Trail Blazers Rumors & News

  • Blazers To Sign Papagiannis For The Rest Of The Season

    Hoops Rumors "The Trail Blazers will sign center Georgios Papagiannis for the remainder of the regular season, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The 20-year-old signed a 10-day contract with Portland last week that was set to expire. The Blazers could have made another 10-day offer to the seven-footer, but..." March 17

  • Damian Lillard has LeBron James' attention: 'That guy's a superstar in our league'

    USA Today "The Portland Trail Blazers are the hottest team in the league, riding a 10-game win streak into Thursday night’s matchup against LeBron James and the Cavs. Leading the way for the Blazers has been Damian Lillard, who is averaging over 32 points, six assists and four rebounds over the 10 wins...." March 15

  • Trail Blazers Sign Wade Baldwin To NBA Contract

    Hoops Rumors "The Trail Blazers have filled the open spot on their 15-man roster, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who reports (via Twitter) that the club has signed Wade Baldwin to a rest-of-season, minimum-salary contract. Baldwin, who will turn 22 later this month, signed a two-way contract with..." March 12

  • Blazers Evan Turner on $70 Million Contract: ‘I Earned That F–king Money’

    NBC Sports Northwest "There is a fan at Trail Blazers home games who takes great effort to heckle and chastise Evan Turner. It reached a head a couple weeks ago, during a blowout win over Sacramento, when the heckler harped on the fact that Turner had only two points as the Blazers were blowing out the..." March 12

  • Damian Lillard after Blazers' latest win over Warriors: 'We're the real deal'

    CBS Sports "Take a look at the Western Conference standings, and underneath the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors, you'll see a surprising team in third place: the Portland Trail Blazers. The Blazers have used a massive nine-game winning streak over the past few weeks to surge into third in the..." March 10

  • Blazers fan has words for Kevin Durant, gets ejected

    Larry Brown Sports "Kevin Durant isn’t exactly the biggest fan favorite these days, and that was certainly true on Friday night in Portland. In the second quarter of a game between the Golden State Warriors and the Portland Trail Blazers, a fan sitting courtside at the Moda Center had words for Durant during an..." March 10

  • LaMarcus Aldridge shares regret about relationship with Damian Lillard

    Sportsnaut "When the San Antonio Spurs swiped LaMarcus Aldridge in free agency, the Portland Trail Blazers lost a superstar pairing. Perhaps that wouldn’t have happened if he and Damian Lillard had a better relationship. Previously, Lillard said he’d hoped Aldridge would be a mentor. And now, in an..." March 09

  • Portland Trail Blazers sign center Georgios Papagiannis to 10-day contract: Report

    Oregonian "The Portland Trail Blazers have signed center Georgios Papagiannis to a 10-day contract according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Papagiannis, the No. 13 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, has played for Sacramento Kings during his brief NBA career posting averages of 4.2 points..." March 07

  • Unwritten Rules No Longer Have A Place In The NBA

    Dime Magazine "Disrespect has become a punchline. It is the word chosen to describe acts done on the basketball court that are increasingly fun for NBA fans. A crossover, a stare down, a heat check three; all moves that can be described as disrespectful without being true to the exact definition of the..." March 06

  • Trail Blazers' stretch run will go long way in determining commitment to current core

    Sporting News "There are always whispers and rumblings, and Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum is aware of them. In the two years before this one, Portland has carved out an identity as a pretty good offensive team and a so-so defensive team, and the results have been predictable. The Trail Blazers won 41 games..." March 01

  • Seattle ownership group wants NBA franchise after NHL expansion bid

    The Score "If the NHL decides to plant its 32nd team in Seattle, expect the ownership group in question to then vie for an NBA franchise. Oak View Group, the organization that has already submitted a $10-million payment to the NHL as part of its bid for an expansion franchise, wants it to be known they..." March 01

  • Adam Silver cautions NBA teams to protect integrity of game

    USA Today "A week after the NBA fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $600,000 for his public admission of tanking, the race to the bottom has continued in full force. Entering Wednesday, just six games separate the last nine teams in the league — from the New York Knicks on down to the Atlanta Hawks...." February 28

  • NBA Execs Believe Tanking Has Never Never Been More Widespread

    Real GM Basketball "Multiple NBA executives believe the current season features one of the most widespread tanking efforts the league has seen to date. The combination of lottery reform set to begin next year and a top-heavy draft class featuring five to seven prospects has created an atmosphere where eight teams..." February 27

  • The secret of Damian Lillard: Playing for something bigger than him

    NBC Sports Northwest "By now, six seasons into Damian Lillard’s career, the Trail Blazers have come to expect not just greatness out of their do-it-all point guard, but also late-season magic. And Saturday in Phoenix, in what he called one of his more “significant” late-season performances, Lillard gave some insight..." February 26

  • Michele Roberts: Cap smoothing was ‘disgraceful request’ by NBA

    Pro Basketball Talk "In 2016, new national TV contracts pushed the NBA’s salary cap from $70 million to $94.143 million – a larger jump than over the entire previous decade. Free agents cashed in majorly that summer. But now, the cap is leveling off. It went up to just $99.093 million last year and is projected to..." February 23

  • The NBA is having real discussions about a playoffs play-in tournament

    ESPN "Recent comments from NBA commissioner Adam Silver about tweaking the league's playoff format drew intense media coverage, but sources say there is also some behind-the-scenes momentum for the idea of a play-in tournament determining the last two seeds in each conference -- to the point that two..." February 22

  • ESPN’s NBA Countdown is moving to Bristol, then New York, while The Jump is expanding to a full hour

    Awful Announcing "With Michelle Beadle and Jalen Rose heading to the upcoming Get Up morning show with Mike Greenberg while retaining their NBA Countdown roles (at least for now), it was clear that the NBA studio show would be leaving Los Angeles. But we now have details on when and for where, with Ryan Glasspiegel..." February 21

  • Damian Lillard says meeting with Paul Allen was meant to evoke sense of urgency

    Clutch Points "Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard had a pre-All-Star-Game meeting with team owner Paul Allen in hopes to figure out some direction moving forward. Coming off the mid-February festivities, he explained his intentions to go to the very top of the branch for a one-on-one..." February 20

  • NBA beats odds, sees gain in local ratings

    Sports Business Daily "The NBA continues to buck the television ratings trend, with both national and local viewership showing impressive gains as the league headed into the All-Star break. Nationally, NBA games on ABC, ESPN, NBA TV and TNT are showing double-digit viewership increases. The combined 15 percent jump..." February 20

  • Blazers To Sign Brandon Rush To 10-Day Contract

    Hoops Rumors "The Trail Blazers will fill one of their two open roster spots by signing veteran swingman Brandon Rush to a 10-day contract this week, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN (Twitter link). Rush, a lottery pick back in 2008, has spent time with the Pacers, Warriors, Jazz, and Timberwolves over the..." February 20

  • Adam Silver after NBA All-Star success: 'Sounds like we're going to have a televised draft'

    USA Today "Toronto Raptors All-Star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan made the most vocal plea for televising the player draft immediately following Sunday’s All-Star Game. “Televise it,” he said. “Give the people what they want. I think everybody wants to see it. At the end of the day, every single person..." February 20

  • Adam Silver: NBA still considering changing playoff format

    Sportsnaut "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver gave his version of the state of the league address during All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles on Saturday evening. The innovative commissioner touched on a ton of topics, including the Association considering drastically changing its playoff format. It was previously..." February 18

  • The curious case of Jusuf Nurkic

    NBC Sports Northwest "It seems that suddenly Nurkic Fever has turned into Nurkic Flu. And it's spreading like wildfire. Once the darling of Portland fans, Portland center Jusuf Nurkic has become a Twitter punching bag and a controversial figure. This seems to be sparked by his absence from both the Portland lineup..." February 14

  • Stotts, Blazers' newest dilemma: What to do with resurgent Mo Harkless?

    NBC Sports Northwest "A developing subplot in the Trail Blazers season has been the reemergence of Maurice Harkless over the past week. In what has largely been a disappointing season for the one-time starting small forward, Harkless has recently flourished while being reinserted into the rotation because of..." February 12

  • NBA's buyout market: Which players could be available?

    USA Today "The buyout market is open for business, offering teams their last chance at upgrades ahead of the postseason. We've already seen some significant movement from guys who could potentially influence a playoff series or bolster the backend of a roster. Teams have until March 1 to add a player on..." February 12

  • Damian Lillard: Donovan Mitchell ‘Should Be Rookie of the Year’

    SLAM Online "Damian Lillard says Donovan Mitchell is the NBA’s Rookie of the Year. Mitchell’s leadership and overall impact on the Utah Jazz give him the nod as the League’s top rookie, according to Lillard. Mitchell finished with 27 points and six rebounds in a 115-96 road win Sunday night against the..." February 12

  • Blazers Trade Noah Vonleh To Bulls, Drop Below Luxury Tax

    Real GM Basketball "The Portland Trail Blazers have traded Noah Vonleh and cash to the Chicago Bulls for the draft rights to Milovan Rakovic." February 08

  • Rachel Nichols, Katie Nolan to coach NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

    Awful Announcing "What do Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Diddy, Ashton Kutcher, Eva Longoria, Queen Latifah, Gabrielle Union, Magic Johnson, Julius Erving, Bill Walton, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Jalen Rose, Bill Simmons, Mike Golic, Mike Greenberg, Jemele Hill, Michael Smith, Kevin Hart, Drake..." February 08

  • NBA rumors: Teams shifting focus out of trade market and into buyout possibilities

    Clutch Points "Teams have started to shift their focus out of a frenzied trade deadline market, instead focusing on the buyout market soon to ensue, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deadline for contract buyouts is March 1. Just as teams are looking to aggressively sell some of their star and role..." February 08

  • Portland Trail Blazers brace for NBA trade deadline, but CJ McCollum isn't going anywhere

    Oregonian "With the NBA trade deadline fast approaching and the unsettling realization that the Portland Trail Blazers could be active participants hanging overhead like a black cloud, CJ McCollum had a Wednesday of relaxation mapped out to escape the noise. Following the Blazers' afternoon practice,..." February 07

  • NBA Team Values 2018: Every Club Now Worth At Least $1 Billion "A weeklong selloff wiped out $4 trillion from global stock markets but don't expect the value of NBA teams to suffer. The average team is worth a record $1.65 billion, 22% over last year, and every team is worth at least $1 billion for the first time. Franchise values have tripled over the past..." February 07

  • NBA rumors: Tyreke Evans, Lou Williams headline surplus of wings available at the trade deadline

    USA Today "By the time the NBA trade deadline arrives at 3 pm EST on Thursday, at least a few general managers will be relaying the bad news to their owners. “Well sir, we weren’t able to land that first-round pick for our expendable, talented wing player because it turns out there were quite a few of..." February 07

  • Why patience may be a virtue as NBA trade deadline approaches

    New York Post "There will be buyers, sellers, renters and movers. And there is another group adorning the NBA landscape as Thursday’s trade deadline approaches: The waiters. No, not Dion’s kin or the Restaurant Workers Union, but rather executives around the league waiting to pounce on players bought out,..." February 07

  • Caleb Swanigan headed back to Trail Blazers after G-League stint

    NBC Sports Northwest "The Portland Trail Blazers have recalled forward Caleb Swanigan from the Canton Charge of the NBA G League, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey. Swanigan played in 14 games (12 starts) for the Charge and posted averages of 14.2 points, 11.9 rebounds, 2.7..." February 06

  • Players Who Are Ineligible To Be Traded At Deadline

    Hoops Rumors "At the start of any NBA season, there’s generally a long list of players who can’t be traded. Most of those players signed new contracts during the offseason and subsequently don’t become trade-eligible until at least December 15. Offseason signees who meet certain criteria don’t have their trade..." February 06

  • NBA trade rumors: Trail Blazers shopping Maurice Harkless, Meyers Leonard?

    Oregonian "Blazers shopping bad contracts In a hearty swing around the league looking at the potential buyers and sellers ahead of the deadline, Yahoo Sports NBA writer Chris Mannix drops this bit on the Blazers: The Blazers have shopped their bad contracts — Maurice Harkless and Meyers Leonard are..." February 06

  • A major NBA financial crunch is coming

    ESPN "In July 2016, the Portland Trail Blazers signed restricted free agent Meyers Leonard, their backup center, to a four-year, $41 million contract. It was at the tail end of a surge of large contracts given out that summer, the greatest time in NBA history to be a free agent. This summer, the..." February 05

  • Five players most likely to be moved before trade deadline

    Pro Basketball Talk "For all the talk of a tight trade market (and that is still the case in some quarters) we have already seen a blockbuster trade — Blake Griffin is now a Detroit Piston. We’ve also seen an expected trade, with Nikola Mirotic getting moved and the Pelicans stepping up to land him. Who else could..." February 05

  • Trail Blazers express interest in DeAndre Jordan

    Sporting News "The DeAndre Jordan sweepstakes are heating up. The Clippers and Trail Blazers have discussed a trade involving the coveted center, though a formal offer has yet to be made, the Los Angeles Times reported. According to the report, the Clippers are looking to get "a first-round draft pick,..." February 04

  • C.J. McCollum is second player in shot clock era with 50 points in 30 minutes or less

    Clutch Points "Just one night after James Harden of the Houston Rockets made NBA history as the first player ever with a 60-point triple-double, Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard C.J. McCollum also made history on Wednesday night. In just 29 minutes of action, McCollum became just the second player in the..." February 01

  • Damian Lillard says Ed Davis might be too important for Trail Blazers to trade

    NBC Sports Northwest "Ed Davis said he likes living in Portland. He loves playing for the Trail Blazers. And when his contract runs out in June, he said he hopes he is able to sign another deal to keep him in Portland. But after seven-plus NBA seasons for four different teams, Davis knows what he thinks about an..." January 30

  • Sources: NBA Players Set for $100K Bonus for Winning ASG

    Basketball Insiders " In what appears to be an incentive to improve the competitive spirit of the NBA All-Star games, player earnings have been increased, league sources tell ESPN. Each player on the winning team will now receive $100,000 and the losing team pockets $25,000, league sources said." January 29

  • The Blazers Made Fun Of Themselves For Drafting Greg Oden Over Kevin Durant

    Dime Magazine "Kevin Durant was, apparently, the first overall pick in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game draft. We don’t know for sure because the draft wasn’t televised, which is something that hopefully changes soon, but Durant seems to be under the impression that he was selected by LeBron James with the first pick,..." January 26

  • Damian Lillard on his All-Star selection: 'This one is different'

    NBC Sports Northwest "This one, Damian Lillard said, was different. The Trail Blazers guard was chosen to his third All-Star team on Tuesday, and Lillard said this selection has a different feel than those in 2014 and 2015. "It's different because it came after the beginning years,'' Lillard said. "(In 2014 and..." January 25

  • Why There’s Never Been a PED Scandal in the NBA

    Complex "There’s never been a performance-enhancing drug (PED) controversy in the National Basketball Association. That hasn’t been the case for Major League Baseball, or the National Football League, where suspensions and recriminations followed the very best players like a foul fart. Nor have elite..." January 25

  • NBA All-Star Draft not televised due to pushback from players’ union

    Clutch Points "The 2018 NBA All-Star Draft has brought many changes to the usual format in hopes of re-invigorating the spirit of competition. Among them, is the non-televised draft in which the leading vote-getters from each conference; LeBron James and Stephen Curry, will pick among their peers to join their..." January 25

  • Damian Lillard is disappointed in Russell Westbrook's All-Star Game comments

    CBS Sports "Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has been "snubbed" for the All-Star Game the past couple of seasons and he has been vocal about how he has felt about it each time. Lillard considers himself one of the NBA's best and thinks he should make every All-Star Game. This season, Lillard managed to..." January 25

  • NBA Requests New Gambling Laws, Seeks 1 Percent Cut Of Bets

    ESPN "In what could end up being a seminal moment for sports gambling in America, the NBA on Wednesday formally requested a set of laws that could be the basis for professional sports leagues pushing for national legalized wagering on games. Dan Spillane, an attorney for the NBA, testified in front..." January 24

  • Damian Lillard Responds Directly To Rumors He’s Leaving Trail Blazers

    NESN "Damian Lillard doesn’t have time for trade rumors. The Portland Trail Blazers star guard reportedly met with team owner Paul Allen on Tuesday to discuss the direction of the franchise and whether the team was still committed to putting together a championship-caliber roster, according to..." January 24

  • Lillard: Meeting with Blazers' owner was 'opening up the line of communication'

    NBC Sports Northwest "Nearly three weeks ago, Trail Blazers captain Damian Lillard was asked whether he had much communication with owner Paul Allen about the direction of the team, and specifically about the coaching staff and personnel. “Me and Paul speak, but it has never been anything like that,’’ Lillard said..." January 23