Trail Blazers Rumors & News

  • 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 Cleveland.com 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

  • Gobert, Davis, Oladipo, Holiday, Covington On 2018 NBA All-Defensive Team

    Real GM Basketball "Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz and Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans lead the 2017-18 NBA All-Defensive First Team. Gobert was voted to the NBA All-Defensive First Team for the second year in a row, as selected by a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters.  The..." May 23

  • Neil Olshey: Blazers Discussed 'Big Trade' Involving Multiple Picks Last Summer

    Bleacher Report "Portland Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey said Monday the organization was involved in high-profile trade talks last summer that would have included multiple NBA draft picks. Olshey talked about the possible deal and the drawbacks of making..." May 23

  • Miami guard Bruce Brown heads to Blazers workout fueled by a memory

    NBC Sports Northwest "When Bruce Brown, who was a standout guard at the University of Miami, visits Portland in June for a draft workout with the Trail Blazers, there is a good chance a certain memory will be fueling him. When he was 8 and living in Boston, he remembers huddling in the kitchen with his mom..." May 22

  • CJ McCollum calls Cavs one of worst defensive teams he has ever faced

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Cavaliers haven’t exactly been a defensive juggernaut this season, but one star player thinks that they are historically bad on that end. Speaking during an episode of his “Pull Up” podcast on Tuesday, Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum put the..." May 22

  • Mitchell, Simmons Voted Unanimous All-Rookie First Teamers

    SLAM Online "Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Sixers guard Ben Simmons were voted as unanimous NBA All-Rookie First Team selections, the NBA announced on Tuesday. Celtics wing Jayson Tatum would have been unanimous First-Team, if not for one Second-Team..." May 22

  • NBA playoffs mired in worst pre-Finals competitive-game drought ever

    Pro Basketball Talk "Exciting games. Clutch plays. Close finishes. Remember those? The NBA playoffs have hit a lull. It has been 11 days since the last game decided by fewer than 10 points. Longer competitive-game droughts have occurred – though not many, and never before..." May 22

  • Four potential Jusuf Nurkic landing spots in free agency

    Hoops Hype "A relatively athletic, young big man coming off a career year in which he averaged 14.3 points and 9.0 rebounds, Jusuf Nurkic should have an interesting market once he hits restricted free agency this offseason. The 7-foot Bosnian has displayed some scoring ability..." May 22

  • Trail Blazers take unorthodox approach to evaluating players pre-draft

    Yardbarker "The Trail Blazers took an unorthodox approach to the NBA Draft Combine by giving a prominent role to their sports psychologist, writes Jason Quick of NBA Sports Northwest. Dana Sinclair has been working with the team for the past seven years and her role has evolved to coordinating..." May 20

  • Creighton's Khyri Thomas and Trail Blazers appear to have mutual interest

    NBC Sports Northwest "On Friday, the Trail Blazers will meet with guard Khyri Thomas at the NBA Combine, which will hold some significance for the Creighton standout.  CJ McCollum, the Blazers’ star shooting guard, is one of the players Thomas says he most admires and models his offensive game..." May 18

  • Blazers GM Neil Olshey Thought The Team Was ‘Too Conservative’ At The Trade Deadline

    Uproxx "The Portland Trail Blazers had an outstanding regular season, surprising many en route to a 49-33 record and the three seed in the loaded Western Conference. But once the postseason rolled around, the Blazers weren’t able to get the job done, as Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday, and the New..." May 18

  • 2018 NBA Draft Picks By Team

    Hoops Rumors "While the Sixers were knocked out of the 2018 playoffs in the Eastern Conference Semifinals by the underdog Celtics, few teams are better positioned in this year’s draft than Philadelphia. The 76ers own six of the 60 picks in the 2018 NBA draft, including a pair of..." May 17

  • NBA Owners To Gain From Legalized Sports Betting, Players Could Be Next

    Hoops Rumors "New Jersey is expected to offer sports bets by the end of the month and many states will likely open up their own shops in the coming months. It’s a huge win for the gambling community and those in the gaming industry, but it’s also a huge win for owners of NBA..." May 16

  • Here Are The Odds For Every Team (And Every Pick) In The 2018 NBA Draft Lottery

    Dime Magazine "The 2018 NBA Draft order will finally be set on Tuesday night when the league completes its annual Draft Lottery to determine who gets the first 14 picks of the first round. The Phoenix Suns hold the top spot in the lottery, earning themselves a 25 percent at landing the top pick, but..." May 15

  • Decision to keep Nurkic has large price tag attached

    Yardbarker "The Trail Blazers should resist the temptation to spend big on free agent center Jusuf Nurkic, writes Dan Favale of Bleacher Report. Portland is already in a dicey cap situation with more than $110MM committed for next season and little relief coming until the summer of 2020. Favale’s advice is..." May 13

  • Report: Aldridge called Lillard, asked for trade back to Blazers

    KGW "Well, this is a fun one. Bleacher Report’s Ken Berger wrote a piece on Thursday about the tumultuous relationship between Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs. No, he didn’t suggest the organization trades Leonard to the Portland Trail Blazers — I took care of that last week. But there was..." May 10

  • "Get Up!" CJ McCollum lays out what went wrong for the Blazers

    NBC Sports Northwest ""You had to bring the broom." CJ McCollum joined the folks of "Get Up!" on ESPN2 Tuesday morning to discuss the NBA playoffs and the Trail Blazers recent exit from them, where one of the hosts, Jalen Rose, taunted CJ with a broom before a segment in which they broke down game film from the..." May 08

  • Report: Blazers 'prefer to keep' Terry Stotts as their head coach

    Hoops Hype "While the Portland Trail Blazers were rumored to potentially move on from head coach Terry Stotts, this seems to no longer be the case. According to an update from Marc Stein, who originally reported that Stotts could be available, the Trail Blazers are expected to stick with their head coach..." May 02

  • Hornets Interviewing Blazers’ David Vanterpool

    Hoops Rumors "Trail Blazers assistant coach David Vanterpool has received permission to interview for another head coaching job, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who reports (via Twitter) that Vanterpool is a candidate for the Hornets’ job. Charlotte is meeting with the Blazers assistant today,..." May 01

  • Orlando Magic will interview David Vanterpool for their coaching vacancy

    Orlando Sentinel "In the first overt sign of movement in the Orlando Magic’s coaching search, the team has received permission from the Portland Trail Blazers to interview Trail Blazers assistant coach David Vanterpool, an NBA source confirmed to the Orlando Sentinel. Vanterpool, 45, has worked for the Blazers..." April 28

  • Hawks Get Permission To Meet With Blazers’ Tibbetts

    Hoops Rumors "The Hawks have been granted permission by the Trail Blazers to meet with Portland assistant coach Nate Tibbetts, league sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link). Wojnarowski describes Tibbetts as a “serious” candidate to fill Atlanta’s head coaching vacancy. Tibbetts, who was..." April 27

  • Report: Blazers assistants linked to Atlanta Hawks vacancy

    NBC Sports Northwest "Could the Trail Blazers lose an integral part of their coaching staff this offseason? According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, that's a possibility. The Atlanta Hawks mutually parted ways with their head coach Mike Budenholzer Wednesday, which sparked immediate speculation as to who his..." April 26

  • Report: NBA eyeing 2020 as earliest draft allowing high schoolers

    Sportsnaut "Although it feels inevitable the NBA will eliminate the one-and-done rule, the change isn’t expected to happen for next year’s class of high school prospects. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, conversations between the NBA and Players’ Association have centered on 2020 as the “earliest..." April 25

  • Where do Blazers, Neil Olshey, Terry Stotts go from here?

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Portland Trail Blazers were a frustrating team to watch to start the season. They floundered early as players like Moe Harkless and Evan Turner failed to take the next step forward to help the team. The emergence of Zach Collins playing in tandem with a healthy Ed Davis was a good story, but..." April 23

  • Damian Lillard Sees Blazers As Capable Of Replicating Warriors' Trajectory

    Real GM Basketball "The Portland Trail Blazers finished the regular season with the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference but were swept in the first round by New Orleans Pelicans. Lillard believes the Pelicans did an excellent job of taking him out of the offense. "The reality of it is, their game plan was to..." April 23

  • Jusuf Nurkic on future with Portland Trail Blazers: 'I want to be here, it's no secret'

    CBS Sports "When the Trail Blazers traded for Jusuf Nurkic during the 2016-17 season, he made an immediate impact in his new home. He helped lead Portland on a post-All-Star break run into the playoffs. It felt like he was the perfect fit next to Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. A big man down low that could..." April 23

  • Blazers GM Neil Olshey says team won’t overreact to quick playoff exit

    Larry Brown Sports "The Portland Trail Blazers were swept by the New Orleans Pelicans in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, leading many to wonder if there were big changes in store for the organization. While obviously still assessing the damage, Blazers general manager Neil Olshey seemed to indicate that there..." April 22

  • CJ McCollum blasts reporter for poorly-worded tweet

    The Sports Daily "The No. 3 seed Portland Trail Blazers just got swept by the No. 6 Pelicans, and that embarrassing result appears to be taking a toll on the team’s players. CJ McCollum did everything he could in his power to attempt to prevent that from happening, with 38 points on 15-of-22 shooting in the..." April 22

  • Magic interested in the Blazers’ Terry Stotts if he becomes available

    Clutch Points "The Portland Trail Blazers are coming off the heels of a disappointing four-game sweep in the first round of the playoffs against the New Orleans Pelicans. It has marked the second straight exit in the opening round by way of a sweep for the franchise. This latest discouraging end to the..." April 22

  • Lillard after sweep: Pelicans 'threw something at us that we hadn't seen'

    NBA.com "Game 4 in New Orleans wasn’t short on great shots and great performances on both sides, but the Pelicans made a few more plays to sweep the Trail Blazers with a 131-123 win Saturday at Smoothie King Center. A sellout crowd of 18,544 watched the Pelicans earn their spot in the Western Conference..." April 22

  • Terry Stotts Reportedly Could Be Fired After Pelicans Sweep Trail Blazers

    Bleacher Report "Even after leading his team to 49 victories and a Northwest Division title during the regular season, Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts could be on the hot seat. Marc Stein of the New York Times reported there is buzz around the league that Stotts could be fired after the third-seeded..." April 21

  • Kenyon Martin Says 85 Percent of NBA Smokes Marijuana

    SLAM Online "While the NBA bans the use of marijuana, Kenyon Martin estimates that “85 percent” of the League continues to find ways to smoke marijuana. In a roundtable discussion with B/R Mag’s Master Tesfatsion, Matt Barnes added that not only the players—but coaches and executives—smoke weed. “Some of..." April 20