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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.

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

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

Timestamps for the discussion on each team:

Part One

Atlanta Hawks (40.5 wins)- 

2:10

Boston Celtics (26.5 wins)- 

6:13

Brooklyn Nets (41.5 wins)- 

8:58

Charlotte Hornets (45.5 wins)- 

14:35

Chicago Bulls (55.5 wins)- 

16:58

Cleveland Cavaliers (58.5 wins)- 

25:23

Dallas Mavericks (49.5 wins)- 

33:15

Denver Nuggets (40.5 wins)- 

38:36

Detroit Pistons (36.5 wins)- 

43:05

Golden State Warriors (50.5 wins)- 

48:09

Houston Rockets (49.5 wins)- 

54:25

Indiana Pacers (32.5 wins)- 

1:00:46

Los Angeles Clippers (55.5 wins)- 

1:06:32

Los Angeles Lakers (31.5 wins)- 

1:12:07

Memphis Grizzlies (48.5 wins)- 

1:17:25

Miami Heat (43.5 wins)- 

1:21:13

Lightning Round

1:25:43

Click here to listen or download Part 1 

Part Two

Milwaukee Bucks (24.5 wins)- 

1:20

Minnesota Timberwolves (25.5 wins)- 

4:30

New Orleans Pelicans (41.5 wins)- 

9:25

New York Knicks (40.5 wins)- 

14:15

Oklahoma City Thunder (57.5 wins)- 

22:12

Orlando Magic (28.5 wins)- 

28:50

Philadelphia 76ers (15.5 wins)- 

34:52

Phoenix Suns (42.5 wins)- 

40:11

Portland Trail Blazers (48.5 wins)- 

44:01

Sacramento Kings (30.5 wins)- 

46:46

San Antonio Spurs (56.5 wins)- 

49:31

Toronto Raptors (49.5 wins)- 

54:49

Utah Jazz (25.5 wins)- 

58:26

Washington Wizards (49.5 wins)- 

1:01:20

Other bets on the board-

Click here to listen or download Part 2

You can also click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

James Southerland To Be Waived By Blazers, Sign Overseas

The Portland Trail Blazers will waive James Southerland.

Southerland will sign a deal overseas, league sources tell Adrian Wojnarowski.

Southerland spent parts of last season with the then-Charlotte Bobcats and New Orleans Pelicans.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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

The NBA's new television deal won't have an impact on whether LaMarcus Aldridge signs a long-term deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to a source.

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. Afterward, he would receive 7.5 percent increases each year for the length of his deal. 

Aldridge said in July that he planned on signing a max contract with the Blazers next summer.

Via Joe Freeman/Oregonian

RealGM Radio: On The Northwest Division With Strauss, Mason

In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) breaks down the Northwest division with Ethan Sherwood Strauss of ESPN (@SherwoodStrauss) and Beckley Mason of HoopSpeak and the New York Times (@BeckleyMason). 

The three work through the offseason for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets, including the Kevin Love trade, preview the upcoming season and hit on many other NBA topics including OKC's future, the Warriors' situation and locker room dynamics.

Click here to listen or download

You can also click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Portland Trail Blazers Archives

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.

Vince Carter To Receive Interest From Raptors, Thunder, Heat, Blazers

Vince Carter averaged 11.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 24.4 minutes per game last season despite being 37.

Blazers Offer Max Contract Extension To LaMarcus Aldridge

The Blazers offered a three-year, $55.5 million extension to LaMarcus Aldridge.

LeBron, Durant, Noah, Paul, Harden Headline All-NBA Teams

Joakim Noah was named to his first All-NBA First Team.

Batum To Participate In FIBA World Cup For France

Nicolas Batum and France won the European Championship last summer.
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