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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.

McCollum was the 10th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers.

McCollum is expected to make his NBA debut shortly after New Year's Day, according to a source.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Report: Blazers, Bulls Discussed Aldridge For Noah During Offseason

The Portland Trail Blazers and Chicago Bulls discussed a deal in the offseason that would have centered around LaMarcus Aldridge for Joakim Noah, according to several sources.

Whether the deal reached a serious point or which team initiated discussions is unclear.

"Aldridge was available," one league source noted.

The Bulls had the opportunity to draft Aldridge in the 2006 NBA Draft, but instead consummated a draft night trade with the Blazers that led to Tyrus Thomas.

Aldridge has been one of the NBA's best players this season as the Blazers have had an excellent first third of the season.

Via Ric Bucher/Bleacher Report

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

The Portland Trail Blazers have been identified as the 'Wild Card' team in on a trade for Omer Asik, a league source told RealGM's Andrew Perna.

The Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers are also pursuing a trade with the Houston Rockets for Asik, according to a report on Tuesday by Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Wojnarowski added that there was an unidentified 'Wild Card' team.

The Blazers have had an excellent start to the season and the main thing holding them back from pulling the trigger on a deal for Asik are concerns about chemistry.

Via Andrew Perna/RealGM

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

Portland center Meyers Leonard and Philadelphia 76ers center Daniel Orton have each been suspended one game without pay, the NBA announced on Sunday.

The incident occurred with 7:19 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Trail Blazers' 139-105 win over the 76ers on Saturday, when Leonard initiated an altercation by body-slamming Orton to the floor, and Orton retaliated by elbowing Leonard in the mouth.

Via RealGM Staff Report

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.

Crawford averaged 23.3 points on 61 percent shooting along with 6.7 assists and 3.0 rebounds in the Boston Celtics' 3-0 week.

Aldridge led the Blazers to a 3-1 while averaging 26.3 points, 12.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals.

Via RealGM Staff Report

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

The seriousness of how Portland treats the Trail Blazers forced Neil Olshey to accelerate his approach in rebuilding the roster.

The Blazers are now 16-3 with the best record in the Western Conference.

"It caught me off guard," Olshey said. "Listen, I had been in this building as a front-office executive, a coach, and I knew how much it meant inside this building with the fans. But how much the identity of this city is wrapped up in the Blazers. It's so important that this team performs well – and does it with the right kind of guys. It's not just winning, but how we win, how we lose, how guys play, how guys treat the fans.

"And you know, that's what accelerated it for me. It would be great to come in with a three-to-five-year plan, slowly rebuild, but about five minutes after I got here, I realized: We're going to have to pick the pace up on this."

Olshey came from the Los Angeles Clippers, where he worked in the shadow of the Los Angeles Lakers and the ubiquitous entertainment industry.

"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 be in the arena with him in L.A."

LaMarcus Aldridge has been one of the NBA's best players just months after he doubted if he may be better off going to a team ready to contend.

"Neil has done great job," Aldridge told Yahoo Sports. "I mean, he's done … great."

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Frank Vogel, Terry Stotts Awarded NBA Coaches Of Month

Frank Vogel and Terry Stotts have been named the NBA's Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, the league announced on Monday.

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

Stotts' Portland Trail Blazers went 13-3 in November, establishing themselves as a top team in the West.

Via RealGM Staff Report
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