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Derrick Jones Jr. Picks Up $9.7M Player Option With Blazers

Jul 26, 2021 10:21 PM

Derrick Jones Jr. will pick up his $9.7 million player option for the 21-22 season with the Portland Trail Blazers. 

Jones signed a two-year, $19 million deal with the Blazers during the 2020 offseason, leaving the Miami Heat.

Jones averaged 6.8 points and 3.5 rebounds in 22.7 minutes per game for Portland while staring 43 of his 58 games.

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Teams Offering High Pick In 2021 Draft As Part Of Package To Blazers For CJ McCollum

Jul 22, 2021 8:59 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers have received trade calls from teams interested in CJ McCollum with offers of a pick in the top part of the draft.

The Blazers aren't entertaining those types of offers as they are in a win-now phase around Damian Lillard.

The Blazers don't own a draft pick as they used what became the No. 23 selection as part of the Robert Covington trade.

McCollum signed a three-year, $100 million extension in 2019 and can't become a free agent until 2024. 

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Norman Powell Declines $11.6 M Player Option With Blazers

Jul 20, 2021 1:56 PM

Norman Powell will decline his $11.6 million player option for the 21-22 season with the Portland Trail Blazers to become a free agent.

The Blazers will make re-signing Powell a priority in the offseason but he will have multiple suitors. Powell is expected to receive a considerable raise on the open market.

The Blazers used Powell out of position at small forward due to the presence of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.

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Heat, Kings, Knicks, Rockets, 76ers 'Most Aggressive' In Pursuing Damian Lillard Trade

Jul 20, 2021 8:36 AM

The Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers have recently been the "most aggressive suitors" for a trade with the Portland Trail Blazers for Damian Lillard.

Lillard has said he expects to remain with the Blazers next season, but he has become clear in his desire for more urgency in their efforts to contend for a title.

Should Portland eventually decide to trade Lillard, executives in the NBA expect the Blazers to receive a return for Lillard comparable to what the Brooklyn Nets sent the Rockets for Harden. Lillard is signed for four more seasons at $176 million total.

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Edniesha Curry Hired By Blazers As Assistant Coach

Jul 19, 2021 11:50 AM

Edniesha Curry has been hired by the Portland Trail Blazers as an assistant coach on the staff of Chauncey Billups.

Curry played at Oregon and is a former WNBA guard.

Curry has been an assistant coach for the University of Maine men's team since 2018.

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Damian Lillard: I Haven't Made Any Firm Decision On Future

Jul 16, 2021 4:46 PM

Damian Lillard denied a TrueHoop report that he's on the verge of requesting a trade from the Portland Trail Blazers. 

Lillard spoke to the media after Team USA's practice on Friday.

"It's not true," Lillard said. "I haven't made any firm decision on what my future will be. There's really no need for anybody else to speak for me or report this or report that. If there's something to be said, as I said the last time, I'll speak with directly with my team and with Neil [Olshey]."

Lillard is signed through 2024 and this offseason has been the first in which he's appeared to waver in his commitment to the Blazers. 

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Report: Damian Lillard Plans To Request Trade From Blazers

Jul 16, 2021 9:56 AM

Damian Lillard plans to request a trade from the Portland Trail Blazers at some point over the next few days, a source close to the player tells TrueHoop.

Following Portland's first round exit from the playoffs, they parted ways with Terry Stotts and then eventually hired Chauncey Billups in what was a controversial decision. Lillard endorsed Jason Kidd and Chauncey Billups for the job. Kidd removed his name from consideration, while Billups was eventually hired despite a sexual assault allegation from 1997 that Lillard was unaware of before the process began. 

Lillard is signed through 2024, which gives him little leverage in forcing his way out to a preferred destination. The Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks and Golden State Warriors have been mentioned prominently in trade rumors involving Lillard. 

Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports reported in late June that Lillard could decide to request a trade from the Blazers due to concerns over their championship viability as well as backlash over his role in their coaching search.

On Friday, Haynes reported that Lillard will address the TrueHoop report after Team USA's practice. 

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Becky Hammon: I Knew Who Blazers Wanted, I'm Okay With That

Jul 12, 2021 9:23 AM

Becky Hammon was one of the Portland Trail Blazers' leading candidates to become head coach, but the job ultimately went to Chauncey Billups.

“I’m not mad,” Hammon said. “This is the business, and it’s a very competitive business. But, at the end of the day, throw everything out the window — if you want to hire me, you’ll find a reason to hire me. And if you don’t want to hire me, you’ll find that reason, too. And that’s just that.”

Hammon will remain an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs next season and she feels like the Blazers already had their preferred target during the process. 

“I knew I was second; I knew who they wanted. And I’m OK with that, because every race I’ve gotten into my entire life, I’ve been behind, and I’m OK with that. And that’s just how it is — but at the same time, I’m not ignorant to what I’m going up against.”

Hammon also said she felt the Blazers were “authentic” in their coaching search.

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Scott Brooks Finalizing Deal To Be Top Assistant With Blazers

Jul 10, 2021 6:23 PM

Former Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks is finalizing a deal with the Portland Trail Blazers to become Chauncey Billups' top assistant coach, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday.

Brooks spent the past five seasons as the Wizards' coach, taking Washington to the playoffs three times and advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinals in 2017.


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Clippers Assistant Roy Rogers To Join Blazers Staff

Jul 10, 2021 11:58 AM

Clippers assistant Roy Rogers is set to join Chauncey Billups on the Portland Trail Blazers coaching staff, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Rogers will be focused on coaching the defensive side of the team.

The Blazers also recently hired Scott Brooks as the team's lead assistant. 

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Blazers Hire Scott Brooks As Top Assistant Coach

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Damian Lillard Affirms He Doesn't Want Trade From Blazers

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Michael Beasley To Play For Blazers In Summer League

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Carmelo Anthony Wins First-Ever Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion Award

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Chauncey Billups Briefly Addresses Allegations In Press Conference With Blazers

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Zach Collins Out Indefinitely With Re-Fracture Of Foot

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Blazers Were Surprised Damian Lillard Supported Jason Kidd Instead Of David Vanterpool

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Knicks Front Office Doing Homework On Possibility Of Damian Lillard Availability

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Chauncey Billups Agrees To Five-Year Deal With Blazers

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Backlash From Coaching Search, Concern Over Building Contender Could Push Damian Lillard Out Of Portland

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Blazers Schedule Press Conference For Tuesday To Announce Head Coach

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Blazers Hire Chauncey Billups As Next Head Coach

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Blazers Considering Chauncey Billups, Becky Hammon, Mike D'Antoni For Head Coaching Job

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Becky Hammon Identified As Finalist For Blazers' Head Coaching Job

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Damian Lillard Says He 'Looks Forward To' Playing For Gregg Popovich At Olympics

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Mike D'Antoni Interviews For Head Coaching Job With Blazers

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Becky Hammon, Dawn Staley, Chauncey Billups, Mike D'Antoni, Brent Barry Emerge As Candidates For Blazers

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Mike D'Antoni Interested In Becoming Head Coach Of Blazers

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Chauncey Billups Widely Expected To Be Hired As Head Coach Of Blazers

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Neil Olshey: First Round Loss, Defensive Issues 'Not A Product Of Roster'

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