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RealGM Radio: David Locke, Adam Mares On The Northwest Division

Aug 15, 2018 2:37 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), David Locke of the Utah Jazz and Locked on Podcast Network (@Lockedonsports) and Adam Mares of Denver Stiffs (@Adam_Mares) break down the Northwest Division.

They discuss how the Jazz, Nuggets, Thunder, Timberwolves and Trail Blazers fared in the off-season and predict the season to come, including projected finish, breakout players and rookies they are most excited to see.

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Tags: Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, RealGM Radio

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Ed Davis Also Received Interest From Blazers, Warriors, 76ers, Thunder

Jul 26, 2018 9:50 AM

Ed Davis received interest from the Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers before agreeing to a one-year, $4.4 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets.

“The main thing is they definitely came out aggressive when July 1 hit, so I definitely wanted to go to where I was wanted, so that had a lot to do with it,” Davis said on a conference call. “Then, I talked to Allen (Crabbe) and Jeremy (Lin) a little bit about the coaching staff and things like that and how the organization was run, and it was nothing but great things. Then, I think this team has potential definitely. We can try to make this push into the playoffs this year, and it’s going to be a challenge, but that’s one of the reasons why I’m here.”

Michael Scotto/The Athletic

Tags: Ed Davis, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia Sixers, Portland Trail Blazers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Blazers Waive Georgios Papagiannis

Jul 18, 2018 10:05 AM

The Portland Trail Blazers have waived center Georgios Papagiannis.

Papagiannis, 21, appeared in one game for the Trail Blazers during the 2017-18 season, recording two points, one rebound and two steals in four minutes.

Signed by the Trail Blazers to a 10-day contract on March 8, 2018 and a standard NBA contract on March 18, 2018, Papagiannis holds career averages of 4.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 12.2 minutes in 39 games with Portland and Sacramento.

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Tags: George Papagiannis, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Blazers, Suns, Nuggets, Wizards Have Also Discussed Kawhi Leonard Trade With Spurs

Jul 17, 2018 4:25 PM

Kawhi Leonard is seriously considering attending USA Basketball national team's minicamp in Las Vegas next week. Leonard holds some enthusiasm for showcasing his revitalized health in the wake of the quad injury that has been at the center of discord between the Spurs and him, sources said.  

Gregg Popovich will lead the camp in his role as national team coach.

Leonard continues to seek a trade from the San Antonio Spurs.

bidding war among the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers never materialized. The Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards are among teams who've talked with the Spurs, league sources said.

The Celtics and 76ers appear to have lost traction in their appetite to trade for Leonard as they're well-positioned for the future regardless. The Lakers appear to be playing the longer game in trade talks.

The Spurs have yet to allow prospective trade partners to talk directly with Leonard or his reps.

 

Adrian Wojnarowski, Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Tags: Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Sixers, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jusuf Nurkic Has $4M Guaranteed By Blazers In Year 4

Jul 11, 2018 11:06 PM

Jusuf Nurkic and the Portland Trail Blazers agreed upon a four-year, $48 million deal.

In Year 4, only $4 million is guaranteed to Nurkic.

The Blazers acquired Nurkic in a trade with the Denver Nuggets involving Mason Plumlee. Plumlee signed last offseason on a three-year, $41 million contract.

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Tags: Jusuf Nurkic, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Damian Lillard Confirms He Remains Happy With Blazers

Jul 9, 2018 9:16 AM

Damian Lillard spoke publicly to the media on Sunday for the first time this offseason. Lillard rejected suggestions he's attempting to leave the Portland Trail Blazers via trade.

"I'm not unhappy," Lillard said. "I love where I live. I love the organization. I love our coaching staff. I love where I am."

The Blazers haven't done much this offseason due to their lack of cap space.

"It's going to be a battle," Lillard said. "The way I see it, you're going to have the Golden State's, the Rockets. We were the third best team in the West and every other team behind us, they brought their guys back. So they're going to be one more year experienced together, probably going to be a little bit better. Teams like Denver, Utah and Minnesota, all those teams are going to be improved. So, us, we can't look at free agency and who we didn't get and (say) we didn't make this trade and all that stuff. Once the season starts, we've got to go. And we've got to do what we've got to do ... we've just got to find a way to make it happen."

Joe Freeman/Oregonian

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

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Jusuf Nurkic Agrees Upon Four-Year, $53M Deal With Blazers

Jul 6, 2018 11:20 PM

Jusuf Nurkic has agreed upon a four-year contract worth between $48 million and $53 million with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Nurkic was a restricted free agent.

The Blazers acquired Nurkic ahead of the 2017 trade deadline in a trade with the Denver Nuggets.

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Tags: Jusuf Nurkic, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Gary Trent Jr. Agrees Upon Three-Year Deal With Blazers

Jul 6, 2018 2:23 PM

Gary Trent Jr. has agreed upon a three-year guaranteed rookie deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Trent was the 37th overall pick out of Duke by the Blazers.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Gary Trent, Jr., Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Seth Curry Agrees Upon Two-Year, $5.6M Deal With Blazers

Jul 2, 2018 9:53 PM

Seth Curry has agreed upon a two-year, $5.6 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Curry will join Portland's backcourt rotation with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.

Curry missed the entire 17-18 season with a fractured left tibia.

Curry averaged 12.8 points in 29 minutes a game and shot 42.5 percent from 3-point range for the Mavs in 16-17.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Seth Curry, Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Knicks Agree To One-Year, $6.5M Deal With Mario Hezonja

Jul 1, 2018 9:19 PM

Mario Hezonja has agreed upon a one-year deal with the New York Knicks worth $6.5 million.

The Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies and Portland Trail Blazers also pursued Hezonja.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Mario Hezonja, Memphis Grizzlies, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nik Stauskas Agrees To One-Year Minimum Deal With Blazers
Nik Stauskas was traded by the 76ers to the Nets last season.

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Ed Davis Agrees Upon One-Year, $4.4M Deal With Nets
Ed Davis had been with the Blazers since 2015.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

John Jenkins To Play On Portland's Summer League Team
John Jenkins played in Spain last season.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

2018 NBA Draft: Full Results
The Suns have selected Deandre Ayton first overall.

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Rodney Stuckey To Attend Veteran Minicamp With Blazers
Rodney Stuckey last played in the NBA during the 16-17 season with the Pacers.

Michael Scotto/The Athletic

LaMarcus Aldridge Approached Damian Lillard About Trade Back To Blazers
LaMarcus Aldridge had interest in returning to Portland last offseason.

Ken Berger/Bleacher Report

Hawks Targeting Several Current Assistants For Head Coaching Vacancy
The Hawks have already assembled a list of potential candidates.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Jusuf Nurkic Wants To Re-Sign With Blazers
The market for a center of Jusuf Nurkic's ability is unclear.

Kerry Eggers/Portland Tribune

Damian Lillard Sees Blazers As Capable Of Replicating Warriors' Trajectory
Damian Lillard disagrees with the suggestion that the Blazers may be better off breaking up his backcourt pairing with CJ McCollum.

Sean Highkin

NBA Playoffs Snapshots (Apr. 17): Raptors/Wizards, Celtics/Bucks, Pelicans/Blazers
On Raptors/Wizards, Celtics/Bucks and Pelicans/Blazers.

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Blazers Could Put G League Affiliate At Nike World Headquarters
There had also been suggestions of putting the team in Seattle until that market gets an NBA team again.

Adam Johnson/2 Ways & 10 Days

NBA Playoffs: First Round Efficiency Capsules
The ranking in the three efficiency metrics for all eight playoff matchups.

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Damian Lillard Suffers Left Ankle Injury
Damian Lillard was carted out of the arena to the Blazers' team bus after suffering an ankle sprain.

Sean Meagher/Oregonian

Victor Oladipo, Damian Lillard Named Players Of The Week
Victor Oladipo averaged 26.0 points and 6.7 assists as Pacers went 3-0.

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Maurice Harkless To Undergo Surgery On Left Knee
A timeline for Maurice Harkless' return will be set after his surgery.

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Blazers Sign Georgios Papagiannis For Remainder Of Season
The Blazers initially signed Georgios Papagiannis to a 10-day contract.

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DeMar DeRozan, Damian Lillard Named NBA Players Of The Week
DeMar DeRozan averaged a team-high 24.8 points along with 4.3 assists and 4.5 rebounds as the Raptors won an NBA-best four games last week.

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Blazers Agree To Sign Wade Baldwin To Contract For Remainder Of Season
Wade Baldwin initially joined the Blazers on a two-way contract in October.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Blazers Sign Georgios Papagiannis To 10-Day Contract
Georgios Papagiannis has averaged 13.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 2.24 blocked shots and 30.6 minutes in the G League.

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Georgios Papagiannis Signs 10-Day Contract With Blazers
Georgios Papagiannis was waived by the Kings at the trade deadline to create a roster spot

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN