Trail Blazers Rumors & News

  • Eight NBA players who have a real chance to be involved in trade rumors soon

    CBS Sports "Dec. 15 is known by many fans as the unofficial start to NBA trade rumor season. It's the day that players who signed new contracts in free agency can be traded by the team they signed with. Is that big target from the offseason not working out well? Put him on the block and see what's out there...." December 15

  • Should the Portland Trail Blazers make a trade for Marc Gasol?

    Oregonian "As the Memphis Grizzlies' free fall continues, many in the NBA community wonder if their championship window is beginning to close on star center Marc Gasol. And if so, would the Grizzlies be willing to trade him? Memphis General Manager Chris Wallace has flat out said they have no interest in..." December 13

  • Who's on the hot seat? Evaluating job security of every NBA coach

    Sporting News "When Phoenix gave the pink slip to Earl Watson in October, it ended a remarkable stretch of NBA coaching stability. Before the move to replace Watson, it had been a year-and-a-half since the league last had a coach get fired. Since then, we’ve already had another firing, a stunner that saw..." December 12

  • Blazer rotations continue to change but the losing streak reaches 5

    NBC Sports Northwest "It wasn't surprising that the Trail Blazers lost another game Monday night. The fifth straight defeat came in Oakland to the Golden State Warriors, a team that has beaten Portland like a snare drum recently. Yes, the Warriors were without all-stars Steph Curry, Draymond Green and others -- but..." December 12

  • Terry Stotts: Houston is the ‘Best Team in the League Right Now’

    SLAM Online "The Houston Rockets (20-4) hold the NBA’s best record, and have won nine in a row. Not hard to see why Blazers head coach Terry Stotts thinks they’re the League’s top squad. James Harden, the leading MVP candidate to date, poured in 48 points and led Houston past Portland 124-117 Saturday..." December 11

  • Trail Blazers transfer Wade Baldwin IV to NBA G League’s Texas Legends

    NBC Sports Northwest "The Portland Trail Blazers have transferred guard Wade Baldwin IV to the Texas Legends of the NBA G League, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey. A two-way roster player signed on Oct. 19, Baldwin IV underwent successful surgery to repair an ulnar collateral..." December 07

  • Report: NBA to establish G-League franchise in Mexico as soon as possible

    Larry Brown Sports "In an effort to expand its product internationally, the NBA is reportedly starting a G-League franchise south of the border. Marc Stein of the New York Times reported on Thursday that the NBA intends to “move quickly” to establish a team in Mexico, with play potentially beginning as early as..." December 07

  • Jusuf Nurkic Injures Ankle vs. Wizards; X-Rays Come Back Negative

    Bleacher Report "Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic suffered an ankle injury during Tuesday's 106-92 loss to the Washington Wizards. The Blazers said he wouldn't return after he exited with the right ankle issue in the fourth quarter, according to Jason Quick of NBC Sports Northwest. After the game,..." December 06

  • Blazers’ Al-Farouq Aminu off minutes restriction, but won’t start yet

    Clutch Points "The Portland Trail Blazers received some good news recently, as forward Al-Farouq Aminu has been cleared from his minutes restriction. However, he won’t be reinserted to the starting lineup just yet by head coach Terry Stotts, according to Joe Freeman of The Oregonian. The 27-year-old Wake..." December 05

  • NBA's TV viewership up 32%, highest since 2010-2011 season

    USA Today "Whether it was this summer’s unprecedented player movement or the NBA’s abundance of intriguing story lines, the league's television ratings are up substantially from last season. Between ESPN, TNT and NBA TV, the league’s viewership is up 32% this season and averaging 1.4 million viewers..." December 05

  • The NBA Has Been Making Behind The Scenes Moves For The Legalization Of Sports Gambling

    Uproxx "The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for Christie v. NCAA on Monday, better known as the sports betting legalization case. Gambling, particularly on sports, was once taboo, but has now become part of the sports fan’s lexicon and a ubiquitous presence around sports coverage. A look at..." December 04

  • Trail Blazers' Al-Farouq Aminu will return to lineup against Milwaukee Bucks

    Oregonian "For the first time in more than three weeks, the Portland Trail Blazers will have a full roster available on Thursday when they face the Milwaukee Bucks. Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu, who missed the last 13 games with a sprained right ankle, returned to practice on Wednesday and will play on..." November 30

  • Pat Connaughton, with embrace from Maurice Harkless, grabs his new role

    NBC Sports Northwest "It was a revealing scene before the Trail Blazers’ game Saturday in Washington, when Pat Connaughton prepared to step onto the court for his second start of the season. As he walked down the sideline before the opening tip, Connaughton slapped hands and exchanged quick hugs with several..." November 28

  • Carmelo Anthony would’ve allowed Knicks to trade him to Trail Blazers if no deal with select three teams

    Pro Basketball Talk "Carmelo Anthony spent most of the offseason saying he’d waive his no-trade clause for only the Rockets. But as training camp neared and Anthony faced returning to the Knicks, he expanded his list to include the Thunder and Cavaliers. Just how badly did Anthony want to leave the..." November 25

  • 25 Players Still On Non-Guaranteed 2017/18 Salaries

    Hoops Rumors "There are 25 players around the NBA playing on 2017/18 salaries that aren’t yet fully guaranteed. While having those salaries guaranteed will be a mere formality for some players, others may be at risk of losing their roster spot with decision day nearing. If teams keep non-guaranteed players..." November 23

  • Lessons in leadership: How Damian Lillard is mentoring Jusuf Nurkic

    NBC Sports Northwest "When the Trail Blazers emerged from the halftime locker room last week during a dreadful performance in Sacramento, all but one of the players headed to the court to warm up. Jusuf Nurkic, the team’s young and promising center, was the only one to avoid the court, instead plopping himself on..." November 22

  • 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