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Damian Lillard Wants CJ McCollum To Rest Until Playoffs

Mar 20, 2019 12:50 AM

Damian Lillard says that CJ McCollum played his last game of the regular season after being diagnosed with a popliteus strain in his left knee.

“I don’t want him to have to rush it. When he does come back, I want him to be himself and be healthy, so in my mind, we are going to finish the regular season without him," said Lillard.

McCollum will be re-evaluated later this week. Lillard added that learning to play without McCollum will make the team better in the future.

“We are in great position, and we need guys to be able to step up; it’s only going to be better for our team in the long run,” Lillard said.

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Tags: Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Injury

CJ McCollum Avoids Serious Knee Injury, To Be Re-Evaluated Next Week

Mar 17, 2019 4:28 PM

CJ McCollum was diagnosed with a popliteus strain in his left knee following an MRI. He will be re-evaluated in a week.

McCollum was helped off the floor clutching his left knee during their loss to the Spurs. The diagnosis is considered the best possible outcome after initial concerns.

"I don't have a lot of information besides it's painful. I didn't hear anything pop. It was just an immediate discomfort and pain. It was an uncomfortable feeling. You never want to leave the court like that, but it happens," said McCollum.

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Tags: C.J. McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Injury

Alvin Gentry: Blazers 'Have More Weapons' Since Last Season's Playoffs

Mar 16, 2019 1:06 PM

Alvin Gentry said that the additions of Enes Kanter and Rodney Hood make the Portland Trail Blazers a different team than the one that the New Orleans Pelicans swept in the first-round of the playoffs last season.

Gentry added that trapping Damian Lillard with double-teams won't be as effective as it was last year due to their new playmakers.

“I still think you have to try and get the ball out of Dame and CJ’s (McCollum) hands, but it’s a little bit different now that they have added Rodney Hood to the mix, and even (Enes) Kanter. With those two guys, they have really improved their team...They have more weapons," said Gentry.

Lillard, who said he was surprised with how aggressive the Pelicans trapped him in the series, said he worked on speeding up his decision-making on the ball. 

“First time I played them this year, I was like, ‘That is not happening this time. When I got the ball, I was coming off fast — and now they were the ones shocked. Instead of me being the one off balance, now they were off balance,” added Lillard. 

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Tags: Damian Lillard, New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard Discuss 'Playing Together Again'

Mar 13, 2019 1:15 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard cleared the air through text messages at the behest of Jamal Crawford. There had been an unspoken tension between the two since Lillard's arrival and Aldridge's subsequent departure in free agency.

"I keep telling him I’m going to come back and finish there. That’s something him and I have talked about — playing together again,” said Aldridge.

Lillard added that had they gotten to know each other while they were Blazer teammates, Aldridge would still be in Portland.

“If we would have talked about it, we would have still been playing together. There was a whole lot of that in our conversation. It was like…all of this could have been prevented," said Lillard. 

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Tags: Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Jamal Crawford, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

Damian Lillard: 'I'm Not Willing To Sell Myself Out' To Win Title

Feb 20, 2019 1:36 AM

Commenting on the trend of stars requesting trades, Damian Lillard stated that there's more important things to him than winning a title. 

"I do want to win a championship but there's other stuff that means more to me. It's almost like I'm not willing to sell myself out for that," said Lillard.

Lillard added that he wants to win a title in the right way. 

"I want to win a championship, I compete to win a championship, but I've learned that it's about so many other things. I think a lot of people tell you just because you go out and win a championship...And then they look back and they're like 'man, this happened because of that, this happened because of that.' When my career is over and I know the relationships that I'm gonna have, I'm going to know the people who knew I was solid with them...That I did it the right way."

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

Enes Kanter Agrees To Sign With Blazers

Feb 13, 2019 5:17 PM

Enes Kanter has agreed to sign with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Kanter signed a four-year, $70 million offer sheet with the Blazers in 2015 that the Oklahoma City Thunder subsequently matched.

Kanter agreed to a buyout with the New York Knicks last week.

The Los Angeles Lakers also pursued Kanter.

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Tags: Enes Kanter, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Portland City Commissioner Expects Blazers To Be Sold

Feb 7, 2019 3:52 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers are expected to be sold, according to Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish.

Fish is concerned that the new ownership of the team might seek to relocate the team.

“The clear sense I’ve received from Blazers management is that this team will be put on the block at some point,” Fish said. “I’ve been told the estate will take about five to six years to be settled.

"We expect the team will be put on the market.”

The Blazers' lease with Portland runs through 2025.

Paul Allen passed away in October, which has put the future of the Blazers into an uncertain place.

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Tags: Portland Trail Blazers, NBA

Blazers Acquire Skal Labissiere From Kings For Caleb Swanigan

Feb 7, 2019 2:34 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to acquire Skal Labissiere from the Sacramento Kings for Caleb Swanigan.

Labissiere fell out of Sacramento's rotation this season.

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Tags: Skal Labissiere, Caleb Swanigan, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Blazers Looking To Add Another 'Difference-Maker' Before Deadline

Feb 7, 2019 2:06 AM

The Portland Trail Blazers are looking to potentially move Moe Harkless and their 1st-round pick before the trade deadline to add another "difference-maker".

The Blazers have previously expressed interest in Evan Fournier, Jeremy Lin, JaMychal Green, and Nikola Mirotic.

Harkless has 1-year and $11.5 million remaining on his contract. 

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Tags: Maurice Harkless, Jeremy Lin, Nikola Mirotic, JaMychal Green, Evan Fournier, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

Jazz, Blazers, Spurs, Nets Interested In Acquiring Nikola Mirotic

Feb 7, 2019 1:40 AM

The Utah Jazz, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, and Brooklyn Nets have all expressed interest in trading for Nikola Mirotic.

The Pelicans are looking for a 1st-round pick in return. 

Mirotic will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. 

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Tags: Nikola Mirotic, New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

Jazz, Blazers, Mavericks Interested In Otto Porter Jr.
Otto Porter has a player option for the 20-21 season.

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Blazers Acquire Rodney Hood From Cavs For Nik Stauskas, Wade Baldwin, Two 2nds
Rodney Hood had the ability to veto trade after signing the one-year qualifying offer with the Cavaliers.

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Damian Lillard On Three-Point Contest Versus The Currys: 'I'm Going To Win' In Their Hometown
Lillard is 8th in the league with 142 made 3's this season.

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Iman Shumpert Attempts To Enter Portland's Locker Room To Confront Jusuf Nurkic
Jusuf Nurkic downplayed the incident.


Blazers, Pelicans, Sixers Interested In Jeremy Lin
The Hawks are looking for a first-round pick in exchange for Lin.

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

Trail Blazers Log The Most Mileage Out Of Any Pro Sports Team In North America
The average NBA team covered 43,534 miles per season over the past decade.

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LeBron James Suggested Cavs Trade Kyrie Irving For Damian Lillard
LeBron James' interest in Damian Lillard has led to speculation the Lakers could be interested in him.

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Blazers Came Close To Firing Terry Stotts In Offseason
The Suns were one of several teams that began engaging third parties about Terry Stotts' potential interest in their jobs.

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Paul Allen Told Blazers Sweep Was 'Unacceptable'
Paul Allen addressed the Blazers following their series loss to the Pelicans last season.

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Blazers, Pelicans, Lakers, Heat, 76ers Could Have Interest In Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony is expected to leave the Rockets.

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

Pascal Siakam, CJ McCollum Named Players Of The Week
Pascal Siakam averaged 20.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in Toronto's 3-0 week.

RealGM Staff Report

Vulcan Sports Will Continue To Own Blazers For Now
Jody Allen reportedly has stronger interest in the Seahawks than the Blazers.

Tim Booth/Associated Press

Blazers Exercise 19-20 Options On Zach Collins, Caleb Swanigan
Zach Collins and Caleb Swanigan were first round picks in 2017.

RealGM Staff Report

Paul Allen Passes Away At 65
Paul Allen was the owner of the Blazers and Seahawks.

Seattle Times

Paul Allen Announces Return Of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Paul Allen was treated for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2009.

RealGM Staff Report

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On West Over-Unders
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti break down the over/unders for the Western Conference.

RealGM Staff Report

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.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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.

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

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