few general managers will be relaying the bad news to their owners. “Well sir, we weren’t able to land that first-round pick for our expendable, talented wing player because it turns out there were quite a few of..." February 07

  • Why patience may be a virtue as NBA trade deadline approaches

    New York Post "There will be buyers, sellers, renters and movers. And there is another group adorning the NBA landscape as Thursday’s trade deadline approaches: The waiters. No, not Dion’s kin or the Restaurant Workers Union, but rather executives around the league waiting to pounce on players bought out,..." February 07

  • Caleb Swanigan headed back to Trail Blazers after G-League stint

    NBC Sports Northwest "The Portland Trail Blazers have recalled forward Caleb Swanigan from the Canton Charge of the NBA G League, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey. Swanigan played in 14 games (12 starts) for the Charge and posted averages of 14.2 points, 11.9 rebounds, 2.7..." February 06

  • Players Who Are Ineligible To Be Traded At Deadline

    Hoops Rumors "At the start of any NBA season, there’s generally a long list of players who can’t be traded. Most of those players signed new contracts during the offseason and subsequently don’t become trade-eligible until at least December 15. Offseason signees who meet certain criteria don’t have their trade..." February 06

  • NBA trade rumors: Trail Blazers shopping Maurice Harkless, Meyers Leonard?

    Oregonian "Blazers shopping bad contracts In a hearty swing around the league looking at the potential buyers and sellers ahead of the deadline, Yahoo Sports NBA writer Chris Mannix drops this bit on the Blazers: The Blazers have shopped their bad contracts — Maurice Harkless and Meyers Leonard are..." February 06

  • A major NBA financial crunch is coming

    ESPN "In July 2016, the Portland Trail Blazers signed restricted free agent Meyers Leonard, their backup center, to a four-year, $41 million contract. It was at the tail end of a surge of large contracts given out that summer, the greatest time in NBA history to be a free agent. This summer, the..." February 05

  • Five players most likely to be moved before trade deadline

    Pro Basketball Talk "For all the talk of a tight trade market (and that is still the case in some quarters) we have already seen a blockbuster trade — Blake Griffin is now a Detroit Piston. We’ve also seen an expected trade, with Nikola Mirotic getting moved and the Pelicans stepping up to land him. Who else could..." February 05

  • Trail Blazers express interest in DeAndre Jordan

    Sporting News "The DeAndre Jordan sweepstakes are heating up. The Clippers and Trail Blazers have discussed a trade involving the coveted center, though a formal offer has yet to be made, the Los Angeles Times reported. According to the report, the Clippers are looking to get "a first-round draft pick,..." February 04

  • C.J. McCollum is second player in shot clock era with 50 points in 30 minutes or less

    Clutch Points "Just one night after James Harden of the Houston Rockets made NBA history as the first player ever with a 60-point triple-double, Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard C.J. McCollum also made history on Wednesday night. In just 29 minutes of action, McCollum became just the second player in the..." February 01

  • Damian Lillard says Ed Davis might be too important for Trail Blazers to trade

    NBC Sports Northwest "Ed Davis said he likes living in Portland. He loves playing for the Trail Blazers. And when his contract runs out in June, he said he hopes he is able to sign another deal to keep him in Portland. But after seven-plus NBA seasons for four different teams, Davis knows what he thinks about an..." January 30

  • Sources: NBA Players Set for $100K Bonus for Winning ASG

    Basketball Insiders " In what appears to be an incentive to improve the competitive spirit of the NBA All-Star games, player earnings have been increased, league sources tell ESPN. Each player on the winning team will now receive $100,000 and the losing team pockets $25,000, league sources said." January 29

  • The Blazers Made Fun Of Themselves For Drafting Greg Oden Over Kevin Durant

    Dime Magazine "Kevin Durant was, apparently, the first overall pick in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game draft. We don’t know for sure because the draft wasn’t televised, which is something that hopefully changes soon, but Durant seems to be under the impression that he was selected by LeBron James with the first pick,..." January 26

  • Damian Lillard on his All-Star selection: 'This one is different'

    NBC Sports Northwest "This one, Damian Lillard said, was different. The Trail Blazers guard was chosen to his third All-Star team on Tuesday, and Lillard said this selection has a different feel than those in 2014 and 2015. "It's different because it came after the beginning years,'' Lillard said. "(In 2014 and..." January 25

  • Why There’s Never Been a PED Scandal in the NBA

    Complex "There’s never been a performance-enhancing drug (PED) controversy in the National Basketball Association. That hasn’t been the case for Major League Baseball, or the National Football League, where suspensions and recriminations followed the very best players like a foul fart. Nor have elite..." January 25

  • NBA All-Star Draft not televised due to pushback from players’ union

    Clutch Points "The 2018 NBA All-Star Draft has brought many changes to the usual format in hopes of re-invigorating the spirit of competition. Among them, is the non-televised draft in which the leading vote-getters from each conference; LeBron James and Stephen Curry, will pick among their peers to join their..." January 25

  • Damian Lillard is disappointed in Russell Westbrook's All-Star Game comments

    CBS Sports "Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has been "snubbed" for the All-Star Game the past couple of seasons and he has been vocal about how he has felt about it each time. Lillard considers himself one of the NBA's best and thinks he should make every All-Star Game. This season, Lillard managed to..." January 25

  • NBA Requests New Gambling Laws, Seeks 1 Percent Cut Of Bets

    ESPN "In what could end up being a seminal moment for sports gambling in America, the NBA on Wednesday formally requested a set of laws that could be the basis for professional sports leagues pushing for national legalized wagering on games. Dan Spillane, an attorney for the NBA, testified in front..." January 24

  • Damian Lillard Responds Directly To Rumors He’s Leaving Trail Blazers

    NESN "Damian Lillard doesn’t have time for trade rumors. The Portland Trail Blazers star guard reportedly met with team owner Paul Allen on Tuesday to discuss the direction of the franchise and whether the team was still committed to putting together a championship-caliber roster, according to..." January 24

  • Lillard: Meeting with Blazers' owner was 'opening up the line of communication'

    NBC Sports Northwest "Nearly three weeks ago, Trail Blazers captain Damian Lillard was asked whether he had much communication with owner Paul Allen about the direction of the team, and specifically about the coaching staff and personnel. “Me and Paul speak, but it has never been anything like that,’’ Lillard said..." January 23

  • Sources: Blazers' Damian Lillard meets with owner Paul Allen over team direction

    ESPN "Portland Trail Blazers star point guard Damian Lillard met with team owner Paul Allen to gather an understanding of the organization's direction, league sources told ESPN. The two met discreetly for approximately one hour in Allen's office at Moda Center prior to hosting the Indiana Pacers last..." January 23

  • Report: Trail Blazers have inquired about DeAndre Jordan

    Larry Brown Sports "The Portland Trail Blazers are the latest reported entrant in the DeAndre Jordan sweepstakes, but nothing is imminent on that front. According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Blazers have registered their interest in the star center, joining the Cleveland Cavaliers and Milwaukee Bucks..." January 22

  • Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic motivated for 1st game back in Denver: 'That's a game I looked forward to'

    Oregonian "Jusuf Nurkic has always downplayed the revenge factor when facing the Denver Nuggets even as his demeanor on and off the court against his former team has run counter to comments. But on Saturday night, Nurkic finally admitted that his first return trip to Denver holds more significance than an..." January 22

  • Salah Mejri threatened to come to Blazers locker room after Jusuf Nurkic tussle

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Portland Trail Blazers and Dallas Mavericks had a game of many emotions on Saturday night at Moda Center. Of course, the game wasn’t that close — Portland led by 17 at the half and finished the game by beating Dallas, 117-108. But as we’ve seen in the NBA recently, the propensity for NBA..." January 21

  • Former LSU star, Trail Blazer Tim Quarterman arrested after leading police on high-speed chase

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Former LSU basketball guard Tim Quarterman has been charged with assault of Mississippi state troopers after a pursuit in Pontotoc County. Tupelo TV station WTVA said the incident took place last Monday. Quarterman was charged with aggravated assault and felony fleeing. His bond was set at..." January 21

  • Damian Lillard Is ‘Kind Of Expecting’ Another All-Star Game Snub

    SLAM Online "After being snubbed from the All-Star Game the past two years, Damian Lillard “kind of expects” to be snubbed once again this year. In a story by ESPN’s Chris Haynes, Lillard said that he’s tired of being “the fall guy.” “I’ve gotten frustrated just for the fact that it feels like I always..." January 19

  • Blazers don’t want to trade Damian Lillard or C.J. McCollum

    Clutch Points "There’s no shortage of firepower in the Western Conference, and it’s no secret that the Portland Trail Blazers, despite having good talent on their roster, are still playing catch-up to half of the conference. The Blazers have been to the playoffs in each of the last four years, but couldn’t..." January 18

  • Is fighting becoming an issue in the NBA?

    NBC Sports Boston "Three Houston Rockets players entered the Los Angeles Clippers’ training room before being stopped by security but not before a profanity-laced exchange that’s sure to result in fines and possibly some suspensions. Orlando’s Arron Afflalo threw a punch – and barely missed – hitting Minnesota’s..." January 18

  • Damian Lillard Still Believes Market Size Matters For National Attention

    Real GM Basketball "While many have made the argument that market size isn't as big of a factor as it was for NBA players in the past, Damian Lillard talked about how it has impacted his All-Star Game voting. "I think it's a million things that say that's not true," Lillard replied. "I think for me personally, I..." January 18

  • Should the Portland Trail Blazers trade for Evan Fournier?

    Oregonian "The Orlando Magic are looking like sellers in the trade market as the NBA deadline approaches, likely making a major roster overhaul to dump salary save for their building blocks of the future in Aaron Gordon and Jonathan Isaac. The Portland Trail Blazers, once again hanging around the middle..." January 18

  • Damian Lillard reacts to being snubbed in ESPN graphic

    Yardbarker "The disrespect never seems to stop for Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard. ESPN posted a graphic to Twitter on Tuesday recognizing Chicago Bulls rookie Lauri Markkannen, who became the fastest player in NBA history to reach 100 career three-pointers made. The graphic compared Markkanen to other..." January 16

  • Nikola Mirotic, 15 Others Become Trade-Eligible

    Hoops Rumors "Today is January 15, which means that trade restrictions have lifted for most of the rest of the NBA’s 2017 offseason signees. While the majority of those ’17 free agents became trade-eligible on December 15, there was a small subset of free agent signees whose trade ineligibility lasted for..." January 15

  • Portland’s Nurkic throws major shade at DeMarcus Cousins

    Larry Brown Sports "Jusuf Nurkic was not in the best mood after a loss to New Orleans on Friday. Speaking after the 119-113 defeat, the Portland Trail Blazers center had major shade for Pelicans counterpart DeMarcus Cousins, apparently peeved that Boogie kept talking trash to him. In his remarks, Nurkic took aim..." January 14

  • Should the Portland Trail Blazers trade for Julius Randle?

    Oregonian "The Portland Trail Blazers are hanging around playoff contention in the NBA's Western Conference, currently in fifth place ahead of the Feb. 8 trade deadline. And as the deadline approaches, the Blazers may be looking to tweak their front court, and the Los Angeles Lakers have made no secret..." January 12

  • Who Are The NBA’s Best And Worst Scorers In The Clutch This Season?

    Dime Magazine "Being “clutch” comes to define a superstar, for better or worse, and it can be hard to shake perception from reality once a reputation is built. Take for example LeBron James, who has become one of the NBA’s best players in crunch time over the past seven or eight seasons but still gets criticized..." January 11

  • Adam Silver on not televising All-Star draft: ‘The goal was to improve the All-Star game’

    Pro Basketball Talk "Early indications the NBA wouldn’t televise the new All-Star draft were met with swift opposition from fans and media. Yet, the league isn’t budging. NBA commissioner Adam Silver, via NBA TV: Should there be a public selection? Now, I get it. Yes, it would be more fun if we had that kind..." January 11

  • Did Damian Lillard being injured help the Trail Blazers? Star guard thinks so

    NBC Sports Northwest "Damian Lillard knows it sounds crazy, but the best thing that might have happened to the Trail Blazers this season is his recent bout with hamstring and calf injuries. With Lillard forced to miss seven of the team’s past nine games, a funny thing has happened to the once struggling Blazers: the..." January 10

  • Pistons, Jazz Interested in Nikola Mirotic, Blazers Linked

    Bleacher Report "The Detroit Pistons and Utah Jazz have reportedly expressed interest in Chicago Bulls power forward Nikola Mirotic, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times. K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune added that the Portland Trail Blazers could "join mix" in regards to Mirotic and that the..." January 09

  • Lillard: It's not coach Stotts' fault for Blazers' recent struggles

    NBC Sports Northwest "A Trail Blazers team unable to gain traction this season while playing below their own expectations has found something to fight for: their coach. Amid chatter that Terry Stotts is on the coaching hot seat and in jeopardy of losing his job, several Trail Blazers players said their coach not..." January 07

  • LaVar Ball is the founder of the NBA, according to Google

    CBS Sports "LaVar Ball just keeps on padding his resume. To ring in the New Year, a Google glitch has everyone turning their heads to answer a common question: Who founded the NBA? For the time being, if users google to find out who the NBA's founder is, it turns up none other than Mr. Ball. Ball, who was..." January 02

  • The Blazers Passed An Important Test In The Absence Of Damian Lillard

    Dime Magazine "The Portland Trail Blazers go as Damian Lillard goes. While the 27-year-old has not necessarily been the best player on the roster for all six seasons of Lillard’s NBA career, the Blazers have been “his team” for quite some time and, in 2017-2018, that has resulted in Portland being nicely..." January 02