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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.

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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.

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Tags: Caleb Swanigan, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, D-League

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Damian Lillard Targeted With Slurs Leaving Minnesota's Arena

Dec 19, 2017 2:29 PM

A pair of fans shouted anti-gay slurs at Damian Lillard while walking to the Blazers' bus leaving Minnesota's Target Center.

"I don't bother nobody," Lillard told ESPN. "They were straight disrespectful."

Cellphone video captured an irritated Lillard approaching the hecklers, asking, "Which one of you all said that?"

A woman in the area pointed out one of the individuals, and that person apologized.

Sources at the scene say no action was taken against the fans.

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Tags: Damian Lillard, Minnesota Timberwolves, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA

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Blazers Transfer Wade Baldwin IV To G-League

Dec 6, 2017 2:26 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers have transferred guard Wade Baldwin IV to the Texas Legends of the NBA G League.

A two-way roster player signed on Oct. 19, Baldwin underwent successful surgery to repair an ulnar collateral ligament tear in his right thumb on Oct. 25.

Baldwin averaged 3.2 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 12.3 minutes in 33 games (one start) during his rookie 2016-17 season with the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Tags: Wade Baldwin IV, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, D-League

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Damian Lillard Wishes He Received More Mentorship From LaMarcus Aldridge

Nov 22, 2017 10:28 AM

Damian Lillard said his working relationship with LaMarcus Aldridge informed how he treats Jusuf Nurkic.

When Lillard joined the Blazers, he looked for Aldridge for mentorship but was left to fend for himself.

“It’s going to sound crazy,’’ Lillard said, “but it’s almost what I wish I had with LaMarcus.’’

“Damian Lillard,’’ Nurkic said, “is the best thing that has happened to me in my life.’’

“Me and LaMarcus had a good relationship. We never had a single argument. We really got along,’’ Lillard said. “I’m just saying the stuff I want to go out of my way to do for (Nurkic), is the stuff I wish I got from LaMarcus.’’

Aldridge has a reputation for being an introvert and he eventually was rumored to have an issue with how beloved Lillard became in Portland.

“I wish it was like more of a brotherhood, more of a line of communication, with me as young player and him as an All-Star,’’ Lillard said.

“It wasn’t his personality (to reach out),’’ Lillard said. “But as a younger player, I came into the league wishing … and thinking he was going to take me under his wing, like his lil’ bro.”

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

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Jusuf Nurkic Twice Requested Trade From Nuggets

Nov 20, 2017 1:05 PM

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

Nikola Jokic had emerged as the Nuggets' starting center during the 15-16 season while Nurkic was rehabilitating his left knee.

The Nuggets attempted to mend the relationship with Nurkic and promised he would open the season as a starter, but he realized there was a catch.

“In the first game, I only played three quarters,” Nurkić said. “I had 23 points and 9 rebounds. I’m playing a good game, we’re winning and I’m not playing in the fourth quarter? From that point, I could kind of see that something was wrong.”

The Nuggets were attempting to make it work with Nurkic and Jokic playing together, but Malone pulled Nurkic from the starting lineup after 25 games. Nurkic and his agent, Aylton Tesch, requested a trade for a second time.

“I believe you can develop guards together. But two centers? No way,” Nurkić said. “I don’t want to make this a big drama like KD. I was never on the same page with the coach and the front office. It just came to the point where I needed to go. My career was on the line.”

Nurkic received criticism from the local media for how he handled the situation.

“People assume I had an attitude problem and people like to make up stories that paint me as a bad guy,” he explained. “Once I asked for a trade, there were even more rumors that I wasn’t happy. But I shouldn’t be happy! No one in that situation should be happy. I put in the hard work to play and someone was holding me down.”

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Tags: Jusuf Nurkic, Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Al-Farouq Aminu Out 2-3 Weeks With Right Ankle Sprain

Nov 3, 2017 6:40 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu is expected to miss two to three weeks with a right ankle sprain.

Aminu is averaging 9.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and a team-high 1.3 blocks in 30.2 minutes per game. 

"It's tough," Blazers point guard Damian Lillard said on Thursday night. "Chief (Aminu) is a huge part of our team. He does a lot of things that might not get mentioned all the time, might not show up on the stat sheet, but he's as big a part of our team as just about anybody. Whatever the situation might be somebody's going to have to step up and we're going to have to figure out a way to get some wins."

Mike Richman/Oregonian

Tags: Al-Farouq Aminu, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Wade Baldwin Undergoes Successful Surgery On Right Thumb

Oct 26, 2017 10:07 AM

Wade Baldwin underwent successful surgery to repair an ulnar collateral ligament tear in his right thumb.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Michelle Carlson at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

The Trail Blazers signed Baldwin to a two-way contract on October 19. He is expected to miss six weeks.

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Tags: Wade Baldwin IV, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Injury

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CJ Wilcox Out 6-8 Weeks With Knee Surgery

Oct 24, 2017 8:57 AM

CJ Wilcox underwent successful arthroscopy on his right knee.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Evan Ellis at Southwest Washington Surgery Center.

The Trail Blazers signed Wilcox to a two-way contract on August 9. He is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.

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Wade Baldwin Agrees To Two-Way Deal With Blazers

Oct 19, 2017 6:22 PM

Wade Baldwin has agreed upon a two-way contract with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Baldwin was released by the Memphis Grizzlies before the start of the season despite being in his second season as a first round pick in 2016.

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.

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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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Blazers Trade Allen Crabbe To Nets For Andrew Nicholson
The Blazers will waive and stretch Andrew Nicholson.

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Carmelo Anthony Won't Waive No-Trade For Blazers
Carmelo Anthony has been recruited by C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard.

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Blazers Interested In Trading For Carmelo Anthony
Portland has little desire to help Carmelo Anthony be traded to the Rockets.

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Blazers Offered Three 2017 First Rounders, Any Non-Big 3 Player For Paul George
The Blazers attempted to trade for Paul George entering the draft.

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Blazers Trade Tim Quarterman To Rockets For Cash Considerations
Houston is presumably attempting to create cap facilitating moves related to their trade for Chris Paul.

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Blazers Move Up To No. 10 With Kings To Select Zach Collins
The Kings traded Zach Collins to the Blazers for No. 15 and No. 20.

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Blazers Haven't Ruled Out Trading For LaMarcus Aldridge If Spurs Take Matching Salary
LaMarcus Aldridge left the Blazers to sign with the Spurs in 2015.

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Damian Lillard Would Sign With Jazz Or Lakers If Blazers Didn't Want Him
Damian Lillard won't become a free agent until 2021 and has consistently talked about his love for Portland.

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