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Isaiah Thomas, Damian Lillard Named Players Of The Week

Mar 2, 2015 3:34 PM

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

Thomas was traded to the Boston Celtics at the deadline.

In wins over San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Sacramento, Lillard averaged 26.0 points (49.1% FG, 50% 3-PT, 93.3% FT), 4.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists. 

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Blazers Acquire Arron Afflalo From Nuggets

Feb 19, 2015 11:29 AM

The Portland Trail Blazers have acquired Arron Afflalo in a trade with the Denver Nuggets.

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

The Blazers will send their own 2016 first rounder (lottery protected). If it's not conveted, it becomes protected for the lottery again in 2017 and then two future second round picks.

The Blazers have been searching for more depth on the wing.

Afflalo can become a free agent in the offseason.

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Tags: Arron Afflalo, Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nuggets Seek Multiple Picks For Both Wilson Chandler, Arron Afflalo

Feb 19, 2015 9:47 AM

The Denver Nuggets have maintained a high asking price for Wilson Chandler and Arron Afflalo.

The Nuggets received two future first round picks from the Cleveland Cavaliers last month for Timofey Mozgov.

The Nuggets are seeking two first rounders for Chandler and a first and second round pick for Afflalo.

The Portland Trail Blazers have been strongly linked to a trade with the Nuggets.

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Tags: Wilson Chandler, Arron Afflalo, Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jerome Kersey Passes Away At 52

Feb 18, 2015 10:29 PM

Jerome Kersey has passed away at the age of 52.

Kersey was the 46th overall pick by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1984 NBA Draft out of Longwood.

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

Feb 17, 2015 11:30 PM

Tayshaun Prince is unlikely to be traded by the Boston Celtics before the deadline. If a trade is not found, Prince is a likely buyout candidate.

The Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers figure to be strong contenders for Prince, according to sources.

Prince remains capable of providing solid minutes off the bench.

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Tags: Tayshaun Prince, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Warriors, Hawks, Blazers In Top-10 On Both Offense, Defense

Feb 12, 2015 12:50 PM

The Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks and Portland Trail Blazers enter the All-Star break as the only three teams in the NBA ranked in the top-10 in both offense and defense.

Fourteen other teams are in the top-10 in either offensive or defensive efficiency.

The Chicago Bulls ranked second in defensive efficiency last season and 28th on offense, but they are currently 9th on offense and just 13th on defense.

Teams that contend for a championship in the NBA typically are in the top-10 in both categories, or are particularly dominant on one end of the floor.

The current top-10 in efficiency differential consists of the Warriors, Hawks, Clippers, Mavericks, Blazers, Grizzlies, Raptors, Spurs, Rockets and Cavaliers.

The old/young distinction is based on the average age of players who play 15 or more minutes per game.

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Damian Lillard Replaces Blake Griffin In All-Star Game

Feb 8, 2015 2:13 PM

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

Griffin is out indefinitely while Lillard was a notable omission from the All-Star team.

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Damian Lillard Not Defending Back-To-Back Titles In Skills Challenge

Feb 2, 2015 12:23 PM

After being left off the NBA's Western Conference All-Star team, 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.

Lillard was far and away the league’s most glaring omission from the All-Star game, being left off the fan, coaches and commissioner voting. In his third NBA season, Lillard has averaged 21.6 points, 6.3 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game.

As a co-star with LaMarcus Aldridge, Lillard has helped lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a consecutive season among the West’s top tier.

During All-Star Weekend last season, Lillard participated in every event: the Rising Stars game, Skills Challenge, Three-Point Shootout, Slam Dunk contest and All-Star Game.

Trey Burke has committed to his invite for the upcoming skills competition after winning together with Lillard a year ago. Dallas Mavericks guard Monta Ellis strongly considered his invitation for the event, but has decided to decline, sources told RealGM.

Lillard was the NBA’s Rookie of the Year in 2013 and a first-time All-Star last season.

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LaMarcus Aldridge Likely To Have Double Recovery Time By Waiting On Surgery

Jan 25, 2015 6:50 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge could miss the start of training camp next season by delaying his thumb surgery.

Although Aldridge is not risking his long-term health by playing with a torn ligament, a specialist in the field said he could now be facing a recovery that will take twice as long -- up to three or four months.

Dr. Steven Shin, a hand/wrist surgeon at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles, said the only downside Aldridge faces by postponing his surgery are the longer recovery time and having to play through pain.

"The reason why we suggest surgery rather than waiting is the quality of ligament can deteriorate with time,'' Shin said.

The overall recovery time goes from 6-to-8 weeks to three-to-four months, Shin said.

Jason Quick/Oregonian

Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Injury

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LaMarcus Aldridge Puts Thumb Surgery On Hold, Will Play Against Wizards

Jan 24, 2015 2:34 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge has put surgery on hold for the ligament tear in his left thumb, the Portland Trail Blazers announced Saturday.

Aldridge will play against the Washington 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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Mike Budenholzer, Terry Stotts Named NBA Coaches Of December
Mike Budenholzer of the Hawks and Terry Stotts of the Blazers have been named the NBA Coaches of the Month for December.

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Al Horford, LaMarcus Aldridge Named NBA Players Of The Week
Al Horford and LaMarcus Aldridge have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between Dec. 15-Dec. 21.

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Robin Lopez To Miss 6-7 Weeks With Fractured Hand
Robin Lopez sustained the hand injury in the Trail Blazers' win over the Spurs on Monday.

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

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Robin Lopez Out Indefinitely With Broken Hand
Robin Lopez is out indefinitely with a broken hand.

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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.

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C.J. McCollum Sidelined Four Weeks With Finger Fracture
C.J. McCollum will be re-evaluated in four weeks.

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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.

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Meyers Leonard Shifts Philosophy From 'Brute' Center To Stretch Forward
Meyers Leonard has shown development in his shooting and has a more defined role as a shooting big man who can stretch the defense.

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Nowitzki Believes He Could Co-Exist With Aldridge
LaMarcus Aldridge has said he plans on signing a new five-year deal with the Blazers this summer.

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Blazers Exercise 15-16 Options On Leonard, McCollum
The Blazers have exercised team options on the contracts of center Meyers Leonard and guard CJ McCollum.

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Blazers Waive Diante Garrett, Darius Morris
The Blazers have waived Diante Garrett and Darius Morris.

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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.

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James Southerland To Be Waived By Blazers, Sign Overseas
The Blazers will waive James Southerland.

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