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Damian Lillard, Blazers Agree Upon Five-Year, $125M Extension

Jul 2, 2015 6:03 PM

Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers have agreed upon a five-year max extension worth between $125 million and $129 million.

The deal contains no option for either side and is fully guaranteed.

Lillard has been an All-Star in each of the past two seasons.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Tags: Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Heat Pursuing Meeting With LaMarcus Aldridge

Jul 2, 2015 4:06 PM

The Miami Heat are now pursuing a meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge in free agency.

The Heat signed Goran Dragic this offseason and are in talks with Dwyane Wade on a new deal.

Miami would need to agree upon a sign-and-trade with the Portland Trail Blazers to acquire Aldridge. 

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, Miami Heat, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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LaMarcus Aldridge Grants Lakers 2nd Meeting; Considering Visits

Jul 2, 2015 4:03 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge is considering taking a free agent visit or two as he continues to weigh his decision.

Aldridge is believed to be most strongly considering the Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs.

But the Los Angeles Lakers have been granted a second meeting by Aldridge. The second meeting will only involve Mitch Kupchak and Byron Scott and be strictly about basketball.

One source briefed on the Lakers second meeting with Aldridge told Yahoo Sports: "They want to see if they can get it right."

David Aldridge of NBA.com reports Aldridge cancelled this meeting with the New York Knicks. Aldridge canceled the meeting when it became clear the Knicks view Aldridge as a center, which he is adamant about not wanting to do.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Ed Davis, Blazers Agree Upon Three-Year, $20M Deal

Jul 2, 2015 2:41 PM

Ed Davis and the Portland Trail Blazers have agreed upon a three-year, $20 million deal.

Davis spent the 14-15 season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Ed Davis, Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Didn't Make Strong Impression On LaMarcus Aldridge, Ruled Out

Jul 1, 2015 12:12 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge is expected to make a decision fairly soon on which team he will sign with in free agency.

Aldridge's first meeting was with the Los Angeles Lakers and sources say they didn't make a strong impression.

The San Antonio Spurs are meeting with him Wednesday morning and could close on him.

Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times reports Aldridge has ruled out the Lakers. Aldridge was not impressed by the basketball portion of the Lakers' presentation. The Houston Rockets made an impressive presentation to Aldridge in terms of their on-court projections and their analytics.

"He and Kobe didn't quite gel," wrote Bresnahan."It's a little vague, but Aldridge apparently didn't quite get answers from Kobe he was seeking.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Damian Lillard, Blazers Near Agreement On Five-Year, $120M+ Deal

Jul 1, 2015 10:12 AM

Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers are nearing agreement on a five-year maximum contract that will likely top $120 million.

The exact figures of the extension will depend on how much the NBA salary cap actually rises in 2016, but sources said the Blazers are prepared to pay Lillard the maximum amount they're allowed to and make him their designated player.

Lillard has made each of the past two All-Star Games after being named Rookie of the Year in 2013.

The extension will begin with the 16-17 season.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Al-Farouq Aminu Agrees Upon Four-Year, $30M Deal With Blazers

Jul 1, 2015 12:27 AM

The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed upon a four-year, $30 million deal with Al-Farouq Aminu.

Aminu had a breakout season in 14-15 with the Dallas Mavericks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Al-Farouq Aminu, Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pelicans, Bucks, Knicks Among Interested Teams For Robin Lopez

Jun 30, 2015 4:54 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans, Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks are so far among the interested suitors for Portland Trail Blazers free agent Robin Lopez, league sources told RealGM.

Beyond Portland, Lopez is expected to have a list of suitors on July 1, and his connection to Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry has been clear around the NBA. Gentry coached Lopez during the seven-foot center’s first four seasons with the Phoenix Suns.

The Pelicans also are likely to have an interest in Golden State Warriors free agent Leandro Barbosa, whom Gentry’s long coached as an assistant, sources said.

The Blazers will assuredly pursue re-signing Lopez, too. The 27-year-old big man stabilized Portland’s center position over the past two seasons alongside LaMarcus Aldridge, averaging 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds in 2014-15, and there is believed to be an interest for Lopez to play with Aldridge again next season.

Lopez has spent seven years in the NBA with Phoenix, New Orleans and Portland. He has averaged 8.2 points and 5.1 rebounds for his career — including 11.3 points and 5.6 rebounds in his lone season with the Pelicans.

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Tags: Robin Lopez, Milwaukee Bucks, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wesley Matthews To Receive Interest From Raptors, Mavs

Jun 30, 2015 1:41 PM

Wesley Matthews will receive free agency interest from both the Dallas Mavericks and Toronto Raptors.

Matthews tore his Achilles in the second half of last season. Matthews believes he will be ready for the start of the regular season.

Matthews is seeking a deal with an annual average in the $15 million range.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Tags: Wesley Matthews, Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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LaMarcus Aldridge Sets Order Of Free Agency Meetings

Jun 29, 2015 10:57 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge will meet with seven teams in free agency in the following order:

Los Angeles Lakers
Houston Rockets
San Antonio Spurs
Phoenix Suns
Dallas Mavericks
Toronto Raptors
New York Knicks

Aldridge is not currently planning on meeting with the Portland Trail Blazers as they've already offered a full maximum contract.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Al-Farouq Aminu To Meet With Knicks, Celtics, Blazers, Raptors, Pelicans
The Mavericks are also in the mix to re-sign Al-Farouq Aminu.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Greg Monroe Plans To Meet With Knicks, Celtics, Bucks, Lakers, Blazers
Greg Monroe admits he is out of the Pistons' plans.

Darrell Williams/The Advocate

Dunc'd On Podcast: Offseason Previews For Spurs, Blazers, Nets, Pacers
Nate Duncan and Daniel Leroux preview the upcoming offseason for the Spurs, Trail Blazers, Nets and Pacers.

RealGM Staff Report

Nets Trade Mason Plumlee, Connaughton To Blazers For Hollis-Jefferson, Blake
Mason Plumlee spent two seasons with the Nets.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Report: LaMarcus Aldridge Has Informed Blazers Of Plans To Leave
LaMarcus Aldridge will consider the Spurs, Lakers, Mavericks, Hawks and Knicks.

Erik Gundersen/Columbian

Blazers To Aggressively Pursue Full Max Extension With Damian Lillard
Damian Lillard figures to be one of the first members of the 2012 NBA Draft class along with Anthony Davis to receive a full max extension.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Lakers Moving Up On Free Agency List Of LaMarcus Aldridge
The Lakers appear to be passing the Mavericks on LaMarcus Aldridge's list with the Spurs remaining No. 1.

Marc Stein, Chris Broussard/ESPN

Hornets Acquire Nicolas Batum From Blazers For Vonleh, Henderson
The Hornets are finalizing an acquisition of Nicolas Batum from the Blazers for Noah Vonleh and Gerald Henderson.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Wesley Matthews Seeks Deal Worth $15M Annually
Wesley Matthews has returned to basketball activities and is expected to be ready to play at the start of the regular season.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Steve Blake Exercises 15-16 Player Option With Blazers
Steve Blake appeared in 81 games for the Trail Blazers last season.

RealGM Staff Report

Mavs Believed To Be Bigger Threat For LaMarcus Aldridge Than Spurs
The general idea of returning to Texas rather than a specific city or team appeals to LaMarcus Aldridge the most at this point.

Ric Bucher/Bleacher Report

Blazers' David Vanterpool Interviews For Nuggets' Job
David Vanterpool is currently an assistant coach with the Blazers under Terry Stotts.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

LaMarcus Aldridge Places Portland Home For Sale
LaMarcus Aldridge's future with the Blazers remains uncertain.

Amy Schwartz/750 The Game

Wesley Matthews Returns To Court 12 Weeks After Achilles Surgery
Wesley Matthews predicted he would be recover within five months.

Mitch Richman/Oregonian

Spurs Expected To Prioritize LaMarcus Aldridge Over Marc Gasol
While the Spurs will certainly pursue Marc Gasol, they're expected to initially focus on LaMarcus Aldridge.

Marc Stein/ESPN

LaMarcus Aldridge Undergoes Surgery On Thumb
LaMarcus Aldridge elected not to have surgery during the season to continue the playoff chase for the Blazers.

RealGM Staff Report

Thunder Interested In Monty Williams, Andy Greer, Nate Tibbets As Assistants
Monty Williams was recently fired by the Pelicans, while Andy Greer is currently an assistant with the Bulls and Nate Tibbetts with the Blazers.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Spears: Aldridge For Griffin Sign-And-Trade Has Been Rumored
Blake Griffin was drafted by former Clippers' GM Neil Olshey, who is now with the Blazers.

Dan Feldman/Pro Basketball Talk

Blazers To Have Substantial Cap Space If LaMarcus Aldridge Leaves
The Blazers purposely timed the summer of 2015 to have several of their own players become free agents alongside LaMarcus Aldridge to remain flexible in their next steps.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Damian Lillard Graduates From Weber State
Damian Lillard left Weber State after his junior season to enter the 2012 NBA Draft.

Tim Brown/The Oregonian

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