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  • FAs Signed Now Can’t Be Traded Before Deadline

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement prevents a team from signing a player and then turning around and trading him shortly thereafter. If a club signs a free agent, without having reached an agreement on a sign-and-trade deal, then that club isn’t permitted to trade that player..." November 08

  • NBA To Televise 2019 All-Star Draft

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA and the players’ union have reached an agreement to televise the draft for this season’s All-Star Game, according to a report from Marc Stein and Kevin Draper of The New York Times. Sources tell Stein and Draper that a date for that draft has yet to be scheduled, but..." November 07

  • Trail Blazers Seth Curry still finding his footing

    NBC Sports Northwest "When Seth Curry entered the game late in the first quarter on opening night he was returning to NBA action for the first time in 559 days. A stress fracture in his left leg caused him to miss the entire 2017-18 season, meaning his Portland Trail Blazers debut marked his return to..." November 05

  • A New Rotation Is Bringing the Trail Blazers Success

    Blazer's Edge "The Portland Trail Blazers have had one of the lower scoring bench units in the NBA over the last several seasons. But with a few tweaks and a couple of low-cost signings, that’s changed this season. So far this year, the reserves are ranked in the top-10 in minutes, points,..." November 05

  • How NBA sparked the American sports gambling gold rush

    ESPN "On a Saturday afternoon in October, the race and sportsbook at the Borgata Hotel Casino is packed with horse racing enthusiasts cheering on the ponies. No one is paying attention to what's hanging on the wall, but it's a big deal, a sign of a monumental shift in the American..." November 01

  • '107 is the new 100.' How scoring trends in the NBA are setting a new bar for what a good defense is.

    Los Angeles Times "Washington coach Scott Brooks stood outside the visiting locker room at Staples Center on Monday night, a tinge of defeatism in his voice — and this was before his team allowed the Clippers to score 136 points. The scoring this season is completely rewriting the rules of what a..." October 30

  • Report: NBA to Push Back Opening Night 1 Week for 2019-2020 Season

    Bleacher Report "The 2019-20 NBA season will tip off Oct. 22, 2019, The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor reported Monday. By comparison, the 2018-19 campaign began Oct. 16, when the Boston Celtics hosted the Philadelphia 76ers and the Oklahoma City Thunder hit the road against the..." October 30

  • How Zach Collins has fared with an increased role this season

    NBC Sports Northwest "A lot of the focus this offseason was on Zach Collins and how he would do with an increased responsibility in the wake of Ed Davis’ departure to the Brooklyn Nets. The sophomore big man has several games under his belt at this point, so it begs the question: how’s he done in the..." October 29

  • Maurice Harkless Out Against Pacers

    Blazer's Edge "Trail Blazers forward Maurice Harkless will miss Monday’s game against the Pacers with a left knee injury. Harkless left Saturday’s loss against Miami after playing only 10 minutes. Trail Blazers Reporter Casey Holdahl delivered the..." October 29

  • Damian Lillard responds to heckler by dropping franchise-record 34 points in second half

    Sporting News "  Damian Lillard had to deal with a man who simply wouldn't stop talking in..." October 26

  • Trail Blazers May Become Only NBA Team without a G-League Affiliate

    Blazer's Edge "The New Orleans Pelicans are launching an NBA G-League affiliate in Birmingham, Alabama. The news, reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, removes one of the three remaining holdouts without affiliation. The Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers still..." October 24

  • NBA Execs Looking Ahead To 2019 Free Agency

    Hoops Rumors "Front office executives around the NBA, even on probable playoff teams, are already looking ahead to 2019’s free agent period, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com, who notes that next summer’s group of star free-agents-to-be is generating plenty of early..." October 24

  • The Blockbuster NBA Trades We Want to See This Season

    Bleacher Report "The NBA season is underway. Teams are fighting for initial positioning, stars are asserting themselves as celestial presences and youngsters are trying to carve out larger roles in their rotations. The entertainment level is off the charts. We still want..." October 23

  • Does it have to be ride and die with Lillard and McCollum?

    NBC Sports Northwest "The Portland Trail Blazers backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum has been talked about on the national scene as one of the top duos in the league. Since LaMarucs Aldridge left the Blazers in the summer of 2015, this has been Lillard’s team and the Trail Blazers have relied..." October 23

  • Dame and CJ playing together: "It'll help make us both more efficient"

    NBC Sports Northwest "Coach Terry Stotts said during training camp he was going to take a good look at Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum on the court at the same time this year much more often than in the past few seasons. So far, so good. Saturday night in Moda Center, Lillard and McCollum each..." October 22

  • Maurice Harkless: “I’m preparing like I’m going to play”

    NBC Sports Northwest "Forward Maurice Harkless (left knee) didn't play at all during the Trail Blazers five-game preseason, but he is listed as probable for Thursday's game vs. the Lakers. Harkless told the media on Wednesday his knee is feeling good and he has been preparing as if he..." October 18

  • Damian Lillard Believes Blazers Shouldn’t Be Written Off

    Blazer's Edge "Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard is aware of fans and media casting doubt on Portland’s season and the team’s NBA Playoffs chances. However, he believes in his team, and knows that they’ve been able to pull out playoff berths in five straight..." October 18

  • Vulcan Sports Will Continue To Own Blazers For Now

    Real GM Basketball "The Portland Trail Blazers will continue to be overseen by Vulcan Sports and Entertainment following the death of Paul Allen. “At this point we’re just dealing with the death and we don’t have any imminent announcements,” Vulcan Sports and Entertainment..." October 17

  • LeBron James reportedly wants to play with Damian Lillard

    Silver Screen And Roll "LeBron James sent shockwaves through the NBA when he signed with the Los Angeles Lakersthis summer without another All-Star free agent like Chris Paul or Paul George. He could have pressured the front office to acquire another All-Star like Kawhi..." October 16

  • C.J. McCollum more likely to be moved than Damian Lillard if Portland changes course

    Clutch Points "The Portland Trail Blazers have shown no indication of a willingness to shift gears and move one of their two main cogs in Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, but if they ever decided to, the latter is more likely to be the one heading out the door. Kevin..." October 16

  • Blazers Banking on Evan Turner’s Playmaking

    Blazer's Edge "The Portland Trail Blazers plan to get the most out of Evan Turner this season by making him the lead play-maker on the second unit, a role he excelled in while with the Boston Celtics. Turner is confident in his ability to create, he tells Jason Quick of The..." October 15

  • Blazers Exercise Options On Collins, Swanigan

    Hoops Rumors "The Trail Blazers have exercised their third-year options for the 2019/20 season on big men Zach Collins and Caleb Swanigan, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian tweets. The team has officially confirmed the option decisions. The cap hit on Collins, who will make $3.63MM in his second NBA..." October 15

  • Trail Blazers Cut Payton, Oliver, Onuaku

    Hoops Rumors "The Trail Blazers have waived Gary Payton II, Cameron Oliver and Chinanu Onuaku, according to an official release from the team. The news was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. All three players were on fully non-guaranteed contracts, so Portland won’t be on..." October 13

  • Harkless will probably play vs. Suns -- unless...

    NBC Sports Northwest "Maurice Harkless practiced Tuesday morning. Coach Terry Stotts said Harkless will probably play Wednesday night in Moda Center when the Phoenix Suns show up for a preseason game. Of course, Harkless was listed as probable for Sunday’s preseason contest, too. But once where there..." October 10

  • Seth Curry Is Looking To Get His Career Back On Track After Missing An Entire Year

    Dime Magazine "Imagining how the Portland Trail Blazers’ home matchup against the Golden State Warriors on Dec. 29, 2018 will dramatically end, Twitter user @pdxbrocialite created what is essentially a Trail Blazers fan’s biggest dream in a single tweet. In this hypothetical, Blazers..." October 10

  • Blazers toying with idea of Dame and CJ on court together more often

    NBC Sports Northwest "If it seems as if you’re seeing a little different look from the Portland Trail Blazers during this preseason, well -- that’s because you are. So far, Coach Terry Stotts has almost exclusively used Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum together in the backcourt – which is a..." October 09

  • Giving this Blazer core one more season together is not a bad idea

    NBC Sports Northwest "The biggest complaint I hear from Trail Blazer fans this offseason is that the team didn’t make any major moves. You know,. You've heard it. "Same old, same old," is the refrain. I get it. Fans always want that big free-agent signing or the blockbuster..." October 05

  • Blazers Still Searching For Evan Turner’s ‘Best Fit’

    Blazer's Edge "Evan Turner’s role with the Trail Blazers has been a point of discussion in the lead up to the 2018-19 NBA season. Portland has revamped its bench in hopes of surrounding the former No. 2 overall pick with complementary pieces. Nik Stauskas and Seth..." October 04

  • Is water wet? Not according to Trail Blazers rookie Anfernee Simons -- and he might actually be right

    CBS Sports "If you've been following NBA headlines this week, you know we're just days removed from Kyrie Irving's "Flat Earth" escapades finally coming to an end. Already, however, we've got our next intersection of science and basketball. Portland Trail..." October 03

  • Damian Lillard Could Join Curry, Westbrook, Harden Contract Status This Season

    Bleacher Report "Amid an offseason that's been defined by superstars changing teams—and a training camp already dominated by the standoff between Jimmy Butler and the Minnesota Timberwolves—the Portland Trail Blazers have something rare for a small-market team: buy-in from the..." October 02

  • Sources: CJ McCollum received offseason PRP injection in right knee

    Yahoo! Sports "Portland Trail Blazers star CJ McCollum received a PRP injection during the offseason to relieve pain and alleviate minor swelling in his right knee, league sources told Yahoo Sports. McCollum, 27, has returned to playing at a high level after receiving the treatment..." October 02

  • Report: NBA won't allow Kanye's Yeezy court shoe with reflective panel

    The Score "Adidas' Yeezy basketball shoes will hit the hardwood at some point this season - just not with one design shown in a recent post by creator Kanye West. An industry source told ESPN's Nick DePaula that the sneakers wouldn't be approved as currently presented,..." October 02

  • Zach Collins with his new swagger: Poised for a breakout season?

    NBC Sports Northwest "The signs are everywhere for Portland's youngest big man.  The added 20 pounds to the 7-foot frame. Going from having the nickname “Big Skinny” to asking the question, “can he play the 5?” There’s no doubt it’s been a..." October 01

  • Jusuf Nurkic is happy to be back in Portland --where a guy can get a good cup of coffee in peace.

    NBC Sports Northwest "Jusuf Nurkic is happy to be back in Portland --where a guy can get a good cup of coffee in peace. “When I’m here, nobody bothers me that much,” he said Thursday after practice. “At home (in Bosnia) I can’t get my free time. Here it’s more..." September 28

  • Seth Curry’s Worth Outweighs His Contract

    Blazer's Edge "NBA Free Agency, 2018 proved to be a challenge for the Portland Trail Blazers. With most of their funds already tied up in long-term deals, they went hunting for quality players on the cheap. Along with a minimum deal to bring in Nik Stauskas, Portland agreed to a 2-year, $2.75..." September 28

  • Trail Blazers gambling that youth (and shooting) can keep them afloat

    Pro Basketball Talk "On paper, and from a distance, it doesn’t appear that the Portland Trail Blazers have become much better over the summer. The largest contract for a new player that general manager Neil Olshey handed out was to Seth Curry for $2.8 million. Hoping to find a veteran either by..." September 28

  • The truth is that the Trail Blazers need to pass the ball, and they know it

    NBC Sports Northwest "Training camp has barely begun but already those around the Portland Trail Blazers organization have made clear what they hope will change on the offensive side of the ball this season. Along with coach Terry Stotts, GM Neil Olshey made it a point during media availability to talk about what..." September 27

  • Moe Harkless vows to be back for season-opener after knee injury

    Clutch Points "Despite knowing he had yet to recover from a March knee surgery, Portland Trail Blazers forward Moe Harkless vowed to be back for the season-opener. “I’ll be back,” Moe Harkless said on Wednesday, according to Jason Quick of The Athletic...." September 27

  • Fans can purchase 4th quarter of NBA games on League Pass

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print The NBA announced on Thursday that fans can, for the first time, purchase a portion of an in-progress game to watch. Fans will be able to purchase the remainder of any..." September 27

  • Damian Lillard is Playing for a Quarter of a Billion Dollar Contract This Season

    Blazer's Edge "This feels insane given that he’s not a free agent until 2021, but it’s time to start talking about Damian Lillard’s next maximum contract extension with the Portland Trail Blazers. Specifically, if Lillard makes the All-NBA team again this season..." September 25

  • New lottery rules change tanking incentives, starting this season

    Pro Basketball Talk "To paraphrase Jerry Tarkanian, the NBA is so mad at the 76ers, it’ll keep the Hawks losing another couple years. The NBA finally enacted lottery reform that will take effect this season. The measures appeared designed to curb Sam Hinkie’s ambitious..." September 23

  • Report: Rockets, 76ers, Trail Blazers among teams probing deal for Jimmy Butler

    The Score "Jimmy Butler's seemingly imminent exit from the Minnesota Timberwolves is already attracting a slew of suitors. The Brooklyn Nets, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Philadelphia 76ers, and Portland..." September 23

  • Trail Blazers Success in 2018 Revolves Around Youth

    Blazer's Edge "When Damian Lillard took over the Portland Trail Blazers in 2015-16, a “rebuild on the fly” mentality was adopted to keep the team competitive by plugging in players that worked to fill roles. Al-Farouq Aminu was pegged as a starting forward, Ed Davis was meant to be a reliable..." September 22

  • The Blazers May Face Some Tough Questions If They Suffer Another Early-Round Playoff Exit

    Dime Magazine "For the past decade or so, the Portland Trail Blazers haven’t necessarily been a good barometer for what a successful season looks like. They’ve always been a little queasy about the building process, and the result has been exactly what we’ve seen for the past 5-6 years: A..." September 21

  • NBA announces three rule changes for 2018-19 season

    247 Sports "Some changes will be coming to the NBA for the 2018-19 season.  According to a press release from the league office, the NBA's Board of Governors unanimously voted to pass three rule changes for the 2018-19 season. The tweaks include a change to the shot clock..." September 21

  • Report: Silver memo encourages teams to put more women in leadership roles

    The Score "NBA commissioner Adam Silver sent a memo "strongly" encouraging all 30 teams to increase the number of women in their organizations in general, including in leadership roles, and improve reporting processes for sexual harassment, sources told The Athletic's Shams..." September 21

  • Blazers sign multi-year deal for jersey ad

    NBC Sports Northwest "The Portland Trail Blazers have signed a corporate partnership agreement for a patch on their uniform jerseys. And you could say, if you wish, it’s kind of a cool patch. The Trail Blazers this season will wear “BiOFREEZE” on the upper left portion of their..." September 19

  • Trail Blazers spend to keep problems from compounding, but not enough to get better

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Trail Blazers didn’t extend Shabazz Napier his $3,452,308 qualifying offer, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent. Portland replaced him with Seth Curry, who signed for $2,795,000 for one year. It appeared to be a cost-cutting swap. But Napier..." September 11

  • At least 18 NBA players will play for home country in FIBA World Cup qualifiers this month

    Pro Basketball Talk "We’ve focused mostly on the big names not taking part — Giannis Antetokounmpo, Danilo Gallinari, Marco Belinelli, any notable player for Team USA — in the September qualifying window for FIBA’s World Cup next season. If you..." September 10

  • Trail Blazers will start pre-camp workouts without Aminu & Nurkic who head to FIBA

    NBC Sports Northwest "When the Portland Trail Blazers get together for pre-camp workouts soon, they are going to be without two players who were starters last season. And those two players could be missing right up to or past the start of training camp on Sept. 25. Al-Farouq Aminu (Nigeria) and Jusuf..." September 07