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Blazers' Offseason Was About Finding Players On Same Career Arc As Lillard

Aug 31, 2015 11:01 AM

The Portland Trail Blazers have shifted this offseason to fully build around Damian Lillard following the departure of LaMarcus Aldridge.

“We had a lot of veteran free agents, [but our offseason plan] was all based on LaMarcus’s decision,” Neil Olshey said. “We had brought some guys in prior to July 3 when LaMarcus informed us he wasn’t coming back, that we felt could play either way — they could be really good additions to our current group or they could be guys we could move in another direction. We were preparing for this opportunity. We were kind of trying to play both ends against the middle and then LaMarcus informed us he wasn’t coming back, so we went full bore with guys in the same career arc as Damian Lillard.

“Damian’s our best player right now. He’s a two-time All-Star. We’re going to bring in players that complement Damian, his skill set, how we want to play, and who can grow with him as he continues to improve.”

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Tags: Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Blazers Pick Up 15-16 Option On Allen Crabbe

Aug 1, 2015 2:31 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers have picked up their 15-16 option on Allen Crabbe.

The team had until Saturday to decide on Crabbe’s contract status. The 23-year-old is expected to make more than $900,000 next season.

"It's always good to know that your [contract] is going to be guaranteed so it just makes you focus on continuing to work hard for the rest of the summer and get prepared for training camp," Crabbe told CSNNW.com on Friday. "I've got a clear mind just knowing that I'm going to be on the roster next year."

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Tags: Allen Crabbe, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Brendan Haywood Waived By Blazers

Jul 30, 2015 8:45 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers have waived center Brendan Haywood.

Portland acquired Haywood, guard Mike Miller and two future second round draft picks from the Cleveland Cavaliers on July 27 in exchange for cash considerations.

Haywood's contract was non-guaranteed.

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Tags: Brendan Haywood, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Wesley Matthews 'Felt Disrespected' By Lack Of Interest From Blazers

Jul 30, 2015 7:11 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers never made an offer to Wesley Matthews in free agency.

Matthews signed with the Blazers in 2010 and became one of the NBA's best two-way shooting guards. But Matthews ruptured his left Achilles tendon in March.

"I was pissed off," Matthews said. "I felt disrespected."

The only change the Blazers would pursue re-signing Matthews was if LaMarcus Aldridge also committed to remain with the franchise.

"I was angry," Matthews said, "but I also realize that this is a business."

 

Before free agency, Matthews said he was worth $15 million per season and then he watched DeMarre Carroll and Khris Middleton receive that type of money.

"No knock on them, but I'm taking me 10 times out of 10 over them," Matthews said. "There was a time when I was undeniable in the NBA; you could not deny me. Everything that happened to me before, I was able to get to this point because of my passion, my motive."

Jason Quick/Oregonian

Tags: Wesley Matthews, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Grizzlies, Thunder, Mavs Expected To Pursue Mike Miller

Jul 26, 2015 11:11 PM

The Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks are expected to pursue Mike Miller.

Miller was traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Portland Trail Blazers and he'll be waived.

The Cavs' trade of Miller "was right thing to do" according to a LeBron James' source. Miller was previously waived by the Miami Heat in a tax-savings move that angered James.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Mike Miller, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavs Trade Brendan Haywood, Mike Miller To Blazers

Jul 26, 2015 9:13 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded Brendan Haywood and Mike Miller to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Haywood's contract is non-guaranteed for the 15-16 season at $10.5 million.

Portland will receive second round picks from the Cavaliers in 2019 and 2020.

The Cavaliers were unable to find a suitable trade using Haywood's contract and will instead have two traded player exception that can be used later in the amounts of $10.5 million and $2.85 million.

Trading away Miller could save the Cavaliers as much as $10 million in salary in luxury taxes.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Mike Miller, Brendan Haywood, Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Blazers Sign Phil Pressey

Jul 24, 2015 6:10 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers have signed Phil Pressey.

Pressey holds NBA averages of 3.1 points (33.3% FG, 35.7% 3-PT, 66.0% FT), 1.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 125 games (11 starts) over the past two seasons with the Boston Celtics.

Undrafted out of Missouri, Pressey (5-11, 175) averaged career highs in scoring (11.9 ppg) and assists (7.0 apg) his junior 2012-13 season, finishing No. 13 nationally in assists per game on his way to First Team All-SEC and All-SEC tournament honors.

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Cliff Alexander Signs With Blazers

Jul 24, 2015 5:35 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers have signed Cliff Alexander to a contract.

Alexander dealt with a bruised sternum and a back injury while at Kansas. His predraft workouts were cut short when he injured his right knee while working out for the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Brooklyn Nets added Alexander to the summer league roster where he played in 11 games in Las Vegas and Orlando, averaging 7.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 22.8 minutes a game.

Mike Richman/Oregonian

Tags: Cliff Alexander, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavs Likely To Settle For TPE In Exchange For Haywood's Contract

Jul 23, 2015 6:03 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers hope to soon trade Brendan Haywood for a traded player exception.

The Cavaliers have shopped the non-guaranteed contract of Haywood around the NBA, including talks with the Brooklyn Nets on Joe Johnson. They haven't been able to find a deal to their liking and could instead trade Haywood for a traded player exception.

The Cavs used a trade exception they created last summer to trade for Timofey Mozgov during last season.

The Portland Trail Blazers and Philadelphia 76ers are the only teams currently with enough cap space to absorb Haywood and create a trade exception for Cleveland. The Cavs might need to surrender a draft pick to create the incentive for either team to help the Cavaliers with the TPE.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Brendan Haywood, Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia Sixers, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Blazers Sign Luis Montero

Jul 15, 2015 3:09 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers have signed Luis Montero.

The 6-foot-7 Montero last played for Westchester Community College in New York, where he averaged 15.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in 2013-14.

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Tags: Luis Montero, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Blazers Acquire Moe Harkless From Magic
The Blazers have a need at small forward, creating an opportunity for Moe Harkless to play a big role.

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Enes Kanter Signs Four-Year, $70M Offer Sheet With Blazers
Oklahoma City has been expected to match any offer sheet Enes Kanter signs with a rival team.

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Damian Lillard, Blazers Agree Upon Five-Year, $125M Extension
Damian Lillard's deal contains no option for either side and is fully guaranteed.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Heat Pursuing Meeting With LaMarcus Aldridge
Miami would need to agree upon a sign-and-trade with the Blazers to acquire LaMarcus Aldridge.

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LaMarcus Aldridge Grants Lakers 2nd Meeting; Considering Visits
LaMarcus Aldridge is believed to be most strongly considering the Suns and Spurs.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Ed Davis, Blazers Agree Upon Three-Year, $20M Deal
Ed Davis spent the 14-15 season with the Lakers.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Lakers Didn't Make Strong Impression On LaMarcus Aldridge, Ruled Out
LaMarcus Aldridge is expected to make a decision fairly soon on which team he will sign with in free agency.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Damian Lillard, Blazers Near Agreement On Five-Year, $120M+ Deal
The Blazers are prepared to pay Damian Lillard the maximum amount they're allowed to and make him their designated player.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Al-Farouq Aminu Agrees Upon Four-Year, $30M Deal With Blazers
Al-Farouq Aminu had a breakout season in 14-15 with the Mavericks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Pelicans, Bucks, Knicks Among Interested Teams For Robin Lopez
The Pelicans, Bucks and Knicks are so far among the strongest suitors for Trail Blazers free agent Robin Lopez, league sources told RealGM.

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Wesley Matthews To Receive Interest From Raptors, Mavs
Wesley Matthews is seeking a deal with an annual average in the $15 million range.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

LaMarcus Aldridge Sets Order Of Free Agency Meetings
LaMarcus Aldridge will meet with seven teams in free agency.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

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.

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

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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

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