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Lillard: No Reason To Believe Aldridge Won't Re-Sign With Blazers

Apr 27, 2015 4:37 PM

Damian Lillard understands the NBA is a business when it comes to the possibility of LaMarcus Aldridge signing elsewhere in free agency.

"You seen LeBron [James] leave Cleveland and come back to Cleveland," Lillard said. "Guys will do what's best for them. You've got to do what's best for you when you're pursuing a ring or whatever it is."

Lillard is still confident that Aldridge will return to the Portland Trail Blazers.

"I don't have any reason to believe why he wouldn't be back here," Lillard said.

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Tags: Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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LaMarcus Aldridge Expected To Be Pursued By Spurs, Mavs, Knicks, Lakers

Apr 23, 2015 11:19 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge is expected to be pursued by the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers when he becomes a free agent in July.

The Spurs and Mavericks reportedly believe they have a shot to sign Aldridge.

Aldridge is a four-time All-Star having played his entire career with the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Blazers can offer Aldridge more money and an extra guaranteed season.

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Nicolas Batum Apologizes For Posting 'We Don't Lose To Spanish Players' In Locker Room

Apr 21, 2015 11:30 PM

Nicolas Batum apologized for posting a team motivational message that was perceived to be a a shot at Marc Gasol and Spanish players.

"I apologize if I hurt some people," Batum said. "But I have total respect for Marc Gasol. He knows that. We've talked about it sometimes."

Among the messages on the laminated card in the Portland Trail Blazers' locker room in Game 1 was the phrase: "We don't lose to Spanish players."

Several team members contributed to the laminated card.

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Tags: Marc Gasol, Nicolas Batum, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Tim Frazier Named D-League's MVP, Rookie Of The Year

Apr 21, 2015 2:14 PM

Maine Red Claws guard Tim Frazier, currently a member of the Portland Trail Blazers, has been selected as both the 2015 NBA Development League’s Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year, as voted on by the league’s 18 head coaches.

Frazier (6-1, 170, Penn State) played in 41 games for the Red Claws, 40 as a starter, averaging 16.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 9.5 assists, good for second-best in the NBA D-League. Frazier led the NBA D-League with four triple-doubles while also recording 14 double-doubles for Maine. He scored a career-high 34 against the Delaware 87ers on Jan. 3, and led the team in scoring nine times and assists 37 times.

“There’s no question about it, Tim had an MVP-caliber season in Maine this year,” said Malcolm Turner, NBA D-League President. “It takes a special young man to be as consistently dominant as he was this season, and to do it as a rookie is even more impressive. It’s fitting that our coaches recognized his hard work and his talent by selecting him as both the MVP and the Rookie of the Year. We look forward to watching his game continue to mature as his NBA career unfolds.”

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Teammate: 50-50 Chance LaMarcus Aldridge Leaves Blazers

Apr 20, 2015 12:14 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge will be a free agent this offseason and he may not be a lock to re-sign with the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Blazers have made the playoffs each of the past two seasons and he forms a strong core with Damian Lillard.

One teammate on the Blazers privately told Jason Quick of the Oregonian that he believes there's a 50-50 chance Aldridge signs elsewhere.

Aldridge could have signed a three-year extension last summer, but he said at the time that he wanted to wait until the 2015 offseason to sign a new five-year deal.

"I don't want it to be perceived that I'm not happy, or I'm not staying on because I'm not signing a three-year deal,'' Aldridge told The Oregonian last July. "It's just financially smarter to wait ... and I'm looking forward to signing the five-year deal when the chance comes."

One teammate said Aldridge will value happiness over money when making his decision, which could be found closer to his family in Texas.

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Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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2015 NBA Playoffs First Round Matchups

Apr 15, 2015 11:30 PM

The following are the matchups for the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs.

Western Conference
1. Golden State Warriors vs. 8. New Orleans Pelicans
2. Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks
3. Los Angeles Clippers vs. 6. San Antonio Spurs
4. Portland Trailblazers vs. 5. Memphis Grizzlies

Eastern Conference
1. Atlanta Hawks vs. 8. Brooklyn Nets
2. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 7. Boston Celtics
3. Chicago Bulls vs. 6. Milwaukee Bucks
4. Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards

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Arron Afflalo Out 1-2 Weeks With Right Shoulder Strain

Apr 10, 2015 7:16 PM

Arron Afflalo will miss one to two weeks after picking up a right shoulder strain.

The Portland Trail Blazers previously lost Wesley Matthews for the season.

Afflalo was acquired by the Blazers at the deadline from the Denver Nuggets.

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Batum Glad Blazers Matched Three Years After Signing Offer Sheet With Wolves

Apr 9, 2015 1:49 PM

Nicolas Batum admitted he occasionally plays the what-if game in regards to the four-year, $45 million offer sheet he signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves and was subsequently matched by the Portland Trail Blazers.

"I've thought about it, but the thing is, we will never know,'' Batum said. "Maybe it would have worked out well and (Minnesota) would have been a good team. Maybe not. You just never know. The thing is, I'm glad (Portland) matched because we are doing good since we matched.''

 

The Blazers played the Wolves on Wednesday as the team he nearly joined misses the playoffs yet again.

Batum said his desire to leave had nothing to do with Portland the city, or its fans, but rather the direction of the franchise.

The Blazers had just drafted Damian Lillard and he helped turn around the franchise.

"When I signed with Minnesota, Portland had three guys under contract,'' Batum said. "We had drafted Dame, but I didn't know him. Knew he was from a small school, but didn't know him. And didn't know the system we would play because hadn't signed Terry (Stotts) yet ... and we just had a bad season.''

Batum was sold by the opportunity to play for Rick Adelman.

"He was the right coach for me, that was the main reason - coach Adelman,'' Batum said. "But now, I don't regret it, because the way we play, and the direction of the franchise. I'm good with it. I'm good now.''

The Blazers are again a playoff team this season.

"We can imagine what it would have been like, and people say, yeah the injuries and everything, but who knows, maybe it would have been different?'' Batum said. "The thing is, they matched, and after that they signed Terry, got Rolo, Dame became Dame, and bang - we are a 50-win team. I am very happy.''

Jason Quick/Oregonian

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Dorell Wright Out 4-6 Weeks With Fractured Left Hand

Apr 4, 2015 2:47 AM

Dorell Wright is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks with a fracture in his left hand, the Portland Trail Blazers announced Friday.

Wright is averaging 4.6 points per game this season.

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Dorrell Wright Fractures Fourth Metacarpal Bone In Hand

Apr 2, 2015 1:29 AM

Dorell Wright sustained a fracture of his 4th metacarpal bone in his left hand on Wednesday night the Portland Trail Blazers announced. 

Wright's status is TBD.

The Blazers lost to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday at home.

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Tim Frazier Signing With Blazers For Remainder Of Season
Tim Frazier is coming off a win as D-League Player of the Week.

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Joel Freeland, Shawne Williams Suspended One Game For Headbutt
Joel Freeland and Shawne Williams were suspended one game for head butting each other.

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Ray Allen Not Reconsidering Decision Following Call From Blazers
The Blazers reached out to Ray Allen following the season-ending injury to Wesley Matthews.

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Wesley Matthews Out For Season With Torn Achilles
Wesley Matthews will be a free agent this offseason.

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Isaiah Thomas, Damian Lillard Named Players Of The Week
Isaiah Thomas and Damian Lillard have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

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Blazers Acquire Arron Afflalo From Nuggets
The Nuggets will acquire Will Barton, Victor Claver, Thomas Robinson, a lottery protected first rounder and a second rounder from the Blazers for Arron Afflalo and Alonzo Gee.

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Nuggets Seek Multiple Picks For Both Wilson Chandler, Arron Afflalo
The Nuggets are seeking two first rounders for Wilson Chandler and a first and second round pick for Arron Afflalo.

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Jerome Kersey Passes Away At 52
Jerome Kersey was a key member of two Blazers' teams that reached the Finals.

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Clippers, Blazers Interested In Tayshaun Prince If Bought Out
Tayshaun Prince is unlikely to be traded by the Celtics before the deadline.

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Warriors, Hawks, Blazers In Top-10 On Both Offense, Defense
Fourteen other teams are in the top-10 in either offensive or defensive efficiency.

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Damian Lillard Replaces Blake Griffin In All-Star Game
Damian Lillard has replaced Blake Griffin on the Western Conference All-Star team, the NBA announced on Sunday.

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Damian Lillard Not Defending Back-To-Back Titles In Skills Challenge
Damian Lillard has decided not to defend his reigning two-time championship in the Skills Challenge at All-Star Weekend, a league source told RealGM.

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LaMarcus Aldridge Likely To Have Double Recovery Time By Waiting On Surgery
LaMarcus Aldridge is not risking his long-term health by playing with a torn ligament.

Jason Quick/Oregonian

LaMarcus Aldridge Puts Thumb Surgery On Hold, Will Play Against Wizards
LaMarcus Aldridge will play against the Wizards on Saturday night.

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LaMarcus Aldridge Out 6-8 Weeks With Ligament Tear In Left Thumb
LaMarcus Aldridge has a radial collateral ligament tear in his left thumb that will require surgery.

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LaMarcus Aldridge's Thumb In Cast As He Awaits More Tests
An MRI conducted on LaMarcus Aldridge was inconclusive.

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Average NBA Franchise Valuation Now More Than $1 Billion
There are now 11 NBA teams worth at least $1 billion, compared to three a year ago.

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LaMarcus Aldridge Suffers Hand Injury, Will Be Further Evaluated Tuesday
X-rays of LaMarcus Aldridge's left hand injury are negative.

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Blazers Finalize Three-Year Extension With Neil Olshey
Neil Olshey started as the Blazers' GM in 2012.

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Blazers Interested In Jermaine O'Neal
Jermaine O'Neal was drafted out of high school in 1996 by the Blazers.

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