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Blazers Trade Noah Vonleh To Bulls, Drop Below Luxury Tax

Feb 8, 2018 2:23 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers have traded Noah Vonleh and cash to the Chicago Bulls for the draft rights to Milovan Rakovic.

The Blazers will get under the luxury tax with the move while also creating a roster spot.

Vonleh will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

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Blazers Not Considering C.J. McCollum Trade

Feb 7, 2018 6:51 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers are not considering a trade of C.J. McCollum heading into the deadline, according to a source.

McCollum has been linked to a trade involving the Cleveland Cavaliers for Kevin Love.

"It's a tough situation to be in," McCollum said. "I always tell people ... imagine you show up to work every day and there's rumors about you being traded from your job to another job in another city Every day. And imagine that it actually happens. But you find out the same time everybody else finds out. And you've got kids or you've got a wife, whatever the case may be. Maybe you bought a house. And now you're traded and you have to move to another city. And it's out of your control. Literally out of your control. So it's a tough situation to be in, but a part of the business."

McCollum hopes the Blazers stand pat at the deadline entirely.

"I like the team that we have," McCollum said. "Obviously it's (the team's) decision to try to decide how we can get better from here, whether that be through trade, free agency, draft ... or internal development. But I like the team that we have. I think we're growing, continuing to find ways to get better and improving."

Joe Freeman/Oregonian

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Forbes Values Average NBA Franchise At $1.65 Billion

Feb 7, 2018 10:47 AM

The New York Knicks remain the NBA's most valuable franchise for the third straight season, according to Forbes' annual report.

The Knicks are valued at $3.6 billion, which is an increase of nine percent from 2017.

The Los Angeles Lakers rank second at $3.3 billion, an increase of 10 percent.

The Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics round out the top-5.

The average NBA franchise is now worth a record $1.65 billion, up 22% over last year, and more than triple the figure of five years ago. 

Every NBA team is valued at $1 billion or more for the first time in league history.

“Investor interest in the NBA is enormous right now,” said Forbes’ senior editor Kurt Badenhausen, “thanks to the league’s strong current economic environment, as well as the international growth prospects, which are the best of any major U.S. sports league.”

1. Knicks: $3.6 billion (+9%)
2. Lakers: $3.3 billion (+10%)
3. Warriors: $3.1 billion (+19%)
4. Bulls: $2.6 billion (+4%)
5. Celtics: $2.5 billion (+14%)
6. Nets: $2.3 billion (+28%)
7. Rockets: $2.2 billion (+33%)
8. Clippers: $2.15 billion (+7%)
9. Mavericks: $1.9 billion (+31%)
10. Heat: $1.7 billion (+26%)
11. Spurs: $1.55 billion (+32%)
12. Raptors: $1.4 billion (+24%)
13. Kings: $1.375 billion (+28%)
14. Wizards: $1.35 billion (+35%)
15. Cavaliers: $1.325 billion (+10%)
16. Blazers: $1.3 billion (+24%)
17. Suns: $1.28 billion (+16%)
18. Thunder: $1.25 billion (+22%)
19. Magic: $1.225 billion (+33%)
20. Jazz: $1.2 billion (+32%)
21. 76ers: $1.18 billion (+48%)
22. Pacers: $1.175 billion (+34%)
23. Hawks: $1.15 billion (+30%)
24. Nuggets: $1.125 billion (+26%)
25. Pistons: $1.1 billion (+22%)
26. Bucks: $1.075 billion (+37%)
27. Wolves: $1.06 billion (+38%)
28. Hornets: $1.05 billion (+35%)
29. Grizzlies: $1.025 billion (+30%)
30. Pelicans: $1 billion (+33%)

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Blazers, Clippers Discuss DeAndre Jordan Trade

Feb 4, 2018 4:09 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Clippers have discussed a trade involving DeAndre Jordan but a formal offer was never made.

The Clippers have been seeking a first round draft pick and financial flexibility for Jordan.

Jordan has a $24.1 million player option for 18-19.

Teams interested in Jordan are hesitant to trade for him unless he opts into his deal or signs an extension.

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Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Damian Lillard, Paul Allen Discussed Blazers' Future During Meeting

Jan 23, 2018 9:52 AM

Damian Lillard met with Paul Allen to discuss the future of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Lillard and Allen met for approximately one hour last Thursday. Lillard wanted to reaffirm his commitment to the Blazers but to make sure the organization remains committed to winning.

The meeting was held without the knowledge of anyone else in the organization with Allen informing the Portland front office subsequently.

Allen had feared Lillard would request a trade, according to sources. A trade request was not made by Lillard.

Allen and Lillard discussed players to target.

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Damian Lillard, Joel Embiid Named Players Of The Week

Jan 22, 2018 3:21 PM

Damian Lillard and Joel Embiid have been named the NBA Players of the Week.

Embiid averaged 29.7 points and 12.0 rebounds per game as the 76ers went undefeated last week.

Lillard averaged 29.3 points and 8.0 assists per game.

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Blazers Interested In Trading For DeAndre Jordan

Jan 22, 2018 2:10 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers have interest in trading for DeAndre Jordan.

While the Los Angeles Clippers have been listening on trade discussions involving Jordan, they have yet to receive a proposal from the Cavaliers, Bucks and Blazers that they've found seriously tempting.

Jordan is set to be a free agent this offseason and his future with the Clippers is unclear.

Before the start of the season, the Clippers held extension talks with Jordan before he hired an agent.

Marc Stein/New York Times

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Damian Lillard Still Believes Market Size Still Matters For National Attention

Jan 18, 2018 10:12 AM

While many have made the argument that market size isn't as big of a factor as it was for NBA players in the past, Damian Lillard talked about how it has impacted his All-Star Game voting.

"I think it's a million things that say that's not true," Lillard replied. "I think for me personally, I don't think market size matters as much as it used to because of social media and all that stuff. I have a signature shoe that does well. I got a social media following; there's a lot of people following my music. There's a lot of things that I've been able to be successful at while playing in a small market because of social media. But I still think playing in a big market, there's a difference in a big market and a small market. That's just the way it will always be. You can't look at Memphis and New York City and say, 'Oh, well, if you're a star, you're a star.'"

But Lillard is committed to the Blazers and wants to become their best player in franchise history.

"That speaks to me, because when you think of the Mavericks, you think of Dirk (Nowitzki)," said Lillard. "You had a lot of people that came through there, but he's been there. I think what he's meant to that organization is huge. The same thing with Tim Duncan. He represents the Spurs. That's the name that comes up. And for the Trail Blazers, I want to be the best Trail Blazer ever. And when people talk about this franchise, I want them to talk about me. I want to be what people think of first when they talk about the Portland Trail Blazers."

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Tags: Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA

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Pistons, Jazz, Blazers Interested In Nikola Mirotic

Jan 9, 2018 1:32 PM

The Detroit Pistons, Utah Jazz and Portland Trail Blazers have interest in Nikola Mirotic.

Mirotic continues to prefer a trade from the Chicago Bulls due to his preseason fight with Bobby Portis.

The Bulls are seeking a first round pick for Mirotic.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Nikola Mirotic, Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Blazers Assign Caleb Swanigan To G League

Dec 25, 2017 9:31 AM

The Portland Trail Blazers will assign Caleb Swanigan to the Canton Charge of the G League.

Swanigan has fallen out of Portland's rotation in November after even starting three games.

The Blazers selected Swanigan with the 26th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft out of Purdue.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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Damian Lillard Targeted With Slurs Leaving Minnesota's Arena
A pair of fans shouted anti-gay slurs at Damian Lillard when he was walking to Portland's bus.

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Blazers Transfer Wade Baldwin IV To G-League
Wade Baldwin IV underwent successful surgery to repair an ulnar collateral ligament tear in his right thumb on Oct. 25.

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Damian Lillard Wishes He Received More Mentorship From LaMarcus Aldridge
Damian Lillard said his working relationship with LaMarcus Aldridge informed how he treats Jusuf Nurkic.

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Jusuf Nurkic Twice Requested Trade From Nuggets
Jusuf Nurkic requested a trade from the Nuggets in April of 2016 and again in December before he was moved to Portland in February of 2017.

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Al-Farouq Aminu Out 2-3 Weeks With Right Ankle Sprain
Al-Farouq Aminu is averaging 9.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and a team-high 1.3 blocks in 30.2 minutes per game.

Mike Richman/Oregonian

Wade Baldwin Undergoes Successful Surgery On Right Thumb
The Blazers signed Wade Baldwin to a two-way contract on October 19.

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CJ Wilcox Out 6-8 Weeks With Knee Surgery
The Blazers signed CJ Wilcox to a two-way contract on August 9.

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Wade Baldwin Agrees To Two-Way Deal With Blazers
The Blazers have a strong track record of developing guards.

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CJ McCollum Suspended For Opening Night
CJ McCollum has been suspended one game without pay for leaving the bench area during an altercation.

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Isaiah Briscoe, Archie Goodwin, Anthony Morrow Waived By Blazers
All three players were signed to training camp contracts last month.

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Jusuf Nurkic Expecting To Become RFA In 2018
The Blazers haven't made an extension offer to Jusuf Nurkic.

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RealGM Radio: West Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti continue their annual tradition of breaking down the over/under lines for the Western Conference.

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Anthony Morrow Agrees Upon Deal With Blazers
Anthony Morrow was traded by the Thunder to the Bulls last February.

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Isaiah Briscoe Agrees Upon Camp Deal With Blazers
Isaiah Briscoe played for the 76ers in Summer League.

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RealGM Radio: Northwest Division With David Locke, Adam Mares
Host Danny Leroux, David Locke of Locked on NBA and Adam Mares of Denver Stiffs break down the NBA’s loaded Northwest Division.

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Blazers Sign Archie Goodwin To Camp Deal
Archie Goodwin spent last season with the Nets and Pelicans.

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Blazers Guarantee $1.4M Salary Of Pat Connaughton
Pat Connaughton was a second round pick in 2015.

Mike Richman/Oregonian

Blazers Use Stretch Provision To Waive Andrew Nicholson
Andrew Nicholson was acquired by the Blazers as part of the Allen Crabbe trade.

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Neil Olshey Agrees To Extension With Blazers Through 2021
Neil Olshey was entering the final guaranteed year of his contract extension signed in 2015.

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Blazers Sign CJ Wilcox To Two-Way Deal
CJ Wilcox spent last season with the Magic, averaging 4.9 minutes per game in 22 appearances.

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