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Spurs Expected To Prioritize LaMarcus Aldridge Over Marc Gasol

May 18, 2015 5:13 PM

While the San Antonio Spurs will certainly pursue Marc Gasol, they're expected to initially focus on LaMarcus Aldridge.

The plans of Marc Gasol remain a mystery to even those closest to him, while there's been several indications that Aldridge will at least strongly consider leaving the Portland Trail Blazers.

Gasol and Aldridge have each spent their entire career with the Grizzlies and Blazers respectively.

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Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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LaMarcus Aldridge Undergoes Surgery On Thumb

May 18, 2015 1:38 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge has undergone surgery on his left thumb and will be unable to participate in basketball activities for eight weeks.

Aldridge elected not to have surgery during the season to continue the playoff chase for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Aldridge will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

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

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Thunder Interested In Monty Williams, Andy Greer, Nate Tibbets As Assistants

May 16, 2015 9:47 PM

Billy Donovan has targeted Monty Williams, Andy Greer and Nate Tibbetts to join his coaching staff with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Williams was recently fired by the New Orleans Pelicans, while Greer is currently an assistant with the Bulls and Tibbetts with the Blazers.

Brian Keefe is another possibility for the Thunder. Keefe left the Thunder last offseason to join Derek Fisher with the New York Knicks.

Keefe is well-regarded among Thunder management and players. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are among the players partial to Keefe.

Mike Brown passed on a chance to interview for a spot on Donovan's staff.

Donovan will keep Oklahoma City assistant Mark Bryant and Darko Rajakovic on staff, and make former Alabama coach Anthony Grant his No. 3 assistant coach, league sources said.

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Tags: Chicago Bulls, Portland Trail Blazers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Spears: Aldridge For Griffin Sign-And-Trade Has Been Rumored

May 8, 2015 8:22 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge will be a free agent this offseason and Yahoo's Marc J. Spears reported that he's heard rumors about a potential sign-and-trade with the Los Angeles Clippers for Blake Griffin.

Griffin was drafted by former Clippers' GM Neil Olshey, who is now with the Blazers.

Griffin has an early termination option in 2017.

"This is a rumor. Let me say that three times. This is a rumor. This a rumor. This is a rumor," said Spears on John Canzano's radio show.

"Blake Griffin.

"Obviously, there’s a connection there with the GM. And you wonder, if LaMarcus is interested in the Clippers, playing with Chris Paul. Could Neil Olshey get his old superstar with the Clippers in Portland?

"I think you get to a point where – Neil is smart. You’ve got to have a come-to-Jesus meeting with LaMarcus and say, “Hey, do you really want to be here or do you think you want to go. Because if you really want to go, help us – the same way Steve Nash helped the Suns. Don’t just walk away. Try to help out Portland in the process."

Dan Feldman/Pro Basketball Talk

Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Blazers To Have Substantial Cap Space If LaMarcus Aldridge Leaves

May 5, 2015 10:37 AM

The Portland Trail Blazers are prepared to pivot in another direction if LaMarcus Aldridge decides to leave in free agency.

The Blazers purposely timed the summer of 2015 to have several of their own players become free agents alongside Aldridge to remain flexible in their next steps.

If the Blazers don't do a sign-and-trade of Aldridge and he leaves outright, they could fill their substantial cap space with younger free agents that will become good values moving forward with the cap increasing.

The Blazers are unlikely to get bad enough to rebuild via high draft picks due to the presence of Damian Lillard, so taking a small step back and pursue free agency is a more viable option.

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

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Damian Lillard Graduates From Weber State

May 1, 2015 11:31 PM

Damian Lillard donned a cap and gown to walk with fellow students and receive his diploma as he graduated from Weber State University on Friday.

Lillard left Weber State after his junior year to enter the 2012 NBA Draft.

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

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Arron Afflalo Plans To Opt Out, Become Free Agent

May 1, 2015 11:22 PM

Arron Afflalo plans to opt out of his contract for the 2015-16 season and become a free agent.

Afflalo was bothered by a shoulder injury late in the season with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Afflalo was traded from the Denver Nuggets to Portland.

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Tags: Arron Afflalo, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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LaMarcus Aldridge Believed To Have Strongest Interest In Spurs

May 1, 2015 1:22 PM

The San Antonio Spurs are near or at the top of LaMarcus Aldridge's free agency list, according to sources.

Aldridge is hitting the open market for the first time in his career and he appears willing to seriously consider leaving the Portland Trail Blazers.

Another possible scenario for Aldridge would be to replace Kevin Love with the Cleveland Cavaliers should he leave in free agency. The Cavaliers would have to manufacture a sign-and-trade for Aldridge.

The New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers also plan on pursuing Aldridge.

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Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Damian Lillard To Seek Designated Five-Year Max Deal With Blazers

Apr 30, 2015 7:31 PM

Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard will seek the designated player maximum contract – a full five-year deal – in a possible extension this upcoming offseason, league sources told RealGM.

The Blazers will address the immediate futures of LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews when the July free agency begins, but the franchise is also expected to start talks on a new deal with Lillard this summer.

Lillard, sources said, has no plans to consider signing an extension less than the designated max – nor would the two-time NBA All-Star and 2013 Rookie of the Year be financially inclined to do so given 2016’s rising free agency market, when upward of 20 teams could extend $20 million-plus offer sheets to Lillard.

In his exit interview Thursday, Lillard told reporters he’s confident in extension talks with the Blazers, which could reach a possible $90 million-plus. Discussions can’t start until July,  and the Blazers have long shown faith in the sixth overall pick of the 2012 draft.

Over his pro career, Lillard has earned more money in endorsement deals than his NBA salary, signing a lucrative extension with adidas in 2014.

Lillard, 24, has increased his scoring average in each of his three NBA seasons (19, 20.7, 21), adding 6.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game this year. He averaged 21.6 points, 4.6 assists and four rebounds in Portland’s five-game series defeat to the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round, shooting just 40.6 percent from the field and 16 percent on three-pointers.

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

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Damian Lillard Optimistic About Extension With Blazers

Apr 30, 2015 5:50 PM

Damian Lillard is optimistic about signing a rookie contract extension this offseason with the Portland Trail Blazers.

"For me, this is where I want to be," said Lillard.

"Whatever we need to do to make that happen, we’ll make happen."

Lillard was an injury replacement on the All-Star team this season.

Joe Freeman/Oregonian

Tags: Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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LaMarcus Aldridge: I'll Cross That Free Agency Bridge Later On
LaMarcus Aldridge was optimistic about the Blazers' playoff chances until Wesley Matthews was lost for the season.

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Lillard: No Reason To Believe Aldridge Won't Re-Sign With Blazers
Damian Lillard understands the NBA is a business when it comes to the possibility of LaMarcus Aldridge signing elsewhere in free agency.

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LaMarcus Aldridge Expected To Be Pursued By Spurs, Mavs, Knicks, Lakers
The Spurs and Mavericks reportedly believe they have a shot to sign LaMarcus Aldridge.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Nicolas Batum Apologizes For Posting 'We Don't Lose To Spanish Players' In Locker Room
Nicolas Batum apologized for posting a team motivational message that was perceived to be a a shot at Marc Gasol and Spanish players.

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Tim Frazier Named D-League's MVP, Rookie Of The Year
Tim Frazier averaged 16.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 9.5 assists per game.

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Teammate: 50-50 Chance LaMarcus Aldridge Leaves Blazers
LaMarcus Aldridge will be a free agent this offseason and he may not be a lock to re-sign with the Blazers.

Jason Quick/Oregonian

2015 NBA Playoffs First Round Matchups
Anthony Davis will be making his first appearance in the playoffs.

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Arron Afflalo Out 1-2 Weeks With Right Shoulder Strain
Arron Afflalo will miss one to two weeks after picking up a right shoulder strain.

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Batum Glad Blazers Matched Three Years After Signing Offer Sheet With Wolves
Nicolas Batum admitted he occasionally plays the what-if game in regards to the four-year, $45 million offer sheet he signed with the Wolves.

Jason Quick/Oregonian

Dorell Wright Out 4-6 Weeks With Fractured Left Hand
Dorell Wright is averaging 4.6 points per game this season.

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Dorrell Wright Fractures Fourth Metacarpal Bone In Hand
Dorell Wright's status is to be determined.

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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.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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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