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

The San Antonio Spurs finished the 13-14 regular season with the best efficiency differential in the NBA with a mark of +8.1. The Spurs scored 110.5 points per 100 possession while allowing 102.4 points per 100 possessions.

The Los Angeles Clippers ranked second, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors. 

The Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns round out the top-10.

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Via RealGM Staff Report

Damian Lillard Signs 3rd Richest Shoe Deal In NBA

Damian Lillard is finalizing a new shoe contract with Adidas that is believed to be one of the richest in the NBA.

A person with knowledge of the contract said it is smaller only than that of Derrick Rose (reportedly $185 million over 13 years with Adidas) and LeBron James ($20 million annually).

Adidas would have had stiff competition if they waited any longer, as their window to have exclusive negotiating rights with his agent, Aaron Goodwin of Goodwin Sports Management, recently ended and Nike as well as the Jordan Brand were known to be very interested in luring Lillard away.

Lillard benefits from being on a team whose primary colors are red and black, which have been the most popular since the early days of Air Jordans.

ESPN reports that the deal could extend to 10 years and be worth as much as $100 million including incentives and options.

Via Sam Amick/USA Today

Joel Freeland Goes Through 'Contact' Practice, Close To Return

Joel Freeland has missed the past 26 games for the Portland Trail Blazers with a sprained MCL in his right knee.

Freeland went through "contact" work during the Blazers' practice on Tuesday and is nearing a return. Freeland is hopeful of playing in one of the Blazers' final two regular season games.

“I felt pretty good, I was moving pretty well,” Freeland said of his Tuesday workout. “We’ve got one more week left. Four games. I’m trying to get back for either the Golden State game or the Clippers game — I would really love to get back for Golden State. That would be the ideal situation for me.”

Via Joe Freeman/Oregonian

Lillard Close To New Deal With Adidas

Damian Lillard is close to agreement on a multi-year deal with adidas.

adidas had a 30-day exclusive window to reach an agreement with Lillard.

“We’re close,” Lillard said on Tuesday. “Nothing final yet. I'm excited.”

As Haynes reported in February, due to Lillard reaching certain performance incentive clauses in his adidas rookie shoe deal, he was able to opt out at the end of the season to pursue a long-term, prosperous contract.

Via Chris Haynes/Comcast

Aldridge To Play For First Time In Seven Games

LaMarcus Aldridge will return to the Portland Trail Blazers' lineup for the first time in seven games on Thursday against the Atlanta Hawks.

Aldridge was out with a back injury suffered during a nasty fall on March 12. 

“I’m going,” Aldridge said. “We’ll see how it goes, but I’m going.”

Aldridge said he still feels some pain in the back when he runs, but he said it’s just time he plays.

“I want to come back because I’ve been out so long,” he said. “I didn’t think it was going to take this long, but backs are a sensitive area to injure. It’s taken longer, and we’ve exhausted every treatment and every option to rehab, so try it out.”

Via Mike Tokito/The Oregonian

Blazers Reassign Allen Crabbe To Idaho

The Portland Trail Blazers have assigned rookie guard Allen Crabbe to the NBA Development League’s Idaho Stampede.

Crabbe is averaging 2.1 points, 0.3 rebounds, 0.3 assists and 5.1 minutes in 14 games for the Trail Blazers this season.

This marks Crabbe's second assignment to the D-League.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Blazers Recall Allen Crabbe From Idaho

The Portland Trail Blazers have recalled Allen Crabbe from the Idaho Stampede of the NBA D-League.

Crabbe has played 12 games for the Blazers this season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

LaMarcus Aldridge To Miss Two Games With Lower Back Contusion

LaMarcus Aldridge will miss two games and then be re-evaluated after suffering a lower back contusion in Wednesday night's loss to the San Antonio Sours.

An MRI confirmed the injury.

Aldridge is averaging 23.4 points and 11.1 rebounds per game this season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Damian Lillard Initiates Blazers' First Team Meeting Of Season

Damian Lillard initiated the Portland Trail Blazers' first team meeting, hash-out session after Wednesday night's loss to the San Antonio Spurs, their fourth straight defeat.

Earl Watson, Mo Williams and Dorell Wright were among the players who addressed the team.

“I just felt like it was something that needed to be said,” Lillard said. “At some point, it’s up to the players.”

The Blazers believe there is no desperation in the locker room but know they need to figure out what is wrong nearing the stretch run of the season.

“It’s time for a players-meeting when we see a little slippage,” Wright said. “Every team has two or three a year. I love the fact that this was the only one this season where guys really had to step up and be vocal leaders."

Via Chris Haynes/Comcast SportsNet

Blazers Assign Allen Crabbe To D-League

The Portland Trail Blazers have assigned rookie guard Allen Crabbe to the NBA Development League’s Idaho Stampede.

Crabbe is averaging 2.0 points, 0.2 rebounds, 0.3 assists and 4.9 minutes in 12 games for the Trail Blazers this season.

This will mark Crabbe's first D-League assignment of the season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Portland Trail Blazers Archives

Damian Lillard To Opt Out Of Adidas Deal

Damin Lillard's initial contract was negotiated before he emerged as 2013 NBA Rookie of the Year and an All-Star this season.

LaMarcus Aldridge Out One Week With Strained Groin

LaMarcus Aldridge will miss one week of play with a strained left groin.

George, Wall, Ross, Lillard, McLemore, Barnes In Dunk Contest

Paul George, John Wall, Terrence Ross, Damian Lillard, Harrison Barnes and Ben McLemore are confirmed for this year's Slam Dunk Contest.

Aldridge Prioritizes Winning, Happiness, Feeling Valued In Deciding Future

LaMarcus Aldridge's prudent financial move is to become a free agent in 2015 at 30 and then sign a five-year, max deal.

Full List Of NBA All-Star Reserves

John Wall, DeMar DeRozan, Paul Millsap and Damian Lillard are first time All-Stars.

LaMarcus Aldridge Interested In Signing Long-Term With Blazers

LaMarcus Aldridge would be open to discussing a long-term contract extension with the Blazers.

Mo Williams Will Opt Out Of Deal With Blazers In Offseason

Mo Williams will opt out of his $2.7 million deal with the Blazers for the 14-15 season.

Blazers Assign C.J. McCollum To Idaho

C.J. McCollum has been sidelined since fracturing his left foot in training camp.

C.J. McCollum Expected To Make Debut Shortly After New Year's

C.J. McCollum has missed the entire season to date with a broken bone in his foot.

Report: Blazers, Bulls Discussed Aldridge For Noah During Offseason

The Bulls could have kept LaMarcus Aldridge in the 2006 NBA Draft.

Source: Blazers Identified As 'Wild Card' For Omer Asik

The Blazers are in trade talks with the Rockets for Omer Asik, a league source told RealGM's Andrew Perna.

Meyers Leonard, Daniel Orton Suspended One Game By NBA For Physical Altercation

The incident occurred with 7:19 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Trail Blazers' 139-105 win over the 76ers on Saturday.

Jordan Crawford, LaMarcus Aldridge Named NBA Players Of The Week

Jordan Crawford and LaMarcus Aldridge have been named the Eastern Conference and Western Conference Players of the Week.

Olshey Accelerated Rebuild Due To Portland's Intense Devotion To Blazers

"You could live and work in anonymity in L.A.," Olshey told Yahoo Sports, "but it's different here. At one point, the Dalai Lama was here and our president, Chris McGowan, and I presented him with a Blazers jersey. I wouldn't have even been on the list to

Frank Vogel, Terry Stotts Awarded NBA Coaches Of Month

Frank Vogel guided the Pacers to a 15-1 record in November, the best mark in the NBA.

Bogut, Williams Suspended One Game By NBA For Altercation, Aldridge, Matthews, Green Fined

LaMarcus Aldridge has been fined $45,000 while Wesley Matthews and Draymond Green have been fined $20,000 each.

John Wall, LaMarcus Aldridge Named NBA Players Of Week

John Wall averaged 24.3 points and 8.5 assists per game during that span, leading the Wizards to a 3-1 record.

Aldridge Happy Remaining With Blazers, Encouraged By Roster

LaMarcus Aldridge has entered the phase of his career where he can longer be patient on waiting to play for a contending team.

Thomas Robinson Cited For Driving 107 MPH

Thomas Robinson was cited for violation of the Basic Rule (100 MPH +), which carries a fine of $1,150, Simpson said.

Freeland Surpasses Leonard As Trail Blazers' Backup Center

The Blazers have been impressed with Joel Freeland's defense.
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