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Paul Allen Comfortable With Big Financial Commitment To Blazers' Payroll

Sep 27, 2016 6:34 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers became a far more expensive team in the short and long-term this offseason by re-signing Allen Crabbe, Meyers Leonard and Moe Harkless while also signing Evan Turner in free agency and extending C.J. McCollum.

Paul Allen was asked if he had any apprehension about investing so much in the team.

"Well, Neil (Olshey) and I go over all those things closely, I think," said Allen. "One of the big decisions was when we discussed signing Evan (Turner) and that worked out. And to get Meyers (Leonard) and Moe (Harkless) back, they were all very deliberate decisions we evaluated. The financial consequences are significant, but that's because we believe in this group of guys. They showed what they can do last year."

Allen was reticent to give specifics on expectations this season.

"I always try not to make, as you know — I think we've done this for a while — I don't make particular predictions on the number of wins and losses. But I think we have a chance to be significantly better than last year. And I think everybody was really encouraged to see how the team came together last year, how well the coaching meshed with the talent. And the guys that Neil brought in, I think, exceeded everybody's expectations. So that was a very encouraging year last year and hopefully we'll build on that."

Allen also said the Blazers are doing well from a business perspective.

"Good. Good. We had a very good year last year. Obviously, we're increasing our payroll. But all the media numbers and everything go up, too. So we're going to be spending more this year, but we think it's justified."

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Blazers To 'Modernize' Uniforms Next Season

Sep 27, 2016 3:12 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers will "modernize" their uniforms when Nike takes over the NBA contract for the 17-18 season.

The Blazers could unveil their new uniforms in the spring.

Portland's uniforms have remained relatively unchanged since the early 1990s.

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Greg Stiemsma Agrees To Camp Deal With Blazers

Sep 12, 2016 11:49 AM

Greg Stiemsma has agreed to a camp deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Stiemsma last played in the NBA during the 14-15 season, appearing in 17 games with the Toronto Raptors.

Stiemsma spent training camp ahead of the 15-16 season with the Orlando Magic. During Summer League in 2016, Stiemsma participated with the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Blazers Again Meet Up In San Diego For Workouts, Bonding

Sep 1, 2016 5:58 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers have met up in San Diego for the second straight season for workouts and bonding.

Nearly everyone except for Noah Vonleh, who underwent surgery on his thigh, is in attendance.

The Blazers have gone through basketball workouts and weight lifting sessions at San Diego State University while also enjoying downtime together off the court.

After the trip, most of the team will return to Portland to work out at the team's practice facility for three weeks before training camp starts in late September. 

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Noah Vonleh Out 3-4 Weeks With Surgery On Right Thigh

Aug 31, 2016 9:21 PM

Noah Vonleh underwent a successful procedure to remove a bone fragment from his right thigh on Wednesday.

Dr. Evan Ellis performed the procedure at Rebound in Vancouver, Washington.

The Blazers say Vonleh will need 3-4 weeks to recover.

Vonleh made 56 starts for the Blazers.

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Festus Ezeli Out Six Weeks Following Injection In Left Knee

Aug 23, 2016 5:21 PM

Festus Ezeli had his left knee injected with a bone marrow aspirate concentrate and Orthovisc today in Chicago.

The injection, performed by Dr. Brian Cole, is intended to alleviate pain and improve function.

Ezeli will be sidelined for six weeks.

Ezeli agreed to a two-year, $14.7 million deal with the Blazers this offseason.

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Grant Jerrett, Blazers Agree To Camp Deal

Aug 16, 2016 11:56 AM

The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to a camp deal with Grant Jerrett.

Jerrett last played in the NBA during the 14-15 season with the Jazz.

Jerrett spent one season at Arizona before declaring for the draft.

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Blazers Collaborate With Stumptown On Special Coffee Blend

Aug 15, 2016 8:22 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers are working with Stumptown Coffee on a special Rip-City inspired blend.

Stumptown was founded in 1999 in Portland and was acquired in 2015 by Peet's Coffee.

Terry Stotts visited the Stumptown lab on Monday as they worked on the blend.

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Neil Olshey: Blazers Prefer Favorable Contracts Over Cap Space

Aug 4, 2016 11:21 AM

The Portland Trail Blazers entered the 2016 offseason with substantial cap space and are now a capped-out team.

The Blazers re-signed Allen Crabbe, Meyers Leonard and Moe Harkless, extended C.J. McCollum and also signed Evan Turner as a free agent.

"Good players on favorable contracts are more valuable to us than cap room," Neil Olshey said. "Especially in an era where all 30 teams have cap room -- or the ability to get it." The Blazers don't have as much time to wait as you might think; Lillard and McCollum are 26 and 24, squarely in their primes. "With our interest in extending C.J., we weren't going to be a cap room team next year, anyway," Olshey said.

"We are probably not going to make the quantum leap the salaries might indicate," said Terry Stotts. "As a coach, you take the money out of it. We just want to grow."

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Maurice Harkless Agrees To Four-Year, $40M Deal With Blazers

Jul 26, 2016 5:55 PM

Moe Harkless has agreed upon a four-year, $40 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Harkless’ deal will be fully guaranteed with no options, but it could reach $42 million with incentives, sources said.

Harkless was a restricted free agent with the Blazers coming off averages of 6.4 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.

The Blazers now have Harkless, Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Allen Crabbe and Meyers Leonard signed to long-term deals.

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Blazers Sign Tim Quarterman To Camp Deal
Tim Quarterman posted averages of 11.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 0.97 steals in 33 games (27 starts) his junior 2015-16 season.

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C.J. McCollum Agrees Upon Four-Year, $106M Max Extension With Blazers
The deal contains no options or trade kickers for C.J. McCollum.

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Maurice Harkless, Blazers Remain In Contract Stalemate
Maurice Harkless' agent, Happy Walters, says several teams have reached out to him with interest.

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Blazers Match Allen Crabbe's Four-Year, $75M Deal With Nets
The Blazers have matched the four-year, $75 million offer sheet Allen Crabbe signed with the Nets.

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Meyers Leonard, Blazers Agree To Four-Year, $41M Deal
Meyers Leonard was in restricted free agency.

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Allen Crabbe, Nets Agree Upon Four-Year, $75M Deal
With bonuses, Allen Crabbe's deal could reach $83 million.

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Festus Ezeli, Blazers Agree To Two-Year, $14.7M Deal
Festus Ezeli has agreed to a two-year deal with the Blazers.

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Festus Ezeli Meeting With Blazers In Portland
Festus Ezeli began the offseason as a restricted free agent but the Warriors rescinded their qualifying offer to him once Kevin Durant committed to sign.

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Blazers, Magic Finalizing Shabazz Napier Trade
Shabazz Napier figured to be Orlando's fourth point guard this season.

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Gerald Henderson, 76ers Agree Upon Two-Year, $18M Deal
Gerald Henderson played last season for the Blazers following his trade from the Hornets.

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Report Of Allen Crabbe Agreeing Upon Four-Year, $70M Deal With Nets Refuted
The Blazers reportedly will not match the offer sheet for Allen Crabbe.

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Pau Gasol Receiving Offers In $18M-$22M Per Year Range
Pau Gasol has received interest from the Raptors, Blazers, Bulls, Timberwolves and Spurs amongst others.

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Raptors, Wolves, Blazers, Spurs Interested In Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol could elect to wait until after Kevin Durant makes his free agent decision before moving forward with his own choice.

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Wizards, Spurs, Wolves, Hornets, Blazers, Mavs, Magic In Mix For Ian Mahinmi
Ian Mahinmi had a breakout season for the Pacers in 15-16.

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Matthew Dellavedova Agrees Upon Four-Year, $38M Deal With Bucks
Matthew Dellavedova would fit in nicely beside Giannis Antetokounmpo since he can play without the ball.

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Blazers Make Aggressive Offer To Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol is seeking the chance to start and has always appeared to prefer to live in a culturally rich city.

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Evan Turner, Blazers Agree Upon Four-Year, $70M Deal
Evan Turner has agreed upon a four-year, $75 million deal with the Blazers.

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Blazers Hope To Sign Both Chandler Parsons, Dwight Howard
The Blazers could create enough space to sign both players.

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Blazers Offer Four-Year, $96M Max Contract To Chandler Parsons
Chandler Parsons has already moved on from the Mavericks after two seasons with the team.

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Kings Interested In Dion Waiters, Allen Crabbe
Dion Waiters and the Kings are gaining traction on a contract.

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