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LaMarcus Aldridge Approached Damian Lillard About Trade Back To Blazers

May 10, 2018 4:29 PM

Last offseason, LaMarcus Aldridge called Damian Lillard and asked him to approach Neil Olshey about a potential trade back to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Aldridge was not happy with his situation with the Spurs after leaving the Blazers in 2015.

Aldridge and Gregg Popovich were able to mend their issues and he signed an extension before the start of the season.

Aldridge became an All-Star again this season as his role grew with Kawhi Leonard out for most of the season.

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Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Hawks Targeting Several Current Assistants For Head Coaching Vacancy

Apr 25, 2018 10:23 PM

The Atlanta Hawks have parted ways with Mike Budenholzer and a list of candidates has already emerged.

The Hawks are believed to be targeting a number of assistants, including Charlotte's Stephen Silas, Portland's Nate Tibbetts and David Vanterpool, San Antonio's Ime Udoka and James Borrego.

Budenholzer had been in the job with the Hawks since 2013 after replacing Larry Drew.

Sam Amick of the USA Today reports David Fizdale is also expected to be a candidate for the job.

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Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jusuf Nurkic Wants To Re-Sign With Blazers

Apr 23, 2018 10:59 AM

Jusuf Nurkic will be a restricted free agent this offseason, which will be the most critical order of business for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Nurkic has played the best basketball of his career with the Blazers since his trade from the Nuggets during the 16-17 season.

"Everybody knows I want to be here," Nurkic said. "I found my home here. But I can't control those things. It needs to be both sides. I did my part on the court. My agent and (Portland management) need to do the rest."

The market for a center of Nurkic's ability is unclear as fewer teams have cap space than they had in the two first offseasons after the cap spike.

Kerry Eggers/Portland Tribune

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

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Damian Lillard Sees Blazers As Capable Of Replicating Warriors' Trajectory

Apr 23, 2018 10:44 AM

The Portland Trail Blazers finished the regular season with the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference but were swept in the first round by New Orleans Pelicans.

Lillard believes the Pelicans did an excellent job of taking him out of the offense.

"The reality of it is, their game plan was to take me out," said Lillard. "I come across halfcourt and there are two guys guarding me. There's really no excuse on my behalf. You've got to take the good with the bad. I can accept the credit when I do great things and I accept the criticism."

Lillard believes the Blazers currently have potential to hit another level the way the Warriors did after their first round exit to the Clippers in 2014.

"I honestly feel like our team is capable of something like that," Lillard said.

Lillard also disagrees with the suggestion that the Blazers may be better off breaking up his backcourt pairing with CJ McCollum.

"I mean, I don't agree with it. I think it's that simple. That's the easiest thing to say, but I don't agree with it."

Sean Highkin

Tags: Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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

Apr 18, 2018 10:04 AM

What happened in three snapshots in the NBA Playoffs on Tuesday, April 17.

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Tags: Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Playoffs, Infographic

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Blazers Could Put G League Affiliate At Nike World Headquarters

Apr 17, 2018 4:13 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers are considering having their G League affiliate play their home games at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.

There had also been suggestions of putting the team in Seattle until that market gets an NBA team again.

The Blazers and Pelicans are the final two NBA teams without a dedicated G League affiliate.

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Tags: Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, D-League

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NBA Playoffs: First Round Efficiency Capsules

Apr 13, 2018 1:29 PM

The following graphics show the Net Rating, Offensive Rating and Defensive Rating rankings for all 16 teams in the 2018 NBA Playoffs.

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Tags: Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Philadelphia Sixers, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Playoffs

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Damian Lillard Suffers Left Ankle Injury

Apr 4, 2018 10:59 AM

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

Lillard landed on the foot of Salah Mejri and appeared to roll his left ankle.

Lillard limped away but returned to finish the game.

“I think I have a pretty high pain tolerance but I’m going to be smart about it," said Lillard. "It’s the end of the season, we’re going into playoffs so I have to be smart that one thing doesn’t turn into another.”

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Tags: Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Victor Oladipo, Damian Lillard Named Players Of The Week

Apr 2, 2018 3:44 PM

Damian Lillard has been named NBA Western Conference Player of the Week for games played from March 26 to April 1. Victor Oladipo won the award in the Eastern Conference.

Lillard had the highest scoring average in the NBA for the week, averaging 28.3 points (46.9% FG, 25.9% 3-PT, 94.7% FT) to go with 6.3 rebounds and 8.7 assists. He was fourth in the Western Conference in total assists (26) for the week and tied for sixth in free throws made (18).

Oladipo averaged 26.0 points and 6.7 assists as Pacers went 3-0.

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Tags: Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Award

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Maurice Harkless To Undergo Surgery On Left Knee

Mar 28, 2018 10:27 AM

Maurice Harkless will undergo an arthroscopy Wednesday in Portland to remove a loose body in his left knee.

A timeline for Harkless's return will be determined following Wednesday's procedure.

For the season, Harkless has averaged 6.5 points (49.5% FG, 41.5% 3-PT, 71.2% FT), 2.7 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.81 steals and 21.4 minutes in 59 games (36 starts).

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Tags: Maurice Harkless, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Injury

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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.

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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

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Brandon Rush Signs 10-Day Deal With Blazers
Brandon Rush didn't make the Bucks regular season roster in training camp.

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Blazers Trade Noah Vonleh To Bulls, Drop Below Luxury Tax
The Blazers will also send cash in the deal to the Bulls.

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Blazers Not Considering C.J. McCollum Trade
C.J. McCollum has been linked to a trade involving the Cavaliers for Kevin Love.

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Forbes Values Average NBA Franchise At $1.65 Billion
Every NBA team is valued at $1 billion or more for the first time in league history.

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Blazers, Clippers Discuss DeAndre Jordan Trade
The Clippers have been seeking a first round draft pick and financial flexibility for DeAndre Jordan.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Damian Lillard, Paul Allen Discussed Blazers' Future During Meeting
Paul Allen had feared Damian Lillard would request a trade.

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Damian Lillard, Joel Embiid Named Players Of The Week
Damian Lillard averaged 29.3 points and 8.0 assists per game.

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Blazers Interested In Trading For DeAndre Jordan
The Clippers have yet to receive a serious offer for DeAndre Jordan.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Damian Lillard Still Believes Market Size Still Matters For National Attention
Damian Lillard is committed to the Blazers and wants to become their best player in franchise history.

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Pistons, Jazz, Blazers Interested In Nikola Mirotic
The Bulls are seeking a first round pick for Nikola Mirotic.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Blazers Assign Caleb Swanigan To G League
Caleb Swanigan has fallen out of Portland's rotation in November after even starting three games.

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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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