Trail Blazers Rumors & News

  • 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

  • ACL injury in NBA athletes not associated with number of minutes played

    Healio "Results published in Orthopedics showed the risk for ACL injury among players did not increase with the number of minutes played in a single National Basketball Association game. To determine the influence of minutes played on injury risk, researchers assessed minutes played in the injury game,..." September 18

  • Off the Blazers' injured player list, Ed Davis is ... READY TO HUSTLE

    Portland Tribune "Ed Davis isn't playing full-court basketball yet, but that's coming soon. The Trail Blazers open training camp for the 2017-18 season Sept. 25, and the veteran forward expects to be full-bore after recovering from arthroscopic surgery to repair the labrum in his left shoulder. "The surgery..." September 15

  • Report: NBA commissioner may soon have power to fine teams for resting players

    CBS Sports "The NBA may soon have new rules for the draft lottery. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported Friday that the competition committee has sent the reform proposal through to the Board of Governors, who will vote on the issue at the end of September. Much of the focus of that report is on the..." September 15

  • Report: NBA Would Prefer Teams Lie About Injuries

    Deadspin "Adrian Wojnarowski has another scoop related to an upcoming NBA board of governors meeting, during which potential rule changes will be voted on, and this one makes the league look pretty stupid This is in response to the occasional fits the league gets thrown into when a (not coincidentally)..." September 15

  • NBA board of governors to vote on draft lottery reform Sept. 28

    ESPN "The NBA's Competition Committee has recommended the league's proposal on draft lottery reform, sending it to the board of governors for a vote on Sept. 28, league sources told ESPN. The draft reform changes would start with the 2019 Draft, if passed by the board of governors. Among proposed..." September 15

  • Report: Anthony Morrow agrees to 1-year, non-guaranteed deal with Blazers

    Clutch Points "Sharpshooting free agent Anthony Morrow has agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical. Morrow was in the eyes of many teams, including the Minnesota Timberwolves, who worked him out along with another five free agents..." September 15

  • Off the Blazers' injured player list, Ed Davis is ... READY TO HUSTLE

    Portland Tribune "Ed Davis isn't playing full-court basketball yet, but that's coming soon. The Trail Blazers open training camp for the 2017-18 season Sept. 25, and the veteran forward expects to be full-bore after recovering from arthroscopic surgery to repair the labrum in his left shoulder. "The surgery..." September 14

  • Trail Blazers agree to training camp deal with Isaiah Briscoe

    Oregonian "The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to sign guard Isaiah Briscoe to a training camp contract, according to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Briscoe, a 6-foot-3 guard, spent two seasons at Kentucky before declaring for the 2017 NBA draft. He averaged 12.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.2..." September 13

  • NBA lottery changes would be nice, but will not fix the league's real problem

    CBS Sports "The NBA lottery system is again under scrutiny, and it looks like this time, there may be some real change. A report last week from ESPN outlined myriad changes the competition committee and NBA Board of Governors were to examine this week to the NBA's system for determining draft order. Among..." September 12

  • Lillard: Melo ‘didn’t seem opposed’ to joining Blazers

    Larry Brown Sports "Star Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has been pressing Carmelo Anthony to try and join him out west — and he thinks he’s getting somewhere. Lillard told Marc J. Spears of the Undefeated that, by his reading, the forward could ultimately be talked into waiting his no-trade clause and..." September 11

  • Proposal for NBA draft lottery reform to disincentivize tanking, set even odds for worst teams

    USA Today "When the NBA’s competition committee meets to discuss lottery reform later this week, it will be presented with a proposal designed to disincentivize the race for the league’s worst record and best odds to win the draft lottery. The proposal has three main elements, four people with direct..." September 11

  • Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard shedding weight with vegan diet

    Oregonian "Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard played the 2016-17 season just shy of 200 pounds. One his major focuses entering the offseason was to shed some weight and entering his sixth NBA season lighter and faster. Lillard has slimmed down mixing his basketball workouts with swimming laps in..." September 08

  • Archie Goodwin, Trail Blazers Reportedly Agree to Training Camp Contract

    Bleacher Report "The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to a training camp deal with point guard Archie Goodwin, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Goodwin appeared in just 15 NBA games last season" September 07

  • GMs say tampering is part of the NBA: Not cheating means 'not trying'

    CBS Sports "Tampering is a part of the NBA. This is a common fact that has become more accepted over the years. General managers and agents around the league work behind the scenes to get deals done before they're technically allowed to. This is why contracts are agreed upon the second free agency begins, and..." September 06

  • Trail Blazers still paying for last summer’s mistakes – but far less

    Pro Basketball Talk "If given the ability, how of the contracts signed last year would the Trail Blazers undo? Evan Turner (four years, $70 million)? Absolutely. Festus Ezeli ($7.4 million in year one plus another $1 million guaranteed in year two)? Unquestionably. Meyers Leonard (four years, $41 million)?..." September 02

  • Lillard: I should've been All-Star last 2 seasons

    Clutch Points "Damian Lillard is coming off the best statistical season of his career, but during the last couple of years, he has been outside the bubble of a star-studded Western Conference All-Star Team. During an appearance in NBA 2K18’s “Run The Neighborhood” event, the host of a Q&A show asked the crowd..." September 01

  • Trail Blazers pick up option on Pat Connaughton

    CSN Northwest "Pat Connaughton will be returning to the Trail Blazers next season after the team on Thursday picked up a $1.4 million option on the shooting guard, but that didn’t mean the third-year player celebrated. “Time to make some shots,’’ Connaughton texted when asked if he had time for an..." August 31

  • Portland waives Andrew Nicholson using stretch provision

    Clutch Points "Prior to the 2016-17 NBA season, the Portland Trail Blazers re-signed numerous role players to long-term deals after exceeding expectations following LaMarcus Aldridge signing with the San Antonio Spurs. However, after barely making the playoffs and losing to the Golden State Warriors in the first..." August 30

  • Broken Hoop Dreams: Where Did It Go Wrong for Former Phenom Sebastian Telfair?

    Bleacher Report "It was about 2:45 in the morning on Sunday, June 11, when officer Christian Valenzuela of the New York Police Department's 77th Precinct noticed the Ford F-150 with Florida plates. The truck was parked illegally, on the concrete median dividing the eastbound and westbound paths of Brooklyn's..." August 30

  • Blazers to exercise Neil Olshey options, extend president's contract through 2021

    ESPN "Portland Trail Blazers president of basketball operations Neil Olshey has agreed to an extension that will keep him under contract through 2021, league sources told ESPN. The Blazers plan to exercise the two option years on Olshey's current contract -- guaranteeing his deal for the 2018-19 and..." August 29

  • Damian Lillard Wants To Team Up With Anthony Davis in Portland

    SLAM Online "Blazers star Damian Lillard knows that he and CJ McCollum need another star to compete with the titans of the Western Conference. Asked which player he’d most like to join the Blazers, Dame replied with the handle of Pelicans star Anthony Davis. While Davis is under contract until 2021, he’s..." August 28

  • Blazers' Lillard confirms 2nd rap album in the works

    ESPN "Damian Lillard is plopped in a chair next to the engineer board in the recording studio. His new tracks are being played in the room and he's zoned in, listening for segments that could use enhancements. Away from the basketball court, he's Dame D.O.L.L.A ("Different On Levels the Lord..." August 17

  • Moe Harkless talks about having his name included in Carmelo Anthony trade rumors

    New York Daily News "Born, bred and college-educated in Queens, Moe Harkless has firm roots in Knicks territory, an upward-trending NBA career and is now part of the never-ending Carmelo Anthony trade cycle. Still, as the Trail Blazers forward explained to the Daily News on Saturday, he doesn’t concern himself..." August 13

  • Blazers have 'piqued' Melo's interest

    Sporting News "Carmelo Anthony holds all the cards on where he will play the 2017-18 season. As of right now, he's still a New York Knick. Reports continue to swirl that Anthony wants to eventually end up in Houston playing with friend Chris Paul and All-Star James Harden. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski has..." August 12

  • NBA expected to approve player-resting rules

    Chicago Sun-Times "NBA owners are expected to approve player-resting rules in September designed to cut back on teams benching healthy players for regular-season games, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak..." August 10

  • NBA Sees Expansion As Inevitable But Not Sure On Timeline

    Real GM Basketball "In an interview in June with C.J. McCollum for The Players Tribune, Adam Silver talked about expansion. "I think it's just a question of when's the right time to seriously start thinking about expansion," said Adam Silver. "Think about the state we're in the league right now, where amazing to..." July 26

  • Blazers Trade Allen Crabbe To Nets For Andrew Nicholson

    Real GM Basketball "The Portland Trail Blazers have traded Allen Crabbe to the Brooklyn Nets for Andrew Nicholson. The Blazers will waive and stretch Nicholson. Brooklyn signed Crabbe to a four-year, $75 million offer sheet during the 2016 offseason that the Blazers matched. Crabbe has a player option in the..." July 25

  • Damian Lillard talks about his “no pressure” pitch to Carmelo Anthony, selling Portland

    Pro Basketball Talk "Self-made, over-achieving players in the NBA tend not to be the recruiters. They worked hard and made it to where they are more on their own, and their world-view follows that path. Think Derrick Rose in Chicago. Damian Lillard was one of those guys, but he has done a little recruiting of late..." July 24

  • Damian Lillard: NBA Players Respect Kyrie Irving’s Trade Request

    SLAM Online "According to Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving‘s shocking trade request is something “everybody across the league respects.” Lillard qualifies that “of course” he’d want to play with LeBron James and go to the NBA Finals every year, but that he understands Kyrie wanting to take a different..." July 24

  • Draymond Green scoffs at Blazers’ talk of being a major threat with Carmelo Anthony

    Washington Post "The Portland Trail Blazers seem to be putting the cart way ahead of the horse with their talk of Carmelo Anthony. The New York Knicks forward has let it be known that he’d be willing to waive his no-trade clause to be possibly dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers or Houston Rockets, not necessarily to..." July 21

  • Adam Silver predicts legal sports gambling ‘in the next few years’

    Larry Brown Sports "Long bullish regarding the prospect of legalizing sports gambling in the United States, NBA commissioner Adam Silver thinks it will happen sooner rather than later. Silver said Wednesday that he expects sports betting to be legalized within a few years, saying it would provide “enormous..." July 20

  • Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum Say Carmelo Anthony Is Interested in Joining Blazers

    Bleacher Report "Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum aren't shying away from making an aggressive pitch—and breaking the NBA's tampering rules—in attempt to persuade Carmelo Anthony to join the Portland Trail Blazers. Speaking to reporters at Lillard's basketball camp Wednesday, the Blazers backcourt duo said they..." July 20

  • Report: Trail Blazers struggling to find team to take Meyers Leonard in Carmelo Anthony trade

    NBC Sports "Right now, the Knicks are holding up a Carmelo Anthony trade. But even if New York’s new regime relents on dealing Anthony to the Rockets, there are still complications. Houston would probably have to send out Ryan Anderson, whom nobody wants at his salary. Sure, some teams might take..." July 18

  • NBA eliminates home and road uniforms, teases new Nike jerseys

    CBS Sports "NBA games will look a lot different next season, as the league has uniform major changes planned as they begin their partnership with Nike. One of the big changes in store is that the league is doing away with home and away jerseys, so expect to see plenty of color vs. color uniform matchups..." July 18

  • Carmelo Anthony not considering Portland right now

    KGW "New York Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony is not considering waiving his no-trade clause to allow a trade to the Portland Trail Blazers, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Wojnarowski, who broke the news Saturday that the Blazers were interested in trading for Anthony, spoke about the..." July 18

  • C.J. McCollum posts Instagram picture of Carmelo Anthony in Blazers uniform

    Clutch Points "The New York Knicks have hit a lull in their efforts in attempting to move All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony this offseason. However, the Portland Trail Blazers have now entered the picture as a possible landing spot for the 33-year-old. In light of that, Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum has..." July 16

  • Trail Blazers hope Carmelo will waive no-trade clause for more teams

    Bleacher Report "As the New York Knicks continue to search for a trade partner to move Carmelo Anthony, the Portland Trail Blazers reportedly want to be included among the contenders. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday the Blazers want to convince Anthony to put them on his list of trade..." July 16

  • The NBA Is Reportedly Moving Up The Trade Deadline Next Season

    Dime Magazine "The NBA trade deadline has, for years, happened after the NBA All-Star break. The weekend breeds trade rumors as executives have the chance to meet in person and reporters dig for details of those discussions amid the parties and festivities. Then, the week after celebrating the league’s best,..." July 13

  • Adam Silver: Changing NBA playoff structure 'not at top of agenda right now'

    CBS Sports "There has been talk for years about disregarding conferences when it comes to the NBA playoffs and seeding the teams 1-16 based on records. The idea resurfaced recently, after All-Stars Paul George and Jimmy Butler were traded to the Western Conference, making it even more formidable than it..." July 12

  • Olympic Channel to air all original broadcasts of 1992 Dream Team's gold medal run

    SI "We live in an endless era of basketball debates—LeBron versus Durant, should you or should you not trust The Process, and is Danny Ainge crazy or crazy like a leprechaun? Here’s the one thing most pro basketball fans can agree on is this: The 1992 United States Olympic Team is the greatest in the..." July 12

  • Blazers Sign Collins, Swanigan To Rookie Contracts

    Hoops Rumors "The Trail Blazers have officially signed rookie big men Zach Collins and Caleb Swanigan to their first NBA contracts, according to a pair of press releases issued by the team. Portland entered last month’s draft with three first-round picks, but packaged the 15th and 20th overall selections to..." July 05