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NBA Live 15 Picks Damian Lillard As Cover Athlete

EA Sports NBA Live 15 has selected Damian Lillard as its cover athlete.

"I'm so honored and I'm so blessed to be in this position," said Lillard. "I'm so thankful to EA Sports for making me the cover guy. It's been a long time coming. It took a lot of hard work, and it's a dream come true."

Lillard is entering his third NBA season with the Portland Trail Blazers and also signed a major endorsement contract with Adidas this year.

Via Tim Brown/Oregonian

Blazers Sign Darius Morris To Camp Contract

The Portland Trail Blazers have signed Darius Morris to a non-guaranteed camp contract.

Morris has played on four NBA teams since being picked in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft.

Morris played for the Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers and Memphis Grizzlies.

Via Joe Freeman/Oregonian

Monroe Explored Sign-And-Trade With Thunder, Blazers, At Least Three Other Clubs

Greg Monroe's agent explored sign-and-trade scenarios with at least five other teams, including the Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers.

Monroe and agent David Falk never sought an offer sheet from another team.

Monroe ultimately was forced to sign for the qualifying offer with the Detroit Pistons and will become an unrestricted free agent next offseason.

Via Michael Lee/Washington Post

Portland Submits Bid For NBA All-Star Game

The Portland Trail Blazers are one of three teams to submit a bid to host the 2017 or 2018 NBA All-Star Game.

"It's going to be the biggest event from a sports perspective hosted in Oregon's history, I think," Blazers' president Chris McGowan said.

The Charlotte Hornets have also submitted a bid, along with a third unnamed team.

Portland recently hosted a hugely succesful MLS All-Star Game.

"This isn't a money-maker for us -- hosting these events actually costs money," McGowan said. "But it's so great for the city of Portland and the region that Paul's completely supportive of it, and obviously, everybody knows how big a fan he is of the NBA. He definitely thinks the fans deserve it, but he would also love to witness a game in his arena and in the city in which he's owned a team for a long time."

Portland supposedly hasn't had enough hotel rooms in the past, but the pending convention center hotel is supposed to help.

Portland has never hosted an NBA All-Star Game.

Via Mike Tokito/Oregonian

Blazers Sign Diante Garrett To Two-Year, Non-Guaranteed Deal

The Portland Trail Blazers have signed Diante Garrett to a non-guaranteed two-year deal, according to a source.

The Blazers can control Garrett's rights if he makes the team out of training camp in October.

Garrett played for the Utah Jazz last season.

Via Joe Freeman/The Oregonian

James Southerland Signs One-Year, Non-Guaranteed Deal With Blazers

James Southerland has signed a one-year, non-guaranteed deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, a league source told RealGM.

Southerland, a 6-foot-8 sharpshooter, played four games for the New Orleans Pelicans and Charlotte Hornets in his rookie season. After going undrafted out of Syracuse, Southerland signed a training camp contract with Charlotte and earned its final regular-season roster spot.

Southerland averaged 3.5 points and two rebounds while hitting three of six 3-pointers a year ago. In the middle of his release from Charlotte and signing with New Orleans, Southerland logged 42 games with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the D-League. 

Southerland played for the Pelicans’ summer league team in July.

As a senior at Syracuse, Southerland found a niche on a talented roster, averaged 13.3 points and 5.2 rebounds and solidified himself as one of the top shooters in the 2013 NBA draft.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Will Barton's 14-15 Contract With Blazers Becomes Guaranteed

Will Barton's contract for 14-15 became fully guaranteed on Thursday, which puts the Portland Trail Blazers' roster at 15.

Barton, whom Neil Olshey selected with a second-round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, will make roughy $915,000 next season.

"Will has improved as much as anyone on our roster as a player and a professional," Olshey told The Oregonian in an email. "Having the third year of his contract guaranteed is a validation of his efforts and his value to our organization."

Via Joe Freeman/Oregonian

Blazers Previously Had Serious Sign-And-Trade Talks For Greg Monroe

The Portland Trail Blazers and Detroit Pistons had serious sign-and-trade discussions earlier this month centered on Greg Monroe.

Monroe remains a restricted free agent and many have speculated that the Pistons will be unable to keep both he and Josh Smith.

The Blazers ultimately decided to sign Chris Kaman to serve as the backup to Robin Lopez at center.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Steve Blake Agrees To Deal With Blazers

Steve Blake and the Portland Trail Blazers have agreed upon a contract for the bi-annual exception.

Blake previously played for the Blazers before a trade to the Los Angeles Clippers in 2010.

Blake was most recently with the Golden State Warriors.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

LaMarcus Aldridge Plans To Sign Extension With Blazers Next Summer

LaMarcus Aldridge will not sign a contract extension with the Portland Trail Blazers this offseason, but he plans to do so next summer.

Aldridge said he believes it will make more financial sense for him to wait until next summer when he can sign a five-year, $108 million deal.

"I'm happy to stay (in Portland), happy to be here, happy with the direction the team has gone the last year or 2," Aldridge said. "But I just want to get a 5-year deal. I feel like that’s the best decision on my part."

Aldridge added he wants to finish his career with the Blazers.

"I want to be the best Blazer. Ever."

Via Joe Freeman/The Oregonian

Portland Trail Blazers Archives

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.

Blazers Part Ways With NBA Director Of Scouting Mike Born

Mike Born was hired by the Blazers as a scout in 2004 and received a promotion in 2007 from Kevin Pritchard.

Olshey: LaMarcus Aldridge Is Blazers' No. 1 Priority

LaMarcus Aldridge had the best year of his NBA career this season.

Mo Williams To Opt Out Of 14-15 Season On Contract

Mo Williams said he is searching for a multi-year contract.

Terry Stotts, Blazers Near Deal On Contract Extension

The Blazers hold an option on the third and final season of Terry Stotts' contract for 14-15, but that will likely be torn up with a new deal.

Mo Williams Likely To Miss Game 3 With Groin Injury

Mo Williams is bothered by a groin injury.

Blazers Discover Snake In Locker Room Before Game 2

The snake was inside the locker of Thomas Robinson.

Top-5 Playoff PER: Aldridge, LeBron, Troy Daniels, Gibson, Dwight

LaMarcus Aldridge has the top Player Efficiency Rating through the first four games of the 2014 NBA Playoffs with a mark of 34.0.

NBA Admits Referees Should Have Awarded Howard Two Free Throws On Late Boxout With Freeland

The NBA acknowledged the officials missed a late call in the Blazers' 122-120 overtime win over the Rockets in Game 1.

Ties Broken For 2014 NBA Draft Selection Order

The Jazz won an important tiebreaker over the Celtics.

RealGM Radio: Mega NBA Playoffs Preview

Daniel Leroux previews the NBA Playoffs with Beckley Mason, Nate Duncan, Shams Charania and Arturo Galletti.

Spurs, Clippers, Thunder, Heat, Warriors Finish In Top-5 In Efficiency Differential

The Spurs scored 110.5 points per 100 possession while allowing 102.4 points per 100 possessions.
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