Trail Blazers Rumors & News

  • 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

  • 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