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Robin Lopez To Miss 6-7 Weeks With Fractured Hand

Robin Lopez posted on his official Twitter account that he will be sidelined six to seven weeks due to his fractured hand.

"Thanks for all your thoughts & support! It'll be 6 or 7 weeks til I'm on the floor again thanks to this bum hand. Can't wait!!! ," Lopez tweeted.

Lopez sustained the injury in the Portland Trail Blazers' win over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Cavaliers Interested In Wesley Matthews

The Cleveland Cavaliers have expressed interest in Wesley Matthews but have been rejected in their quest to land him from the Portland Trail Blazers, according to sources.

The Blazers have dismissed all overtures for Matthews and hope to re-sign him as a free agent in the offseason.

Portland is 19-6 so far this season.

Via Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Robin Lopez Out Indefinitely With Broken Hand

Robin Lopez is out indefinitely with a broken hand.

Lopez suffered the injury in Monday's win by the Portland Trail Blazers over the San Antonio Spurs.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Kyle Lowry, LaMarcus Aldridge Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Kyle Lowry and LaMarcus Aldridge have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between Dec. 1 and Dec. 7.

Lowry led the Raptors to a 2-1 week behind an NBA-best 29.3 points. He handed out 8.7 assists, grabbed 3.0 rebounds and recorded 1.3 steals as Toronto won road games in Sacramento and Utah on back-to-back nights. On Dec. 3, when the Raptors topped the Jazz 123-104, Lowry recorded a career-high 39 points (13-of-22 field goals) and added five rebounds and four assists.

Aldridge helped the Trail Blazers to a 3-0 week, which included road wins at Denver and New York. He ranked third in the league in scoring (27.0 ppg) and sixth in rebounding (11.7 rpg). Aldridge posted a point-rebound double-double in all three contests, including a 39-point, 11-rebound effort on Dec. 2, as the Trail Blazers beat the Nuggets 105-103.

Via RealGM Staff Report

C.J. McCollum Sidelined Four Weeks With Finger Fracture

C.J. McCollum sustained a fracture to his right index finger in Portland’s 102-93 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, the Trail Blazers announced on tuesday.

The injury occurred at the 7:50 mark of the fourth quarter on Monday.

McCollum will be re-evaluated in four weeks.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Damian Lillard, LeBron Named NBA Players Of The Week

Damian Lillard and LeBron James have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between Nov. 10 and Nov. 16.

In wins over Charlotte, Denver and Brooklyn, Lillard averaged 28.0 points (58.8% FG), 4.7 rebounds, 8.7 assists and 1.33 steals.

James led Cleveland to a perfect 3-0 record this past week, averaging 35.0 points on .594 shooting, including .500 (8-16) from beyond the arc, 7.0 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.0 block in 36.7 minutes per game. He posted one double-double and topped 30 points in each game, including a season-high 41 points on November 14 vs. Boston. Among all NBA players this past week, James led the league in points per game, while also being the only player to average at least 30 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Meyers Leonard Shifts Philosophy From 'Brute' Center To Stretch Forward

Meyer Leonard was unsure of himself in his first two NBA seasons, when he was asked to be a traditional "brute" and back-to-the-basket center.

This season, Leonard has shown development in his shooting and has a more defined role as a shooting big man who can stretch the defense.

"There are a lot of things I feel like that have gone against me,'' Leonard said. "And people are like, 'What the heck? We took him early (11th pick in 2012), we're expecting a lot' ... and I think it's just taking a little bit of time.'

"I think people see a 7-footer ... pretty strong ... big ... wide shoulders ... and everyone thought I was a five,'' Leonard said.

Leonard scored seven points and grabbed 12 rebounds in place of LaMarcus Aldridge in the Portland Trail Blazers' 97-87 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday. He was able to pull defenders away from the paint due to his shooting.

"It was kind of me,'' Leonard said of the shift in philosophy. "There was no point in trying to impress people in something that I was not that great at. I wanted to continue to work on defense and rebounding, but also be what they brought me in to do: Be skilled. Run the floor. Shoot the ball when you are open. Be athletic.'

"Once coach started to see me shoot more threes after practice, and shoot them during camps, and in games and summer run ... that's when coach realized 'He can really help us.'"

Via Jason Quick/The Oregonian

Nowitzki Believes He Could Co-Exist With Aldridge

The Dallas Mavericks expect to have maximum or near-max cap space available next summer and LaMarcus Aldridge undoubtedly would be a top target.

Aldridge is in the final season of a five-year, $65 million contract with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Aldridge rejected a three-year, $55 million extension this summer, just as other superstar players have done due to the financial benefit of waiting for free agency.

“It’s just financially smarter to wait,” said Aldridge at the time. “And I’m looking forward to signing the five-year deal when the chance comes.”

Aldridge was asked about free agency on Thursday.

“Ease up on that,” he said.

Aldridge is a native of the Dallas area.

“That’s hard to speculate,” Brandan Wright said. “He says he wants to be here (in Portland). I’m going to take his word for it, especially this early in the season.”

Dirk Nowitzki would be interested in having Aldridge join the Mavericks, even though they have similar games.

“I think I’ve showed in my career that I can play with anybody in this league,” Nowitzki said. “In some situations, he’s playing the five [center] when they go small, so …”

Via Eddie Sefko/Dallas Morning News

Blazers Exercise 15-16 Options On Leonard, McCollum

The Portland Trail Blazers have exercised team options on the contracts of center Meyers Leonard and guard CJ McCollum. 

Portland exercised its fourth-year team option on Leonard, who holds averages of 4.4 points (52.2% FG), 3.4 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 14.3 minutes in 109 games over two seasons with the Trail Blazers. The team selected Leonard with the 11th overall pick in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft out of Illinois.

The Trail Blazers picked up the third-year team option on McCollum. The 10th overall selection in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft out of Lehigh, McCollum averaged 5.3 points (37.5% 3-PT), 1.3 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 12.5 minutes in 38 games during his rookie 2013-14 season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Blazers Waive Diante Garrett, Darius Morris

The Portland Trail Blazers have waived Diante Garrett and Darius Morris.

Both players were expected to be waived and were on non-guaranteed contracts.

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RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season.

James Southerland To Be Waived By Blazers, Sign Overseas

The Blazers will waive James Southerland.

New TV Deal Unlikely To Impact LaMarcus Aldridge's Free Agency

LaMarcus Aldridge's annual salary will pencil in at 30 percent of the Blazers' cap when he signs his deal, no matter how much it is.

RealGM Radio: On The Northwest Division With Strauss, Mason

Daniel Leroux, Ethan Sherwood Strauss and Beckley Mason work through the offseason for the Thunder, Blazers, Jazz, Wolves and Nuggets.

Blazers Exercise Fourth-Year Option On Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard has averaged 19.9 points (42.7% FG, 38.1% 3-PT, 85.9% FT), 3.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 0.84 steals and 37.2 minutes per game.

NBA Live 15 Picks Damian Lillard As Cover Athlete

EA Sports NBA Live 15 has selected Damian Lillard as its cover athlete.

Blazers Sign Darius Morris To Camp Contract

The Blazers have signed Darius Morris to a non-guaranteed camp contract.

Monroe Explored Sign-And-Trade With Thunder, Blazers, At Least Three Other Clubs

Greg Monroe and agent David Falk never sought an offer sheet from another team.

Portland Submits Bid For NBA All-Star Game

Portland has never hosted an NBA All-Star Game.

Blazers Sign Diante Garrett To Two-Year, Non-Guaranteed Deal

The Blazers can control Diante Garrett's rights if he makes the team out of training camp in October.

James Southerland Signs One-Year, Non-Guaranteed Deal With Blazers

James Southerland has signed a one-year, non-guaranteed deal with the Trail Blazers, a league source told RealGM.

Will Barton's 14-15 Contract With Blazers Becomes Guaranteed

Will Barton will make roughy $915,000 next season with the Blazers.

Blazers Previously Had Serious Sign-And-Trade Talks For Greg Monroe

The Blazers ultimately decided to sign Chris Kaman to serve as the backup to Robin Lopez at center instead of dealing for Greg Monroe.

Steve Blake Agrees To Deal With Blazers

Steve Blake previously played for the Blazers before a trade to the Clippers.

LaMarcus Aldridge Plans To Sign Extension With Blazers Next Summer

LaMarcus Aldridge added he wants to finish his career with the Blazers.

Blazers Name Joe Cronin Director Of Player Personnel

Joe Cronin will now manage “all aspects of the NBA Salary Cap.”

Chris Kaman Agrees Upon Two-Year, $10M Contract With Blazers

Chris Kaman has agreed upon a two-year, $10 million contract with the Blazers.

Hawes Drawing Interest From Blazers, Clippers, Rockets, Mavericks, Cavaliers

Spencer Hawes has become a popular target since free agency kicked off Monday night.

Paul Pierce Receives Interest From Clippers, Grizzlies, Bulls, Mavs, Rockets

The Clippers believe they have a legitimate shot of signing Paul Pierce following Jason Kidd's move to the Bucks.

Greg Monroe To Receive Interest From Blazers, Magic, Hawks

The Pistons are amenable to a sign-and-trade deal if Greg Monroe's contract gets too exorbitant.
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