Trail Blazers Rumors & News

  • USA Basketball unveils 2016 Olympic team roster "Featuring six Olympic and/or FIBA World Cup gold medalists, USA Basketball unveiled its official 12-man 2016 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team. Selected for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, which is seeking a third consecutive Olympic title, were: Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks/Syracuse); Harrison..." June 27

  • Brandon Roy Takes Coaching Job

    Blazer's Edge "Chris Fetters of is reporting that former Portland Trail Blazers All-Star guard Brandon Roy has become the head basketball coach at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle. When contacted by to confirm or deny reports that Brandon Roy had taken the job at Nathan Hale, Roy..." June 26

  • Why Did the Portland Trail Blazers Largely Stay Out of the 2016 NBA Draft?

    Blazer's Edge "The 2016 NBA Draft has come to a close and the analysis is rolling in across the NBA. The Boston Celtics couldn't find a deal for all the assets they've collected for what feels like a decade, so they opted to instead pursue the "draft and stash everyone overseas" strategy. With three picks in the..." June 26

  • Despite So Many Dropping Out, The USA Basketball Roster For Rio Is Really Really Good

    Uproxx "LeBron James is out; Same with Kawhi Leonard; Damian Lillard isn’t going to Rio because of rehab and more than a bit of disgruntlement. Two-time MVP and zero-time Finals MVP Steph Curry is out. You can add Clippers Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, plus LaMarcus Aldridge, James Harden, Anthony Davis,..." June 26

  • Blazers Looking to Jump into NBA Draft, "If the Opportunity Strikes"

    CSN Northwest "If there's one thing Trail Blazers fans know about their owner Paul Allen is that he loves the NBA Draft. And while Portland doesn't have a pick to speak of this year, that doesn't necessarily mean they won't try to get one. On The Vertical podcast with Adrian Wojnarowski, in discussing NBA..." June 23

  • Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard withdraws from Team USA, will not play in Rio Olympics

    Oregonian "Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard is choosing rest over participating in the 2016 Olympics. Lillard, who has dealt with plantar fasciitis in his left heel since last December, has decided to withdraw his name from contention for a roster spot on Team USA and will not participate..." June 23

  • President Obama has 'discussed' being NBA owner, White House says

    ESPN "Much has been made of what might be next for President Barack Obama after he leaves the White House in January. According to press secretary Josh Earnest, becoming an NBA owner might be an option. Earnest said Wednesday that the president, well known for being a big fan of Chicago sports teams,..." June 23

  • Stephen A. Smith Hasn't Gotten a NBA Finals Pick Right Since 2009

    The Big Lead "This video is fun stuff. Stephen A. Smith returned to ESPN before the 2011 NBA Finals. He has never correctly picked the NBA Champion before the Finals, going 0 for 6. He was not at ESPN for a two-year period before that, but I found this transcript of his appearance on MSNBC in May of 2010,..." June 21

  • Trail Blazers to overhaul broadcast crew: Mike Barrett, Mike Rice, Antonio Harvey will not return

    Oregonian "Portland Trail Blazers Broadcasting is undergoing a dramatic facelift. Mike and Mike are out and Antonio Harvey will not return as part of an overhaul of the Blazers' television and radio broadcasts, The Oregonian/OregonLive has learned. The only on-air talent coming back for the 2016-17 season..." June 15

  • Damian Lillard indicates that he hasn't made any decision related to playing for Team USA in Olympics

    CSN Northwest "Speaking in Taguig City while on tour for Adidas, Damian Lillard indicates that he hasn't made any decision related to playing for Team USA in the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. The Manila Times quotes Lillard saying, "I have not thought about it yet." A handful of players including..." June 15

  • 2016 NBA Mock Draft 2.0

    Fox Sports "While the NBA Finals have fully captured America's imagination over the past two weeks, it's easy to forget that the NBA Draft is slowly creeping toward us. Correction, it's not "slowly creeping toward us," it's basically right here, with slightly more than a week until Adam Silver steps to the..." June 15

  • Craig Sager will join ESPN's coverage of Warriors-Cavaliers Game 6

    Yahoo! Sports "Well, this is awesome: ESPN announced Wednesday morning that Craig Sager, legendary sideline reporter for Turner Sports' NBA coverage and soon-to-be recipient of the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2016 ESPYs, will join the ABC/ESPN broadcast crew for Thursday's Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals..." June 15

  • Free Agent Al Horford Fits With Trail Blazers

    Blazer's Edge "Bleacher Report senior writers Ric Bucher and Howard Beck circled up with host Stephen Nelson to discuss possible destinations for free agent big men Al Horford and Joakim Noah, given the following parameters: The team must have space The team must provide an on-court and cultural fits The..." June 12

  • Should Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard go to Rio De Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Olympics?

    Blazer's Edge "Four months ago Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard had no hope of playing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. But since Lillard was re-added to the USA Basketball roster pool in February, shoo-in point guard candidates Stephen Curry and Chris Paul have both withdrawn..." June 09

  • Making the Case for Dwight Howard to the Portland Trail Blazers

    Blazer's Edge "Making the case for Dwight Howard. That's a sentence I didn't believe I would ever type, speak, or even think. To be clear, I still don't think he's the best fit for Portland but to play devil's advocate I wanted to take a look at the dark side and see what Howard really had to offer. For..." June 08

  • The Olympics would be better off without NBA players

    Fox Sports "I love the Olympics. I live for the Olympics. I've been excited about Rio since an hour before the London Closing Ceremony began. I love the big events (swimming, track, gymnastics) as much as the minor-leaguers (shooting, archery, racewalking). Shoot, I'll even willingly watch diving - only in..." June 08

  • Data shows NBA players are dropping $42,500 per month

    Sporting News "NBA players make a lot of money, so that gives them the freedom to spend that money, which data shows they do. According to a San Francisco Chronicle report on data provided by financial advisors Personal Capital, players are dropping about $42,500 a month — or $510,000 a year — on expenses...." June 08

  • Referees union calls for end of NBA's 'Last Two-Minute' reports

    ESPN "The National Basketball Referees Association has called for the NBA to stop releasing its Last Two Minute Reports. In a statement released Tuesday, the NBRA says the NBA's effort to "promote so-called transparency will cause more harm than good for the officials and the game." "Transparency..." June 08

  • NBA Referees Are Officially Pretty Sick Of Having Their Work Publicly Critiqued By The League

    Dime Magazine "The NBA’s intentions were good when it decided to add a dose of clarity to officiating down the stretch of close games. Toward the tale end of last season, newly-implemented “Last Two-Minutes Reports” received nothing but positive attention across the basketball world. The league’s decision to..." June 07

  • NBA creates Pride Month T-shirt line with every team's logo in rainbows "The NBA has unveiled a new line of apparel for Pride Month, the likes of which hasn't been done before in men's professional sports, to our knowledge. The League, in conjunction with Teespring, has created T-shirts of every one of the NBA's 30 teams that feature each team's logo in rainbows...." June 07

  • Adam Silver, faced with surge, to seek rule nullifying Hack-a-Shaq

    ESPN "NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he would use his "bully pulpit" to try to force through reform to eliminate the intentional fouling of poor free throw shooters, also known as the "Hack-a-Shaq" strategy. Silver was speaking in his annual address before Game 1 of the NBA Finals. In the same..." June 02

  • Trail Blazers' surprise success could come with gaudy long-term price tag

    Sporting News "One of this season’s biggest success stories has a chance to build an even more dangerous team around young backcourt Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. The Trail Blazers caught the NBA by surprise and now have a young rotation that largely will stay in tact while still having enough salary cap..." June 01

  • Techies Are Trying to Turn the NBA Into the World’s Biggest Sports League

    Wired "Los Angeles Clippers were just getting used to being a good basketball team. After more than three decades of irrelevance—and only four winning seasons—they’d finally found that magic mix of talent and cohesion and had become a division-winning powerhouse practically overnight. But then they hit..." May 31

  • Romeo: We Want Dame Lillard ... ON NO LIMIT FOREVER

    TMZ "Romeo Miller is trying to put an end to Dame Lillard's search for a major rap label ... by publicly offering the NBA star a record deal on his and his dad, Master P's, record label, No Limit Forever. We broke the story ... Lillard's being heavily courted (see what we did there) by huge rap labels..." May 30

  • C.J. McCollum calls out old timers for their mouthguard opinions

    Larry Brown Sports "Apparently, the way some of the NBA’s current players, most famously Stephen Curry, use their mouthguards as toys does not go over well with the old guard. Portland guard C.J. McCollum brought that to light on Sunday when he called out said old guard for their thoughts." May 30

  • Adam Silver: Officials get it right ‘roughly 90 percent’ of the time

    ESPN "Commissioner Adam Silver says the NBA doesn't have a choice on whether to be as transparent as possible in determining whether key crunch-time plays were officiated correctly "with so many cameras focused on the action, with so many other kinds of services providing that same information to our..." May 26

  • All NBA-Teams Announced; Will Anthony Davis Get His Extra $24 Mil

    Black Sports Online "The answer to the Anthony Davis question is no. He had to make at least All-NBA 3rd team to make his extra $24 million and he did not. While he isn’t hurting for cash, you can’t make up $24 million. Damian Lillard though….. Anything else surprise you about the teams? Here is a..." May 26

  • Leonard, Green, Jordan, Bradley, Paul On All-Defensive Team

    Pro Basketball Talk "There wasn’t much consensus among All-Defensive voters, except for this. Kawhi Leonard is really good. The back-to-back reigning Defensive Player of the Year was the only player to appear on every ballot, and he made the first team on all 130. He leads a pretty well-selected group: First..." May 25

  • Craig Sager to receive Jimmy V Award for Perseverance

    College Spun "During the Western Conference Finals, NBA fans can find Craig Sager doing his normal job, handling sideline duties for TNT. Sager, who was given just a few months to live back in March, continues to work the job he loves, even driving hours from chemotherapy treatments to make sure he’s in time..." May 24

  • Mission Impossible: African-Americans & analytics

    The Undefeated "The mission was to find black folks who spend anytime talking about advanced analytics, whose conversations are framed by — or even casually include references to — win shares or effective shooting percentage, WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) or points per 100 possessions. It’s a failed..." May 24

  • Damian Lillard on Plans to Sign Major Rap Deal This Summer (Audio)

    Black Sports Online "Dame D.O.L.L.A is probably the best rapper in the NBA and considering his name recognition it makes sense that major record labels would be interested. But Dame isn’t in a rush and is looking for a particular type of deal according to TMZ. Aaron Goodwin, telling TMZ Sports they’ve approached..." May 24

  • Portland’s Nate Tibbetts to meet about Warriors’ top assistant job

    Yahoo! Sports "Portland Trail Blazers assistant Nate Tibbetts has emerged as a candidate for the Golden State Warriors’ top assistant-coaching job and will meet with Steve Kerr on Monday in Oklahoma City, league sources told The Vertical. Tibbetts and Charlotte assistant Stephen Silas are two of the serious..." May 23

  • Tales from the NBA draft lottery

    ESPN "For a moment in the closed-off lottery drawing room, there is real suspense. The machine with the 14 pingpong balls inside flips on, the balls fly around, and a timekeeper with his back to it waits 20 seconds before raising his hand, the signal for the operator to suck up the first ball. Those..." May 18

  • Count Kevin Durant out (and maybe Dwight Howard in?) for Blazers plans

    Oregonian "Marc Spears of the ESPN's The Undefeated joined the Bald Faced Truth radio show (12-3p on 750-AM and 102.9-FM) to talk about the NBA playoffs, the coaching hires, and why he thinks Kevin Durant is going to stay in Oklahoma City... and how Dwight Howard would be an interesting fit in..." May 17

  • Blazers Offer to Stotts Reported to be Near 5 Years, $20 Million

    Blazer's Edge "Jay Allen of Rip City Radio 620 AM in Portland has reported on his radio show and has tweeted that the Portland Trail Blazers are offering Head Coach Terry Stotts a 5-year deal in the neighborhood of $20 million total to retain his services. Allen's report originally came out on Friday morning...." May 16

  • Memphis Grizzlies granted permission to speak with Portland assistant Nate Tibbetts

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Memphis Grizzlies have been granted permission to interview Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach Nate Tibbetts for their vacant head coach position, league sources informed Tibbetts, 38, is expected to interview with Memphis early next week. Tibbetts is a well-respected..." May 15

  • LeBron James: Terry Stotts ‘Should Have Been’ Coach of the Year

    SLAM Online "The Cleveland Cavaliers have a few days off until the Eastern Conference Finals kick off, giving people plenty of time to get upset—and look for hidden messages—about things LeBron James says. The Cavs superstar gives props to Terry Stotts by saying he should have been named Coach of the Year..." May 14

  • Terry Stotts ‘isn’t a slam dunk’ to return to Trail Blazers

    Blazer's Edge "Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times reported an unexpected rumor coming from the NBA executives at the Draft Combine: That a Blazer contract renewal of Terry Stotts may not be as obvious as expected. " May 14

  • Banged-up Warriors eliminate Blazers, earn a rest

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors limped to the finish line in their Western Conference semifinal series Wednesday night. Hitting the tape first made them feel good. And getting at least four days off before playing again made them feel even better. Stephen Curry..." May 12

  • The inside story of how Damian Lillard became the Blazers’ franchise player

    Yahoo! Sports "When Paul Allen and Neil Olshey walked out of a June meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge, the Portland Trail Blazers’ owner and general manager were uneasy with the two words that had been ominously absent from Aldridge’s lips: Damian Lillard. Before the start of free agency, the exhausting,..." May 12

  • Blazers, Terry Stotts' reps to talk contract extension

    ESPN "After the Portland Trail Blazers closed their season Wednesday with a 125-121 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals, the team's first item of business is to retain coach Terry Stotts, sources say. The Trail Blazers hold a team option for Stotts'..." May 12

  • At the end of a special season, Trail Blazers get a special speech from Paul Allen

    CSN Northwest "It was a season unlike any other for the Trail Blazers, and when it was over Wednesday, owner Paul Allen delivered a speech unlike any other he has at the end of a season. With his voice cracking with emotion, Allen stood before the Blazers and told them he was proud. Proud of how hard they..." May 12

  • Barkley bemoans current NBA: 'Worst I've ever seen'

    The Score "Another day, another retired player complaining about today's game. Charles Barkley made an appearance Wednesday on the Dan Patrick Show to deliver a take down of the modern game. "The NBA is watered down," Barkley said. "The NBA is the worst I’ve ever seen it." Keep in mind Barkley was..." May 11

  • Trail Blazers interest in Dwight Howard would be foolish, per ex-NBA coach

    Oregonian "Long-time NBA coach Herb Brown joined me on the radio show (weekdays 12-3p on 750-AM and 102.9-FM) to talk about the NBA playoffs, the job that Portland coach Terry Stotts has done, and Dwight Howard to Portland rumors. "I think you're courting disaster. He's not a finisher inside. He doesn't..." May 11

  • Curry sets OT scoring record in Warriors' win

    The Sports Xchange "PORTLAND, Ore. -- It was one of those big-moment times that comes along only in the playoffs, and the Golden State Warriors needed a big-moment player. On came Stephen Curry to the rescue. Curry, back after missing the previous four games with a sprained right knee, scored 17 of his 40..." May 10

  • Lillard, Aminu lead Trail Blazers past Warriors In Game 3

    The Sports Xchange "PORTLAND, Ore. -- Al-Farouq Aminu came up big, Damian Lillard was even bigger and the Portland Trail Blazers are alive in the Western Conference semifinals. Lillard bombed in a career playoff-high 40 points and dished out 10 assists to lead the Trail Blazers past the Golden State Warriors..." May 08

  • Blazers F Maurice Harkless limited by bruised right hip

    Columbian "The Portland Trail Blazers season got a jump when they inserted Maurice Harkless into the starting line-up but right now, he’s just not himself. Harkless said that a right hip bruise that he suffered in the first quarter of Game 2 against the Golden State Warriors. Harkless fell on his hip when..." May 08

  • Blazers' Al-Farouq Aminu says he didn't write homophobic tweets

    Blazer's Edge "Earlier this week Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu came under scrutiny as homophobic tweets from 2010 and 2011 surfaced as part of a larger collection of older twitter submissions by NBA players. Today Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN posted a response from Aminu during which he said the..." May 07

  • Tim Donaghy: '100 percent' of NBA refs gamble

    Fox Sports "Whether you believe all his claims or not, few (if any) know the inner workings of the NBA and the role referees play in determining outcomes of games better than Tim Donaghy does. The disgraced former ref worked in the NBA for 13 seasons, until an FBI investigation revealed that he had bet on..." May 05

  • Warriors blitz Blazers in 4th quarter, take 2-0 lead

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Everyone expected the guy who didn't play in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals between the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers eventually to have an impact on the series. But who would have thought that guy would be Warriors backup center Festus..." May 04

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