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  • Trail Blazers Waive Georgios Papagiannis

    Hoops Rumors "The Trail Blazers have waived former lottery pick Georgios Papagiannis, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (via Twitter). It’s the second time this year that Papagiannis will hit the waiver wire. Papagiannis, the 13th overall pick in the 2016 draft, spent a..." July 18

  • Georgios Papagiannis May Return To Europe

    Hoops Rumors "After two unproductive NBA seasons, Georgios Papagiannis is considering a return to the EuroLeague, according to Aharale Weisberg of Walla, an Israeli news site. Papagiannis is still under contract with the Trail Blazers, but his $1,544,951 salary for next season..." July 15

  • NBA Teams With 2018/19 Cap Room Remaining

    Hoops Rumors "Last Wednesday, we noted that only three NBA teams still had significant cap room available. Depending on your definition of “significant,” that’s still the case. One of those three teams – the Kings – made a player for another’s..." July 12

  • Adam Silver Says NBA Free Agency Will Be Moved to Earlier Time Next Summer

    Bleacher Report "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is apparently aware his league's offseason generates plenty of buzz and is ready to move up the start of free agency accordingly. According to Sam Amick of USA Today, Silver said the start of free agency will be earlier than..." July 11

  • Move to eliminate NBA one-and-done rule gaining momentum, commissioner Adam Silver says

    USA Today "The NBA’s one-and-done rule is unofficially done. Commissioner Adam Silver made it clear on Tuesday that there is growing support for a change that would allow players to enter the league at the age of 18 rather than require them to play one year of college basketball – or..." July 11

  • Michele Roberts on N.B.A. Competitive Imbalance: Don’t Blame the Players

    New York Times "Michele Roberts has heard the complaints about the N.B.A.’s best team, the Golden State Warriors, signing an All-Star. She has heard the whining about the league’s best player, LeBron James, moving westward in the first week of free agency. She has seen fans and pundits proclaim the..." July 09

  • Lillard dismisses rumors he wants out of Portland: 'I'm not unhappy'

    The Score "Damian Lillard's heart lies in Rip City. With rumors and insider scoops circulating linking the All-Star point guard to the new-look Los Angeles Lakers, Lillard made it abundantly clear on Sunday that he's a Portland Trail Blazer through and..." July 09

  • Lillard would prefer the Knicks if traded

    The Sports Daily "After a couple of controversial tweets and rumors,  the newest name to pop up in trade ideas is Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard. It was reported the Lakers would be immediate players for a potential trade for the Blazers star if they cannot get Leonard. But, LA might not be..." July 07

  • Jusuf Nurkic re-signs with Portland Trail Blazers on 4-year, $48 million deal

    Oregonian "The Trail Blazers' biggest free agent is returning to Portland. The team on Friday agreed to a 4-year, $48 million contract with restricted free agent Jusuf Nurkic, a league source confirmed to The Oregonian/OregonLive, ensuring the Blazers' starting center could remain..." July 07

  • Trail Blazers Sign Gary Trent Jr.

    Hoops Rumors "The Trail Blazers have signed second-round pick Gary Trent Jr., the team announced on its website. The contract is fully guaranteed for three years, tweets Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. Portland will likely use part of its mid-level exception to complete the..." July 06

  • Damian Lillard doesn’t shoot down idea of a Lakers trade

    New York Post "Damian Lillard doesn’t want to be traded to LeBron James’ Lakers. But he isn’t exactly shooting the idea down. When asked on Twitter on Wednesday if he would be happy should the Blazers deal him to LA, Lillard replied, “I’m typically a happy..." July 06

  • Zach Collins suffers broken nose

    NBC Sports Northwest "Trail Blazers forward Zach Collins suffered a broken nose Tuesday in the final minutes of Summer League practice.  Playing in a scrimmage, Collins was guarding Caleb Swanigan when their two heads collided.  "He was making a move in the post and trying to..." July 05

  • Trail Blazers Sign Guard Nik Stauskas "The Portland Trail Blazers have signed free agent guard Nik Stauskas, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey. Stauskas, 24, holds career averages of 7.0 points (38.6% FG, 34.9% 3-PT, 80.1% FT), 2.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 21.1 minutes in 267 games..." July 05

  • Blazers’ Damian Lillard says forming superteams is not his style

    Clutch Points "The Golden State Warriors’ acquisition of DeMarcus Cousins has put the NBA and its players on tilt, as the rich just get richer, further stretching the disparity between some of the elite teams in the league. The Lakers, who are fresh off acquiring LeBron James on a..." July 04

  • Lakers Considering Trades for John Wall, Damian Lillard Among Other All-Stars

    The Big Lead "The Lakers potentially trading for Kawhi Leonard is getting all the buzz, but could they end up trading for another all-star? According to Chris Sheridan, the Lakers are considering trading for several big names: “A number of trade options are being considered by Lakers..." July 03

  • Demarcus Cousins sign-and-trade with Blazers was discussed with Pelicans

    Clutch Points "Prior to DeMarcus Cousins‘ coming to terms with the Golden State Warriors just mere hours ago for essentially pennies to the dollar, the New Orleans Pelicanswere actually discussing a sign-and-trade with the Portland Trailblazers, as ESPN’s Chris Haynes..." July 03

  • Trail Blazers Sign Rookie Anfernee Simons "The Portland Trail Blazers have signed guard Anfernee Simons, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey. The Trail Blazers selected Simons with the 24th overall pick in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft. " July 03

  • Trail Blazers' Seth Curry: Agrees to two-year deal with Trail Blazers

    CBS Sports "Curry agreed Monday to a two year deal with the Trail Blazers, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. After missing the entire 2017-18 season in Dallas with a leg injury, Curry will join Portland and look to pick up where he left off prior to suffering the injury. " July 02

  • Why didn’t Neil Olshey and the Blazers re-sign Ed Davis?

    Pro Basketball Talk "Ed Davis is no longer a member of the Portland Trail Blazers after signing a $4.4 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets. Meanwhile, the Blazers are still $9 million over the salary cap, and with looming deals for Jusuf Nurkic and a sizable trade exception that expires at the end of July, the..." July 02

  • NBA salary cap expected to spike considerably after next season

    Sportsnaut "The NBA released its 2018-19 salary cap on Saturday evening, mere hours prior to the start of free agency. As expected, the cap has been set at $101.9 million with a luxury tax threshold of $123.7 million. It’s expected that the market this summer for non-stars is going to be..." July 01

  • Ed Davis Reportedly Agrees to Terms with Nets on 1-Year, $4.4 Million Contract

    Bleacher Report "Free-agent center Ed Davis and the Brooklyn Nets reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year, $4.4 million deal Saturday, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.  Davis spent the last three years with the Portland Trail Blazers solidifying..." July 01

  • Trail Blazers, Nik Stauskas agree to free agent deal

    Oregonian "The Portland Trail Blazers' first move in free agency will not be a splashy one. The Blazers on Saturday agreed to a 1-year deal with unrestricted free agent Nik Stauskas, according to agent Mark Bartelstein, adding the 6-foot-6 former lottery pick to a bench that will..." July 01

  • Blazers Won’t Give Shabazz Napier Qualifying Offer

    Hoops Rumors "The Trail Blazers will not extend a qualifying offer to point guard Shabazz Napier, making him an unrestricted free agent, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports tweets. It’s somewhat surprising the Blazers would not make the qualifying offer for a rotation player,..." June 29

  • After qualifying offer, Blazers will make Nurkic first free-agent priority

    NBC Sports Northwest "The Trail Blazers have confirmed they extended a qualifying offer, as expected, to center Jusuf Nurkic Wednesday, making him a restricted free agent. It is believed he will be the team's first priority when free agency opens July 1. The qualifying offer is $4.75 million for one..." June 27

  • Blazers Tender Qualifying Offer To Jusuf Nurkic

    Hoops Rumors "The Trail Blazers have issued a qualifying offer to Jusuf Nurkic, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (via Twitter). The offer ensures that Nurkic will be a restricted free agent when the new league year begins this weekend. Nurkic, acquired by Portland before the..." June 27

  • New Blazers' guard Anfernee Simons eager to show he wasn't a wasted pick

    NBC Sports Northwest "A 19-year-old who bypassed college, Anfernee Simons was regarded as perhaps the surprise first-round pick of the NBA Draft last week. After the Trail Blazers selected him with the 24th overall pick, he was called a project. A risk. A gamble. Quiet to the point of being..." June 26

  • After 'therapeutic year,' free agent Gerald Henderson ready to contribute after rare surgery

    USA Today "Gerald Henderson handled the hip pain on the basketball court, playing multiple seasons with severe arthritis. But he had enough of the pain that drifted into his everyday life. “My hip had deteriorated so much, it was bone on bone,” he said. “It was..." June 26

  • 5 Players Who Should Be on the Trade Block After 2018 NBA Draft

    Bleacher Report "Now that the 2018 NBA draft has passed, the offseason's other big shoe, free agency, is ready begin its descent July 1. In the interim—or even afterward—trades could keep things interesting.  Some teams could feel pressure to deal a critical player..." June 25

  • Despite pick tipping, NBA Draft draws fifth best overnight rating on record

    Awful Announcing "Thursday night’s NBA Draft was not the spoiler-free affair the league hoped for, but that doesn’t seem to have held back ratings much. Austin Karp of Sports Business Daily reports Friday that ESPN and ESPN2’s draft coverage combined for..." June 22

  • Portland Trail Blazers acquire Gary Trent Jr. in draft-night trade

    Oregonian "The Portland Trail Blazers added a little NBA lineage and a whole lot of shooting Thursday night in the second round of the NBA draft. The Blazers, who entered the draft with just one pick, acquired the draft rights to Duke guard Gary Trent Jr. in a trade..." June 22

  • Anfernee Simons Drafted by Trail Blazers; Twitter Lauds 'Gifted' Scoring Ability

    Bleacher Report "Anfernee Simons got one step closer to fulfilling his dream of playing in the NBA as the Portland Trail Blazers selected him with the No. 24 overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft Thursday night. Evan Daniels of 247Sports liked the move. Simons took a unique path..." June 21

  • Kemba Walker, C.J. McCollum deals unlikely due to Cavs’ inflated roster

    Cavs Nation "The Cleveland Cavaliers will need to pull off the proverbial rabbit out of their hat if they hope to keep hometown hero LeBron James in town this summer, but attracting big names could prove more difficult than ever. Joe Vardon of explained just how ugly the..." June 12

  • Lonzo Ball, JR Smith Lead Betting Odds for Next NBA'er Busted for Burner Account

    Bleacher Report "Burner social media accounts are apparently all the rage in the NBA. Just ask former Philadelphia 76ers general manager Bryan Colangelo and Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant. And now, you can bet on which player will be caught using one..." June 08

  • LeBron James takes shot at Blazers for not drafting Kevin Durant

    Larry Brown Sports "LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers have become the punchline of many jokes during these NBA Finals, so you can’t blame the three-time NBA champ for trying to deflect some of that attention elsewhere. While meeting with reporters on Thursday, LeBron was asked if he knew..." June 07

  • Trail Blazers bring in a wild card: Teenage guard Anfernee Simons

    NBC Sports Northwest "After working out for Chicago and Phoenix, teenager Anfernee Simons said his performance Monday with the Trail Blazers was his best yet.  “I made shots, showed I could play the game, showed I could do the little things,’’ said Simons, who turns 19 on..." June 04

  • NBA Rumors: Bosnian site says center Jusuf Nurkic is leaving Portland Trail Blazers

    Clutch Points "The Portland Trail Blazers don’t have too many options to look at in free agency, but one of the things they’re expected to do is sign center Jusuf Nurkic to a long-term deal. Nurkic, the Bosnian center who just wrapped up his fourth NBA season, finished his..." June 04

  • NBA To Experiment With Coach Challenges During Summer League

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA will use this July’s Las Vegas Summer League to test out a new coach’s challenge system for referees’ calls, sources tell ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. According to Windhorst, league officials are still working out the exact details of how the system will work,..." June 04

  • NBA Explains Why They Will Seek Royalty From Sports Betting

    Real GM Basketball "Adam Silver expounded on the NBA's position on seeking a royalty from legal sports betting now that it will be widely legalized in the United States. "One of the issues we had on the table and have been seeking is a so-called integrity fee," said Silver. "And the..." June 01

  • NBA Commissioner Adam Silver: No anthem policy alterations needed

    San Francisco Gate "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday the league has no plans to change its longtime policy requiring players to stand for the national anthem, in the wake of the NFL adopting a similar rule last week. The NFL’s decision followed a tumultuous season in which several players..." June 01

  • NBA Still Not Interested In Pursuing Expansion

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA continues to resist the idea of expansion despite an obvious location in Seattle and strong candidates in Las Vegas, Mexico City and Kansas City. "As I said before, expansion is not on our agenda right now. We may turn back to it at some point," said Silver when..." June 01

  • Joel Embiid, DeMar DeRozan to headline NBA Africa Game 2018

    247 Sports "The NBA released some details about the third NBA Africa Game on Thursday, including the date and location of the event.  From the NBA:  "The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA)..." May 31

  • Who The Portland Trail Blazers Should Target In The 2018 NBA Draft

    Dime Magazine "While teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder, Minnesota Timberwolves and even Utah Jazz received (much) more attention, the Portland Trail Blazers finished with the third-best record in the Western Conference this season. Of course, things did not end well for Damian Lillard and company with a..." May 31

  • C.J. McCollum Suggests Joel Embiid Leave Sixers Amid Bryan Colangelo Drama

    NESN "If you took the night off from Twitter, well, you’ve got a lot of catching up to do. The Ringer published a bombshell report Tuesday night alleging Philadelphia 76ers general manager Bryan Colangelo used multiple dummy Twitter accounts to criticize high-profile members..." May 30

  • Damian Lillard calls out ‘clown’ Blazers writer over report

    Larry Brown Sports "Damian Lillard is going after a local Portland writer over a recent report. John Canzano of The Oregonian reported on Thursday that the Blazers guard, who just earned First Team All-NBA honors, requested a follow-up meeting with team owner Paul Allen. Canzano quoted a league source in..." May 25

  • Damian Lillard denies report of wanting meeting with owner

    Clutch Points "Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard is denying a report that he requested to meet with team owner Paul Allen to talk about some stuff. The Oregonian‘s John Canzano was the first to report the meeting. That was, well, until Damian Lillard took to the..." May 25

  • Damian Lillard Reportedly Requests Meeting with Trail Blazers Owner Paul Allen

    Bleacher Report "Damian Lillard is reportedly seeking another meeting with Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen.  Per John Canzano of the Oregonian, one NBA front office source said Thursday that the All-Star point guard has put in a request to speak..." May 25

  • James Harden, LeBron James headline 2017-18 All-NBA First Team

    Sporting News "The NBA on Thursday announced James Harden, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard and Kevin Durant have been named to the 2017-18 All-NBA First Team. May 24