Trail Blazers Rumors & News

  • 5 Necessary NBA Trades Teams Are Too Scared to Make

    Complex "The job of an NBA general manager is to maximize value. Whether it's wringing the most that you can out of a player, a contract, or a trade, the mantra stays the same: maximize value. This is not always easy. In a league with 29 direct competitors and only one champion, it's difficult to always..." October 25

  • 'Huge Influx Of Money' Motivated Both Sides On New CBA

    Real GM Basketball "Adam Silver said the NBA and their players are close to a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement but aren't quite there yet. Multiple reports have indicated a deal on the main parts of the CBA have been agreed upon. "The reports aren't far off, but we're not quite there, yet," Silver..." October 25

  • Where Are All the White American NBA Players

    The Undefeated "J.J. Redick will be entering his 11th season in the NBA this week and for the first time he has noticed he is part of a small — and shrinking — club as a white American NBA player. The NBA certainly has its long list of European players. But the Los Angeles Clippers starting guard says he..." October 25

  • Every NBA team's best-case scenario and worst nightmare this season

    Fox Sports "The start of another NBA season is the time for hope to spring eternal — even if we're all seemingly counting the days until we crown an inevitable champion. But seasoned sports fans know a new season also brings the potential for everything to fall apart. With opening night upon us, we dived deep..." October 25

  • Scottie Pippen Not Wanting to Pay Alimony Because Wife Cheated With Future

    Black Sports Online "Scottie Pippen going through it. He has been trending on social media for all the wrong reasons and Future is trolling him on snapchat as well for breaking up his marriage. Scottie though is planning on fighting back in court because of all the slander he is receiving. According to..." October 25

  • Steve Kerr Picks Damian Lillard To Win 2017 NBA MVP

    SLAM Online "Steve Kerr was asked for his preseason pick for 2016-17 MVP, and the Warriors head coach went with a surprise choice in Damian Lillard. Kerr: “I think KD is kinda like Gary Johnson, a third party guy who is going to come in and take a few votes from Steph, takes some from LeBron and then Damian..." October 24

  • Tim Quarterman makes Trail Blazers' regular season roster as team waives Greg Stiemsma, Grant Jerrett

    Oregonian "Tim Quarterman has earned a spot on the Trail Blazers' regular season roster. The team on Friday announced that it had waived Greg Stiemsma and Grant Jerrett, leaving Quarterman as the last man standing in the battle for the 15th and final spot on the Blazers' roster. The 6-foot-6 rookie..." October 22

  • Draymond Green up to old leg-kicking ways, gets into scuffle with Trail Blazers

    Sporting News "Apparently Draymond Green hasn't learned to keep his legs away from the opponent's belts when trying to draw a foul. The Warriors forward, who blatantly kicked Thunder big man Steven Adams in the groin during last year's playoffs, aggravated another player Friday night in a preseason game with..." October 22

  • Report: New CBA deal “within sight,” one-and-done rule remians

    Pro Basketball Talk "Nobody likes the NBA’s one-and-done rule. Adam Silver and the owners want to extend that to two seasons out of high school, and they have colleges in their corner (while a couple of coaches know how to work the one-and-done system, none of them prefer it). The players want to be able to make the..." October 20

  • The NBA sent players to Google, Facebook to help answer the biggest questions of their careers

    Business Insider "C.J. Watson’s mom pushed him at a young age to get ready for the “real world,” making him learn how to write checks, do mock job interviews, and accompany her to work. Watson wasn’t sure if he was going to keep playing basketball, much less make the NBA, and his mom wanted him to be prepared..." October 20

  • Lillard thinks 'it's possible' for Trail Blazers to reach Finals

    ESPN "Before we get to Damian Lillard's expectations for his Portland Trail Blazers this season, we need his reflection on his hopes for last year's team, the one everyone thought was headed to lotteryville after losing LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum and Robin Lopez. "Make the..." October 17

  • Evan Turner and his acclimation to the Trail Blazers: 'Still finding his way'

    CSN Northwest "Perhaps nothing is as important this preseason for the Trail Blazers than the acclimation of newcomer Evan Turner to the team and its style of play. On Thursday, after the Blazers’ 109-108 loss to the Clippers in their fourth preseason game, the consensus within the team that Turner’s..." October 14

  • Lillard would rather 'build up' Blazers than join super team

    Pro Basketball Talk "Damian Lillard said it before: Kevin Durant did what he did this summer choosing to help form a superteam in Golden State, but it was not something he could do. Lillard didn’t mean it as a shot at Durant, although it sort of came off as one. Lillard went on The Jim Rome Show on CBS Sports Radio..." October 14

  • NBA Considering Possibility Of Expansion?

    Hoops Rumors "As the NBA and NBPA work toward finalizing a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the league is also reportedly considering the possibility of expansion, according to Kevin Nesgoda of While no NBA teams are expected to relocate anytime soon, the league apparently hasn’t ruled out..." October 13

  • Zach Lowe's crazy predictions for the 2016-17 NBA season

    ESPN "Even the NBA, the most predictable major U.S. pro sports league, is fraught with uncertainty. The Golden State Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals! But making predictions is a useful thought exercise, and it's healthy to creep out on a limb once in a while. As usual, we throw darts at..." October 12

  • Trail Blazers Clear Leonard For Full Practice

    Hoops Rumors "Exactly six months after having surgery to repair the labrum in his left shoulder, the Trail Blazers’ Meyers Leonard has been cleared for all practice activities, writes Casey Holdahl of The fifth-year center had been ahead of his rehab schedule for some time, but Portland officials..." October 09

  • NBA uniform ad sales face complications

    ESPN "It's been almost five months since the NBA announced it would allow its 30 teams to sell small advertising patches on jerseys beginning in the 2017-18 season. So why has only one team -- the Philadelphia 76ers -- made a deal, one that was announced the very first day deals could be done? We..." October 09

  • Adam Silver optimistic NBA can avoid lockout

    USA Today "From the start of discussions about a new collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and players, NBA commissioner Adam Silver has pledged optimism that the two sides can avoid a lockout. That scenario becomes more and more plausible following Silver’s comments during a trip to China for..." October 09

  • Lillard Excited At Prospect Of Playing Off The Ball More Often "After being eliminated by the Golden State Warriors in the second round of the 2016 Western Conference playoffs, the Trail Blazers knew they had a few key deficiencies that needed to be addressed. Rim protection was one, resulting in the signing of free agent center Festus Ezeli, who, by some..." October 09

  • Report: NBA, Union Optimistic New CBA Deal Will Get Done

    Bleacher Report "The NBA and National Basketball Players Association could have a new collective bargaining agreement finalized in the near future after reportedly making "significant progress" in negotiations. On Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported the new deal could be done within the next..." October 06

  • NBA Tiers of Contention: Teams with a Chance to Win the Crown in 2016-17

    Bleacher Report "There is a school of thought in the NBA that if you enter the season with a shot at winning the championship, that's all you can ask for. As Kevin Durant will tell you, however, not every championship opportunity is the same as another. Nevertheless, what follows is a list of 10 teams that..." October 05

  • Jeff Van Gundy Advocates Zero-Tolerance Policy For Domestic Violence Offenders

    Deadspin "The Houston Rockets and New York Knicks met in the preseason this evening, and ESPN announcer Jeff Van Gundy used the occasion of Derrick Rose’s first appearance with the Knicks to make some points about domestic violence and how Adam Silver and the NBA should deal with players who are convicted..." October 05

  • Damian Lillard says he wouldn’t join superteam: “I might have too much pride for that”

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kevin Durant has become one of the NBA’s polarizing players. Some players — and pretty much everyone in the Bay Area — support not only his right to choose to play with the Warriors, but they also note that if the goal is to win titles he put himself in the best position to do that (and still..." October 04

  • Nike releasing self-lacing shoes through public lottery

    ESPN "The first pairs of the famous self-lacing MAG shoes from "Back to the Future II" will be made available this month to the public, but you won't be able to buy them. You'll have to win them. Nike announced that only 89 pairs will be available through an online draw that begins Tuesday and..." October 04

  • Trail Blazers' Terry Stotts keeping an 'open mind' about starting small forward spot

    Oregonian "There's the incumbent. The snazzy new addition. And the glue guy. Three different players. Three different skillsets. Three unique options. But only one starting spot. There's little intrigue surrounding the Trail Blazers' starting lineup heading into the season, as Damian Lillard and CJ..." September 30

  • NBA hopes new replay protocol speeds up play

    USA Today "In an ongoing effort to make NBA replay reviews more efficient and less time-consuming, more in-game reviews are expected to be made this season by the league’s staff at the high-tech replay center in Secaucus, N.J. Last season, 72% of reviews were determined by the replay center, and during..." September 29

  • Trail Blazers to get new logo, uniforms for 2017

    Sporting News "The Portland Trail Blazers will be getting a logo and uniform update. Blazers president Chris McGowan said that the team’s visual identity is in the process of being revised, with the new look to be unveiled this coming spring. The entire NBA will be switching to Nike apparel starting with the..." September 28

  • 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 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