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Blazers Exercise 16-17 Options On CJ McCollum, Mason Plumlee, Noah Vonleh

Sep 30, 2015 1:51 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers have exercised team options on guard CJ McCollum (fourth year), center Mason Plumlee (fourth year) and forward Noah Vonleh (third year).

McCollum, the 10th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, holds averages of 6.3 points, 1.4 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 14.5 minutes in 100 career games in his first two seasons with Portland.

Plumlee, the 22nd overall selection in the 2013 NBA Draft by Brooklyn, has averaged 8.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.77 blocks and 19.9 minutes in 152 games during his first two NBA seasons.

Portland acquired Plumlee and the draft rights to guard Pat Connaughton from Brooklyn for guard Steve Blake and the draft rights to forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.

Vonleh, the ninth overall pick by Charlotte in the 2014 NBA Draft, appeared in 25 games for the Hornets during his rookie season, averaging 3.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.2 assists in 10.4 minutes.

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Damian Lillard Spent Offseason Working On Handle Inspired By Curry

Sep 29, 2015 4:54 PM

Damian Lillard was asked on media day how he's worked on expanding his individual game in the offseason.

"The first thing I did this summer was find different things that I could do for my body. Instead of when they say ‘take time off after the long season,’ and you go get out of shape and you don’t do any activities, this summer was different for me. I started swimming. That’s all I did for, like, two and a half months is swim. I did core exercises. You know, just did a lot of stuff to help my body so I could recover from the season but I could also be training at the same time. I think that was a huge thing for me. The way I ate was a huge thing for me; just working on things to challenge myself.

"A lot of the things I did on the floor had to do with my balance because a lot of the shots that I’ve gotten over the first three years of my career have been tough shots, and I can make tough shots, but if I can get my balance down when I get to certain spots and get put in certain positions, if I can be a more efficient shooter then I can be a better player.

"I did a lot of ball handling. I did a lot of passing. You look at the leaps that Steph Curry made over three years, and a lot of it had to do with how well he began to handle the ball, how well he began to pass the ball, and that affects everything. Being able to do that affects how well you shoot the ball and your playmaking ability and your ability to break down defenses. So that’s basically what my summer was based on."

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Tags: Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Mike Miller Agrees To Buyout With Blazers

Sep 27, 2015 7:31 PM

Mike Miller and the Portland Trail Blazers have finalized a contract buyout.

Once Miller clears waivers, the Denver Nuggets are among the teams with an interest in signing Miller. The Nuggets previously pursued Miller before he signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers last offseason.

The Blazers acquired Miller in the Brendan Haywood trade in July, receiving two future second-round picks from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Tags: Mike Miller, Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Jim Moran Promoted By Blazers To Assistant Coach

Sep 22, 2015 7:18 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers have promoted Jim Moran to assistant coach on Terry Stotts’ staff.

“I am excited to add Jim to our coaching staff,” said Stotts. “He is a young coach with a bright future. He has a terrific work ethic coupled with a refreshing personality. He has already demonstrated a unique ability to work with our players and he will add a new perspective for us.”

Moran joins a staff that includes fellow assistant coaches Jay Triano, David Vanterpool, Nate Tibbetts and Dale Osbourne.

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Anthony Bennett Agrees To Buyout With Wolves

Sep 22, 2015 12:29 PM

Anthony Bennett has reached agreement with the Minnesota Timberwolves on a buyout.

Bennett will become a free agent if he clears waivers.

The Portland Trail Blazers are expected to pursue Bennett with the presence of Jay Triano and David Vanerpool a factor.

Bennett was the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft and no other team in the top-10 had plans of selecting him.

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Tags: Anthony Bennett, Minnesota Timberwolves, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Blazers Considering Logo Redesign

Sep 8, 2015 12:06 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers are considering a redesign of their logo in the near future.

The Blazers' iconic pinwheel is described by Lowe as "drowning in a black mass" and digital reporter for the team Casey Holdahl says "wheels are in motion" on a redesign of that aspect of their identity.

“It feels so dated, so 1970s,” said Mark Fox, a Bay Area designer who has worked on several NBA logos.

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Blazers' Offseason Was About Finding Players On Same Career Arc As Lillard

Aug 31, 2015 11:01 AM

The Portland Trail Blazers have shifted this offseason to fully build around Damian Lillard following the departure of LaMarcus Aldridge.

“We had a lot of veteran free agents, [but our offseason plan] was all based on LaMarcus’s decision,” Neil Olshey said. “We had brought some guys in prior to July 3 when LaMarcus informed us he wasn’t coming back, that we felt could play either way — they could be really good additions to our current group or they could be guys we could move in another direction. We were preparing for this opportunity. We were kind of trying to play both ends against the middle and then LaMarcus informed us he wasn’t coming back, so we went full bore with guys in the same career arc as Damian Lillard.

“Damian’s our best player right now. He’s a two-time All-Star. We’re going to bring in players that complement Damian, his skill set, how we want to play, and who can grow with him as he continues to improve.”

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

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Blazers Pick Up 15-16 Option On Allen Crabbe

Aug 1, 2015 2:31 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers have picked up their 15-16 option on Allen Crabbe.

The team had until Saturday to decide on Crabbe’s contract status. The 23-year-old is expected to make more than $900,000 next season.

"It's always good to know that your [contract] is going to be guaranteed so it just makes you focus on continuing to work hard for the rest of the summer and get prepared for training camp," Crabbe told CSNNW.com on Friday. "I've got a clear mind just knowing that I'm going to be on the roster next year."

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Tags: Allen Crabbe, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Brendan Haywood Waived By Blazers

Jul 30, 2015 8:45 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers have waived center Brendan Haywood.

Portland acquired Haywood, guard Mike Miller and two future second round draft picks from the Cleveland Cavaliers on July 27 in exchange for cash considerations.

Haywood's contract was non-guaranteed.

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Wesley Matthews 'Felt Disrespected' By Lack Of Interest From Blazers

Jul 30, 2015 7:11 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers never made an offer to Wesley Matthews in free agency.

Matthews signed with the Blazers in 2010 and became one of the NBA's best two-way shooting guards. But Matthews ruptured his left Achilles tendon in March.

"I was pissed off," Matthews said. "I felt disrespected."

The only change the Blazers would pursue re-signing Matthews was if LaMarcus Aldridge also committed to remain with the franchise.

"I was angry," Matthews said, "but I also realize that this is a business."


Before free agency, Matthews said he was worth $15 million per season and then he watched DeMarre Carroll and Khris Middleton receive that type of money.

"No knock on them, but I'm taking me 10 times out of 10 over them," Matthews said. "There was a time when I was undeniable in the NBA; you could not deny me. Everything that happened to me before, I was able to get to this point because of my passion, my motive."

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Grizzlies, Thunder, Mavs Expected To Pursue Mike Miller
Mike Miller was traded by the Cavaliers to the Blazers and he'll be waived.

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Cavs Trade Brendan Haywood, Mike Miller To Blazers
The Cavaliers will acquire traded player exceptions worth $10.5 million and $2.85 million.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Blazers Sign Phil Pressey
Phil Pressey spent the past two seasons with the Celtics.

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Cliff Alexander Signs With Blazers
Cliff Alexander averaged 7.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 22.8 minutes a game.

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Cavs Likely To Settle For TPE In Exchange For Haywood's Contract
The Cavs used a trade exception they created last summer to trade for Timofey Mozgov during last season.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Blazers Sign Luis Montero
Luis Montero last played for Westchester Community College in New York, where he averaged 15.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in 2013-14.


Blazers Acquire Moe Harkless From Magic
The Blazers have a need at small forward, creating an opportunity for Moe Harkless to play a big role.

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Enes Kanter Signs Four-Year, $70M Offer Sheet With Blazers
Oklahoma City has been expected to match any offer sheet Enes Kanter signs with a rival team.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Damian Lillard, Blazers Agree Upon Five-Year, $125M Extension
Damian Lillard's deal contains no option for either side and is fully guaranteed.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Heat Pursuing Meeting With LaMarcus Aldridge
Miami would need to agree upon a sign-and-trade with the Blazers to acquire LaMarcus Aldridge.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

LaMarcus Aldridge Grants Lakers 2nd Meeting; Considering Visits
LaMarcus Aldridge is believed to be most strongly considering the Suns and Spurs.

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Ed Davis, Blazers Agree Upon Three-Year, $20M Deal
Ed Davis spent the 14-15 season with the Lakers.

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Lakers Didn't Make Strong Impression On LaMarcus Aldridge, Ruled Out
LaMarcus Aldridge is expected to make a decision fairly soon on which team he will sign with in free agency.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Damian Lillard, Blazers Near Agreement On Five-Year, $120M+ Deal
The Blazers are prepared to pay Damian Lillard the maximum amount they're allowed to and make him their designated player.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Al-Farouq Aminu Agrees Upon Four-Year, $30M Deal With Blazers
Al-Farouq Aminu had a breakout season in 14-15 with the Mavericks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Pelicans, Bucks, Knicks Among Interested Teams For Robin Lopez
The Pelicans, Bucks and Knicks are so far among the strongest suitors for Trail Blazers free agent Robin Lopez, league sources told RealGM.

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Wesley Matthews To Receive Interest From Raptors, Mavs
Wesley Matthews is seeking a deal with an annual average in the $15 million range.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

LaMarcus Aldridge Sets Order Of Free Agency Meetings
LaMarcus Aldridge will meet with seven teams in free agency.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Al-Farouq Aminu To Meet With Knicks, Celtics, Blazers, Raptors, Pelicans
The Mavericks are also in the mix to re-sign Al-Farouq Aminu.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Greg Monroe Plans To Meet With Knicks, Celtics, Bucks, Lakers, Blazers
Greg Monroe admits he is out of the Pistons' plans.

Darrell Williams/The Advocate

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