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LeBron James Suggested Cavs Trade Kyrie Irving For Damian Lillard

Dec 6, 2018 9:23 AM

When Kyrie Irving requested a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James suggested they attempt to trade him to the Portland Trail Blazers for Damian Lillard.

The Cavaliers never reached out to the Blazers on a trade for Lillard, but the interest from James has led to speculation about the Los Angeles Lakers eventually trying to trade for him.

Lillard's future with the Blazers has been uncertain. Lillard won't be a free agent until 2021.

"I love where I am," Lillard said. "I play for a great organization. I'm not looking for nothing. I think we'd complement each other well, but the only way that ever happens is if my team decides they don't want me no more. I'm trying to build something here."

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Tags: Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Blazers Came Close To Firing Terry Stotts In Offseason

Nov 20, 2018 9:21 AM

The Portland Trail Blazers internally considered firing Terry Stotts during the offseason and nearly made that decision.

The Phoenix Suns were one of several teams that began engaging third parties about Stotts' potential interest in their jobs.

Damian Lillard fought for the Blazers to keep Stotts.

"I was asked what I thought, and I just said I love him as a coach," Lillard said. "We all love him." 

Stotts and Neil Olshey have developed an understanding during their time working together.

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Tags: Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Paul Allen Told Blazers Sweep Was 'Unacceptable'

Nov 20, 2018 8:48 AM

Paul Allen addressed the Portland Trail Blazers following their series loss to the New Orleans Pelicans last season.

Allen described the sweep as "unacceptable" and it led players and staff to fear a shakeup.

Allen died of complications related to non-Hodgkin lymphoma in October.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

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Blazers, Pelicans, Lakers, Heat, 76ers Could Have Interest In Carmelo Anthony

Nov 14, 2018 11:19 AM

Carmelo Anthony is expected to leave the Houston Rockets and a number of teams have emerged as potential destinations should he either be traded, waived and claimed, or signed as a free agent.

“I heard three teams I think it can be for Melo, and this could change—I mean, he’s still with Houston—New Orleans, Portland and the L.A. Lakers. Those are the three teams I heard,” said Kevin O'Connor.

Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated previously reported that the Lakers "are done" making any free agent signings in the short-term. Spears reported that the Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers could also be interested in Anthony.

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer (via Silver Screen & Roll)

Tags: Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, New Orleans Pelicans, Philadelphia Sixers, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pascal Siakam, CJ McCollum Named Players Of The Week

Nov 12, 2018 3:18 PM

Pascal Siakam and CJ McCollum have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

Siakam averaged 20.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in Toronto's 3-0 week.

McCollum averaged 25.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game for the Blazers as they also went 3-0.

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Tags: C.J. McCollum, Pascal Siakam, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Award

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Vulcan Sports Will Continue To Own Blazers For Now

Oct 17, 2018 9:45 AM

The Portland Trail Blazers will continue to be overseen by Vulcan Sports and Entertainment following the death of Paul Allen.

“At this point we’re just dealing with the death and we don’t have any imminent announcements,” Vulcan Sports and Entertainment CEO Chris McGowan said. “At an appropriate time I’m sure we’ll come and talk with everyone about what potentially could happen but right now we’re just dealing with the grief.”

Allen's sister, Jody Allen, is believed to be his heir. Jody Allen reportedly has stronger interest in the Seattle Seahawks than the Blazers.

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Tags: Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA CBA

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Blazers Exercise 19-20 Options On Zach Collins, Caleb Swanigan

Oct 16, 2018 5:47 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers have exercised 2019-20 team options on the rookie contracts of forward/center Zach Collins and forward Caleb Swanigan.

The Trail Blazers acquired Collins, the 10th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, in a draft day trade and selected Swanigan with the 26th overall pick in the same draft.

In his rookie 2017-18 season with the Trail Blazers, Collins (7-0, 235) posted averages of 4.4 points (39.8% FG, 31.0% 3-PT, 64.3% FT), 3.3 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.26 steals, 0.47 blocks and 15.8 minutes in 66 games (one start).

Swanigan (6-9, 250) averaged 2.3 points (40.0% FG, 12.5% 3-PT, 66.7% FT), 2.0 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.19 steals, 0.11 blocks and 7.0 minutes in 27 games (three starts) during his rookie 2017-18 season.

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Tags: Caleb Swanigan, Zach Collins, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Paul Allen Passes Away At 65

Oct 15, 2018 6:21 PM

Paul Allen has passed away at the age of 65.

Allen was the owner of the Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Seahawks.

Allen announced just two weeks ago that he had restarted treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Allen co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates and was believed to be worth approximately $20 billion.

Seattle Times

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Paul Allen Announces Return Of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Oct 1, 2018 4:57 PM

Paul Allen has announced his non-Hodgkin's lymphoma has returned.

Allen is the owner of the Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Seahawks.

"I learned recently that the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that I was treated for in 2009 has returned. My team of doctors has begun treatment of the disease and I plan on fighting this aggressively.

"A lot has happened in medicine since I overcame this disease in 2009. My doctors are optimistic that I will see good results from the latest therapies, as am I.

"I will continue to stay involved with Vulcan, the Allen Institutes, the Seahawks and Trail Blazers, as I have in the past. I have confidence in the leadership teams to manage their ongoing operations during my treatment.

"I am very grateful for the support I’ve received from my family and friends. And I’ve appreciated the support of everyone on the teams and in the broader community in the past, and count on that support now as I fight this challenge.

"Go Seahawks! Go Blazers!"

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RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On West Over-Unders

Sep 28, 2018 4:13 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti (@AmericanNumbers) break down the over/unders for the Western Conference.

They discuss the win total, division, conference and title odds as well as any pertinent individual award lines for the Kings (1:58), Suns (10:35), Mavericks (16:40), Grizzlies (25:51), Clippers (30:40), Trail Blazers (39:55), Spurs (46:39), Pelicans (54:25), Timberwolves (1:01:22), Lakers (1:13:21), Nuggets (1:24:22), Thunder (1:30:27), Jazz (1:37:59), Rockets (1:44:26) and Warriors (1:57:51).

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Heat Most Aggressive In Pursuing Trade For Jimmy Butler
The Nets, Pistons, Rockets, Clippers, 76ers, Blazers and Kings are among the teams interested in a deal for Jimmy Butler.

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Blazers Sign Jersey Sponsorship Deal With Biofreeze
The patch features the Biofreeze wordmark with five underlining dots.

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Damian Lillard Would Like To Remain With Blazers For Entire Career
Damian Lillard won't be a free agent until 2021 at the earliest.

Michael Scotto/The Athletic

Chinanu Onuaku, Cam Oliver, Gary Payton II Agree To Camp Deals With Blazers
The Blazers already have a full roster.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Suns Have Tried To Trade For Damian Lillard, Kemba Walker, Terry Rozier
Kemba Walker and Terry Rozier both project to be free agents in 2019.

John Gambadoro/Arizona Sports 98.7

CJ McCollum Finds Superteams 'Disgusting'
CJ McCollum has never made an All-Star Game or All-NBA team in his career.

Mike Chiari/Bleacher Report

RealGM Radio: David Locke, Adam Mares On The Northwest Division
Host Danny Leroux, David Locke of the Utah Jazz and Locked on Podcast Network and Adam Mares of Denver Stiffs break down the Northwest Division

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Ed Davis Also Received Interest From Blazers, Warriors, 76ers, Thunder
Ed Davis signed a one-year, $4.4 million deal with the Nets.

Michael Scotto/The Athletic

Blazers Waive Georgios Papagiannis
Georgios Papagiannis appeared in one game for the Trail Blazers during the 2017-18 season.

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Blazers, Suns, Nuggets, Wizards Have Also Discussed Kawhi Leonard Trade With Spurs
Kawhi Leonard is seriously considering attending USA Basketball national team's minicamp in Las Vegas next week.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Jusuf Nurkic Has $4M Guaranteed By Blazers In Year 4
Jusuf Nurkic and the Blazers agreed upon a four-year, $48 million deal.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Damian Lillard Confirms He Remains Happy With Blazers
Damian Lillard spoke publicly to the media on Sunday for the first time this offseason.

Joe Freeman/Oregonian

Jusuf Nurkic Agrees Upon Four-Year, $53M Deal With Blazers
Jusuf Nurkic was a restricted free agent.

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Gary Trent Jr. Agrees Upon Three-Year Deal With Blazers
Gary Trent was the 37th overall pick out of Duke by the Blazers.

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Seth Curry Agrees Upon Two-Year, $5.6M Deal With Blazers
Seth Curry missed the entire 17-18 season with a fractured left tibia.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Knicks Agree To One-Year, $6.5M Deal With Mario Hezonja
The Magic, Grizzlies and Blazers also pursued Mario Hezonja.

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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.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

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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