Trail Blazers Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Blazers waive Festus Ezeli, pay him $8.4 million without playing a game

    Yardbarker "The Portland Trail Blazers waived veteran center Festus Ezeli on Friday, the deadline for the team to move on from him before guaranteeing his entire 2017-18 salary. The Ezeli experiment was a tremendous waste of time and money for Portland. The team signed him to a two-year, $15.1 million..." June 30

  • Tim Quarterman Traded to Rockets; Trail Blazers Receive Cash Considerations

    Bleacher Report "The Houston Rockets continue to stockpile backcourt depth after acquiring Tim Quarterman from the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday. Per The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Trail Blazers will receive cash considerations from the Rockets in exchange for Quarterman. Quarterman is the..." June 28

  • Ratings for 2017 NBA Draft on ESPN are up from 2016

    Awful Announcing "This year’s NBA Draft which had plenty of buzz going into the event certainly scored for ESPN. The Draft averaged a 2.7 overnight rating which is up 13% from last year’s event. It peaked at a 4.0 rating in the 8:15-8:30 p.m. ET quarter-hour. ESPN is really ecstatic about its streaming numbers...." June 23

  • Report: Blazers pursuing lottery pick due to Damian Lillard’s desire for better supporting cast

    Larry Brown Sports "Damian Lillard wants the Portland front office to send in the reinforcements. Mitch Lawrence of Sporting News reports on Thursday that the Blazers are looking to acquire a lottery pick in the draft, as Lillard has informed team executives that he wants a better supporting cast." June 22

  • Blazers reportedly open to reunion with LaMarcus Aldridge via trade

    Larry Brown Sports "Perhaps it’s time for LaMarcus Aldridge to start drafting his “I’m Coming Home” essay. Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News reports on Thursday that the Portland Trail Blazers “haven’t closed the door completely” on an Aldridge return and are open to reuniting with him via trade...." June 22

  • C.J. McCollum on the Warriors being bad for the NBA: “I think that’s garbage”

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Golden State Warriors drafted most of their top players. Stephen Curry was No. 7 in 2009. Klay Thompson was No. 11 in 2011. Draymond Green was No. 35 in 2012. Save for Kevin Durant, they are the epitome of built and not bought. They were unfair when they won 73 games a season ago without..." June 21

  • Damian Lillard defends LeBron James’s NBA Finals record

    Larry Brown Sports "LeBron James takes a lot of criticism for being 3-5 all time in the NBA Finals, and another NBA star is sticking up for him. Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard responded to an anti-LeBron take on Twitter Thursday with a reminder that many players don’t even get the chance to compete in..." June 16

  • Damian Lillard: I Would Play for the Jazz or Lakers If Blazers Didn't Want Me

    Bleacher Report "Damian Lillard has always been pretty candid on Twitter, but the Portland Trail Blazers point guard turned some heads when he tweeted about playing for two other teams on Wednesday. Responding to a question about signing with a team other than Portland, the 26-year-old pointed to the Utah Jazz..." June 14

  • Greg Oden among over 40 ex-NBA players on rosters for $2M basketball tournament

    CBS Sports "Who says you can't watch NBA players in August? Well, former NBA players anyway. More than 40 ex-NBA players will participate in The Basketball Tournament (TBT), a 5-on-5 winner-take-all event that will award the winning team $2 million. The semifinals and championship will be held on Aug. 1..." June 07

  • Players Eligible For Rookie Scale Extensions In 2017

    Hoops Rumors "July 1 marks the start of the NBA’s new league year. At that point, players eligible for free agency will be able to begin negotiating and reaching contract agreements with suitors. In addition to those free agents, another group of players will also become eligible to sign new deals. For..." June 05

  • Trail Blazers’ CJ McCollum Taking Courses at Harvard Business School

    Black Sports Online "C.J. McCollum is going to be sharp and fully developed when his playing days are over. McCollum, who earned a journalism degree from Lehigh University and interned at The Players’ Tribune last summer, is taking a course at Harvard Business School called “The Business of Entertainment, Media,..." June 04

  • Olympics considering adding 3-on-3 basketball as event

    Fanrag Sports "The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, appear to have a new event on the horizon. According to the Associated Press, 3-on-3 basketball “is all but certain” to be added to the new list of events, which includes skateboarding and sport climbing. “It would certainly be a perfect fit,” said..." June 04

  • Maurice Harkless Discussed As Part Of Knicks, Blazers Trade Talks

    Real GM Basketball "The New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers have discussed a trade involving a draft pick. With the Blazers owning three first round picks, they are looking to shed salary by trading one of those picks." June 04

  • CJ McCollum predicts Klay Thompson will leave Warriors

    Larry Brown Sports "NBA fans have long wondered if Klay Thompson will eventually be the odd man out now that the Golden State Warriors have added Kevin Durant to the fold, and one of Thompson’s fellow players believes that is bound to happen. During Game 1 of the NBA Finals Thursday night, Portland Trail Blazers..." June 02

  • Knicks in talks to acquire one of Portland’s first-round picks

    Sportsnaut "The New York Knicks are reportedly working the phones in an attempt to acquire one of the three first-round picks owned by the Portland Trail Blazers. “The Knicks have talked to the Portland Trailblazers about acquiring one of Portland’s first-round picks, a source confirms to ESPN,” wrote Ian..." June 01

  • Trail Blazers open to dealing draft picks

    Sporting News "If you’re a team looking to add first-round picks in this year’s NBA Draft, the team to see may be the Trail Blazers, who own three first-rounders. According to multiple league sources, the Trail Blazers have been open to deals for some combination of the picks. Portland has contract..." June 01

  • Why Adam Silver’s comments on the ‘one-and-done’ rule miss the mark

    Fox Sports "NBA commissioner Adam Silver joined FS1’s “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” for a wide-ranging discussion on the state of the NBA on Wednesday. And while issues such as “super teams” and resting players are always hot-button, Silver’s most intriguing response may have come following a question on..." June 01

  • Adam Silver: NBA rethinking one-and-done rule

    Sportsnaut "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has never been one adverse to change since he took over that role from David Stern. For the most part, it has helped the Association move on from a bygone era that saw popularity dwindle. We can conclude the on-court product has played a role in this, but Silver’s..." May 31

  • Sit Down, Be Humble: An NBA Champion's Guide to Ring Chasing

    Bleacher Report "For the last two seasons, veteran power forward David West has sacrificed bigger roles and much bigger contracts for the sake of being on championship-contending teams. So if he fails to win a ring with the Golden State Warriors in the next few weeks, as he did with the San Antonio Spurs this time..." May 31

  • LeBron And Other NBA Stars Are High On ESPN’s List Of 100 Most Popular Athletes

    Dime Magazine "LeBron James isn’t the most popular athlete in the world, but he’s close. ESPN released its annual list of the 100 most popular athletes on the planet on Tuesday, with Cristiano Ronaldo nabbing the top spot again. James, the top NBA player on the list, was second yet again. Other NBA players..." May 30

  • Playoffs Could Have Fewest Games In Expanded Format Era, Bring Down Cap

    Real GM Basketball "The 2017 NBA Playoffs will have one of the fewest number of game since the first round was expanded from a five-game series to a seven-game series in 2003. Depending on the length of The Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, there will be anywhere between 78 games..." May 26

  • Report: Hawks made pitch to talk to Blazers’ GM OIshey for their job, got shot down

    Pro Basketball Talk "Portland’s Neil Olshey is one of the more respected and aggressive team president/GMs around the league. When Portland makes a move, rarely does it not have sound logic behind it (even if it doesn’t always pan out as hoped). Atlanta has a vacancy at the GM spot, so they decided to be aggressive..." May 20

  • Damian Lillard Apparently Wants Paul George on Trail Blazers

    Bleacher Report "It appears Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard would welcome Indiana Pacers forward Paul George to the Northwest. While Lillard didn't directly comment on the matter via social media or any other platform Thursday, he did retweet a request from a fan hoping that the two will play..." May 19

  • Anthony Davis chosen first-team All-NBA for second time in three seasons "With one week remaining in the 2016-17 regular season, Anthony Davis half-jokingly told the media that although being chosen for an All-NBA team would be meaningful for him, “last year it would’ve meant a lot more.” Davis was referring to a clause in his New Orleans Pelicans contract that..." May 18

  • NBA Team Option Decisions For 2017/18

    Hoops Rumors "Having created a post last week to track this offseason’s player option decisions, we’re turning our attention today to team options. In the coming weeks, we’ll use the space below to keep tabs on all the team options for 2017/18, making note of whether they’re picked up or declined. True team..." May 15

  • NBA Teams Fed Up with Rockets' 'Jabroni' Foul-Drawing

    Bleacher Report "What the NBA should do about the proliferation of players being fouled on three-point shot attempts is up for debate. What is not is who has practically cornered the market on how to draw them: the Houston Rockets. And for however long they are alive in these playoffs—and facing elimination in..." May 11

  • Blazers Guard Allen Crabbe Will Have Foot Surgery

    Hoops Rumors "Trail Blazers guard Allen Crabbe will undergo foot surgery on Thursday, the team announced in a press release. Crabbe needs to have a stress reaction of the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot repaired. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Martin O’Malley at the Hospital for Special Surgery..." May 08

  • Damian Lillard rallies teammates to donate bonus playoff money to Trail Blazers staff

    CSN Northwest "Since entering the NBA five years ago, Damian Lillard has maintained two streaks of which he is proud: He has never declined to sign autographs before games, and he has never skipped out on speaking with the media after games. “Never,’’ Lillard said. “Not once.’’ On Tuesday, the..." May 05

  • Damian Lillard Shoots Shot at Porzingis on Twitter; Throws Subtle Shade at NY Fans

    Black Sports Online "The Knicks have Kristaps Porzingis and well…not much else. Maybe they get lucky in the lottery and jump into the top 3. Pair a young intriguing guard such as Markelle Fultz or Lonzo Ball with Kristaps Porzingis and solidify a young core for the future. Not completely unlikely but still this..." May 04

  • CJ McCollum Says Paul George ‘Would Look Good in Red and Black’

    SLAM Online "Last week, Blazers guard CJ McCollum was asked on twitter who he thinks Portland should go after in the offseason. McCollum responded with Paul George‘s handle “@Yg_Trece”. George has been the subject of trade rumors for seemingly the past year, and the Pacers reportedly were listening to..." May 04

  • Brandon Roy’s players at Nathan Hale claim ex-NBA All-Star wasn’t shot

    Sporting News "At least three players on the Seattle high school basketball team coached by former NBA All-Star Brandon Roy dispute news reports that he was shot last weekend. “The allegations are false. Coach Brandon Roy is fine,” Nathan Hale High School senior guard Kateel Barnett wrote Wednesday in an..." May 04

  • Former NBA star Brandon Roy shot in leg near L.A.

    USA Today "Former NBA All-Star Brandon Roy was shot in the leg outside his grandmother's house near Los Angeles, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick. The person requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. Someone opened fire randomly outside..." May 03

  • C.J. McCollum says he wants the Blazers to go after Paul George this summer

    CBS Sports "Tampering just isn't a thing in the NBA anymore. If you're an executive and you contact an agent or player? Get ready for the swift hammer of justice from the league office. If you're an owner cozying up a potential free agent? Same thing. But a player? As a player you can openly talk to another..." April 29

  • Trail Blazers backup PG Shabazz Napier happy in Portland but remains hungry

    Oregonian "The Portland Trail Blazers season has come and gone, with Tuesday's exit interviews wrapping up and unpredictable, up-and-down 2016-17 campaign that ended with a first-round sweep at the hands of the Golden State Warriors. Along with President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey and head coach..." April 29

  • CJ McCollum Says He Wants Blazers to Pursue Paul George Trade on Twitter

    Bleacher Report "Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum is aiming high when it comes to his team's offseason plans. When asked on Twitter about whom he wants to see the Blazers target, McCollum responded with the Twitter handle of Indiana Pacers star Paul George:" April 28

  • Journalist responds to Blazers GM putting him on blast

    Larry Brown Sports "Portland Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey isn’t here for your slander, as one local journalist is finding out the hard way. In his season-ending press conference earlier this week, Olshey reacted to a column by John Canzano of the Oregonian that criticized Portland’s “broken” culture..." April 28