Trail Blazers Rumors & News

  • Jusuf Nurkic Twice Requested Trade From Nuggets

    Real GM Basketball "Jusuf Nurkic requested a trade from the Denver Nuggets in April of 2016 and again in December before he was moved to Portland in February of 2017. Nikola Jokic had emerged as the Nuggets' starting center during the 15-16 season while Nurkic was rehabilitating his left knee. The Nuggets..." November 20

  • Report: NFL Owners Asked Adam Silver About Becoming Commissioner

    SLAM Online "NFL owners reportedly reached out to Adam Silver to gauge his interest in succeeding Roger Goodell as commissioner of the league. According to ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr and Seth Wickersham, Silver immediately declined. [NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell] knows that there’s no clear successor,..." November 17

  • Adam Silver, Michele Roberts Meet with Commission to Discuss One-and-Done Rule

    Bleacher Report "The NBA could be one step closer to changing its heavily debated "one-and-done" rule. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NBPA executive director Michele Roberts met with the Commission on College Basketball Thursday to discuss possible changes. There is..." November 17

  • NBA Players Increasingly Switching To Plant-Based Diet

    Real GM Basketball "Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, Wilson Chandler, Al Jefferson, Garrett Temple, Enes Kanter, JaVale McGee and Jahlil Okafor have all made a switch to a vegan or vegetarian diet over the past year or so. "Been on more of a plant-based diet, getting away from the animals and all that," Irving told..." November 15

  • USA Basketball Announces Roster For First World Cup Qualifiers

    Hoops Rumors "USA Basketball has announced its 12-man roster for the first round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers, bringing back four members of the squad that won gold earlier this year in FIBA’s AmeriCup tournament. Here’s Team USA’s full 12-man roster: Semaj Christon, PG..." November 14

  • Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic downplays 'drama' after sitting at crunch time

    Oregonian "Jusuf Nurkic did his best to end any speculation that there could be drama building about his crunch time role, dealing with the media or his former team on Sunday afternoon. "No drama, man," The Portland Trail Blazers' center said in what would be a theme to his post-practice interview. "It's..." November 14

  • Nike 'working to implement a solution' after string of jersey tears

    ESPN "After at least five of Nike's NBA jerseys ripped on players this season, the world's largest shoe and apparel giant has acknowledged it will make substantive changes. The company, which signed an eight-year, $1 billion deal with the NBA that began this year, said in a statement provided to ESPN..." November 07

  • Al-Farouq Aminu to miss several weeks with sprained ankle

    Fanrag Sports "Despite securing a win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday evening, the Portland Trail Blazers also managed to suffer a loss ahead of the weekend slate. According to an official statement released by the Western Conference franchise, the Trail Blazers are expected to be without big man..." November 03

  • Trail Blazers' Al-Farouq Aminu sprains right ankle in loss to Utah Jazz

    Oregonian "Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu left Vivint Smart Home Arena on Wednesday night with the wrong kind of boot on his right foot. Aminu suffered a right ankle sprain with 2:13 left in the fourth quarter of Portland's overtime loss to the Utah Jazz. He rolled his ankle while battling..." November 02

  • Noah Vonleh will make season debut when Portland Trail Blazers visit Utah Jazz

    Oregonian "After the Portland Trail Blazers concluded a light practice Tuesday afternoon, Noah Vonleh, Caleb Swanigan and Zach Collins went through a heavy half court workout. For more than 20 minutes, the trio of Blazers' big men rotated through a spirited game of one-on-one, with each player taking..." November 01

  • Trail Blazers set record for futility, score just 6 points total in second quarter

    Pro Basketball Talk "“Brutal.” That was how Portland coach Terry Stotts described his Blazers’ second quarter, when the team missed 20 consecutive shots, didn’t score from the field until Evan Turner’s reverse layup with only 5.6 seconds left in the half. They finished the quarter with just six points, setting a..." October 31

  • Draymond Green Calls Out Blazers GM for Flashing Middle Finger

    SLAM Online "Draymond Green‘s $25K fine for his role in the altercation with Bradley Beal “came as no surprise” to the All-Star forward. Green was quick to point out a lack of consistency in the NBA’s handing out of punishment: the League didn’t do anything about Blazers GM Neil Olshey apparently flipping..." October 31

  • Trail Blazers' Meyers Leonard in walking boot, awaiting MRI results on right ankle

    Oregonian "Meyers Leonard was hobbling around the Portland Trail Blazers' locker room in a walking boot Thursday night, the result of a nasty sprain he suffered the morning before. At least he hopes it's only a sprain. Leonard underwent magnetic resonance imaging testing on his right ankle roughly..." October 27

  • Blazers G Wade Baldwin undergoes thumb surgery

    Fanrag Sports "Portland Trail Blazers guard Wade Baldwin underwent successful surgery on Wednesday to repair an ulnar collateral ligament tear in his right thumb, president of basketball operations Neil Olshey announced. Baldwin is expected to be sidelined for around six weeks as he recovers. The Blazers..." October 26

  • Trail Blazers' bench becoming one of league's best

    CSN Northwest "One of the early season storylines during the Trail Blazers’ 3-1 start has been the emergence of a deep and effective bench. Led by Evan Turner, Ed Davis and Pat Connaughton, the Blazers’ bench has the top offensive rating in the NBA (115.8), the third best net rating, and the third best..." October 26

  • David Stern says NBA should take marijuana off ban list

    Oregonian "Former NBA commissioner David Stern says he thinks the league should remove marijuana from its list of banned substances. In an interview from a documentary for Uninterrupted, Stern talked with ex-NBA player Al Harrington, who has become a marijuana entrepreneur since he retired in..." October 25

  • NBA Viewership On ESPN Is Way Up Through The First Handful Of Games This Season

    Dime Magazine "TV ratings in many sports have seen a drop in recent months for a wide variety of reasons. But the NBA has had a strong start to its 2017-18 season on at least one network. ESPN reported on Tuesday that viewership numbers for the start of the season have gone up to start the new NBA season...." October 25

  • CJ Wilcox Out 6-8 Weeks With Knee Surgery

    Real GM Basketball "CJ Wilcox underwent successful arthroscopy on his right knee. The procedure was performed by Dr. Evan Ellis at Southwest Washington Surgery Center." October 24

  • Sorry, Trail Blazers fans, Giannis' late steal on C.J. McCollum was not a foul

    CBS Sports "The Milwaukee Bucks came up with a big win Saturday night over the Portland Trail Blazers, and it was nearly all thanks to their budding superstar, Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak dropped a career-high 44 points and also finished with eight rebounds, four assists, and two steals. One of..." October 22

  • Carmelo Anthony explains why he didn't pick Trail Blazers

    Oregonian "Marc Stein of the New York Times joined me on the Bald Faced Truth radio show to talk about his in-depth discussion with Carmelo Anthony recently. Stein said Anthony's desire to not come to Portland was rooted in family, not basketball. "We had a fair bit of discussion about Portland...,"..." October 20

  • Portland Trail Blazers agree to sign Wade Baldwin to 2-way contract

    Oregonian "The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to sign guard Wade Baldwin to a two-way contract, league sources confirmed to The Oregonian/OregonLive.com. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the agreement. Baldwin, 21, was selected No. 17 overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2016 NBA draft...." October 19

  • Trail Blazers beat Suns by 48, biggest season-opening rout in NBA history

    Pro Basketball Talk "Any controversy over C.J. McCollum‘s suspension for the season-opener should be put to rest. The Trail Blazers fared fine without him. More than fine. Portland beat the Suns, 124-76, Wednesday. The 48-point margin is the largest ever in a season opener, even as the Trail Blazers let a..." October 19

  • NBA's Opening Night was a missed opportunity to elevate protest conversation to a new level

    New York Daily News "The stars were aligned for Tuesday to be a very special day for the NBA. In one of the most anticipated Opening Nights in the history of the league, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics were facing off against each other in the first game, with the finale featuring the Houston Rockets and..." October 18

  • Why you shouldn't expect NBA players to kneel for national anthem

    USA Today "When LeBron James voiced his opinion on the topic of anthem kneeling last month, saying “My voice and what I do in my community is more powerful than getting on a knee,” he was speaking for the NBA masses. In a league nearly three-fourths African American, where even NBA legend Bill Russell..." October 17

  • CJ McCollum Suspended 1 Game for Leaving Bench in Altercation vs. Suns

    Bleacher Report "The NBA announced Saturday it suspended Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum one game without pay for leaving the bench area during an altercation in Wednesday's 113-104 preseason win over the Phoenix Suns, according to ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski. The official release,..." October 14

  • Jusuf Nurkic plans on restricted free agency next summer barring major shift

    Clutch Points "Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic will plan to aim for restricted free agency next summer, as only three days after left prior to the Oct. 16 deadline for a contract extension, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical. The big man was acquired from the Denver Nuggets last season..." October 13

  • Report: NBA teams now staying away from Trump Hotels

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA players on the road stay in the kind of high-end hotels you don’t tell friends coming to town about because why should they spend that much? Ritz-Carltons, Four Seasons and the like are the norm. Some hotels that want to be regular NBA team stops have made adjustments for them such as taller..." October 13

  • Jusuf Nurkic: Blazers Must Fix ‘Trash’ Defense

    SLAM Online "Jusuf Nurkic only suited up in 20 games after being traded to Portland last season, long enough for him to determine that the Blazers’ team defense is “trash.” The big fella vows that his squad will be better at locking up the opposition in 2017-18. Nurkic shed 34 pounds this summer, and..." October 13

  • Jusuf Nurkic says Trail Blazers have to fix their 'trash' defense, become 'bad boys'

    CBS Sports "The Portland Trail Blazers were not a very good defensive team last season. Their defensive rating of 107.8, which put them 21st in the league, was a big reason they finished just .500 and barely snuck into the playoffs as the eighth seed in the Western Conference. Jusuf Nurkic does not want..." October 12

  • NBA expands international reach with a reported $225M deal in Japan

    Sporting News "With continued efforts to expand the NBA internationally, the league announced on Monday a multiyear partnership with Japanese tech company Rakuten to become the official broadcast partner for live games in Japan. The NBA will make $225 million during the partnership, but it's not clear how..." October 10

  • NBA Won't Rule Out Reducing 82-Game Schedule In Future

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA is willing to consider changing the length of the season from 82 games, especially if it opens up opportunities for more games or even teams in international markets “We can play games in China and Europe, or occasional preseason games as a one-off, but under existing airline..." October 05

  • Evan Turner, Trail Blazers' sideline reporter help stranger after freeway crash

    Oregonian "When Dianna Black finally gathered her wits, she was sitting in the passenger seat of a Rolls Royce on the shoulder of Interstate 5, dazed and confused and talking to a woman she had never seen. Before she knew it, the woman said the strangest thing: "Do you know you're sitting in a Rolls..." October 05

  • NBA changes 2018 All-Star Game format, eliminates traditional East vs. West

    CBS Sports "The NBA has eliminated the traditional Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference format for the 2018 All-Star Game, and will instead implement a model that could see top stars like LeBron James and Kevin Durant playing on the same team. In the new format, the leading fan vote-getters from the..." October 03

  • Multiple players cut ties with top NBA agent in wake of NCAA basketball bribe scandal

    ESPN "In the wake of the FBI corruption probe that has shaken the college basketball world this week, multiple clients have severed ties with Andy Miller, one of the NBA's most prominent agents, and another has filed a $13.5 million arbitration claim, alleging he was defrauded, league sources told..." September 29

  • Adam Silver says NCAA scandal is “disconcerting to say the least”

    Pro Basketball Talk "So far, the bribery scandal rocking NCAA men’s basketball has not directly touched the NBA. Yes, former NBA Rookie of the Year Chuck Person was one of the people arrested, and prominent NBA agent Andy Miller reportedly had his office raided by the FBI (one of the people arrested in the probe was a..." September 29

  • NBA Releases Future Salary Cap Projections

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA has informed teams that it expects the 2018/19 salary cap to be $101MM, Shams Charania of The Vertical tweets. The league also said that they forecast the 2019/20 figure to be $108MM, although both figures are subject to change. The modest $2MM increase is a stark contrast from what..." September 29

  • NBA Approves Lottery Reform, Change Effective 2019

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s Board of Governors passed a motion to reform the draft lottery today, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweets. The new rules will be in place for the 2019 NBA Draft. Modifications to the lottery process were originally proposed earlier this month and include a number of strategies aimed at..." September 28

  • High-profile NBA agency raided by FBI amid NCAA basketball investigation

    CBS Sports "Amid an FBI probe into fraud and corruption in college basketball, ASM Sports agency, which represents dozens of current and former NBA players, was raided on Tuesday according to Darren Heitner of Forbes. Andy Miller, a prominent agent with the company who represents Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle..." September 27

  • 9 NBA storylines to distract from Warriors’ supremacy

    New York Post "The lying began in earnest Monday. That’s when 28 teams conducted media day, the unofficial start to the NBA season. Everyone was perky, upbeat and vowed upgrades. Everyone liked the look of the assembled team, which has a chance to win a title. They were lying. “It’s not uncommon this..." September 26

  • Portland Trail Blazers All-Star Game bids denied by NBA

    Oregonian "The dreams of an NBA All-Star Game in Portland have been put on hold until at least 2022. "We were told by the league we won't be a finalist for the All-Star bids that were put out for bid," Portland Trail Blazers CEO Chris McGowan said during Monday's media day. The 2018 All-Star Game will..." September 26

  • Carmelo Anthony Considering Adding Portland To Trade List

    Hoops Rumors "Just 72 hours before media day, Carmelo Anthony added the Cavaliers and Thunder to the list of teams for which he would waive his no-trade clause. The 12-time NBA All-Star is also “heavily considering” adding the Trail Blazers to the list, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post. Portland..." September 23

  • Trail Blazers forward Noah Vonleh likely to miss start of season after suffering right shoulder injury

    CSN Northwest "Trail Blazers’ forward Noah Vonleh has suffered a right shoulder strain that will keep him out of training camp and likely the first two weeks of the regular season, CSN has learned. Entering his fourth NBA season, Vonleh is one of the Blazers' better defenders and he was expected to be in the..." September 22

  • NBA Modifies Closeout, Continuation Rules

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA has decided to re-evaluate how it handles two particular fouling situations, Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press writes, and two players will see their names live on in notoriety as a result. In what can colloquially be referred to as the Zaza Pachulia rule, officials will be granted..." September 22

  • Carmelo Anthony to accept trade to Trail Blazers if Knicks and Rockets don’t strike deal

    Pro Basketball Talk "Carmelo Anthony trade talks between the Knicks and Rockets appear to be going nowhere. Yet, Anthony’s camp is reportedly cautiously optimistic he’ll get dealt by Monday. This might explain why. Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum have recruited Anthony to Portland. The Trail Blazers have..." September 21

  • Damian Lillard Reveals Why He'd Never Join an NBA Super Team: 'I'm Not Joining Nobody'

    Complex "Much has been made about different NBA stars teaming up with other NBA stars over the course of the last few seasons to create so-called "super teams" designed to take over the league. From LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh teaming up with the Heat in 2011 to Kevin Durant, Steph Curry,..." September 21

  • Converse to release shoes made from authentic NBA jerseys

    Sportsnaut "Converse is getting back into the NBA game. We all remember just how big this shoe company was in the 1980s and early 1990s, with multiple stars sporting the iconic brand. Now, as shoe deals and apparel contracts take on a whole new meaning, Converse itself will release sneakers made from..." September 21

  • NBA's hope for draft lottery reform tied to research showing fans hate tanking

    ESPN "The NBA's pursuit of draft lottery reform is rooted in research that "many fans continue to say that so-called tanking is making them less interested in the league," president of league operations Byron Spruell told ESPN. Lottery reform is moving toward a Sept. 28 vote at the NBA's board of..." September 21

  • Charles Barkley Ripped The ‘Babies’ In The NBA That Want More Rest Between Games

    Uproxx "Charles Barkley is on the same side as all the other Olds that once played in the NBA. The latest generation of NBA stars are lazy, lack grit and are just generally whiny, at least that’s what all the retired players think. Barkley reiterated that point on Wednesday when he was asked about players..." September 20

  • Bob Delaney will no longer oversee NBA's game officials

    ESPN "Bob Delaney, the NBA's Vice President for Referee's Development and Performance, will no longer oversee the league's game officials, league sources tell ESPN. The NBA has been pursuing a more data-driven and analytical management structure over the NBA's referees, integrating searching more..." September 18

  • NBA Releases ‘I’m Why’ Commercials To Preview the 2017-18 Season

    SLAM Online "With a series of new documentary-style commercials, the NBA launched the next chapter of the “This Is Why We Play” campaign on Monday. The new series entitled “I’m Why” portrays the unique perspectives that make NBA basketball special. " September 18