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Hassan Whiteside Considered Blazers 2nd Option In Free Agency

Dec 4, 2016 7:02 PM

Hassan Whiteside signed a four-year maximum contract with the Miami Heat worth approximately $98 million.

Whiteside first met with the Miami Heat and then the Dallas Mavericks before making his decision. 
Whiteside revealed he also liked the Portland Trail Blazers.

“Portland was my second option,” Whiteside said at the team’s Saturday shootaround in Portland. “I would have came here.”

ESPN reported last week that Portland “chased” Whiteside in free agency, but nothing was said of Whiteside’s interest.

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Tags: Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Evan Turner: Some Previous Coaches 'Didn't Comprehend My Game'

Nov 27, 2016 2:43 PM

Evan Turner signed a four-year, $70 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers after finally establishing himself in the NBA with the Boston Celtics.

“I was most definitely comfortable there,” Turner said. “Going through certain situations where there were coaches who didn’t comprehend my game and I wasn’t always in position to be comfortable sometimes. When you finally find that mixture of great basketball and off-the-court [things], you definitely don’t take it for granted.”

The Celtics have missed Turner while he hasn't quite found his place with the Blazers.

“It’s just the comfortability here and I think sometimes I worry too much about stepping on toes,” Turner said. “They have reassured me to play how I play and they will adjust. It’s always going to be a big adjustment getting the plays down. The pace of it [in the Western Conference] is crazy. The last couple of weeks I am fully getting our plays second nature to me, and once again now it’s just building the consistency.”

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Tags: Evan Turner, Boston Celtics, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Damian Lillard: We Got No Haters Here

Nov 23, 2016 1:01 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers had a significant offseason with new deals for Allen Crabbe, Meyers Leonard and Maurice Harkless along with signing Evan Turner from the Celtics in free agency. C.J. McCollum also signed a $106 million extension.

The Blazers insist they won't end up like the Suns who exceeded expectations and then quickly became undone by infighting.

"We got no haters here," Damian Lillard said. "Guys are happy for each other."

Despite the signings, Terry Stotts tempered expectations even in the offseason.

"We are probably not going to make the quantum leap the salaries might indicate," Stotts told ESPN in July.

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Tags: Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA

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Damian Lillard: We Kind Of Suck Right Now

Nov 18, 2016 10:58 AM

Damian Lillard expressed his frustrations after the Portland Trail Blazers dropped to 7-6 with their 126-109 loss at the Houston Rockets.

"We kind of suck right now," Lillard said. "It's that simple."

The Blazers allowed 126.8 points per 100 possessions to Houston. In their six losses, the Blazers have allowed 113.1, 120.6, 105.6, 118.6, 115.9 and now 126.8 points per 100 possessions. Portland ranks 29th in defensive efficiency at 111.5 points per 100 possessions overall.

"We're just not very good right now," Lillard said. "We've just got to keep fighting. It's important for our team to stay together and I think that's one of the biggest strengths of our team is we stay together. If we try to stay positive and we just keep working and keep fighting, I think at some point it'll click. We'll get it right and things will be fine. But I think everybody's frustrated."

"I think it's just communication issues a little bit," Moe Harkless said. "A little bit of attention to detail. We've just got to keep our focus and execute on defense. We're scoring enough. That's not the problem. We've got to get stops."

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

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Festus Ezeli Seeks 2nd Opinion On Left Knee

Nov 16, 2016 7:01 PM

Festus Ezeli is seeking a second opinion on his ailing left knee.

Ezeli is not traveling with the Portland Trail Blazers on their five-game East Coast trip.

Ezeli has yet to appear in a game following a procedure he underwent on his knee in August.

Ezeli appeared to be making progress toward a return last month, when he went through portions of a practice on Oct. 18 and announced afterward that "The Sheriff (was) back in town."

Ezeli subsequently endured swelling and pain with concerns emerging about the long-term health of his knee.

Joe Freeman/Oregonian

Tags: Festus Ezeli, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Kevin Durant Defends Greg Oden On 'Biggest NBA Bust' Comments

Nov 14, 2016 10:44 AM

Kevin Durant responded to comments from Greg Oden, who said he will be remembered as the biggest bust in NBA history.

"Nonsense. That's nonsense," Durant adamantly told ESPN on Sunday night. "In order for you to be a bust, you have to actually play and show people that you progressed as a player. He didn't get a chance to."

Oden was first overall in 2007 to the Portland Trail Blazers while Durant was picked second by the Seattle SuperSonics.

Oden had previously told Sports Illustrated that he was "one of the biggest busts in NBA history" and that "it would only get worse as Kevin Durant continues doing big things."

Durant defended his draft classmate.

"He didn't want to get hurt. That was the last thing he wanted to do was to get hurt," Durant told ESPN. "That wasn't even in the cards, and he got injured and that was unfortunate. But when he did play, he was a force. Protecting the paint. They were so good with him and LaMarcus down low, with Brandon Roy [and] Andre Miller at the time. They had a nice team. So he was a big part of that.

"He's not a bust. He just didn't play a long time because of injuries, and that's just what it is."

Durant said he desired to play for the Trail Blazers.

"I definitely wanted to be the No. 1 pick, but I landed in a great situation," he said. "I couldn't ask for anything better. I would love to play with LaMarcus and Brandon Roy, but when I was the second pick, I was very excited to get to Seattle. We had traded Ray Allen, like, two picks later, and I was like, 'Wow. They're really opening it up for me and really allowing me to grow as a player.' So I didn't even worry about being the No. 1 pick after that. Once we traded Ray Allen, I was like, 'This is my team.' They're going to allow me to grow and make my mistakes. So I was looking forward to it."

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Tags: Greg Oden, Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Greg Oden Expects To Be Remembered As 'Biggest Bust In NBA History'

Nov 11, 2016 4:22 PM

Greg Oden believes he will be remembered as the "biggest bust in NBA history."

Oden was drafted first overall in 2007 by the Portland Trail Blazers as a near consensus pick across the NBA despite the presence of Kevin Durant.

"I'll be remembered as the biggest bust in NBA history," Oden told Outside the Lines. "But I can't do nothing about that."

Oden also reiterated that his playing days were over.

"Don't get me wrong," Oden said. "If I was healthy, I would love to continue playing, but I'm not healthy."

Oden previously had told Sports Illustrated that he was "one of the biggest busts in NBA history" and that "it would only get worse as Kevin Durant continues doing big things."

Oden played in just 82 games over five seasons with the Blazers due to various injuries.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

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Festus Ezeli Suffers Setback In Recovery From Left Knee Procedure

Nov 9, 2016 11:44 AM

Festus Ezeli has suffered a minor setback in his recovery from a left knee procedure.

Ezeli suffered swelling in his left knee after he took part in two Blazers practices on Oct. 17 and Oct. 18, after which the Blazers have pulled back on his activity.

“I practiced, and that’s what happens sometimes – it reacts, swells up, you go back, regress and come back,’’ Ezeli said Tuesday night.

Ezeli was originally scheduled to be out six weeks, which would have put him back in action around the first week of October.

Ezeli was signed to a two-year, $15 million deal in the offseason with only the first season guaranteed.

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Tags: Festus Ezeli, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Chandler Parsons Was Close To Signing With Blazers, 'Went With Heart' Choosing Memphis

Nov 6, 2016 12:34 PM

Chandler Parsons was offered a four-year, $94.7 million contract in free agency by both the Memphis Grizzlies and Portland Trail Blazers.

Parsons met with Neil Olshey, Terry Stotts, Paul Allen and Damian Lillard in Los Angeles in the opening minutes of free agency and then the Grizzlies the next morning and decided to sign with the Memphis.

“I was close. They have a great thing going,” Parsons said when asked about signing with Portland. “Obviously, you see how talented that team is with those two guards. I had nothing against them. I went with my heart on this one. I’m happy in Memphis.”

Parsons spent two seasons with the Dallas Mavericks after signing there in 2014.

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Tags: Chandler Parsons, Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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RealGM Radio: Extension/Option Deadline With Dan Feldman

Nov 1, 2016 11:58 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Dan Feldman of NBC’s Pro Basketball Talk and the Locked On Pistons Podcast (@DanFeldmanNBA) break down the NBA’s rookie scale extension and option deadline.

They review just-announced extensions for Steven Adams, Victor Oladipo, Rudy Gobert, Cody Zeller and Gorgui Dieng along with previously agreed-to deals for Giannis Antetokounmpo, CJ McCollum and Dennis Schroder.

After that, they discuss some of the significant option decisions including RJ Hunter and James Young for the Celtics, Adreian Payne for the Timberwolves and Nik Stauskas with the 76ers. 

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Mason Plumlee Unlikely To Sign Extension With Blazers
Portland has depth at center with Leonard and Festus Ezeli in addition to Plumlee.

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Blazers Exercise 17-18 Options On Noah Vonleh, Shabazz Napier
Noah Vonleh posted averages of 3.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 15.1 minutes in 78 games (56 starts) last season with the Blazers.

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Blazers Undecided On Starting SF Despite Impressive Preseason By Maurice Harkless
Maurice Harkless has played the best and seems to have the best on-court chemistry with the rest of the Blazers' starting five

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Blazers Waive Luis Montero
During the 2016 NBA preseason, Luis Montero recorded three points (1-1 3-PT), one assist and one block in his lone contest against Utah on Oct. 3.

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Damian Lillard Excited To Play Off The Ball
The Blazers signed Evan Turner in free agency in a move that some questioned but he gives the team another playmaker with the ball in addition to Lillard and CJ McCollum.

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RealGM Radio: Northwest Division With David Locke, Adam Mares
Host Danny Leroux, David Locke of the Utah Jazz and Locked on Podcast Network and Adam Mares of Denver Stiffs break down the Northwest Division.

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Damian Lillard Couldn't Bring Himself To Join Super Team
Damian Lillard won't hit free agency until 2021 at the earliest.

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Paul Allen Comfortable With Big Financial Commitment To Blazers' Payroll
The Blazers became a far more expensive team in the short and long-term this offseason.

Joe Freeman/Oregonian

Blazers To 'Modernize' Uniforms Next Season
Portland's uniforms have remained relatively unchanged since the early 1990s.

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Greg Stiemsma Agrees To Camp Deal With Blazers
Greg Stiemsma spent training camp ahead of the 15-16 season with the Magic.

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Blazers Again Meet Up In San Diego For Workouts, Bonding
The Blazers have gone through basketball workouts and weight lifting sessions at San Diego State while also enjoying downtime together off the court.

Mike Richman/Oregonian

Noah Vonleh Out 3-4 Weeks With Surgery On Right Thigh
Noah Vonleh underwent a successful procedure to remove a bone fragment from his right thigh.

Mike Richman/Oregonian

Festus Ezeli Out Six Weeks Following Injection In Left Knee
The injection in Festus Ezeli's knee is intended to alleviate pain and improve function.

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Grant Jerrett, Blazers Agree To Camp Deal
Grant Jerrett last played in the NBA during the 14-15 season with the Jazz.

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Blazers Collaborate With Stumptown On Special Coffee Blend
Stumptown was founded in 1999 in Portland and was acquired in 2015 by Peet's Coffee.

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Neil Olshey: Blazers Prefer Favorable Contracts Over Cap Space
The Blazers entered the 2016 offseason with substantial cap space and are now a capped-out team.

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Maurice Harkless Agrees To Four-Year, $40M Deal With Blazers
Maurice Harkless' deal will be fully guaranteed with no options, but it could reach $42 million with incentives.

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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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