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Blazers Move Up To No. 10 With Kings To Select Zach Collins

Jun 22, 2017 8:34 PM

The Sacramento Kings have agreed to trade the No. 10 pick to the Portland Trail Blazers for selections No. 15 and No. 20.

The Blazers picked Zach Collins with the selection.

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Blazers Haven't Ruled Out Trading For LaMarcus Aldridge If Spurs Take Matching Salary

Jun 22, 2017 1:22 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers haven't ruled out the possibility of trading for LaMarcus Aldridge, according to a source.

Aldridge left the Blazers to sign with the San Antonio Spurs in 2015. 

The Blazers would only be willing to complete a trade for Aldridge with the Spurs if they sent out matching salary. Portland owns three first round picks and is also interested in sending out salary. Portland has limited cap flexibility after their 2016 offseason.

The Spurs presumably have wanted to clear Aldridge's salary to create cap space.

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Damian Lillard Would Sign With Jazz Or Lakers If Blazers Didn't Want Him

Jun 14, 2017 3:57 PM

While answering questions on Twitter, Damian Lillard was asked which team he would sign with other than the Portland Trail Blazers.

Lillard won't become a free agent until 2021 and has consistently talked about his love for Portland. Lillard even said he is prepared to forgo a title if he can't do with with the Blazers.

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Maurice Harkless Discussed As Part Of Knicks, Blazers Trade Talks

Jun 3, 2017 5:05 PM

The New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers have discussed a trade involving a draft pick.

With the Blazers owning three first round picks, they are looking to shed salary by trading one of those picks.

The name of Maurice Harkless has come up in discussions between the Blazers and Knicks. Harkless signed a four-year, $40 million deal with the Blazers last offseason.

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Knicks Discuss Acquiring First Round Pick From Blazers

Jun 1, 2017 1:15 PM

The New York Knicks have discussed acquiring one of the three first round picks owned by the Portland Trail Blazers.

Portland owns the 15th, 20th and 26th overall picks. According to a report earlier this week from Keith Smith, the Blazers have interest in using one of those picks to shed salary from their books.

Talks between New York and Portland are believed to be in the early stages, but one scenario discussed involved an additional player from Portland being sent in a trade.

The Knicks own the eighth overall pick.

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Blazers Willing To Attach First Round Pick To Dump Salary

May 31, 2017 1:58 AM

The Portland Trail Blazers own three first round picks this year and are willing to part ways with one of them in order to remove one of their unwanted contracts from their books, according to a source.

The Blazers have no pending free agents this offseason and face a numbers crunch with their roster in addition to a significant luxury tax payment.

The Blazers re-signed Allen Crabbe, Meyers Leonard and Maurice Harkless last offseason, while also adding Evan Turner and Festus Ezeli in free agency. The Blazers will waive Ezeli in the offseason.

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Blazers Deny Request From Hawks To Interview Neil Olshey

May 20, 2017 2:58 AM

The Portland Trail Blazers denied a request from the Atlanta Hawks to interview Neil Olshey for their vacant general manager job.

Olshey became general manager of the Blazers in 2012.

The Hawks are searching for a new GM after Mike Budenholzer stepped down from the job.

Olshey was identified as a primary candidate for the job by the Hawks.

In order for the Blazers to let Olshey out of his contract, they would have to receive draft and/or financial compensation from the Hawks.

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Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Allen Crabbe To Undergo Surgery For Broken Foot

May 9, 2017 1:09 PM

Allen Crabbe will undergo surgery on Thursday to repair a stress reaction of the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.

The surgery will be performed by Dr. Martin O’Malley at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

In 79 games (7 starts) this season, Crabbe averaged 10.7 points (48.8% FG, 44.4% 3-PT, 84.7% FT), 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists.

The NBA’s second most accurate 3-point shooter at 44.4%, Crabbe posted the highest percentage from beyond the arc in franchise history by a player with 100-plus 3-pointers. 

The Blazers matched Crabbe's four-year, $75 million offer sheet with the Brooklyn Nets last offseason.

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Damian Lillard Prepared To Forgo Title If He Can't Do It With Blazers

May 4, 2017 6:44 PM

Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers won just one game against the Golden State Warriors during the past two playoffs, but he remains fully committed to the franchise.

Lillard has been one of the best point guards in the NBA throughout his career but his supporting cast has been inconsistent during his tenure with the Blazers.

Lillard spoke about the possibility of not winning a title on Twitter.

Lillard cannot become a free agent until 2021.

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Damian Lillard Win Magic Johnson Award

May 2, 2017 2:49 PM

Damian Lillard has won the 2016-17 Magic Johnson Award, which honors the player who best combines excellence on the basketball court with cooperation and dignity in dealing with the media and the public, the Professional Basketball Writers Association announced today.

Lillard helped the Trail Blazers compile a 41-41 record and earn a Western Conference playoff berth.

He finished the regular season ranked sixth in the NBA scoring, averaging 27.0 points per game. The point guard also averaged 4.9 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game.

Off the court, Lillard fostered an atmosphere of mutual respect with the media.

DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors, Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors and Paul Millsap of the Atlanta Hawks also were finalists for the award.

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Blazers Won't Bring Back Festus Ezeli
Festus Ezeli underwent an experimental knee surgery in March.

Joe Freeman/Oregonian

Damian Lillard: Defeating Warriors Becoming An Obsession
Damian Lillard has compared trying to beat the Warriors to the struggles Michael Jordan had against the Pistons in his career.

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Jusuf Nurkic Ruled Out For Game 4
Jusuf Nurkic was limited to 3-to-5 minute shifts in Game 3.

Mike Richman/Oregonian

Rick Carlisle, Dwane Casey, Terry Stotts Interviewed As Package Deal In 2008
Rick Carlisle, Dwane Casey and Terry Stotts each were fired as head coach of the Pacers, Wolves and Bucks around the same time in 2007.

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Damian Lillard Scores Franchise Record 59 Points
Damian Lillard eclipsed Damon Stoudamire's single-game franchise scoring record (54 in 2005) points.

Joe Freeman/Oregonian

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Damian Lillard Named Players Of The Month For March
Giannis Antetokounmpo averaged 22.4 points (ninth in the East), 8.4 rebounds (10th in the East), 4.8 assists, 1.78 blocked shots (fourth in the East) and 1.33 steals in 18 games.

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Jason Kidd, Terry Stotts Named Coaches Of The Month
Jason Kidd led the Bucks to an Eastern Conference-best 14-4 record.

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Jusuf Nurkic Out At Least Two Weeks With Fibular Fracture
Jusuf Nurkic will be out two weeks and then reevaluated.

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Hassan Whiteside, Damian Lillard Named Players Of The Week
Hassan Whiteside finished second in the East in rebounding (13.7 rpg) and 11th in scoring (20.0 ppg).

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Ed Davis Out For Season With Shoulder Surgery
Ed Davis is expected to be ready for the 2017-18 training camp.

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Festus Ezeli To Undergo Knee Surgery With Cadaver Donor
Festus Ezeli is expected to undergo an unconventional surgical procedure on his left knee next week.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Blazers Were Close To Jahlil Okafor Trade Before Dealing For Jusuf Nurkic
Talks between the Blazers and 76ers were advanced enough for Philadelphia to pull Jahlil Okafor from their lineup.

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Blazers Determined To Trade Festus Ezeli By Deadline
Festus Ezeli is in the first year of a two-year deal for Ezeli that pays $7.4 million this season but is guaranteed for only $1 million next season.

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Blazers Acquire Jusuf Nurkic, 1st Rounder From Nuggets For Mason Plumlee
Portland owns three picks in the talent-rich 2017 NBA draft, including its own, Cleveland’s and Memphis' via the deal with Denver.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Evan Turner Suffers Broken Hand
Evan Turner broke the third metacarpal in his shooting hand.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Damian Lillard: D'Angelo Russell 'Poked The Bear'
D'Angelo Russell engaged Damian Lillard in a war of words and had to be separated.

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Cavs Trading 2017 First Rounder To Get 2018 Returned From Blazers
The Cavaliers will then trade their 2019 first round pick to the Hawks as part of the Kyle Korver deal.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Damian Lillard Returning From Ankle Injury After Missing Five Games
Portland has posted a 2-3 record during the stretch Damian Lillard has missed.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Blazers Not Interested In DeMarcus Cousins, Nerlens Noel
The Blazers could use a rim protector at center to anchor their defense.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Terry Stotts' Job Secure Despite Blazers' Disappointing Start
Terry Stotts signed a three-year extension with the Blazers in May of 2016.

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