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  • 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

  • Damian Lillard wants to be with Trail Blazers for life

    Oregonian "Damian Lillard is 'on board' to be a lifetime member of the Portland Trail Blazers, but also knows the NBA is a business and a player's situation with any organization can quickly become complicated.  In an interview with Michael Scotto of The..." September 06

  • Damian Lillard May Have Broken Chris Haynes’ Move To Yahoo Sports From ESPN

    Dime Magazine "In late July, Michael McCarthy of Sporting News reported that ESPN insider Chris Haynes would be hitting “free agency” in the sports media world. The intrepid reporter’s contract was reportedly expiring before the start of the 2018-19 season and, with the recent move..." September 05

  • Trail Blazers To Sign Onuaku, Oliver, Payton

    Hoops Rumors "Three free agents are set to join the Trail Blazers on training camp deals, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link), who reports that Chinanu Onuaku, Cameron Oliver, and Gary Payton II have all reached agreements with Portland. Onuaku, a 2016 second-round pick,..." September 03

  • NBA's No. 1 Options Who Would Be Better Off as Sidekicks

    Bleacher Report "In the perfect-world NBA, all player roles fit like skinny jeans and prove ideal vehicles for their abilities. In the actual Association, roster construction and team dynamics often force players into roles that either mask their full range of skills or ask too much of..." August 29

  • The NBA Will Remove Restrictions On What Color Sneakers Players Can Wear Next Season

    Dime Magazine "For quite some time, the NBA has led the way when it comes to player expression and individualism, especially when compared to other major American sports. Players are generally entertaining on social media, fashion before and after games has been a point of popular monitoring, and the..." August 29

  • Evan Turner convinced Jusuf Nurkic is lying about his age

    Clutch Points "Evan Turner of the Portland Trail Blazers greeted his teammate Jusuf Nurkic for his 24th birthday. But the guard believes that the big man is lying about his age. Turner greeted Nurkic via Twitter and Instagram. He sent him some warm regards but gave him a..." August 24

  • Hawks, Nets Carrying Most 2018/19 Dead Money

    Hoops Rumors "Nearly two-thirds of the NBA’s 30 teams are carrying some sort of “dead money” on their salary cap for 2018/19. This dead money is created as a result of having, at some point, waived a player who had guaranteed money left on his contract. In some cases, teams are..." August 23

  • Shorter reset of shot clock after offensive rebound among likely NBA rules changes, report says

    CBS Sports "The NBA is expected to pass three different rule changes next month during the Board of Governors meeting, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.  Most notable among the changes, is that after an offensive rebound, the shot clock will only reset to 14, instead of giving the..." August 23

  • Seth Curry scrimmages 5-on-5 for first time in 10 months

    NBC Sports Northwest "Over the weekend, Portland Trail Blazers guard Seth Curry posted a video to his Instagram account of him proving he is healthy and ready to go with the caption that reads, “first time playing 5-on-5 in 10 months.” Curry missed the entire 2017-18 season, after dealing..." August 21

  • Some NBA Owners Want Access To Mental Health Records Of Players

    Real GM Basketball "The public announcements from Kevin Love and DeMar DeRozan on their struggles with mental health have prompted action from Adam Silver and Michele Roberts. The National Basketball Players Association to hire Dr. William Parham as its first director of mental health and..." August 20

  • CJ McCollum Can Stop Whining About and Being Jealous of Super Teams, They're Great for the NBA

    The Big Lead "CJ McCollum, a nice shooting guard who has yet to be named an All-Star, is doing a strong job keeping his name in the headlines this summer, which I guess is three-fold: 1) He started a podcast, and he wants clicks; 2) His Blazers were embarrassingly swept in the 1st round of the playoffs, and..." August 18

  • CJ McCollum thinks it’s ‘disgusting’ to see ring chasers join the Warriors

    Clutch Points "Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard C.J. McCollum isn’t one to hide his feelings towards Western Conference rival Golden State Warriors. After having Warriors forward Kevin Durant on his personal podcast late last month, McCollum was later called..." August 15

  • NBA Insider Shams Charania Leaves Yahoo Sports for The Athletic

    Bleacher Report "One of the biggest names in the basketball world has found a new home. On Tuesday, NBA reporter Shams Charania announced that he will join The Athletic and Stadium: "I am excited to announce I am joining The Athletic and Stadium as the lead Senior..." August 14

  • NBA may play 2019 preseason game in India

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA has been working to make inroads in India — it’s nation far more fixated on Cricket, field hockey, and soccer, but it has a lot of youth playing basketball at schools, and it has the second largest population of any country in the world (nearly 1.4 billion..." August 14

  • NBA teams with the most nationally televised games in 2018-19

    247 Sports "The NBA schedule for the upcoming 2018-19 season was officially released in full on Friday, and it features 2,460 total games - a whole lot of basketball.  Between ESPN, ABC, TNT, and NBA TV there will be no shortage of games to see on the screen throughout the '18-19..." August 12

  • Kawhi Leonard Will Return To San Antonio In January And More Highlights From The 2018-19 NBA Schedule

    Dime Magazine "Earlier this week, the NBA revealed the schedules and television information for its three marquee regular season dates: Opening night (with the entire televised opening week schedule included), Christmas Day, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Fast forward to Friday afternoon and the league..." August 10

  • NBA's Nik Stauskas Passes The Rock To GF, Will You Marry Me?!

    TMZ "NBA guard Nik Stauskas just took the biggest shot of his life ... and SCORED -- 'cause his smokin' hot girlfriend said yes to marriage!! The new Trail Blazers stud just met Alexandra Brynn last August ... but things heated up quickly -- with Nik popping the..." August 10

  • Best Free Agents Still Available That Teams Need to Pounce On

    Bleacher Report "Believe it or not, NBA free agency isn't over yet. The marquee players have already gone about their business, but some noteworthy names remain on the market. None of them have the leverage necessary to broker huge deals, which is part of their charm. They pack a..." August 09

  • How much does scorekeeper bias affect NBA box scores?

    The Score "Statistics are meant to be objective. But it's always worth remembering how they're recorded: by an employee of an NBA team. Each NBA team employs a scorekeeping crew, whose job is to watch each game in real time and instantly categorize and credit every play in an official..." August 07

  • A 2016 salary cap spike helped the Warriors and hurt the NBA. Worse, nobody saw that coming.

    Washington Post "A month into the NBA’s annual free agency period, many available players have had to scrounge for whatever they can get or opt into existing deals. After teams’ wild spending in 2016, there simply isn’t enough money to go around. A decision made in 2015 by the..." August 07

  • Trail Blazers president Neil Olshey on Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum: ‘We’re keeping the core together’

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Trail Blazers have won 54% of their games in Damian Lillard‘s and C.J. McCollum‘s three years starting together. But Portland has gotten swept in the first round the last two years. In the prior year, the Trail Blazers beat the Clippers only after Chris Paul and Blake Griffin..." August 03

  • Why these six teams decided not to make any big moves this offseason

    CBS Sports "Now that the dust has settled on the offseason, it's time to catch up on some teams that we haven't talked about much because they didn't do a whole lot. Continuity can be great if it helps a team grow, but nobody wants to be seen as stagnant. We'll start in Miami, where next to..." August 03

  • Lillard says Durant, McCollum should settle differences with a call

    The Score "With most of America's best basketball talents in Las Vegas for the USA Basketball men's team minicamp, it was inevitable the conversation would turn to today's hottest drama: The back-and-forth between Kevin Durant and CJ McCollum on Twitter, stemming..." July 27

  • As deadline passes,Trail Blazers don't use that trade exception -- surprised?

    NBC Sports Northwest "The deadline for the Portland Trail Blazers to use that $12.9 million Traded Player Exception it received in the Allen Crabbe trade with Brooklyn expired at the end of the business day today. The Trail Blazers did not use it. If you were surprised it wasn't used, you haven't..." July 26

  • Kevin Durant And C.J. McCollum Escalated Their Apparent ‘Feud’ On Twitter

    Dime Magazine "The Golden State Warriors proved that they weren’t invincible in the playoffs this year when they found themselves down 3-2 to the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals. But ultimately, the fates intervened on their behalf in the form of Chris Paul injury, thus clearing a path..." July 26

  • Damian Lillard Says He's The Best Rapper In The NBA

    TMZ "Sorry, Iman, Bron and Lonzo ... Damian Lillard says he's better than ALL OF YOU when it comes to best ballin' rappers in the NBA!! The Blazers superstar -- aka Dame D.O.L.L.A. behind the mic -- didn't mince words when we asked him at LAX..." July 26

  • C.J. McCollum Got Tormented By Kevin Durant On His Own Podcast

    Deadspin "Behold: a conversation between two NBA players in which Kevin Durant somehow does not emerge as the whingy and corny one. On today’s episode of his Pull Up podcast, C.J. McCollum speaks honestly about his frustrations with DeMarcus Cousins’s move to the Warriors, only to..." July 25

  • Cavs rejected offers from Heat, Hornets, Blazers for Kevin Love

    Cavs Nation "Kevin Love now has a chance to show that he can lead a team by himself — again. Following the departure of LeBron James this summer to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, Love is left as the only remnant of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Big Three of that featured him, James, and Kyrie..." July 25

  • How Teams Are Using 2018/19 Mid-Level Exceptions

    Hoops Rumors "In addition to receiving nearly $102MM in cap room and being allowed to surpass that threshold in order to sign players using Bird Rights or the minimum salary exception, each NBA team also receives a mid-level exception. The value of this exception varies depending on a..." July 23

  • 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