Found September 30, 2013 on RealGM:
The Portland Trail Blazers have exercised their third-year options on Damian Lillaard, Meyers Leonard and Thomas Robinson. Lillard, the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, averaged 19.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 6.5 assists in his rookie campaign with the Trail Blazers. Only the fourth unanimous Kia NBA Rookie of the Year in league history and fourth Trail Blazer to win the award, Lillard finished last season as one of three rookies in NBA history with 1,500 points and 500 assists. Leonard, the team’s 11th overall pick in last year’s draft, posted averages of 5.5 points and 3.7 rebounds on 54.5 percent shooting from the floor and 80.9 percent from the charity stripe in his first season with the Trail Blazers. Robinson, entering his second season in the league, joined the Trail Blazers in a trade with the Houston Rockets on July 10, 2013 in exchange for the NBA rights to Kostas Papanikolaou and Marko Todorovic along with two future second round picks. In his rookie...

Trail Blazers: 5 things to watch for in training camp

The time has come NBA training camp is upon us, and for the Portland Trail Blazers, that means we’ll get to see a new-look roster that endured some serious re-tooling during the summer. Fans in Rip City are approaching the 2013-14 season with a cautious optimism. The talent is there to surprise some people, but the team is hardly considered a contender at this juncture. At this...

Damian Lillard: Top 50 NBA Players

No. 32, Top 50 NBA Players, Damian Lillard Resume: 19.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 38.6 minutes (3rd in league), 185 threes made (5th in league), 43% FG, 37% 3PT, and 84% FT… Team record in games played: 33-49… 1st Team All-Rookie, Rookie of the Year It’s really easy to get caught up in a player’s numbers and forget that sometimes “good stats, bad team guys” aren’t...

McCollum, Matthews prepared to compete for starting two-guard position

It sounds as if Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts hasn't quite shut the door all the way on who will be included in his starting five when they opens up the regular season on the road against Phoenix on Oct. 30. When asked him if any positions were up for grabs at Media Day on Monday Stotts responded with “probably not.” Now it's not a full blown...

LaMarcus Aldridge’s Future is Bright with the Portland Trail Blazers

  Trade rumors regarding power forward LaMarcus Aldridge during the off season are best summed up by general manager Neil Olshey’s scorching rebuke to reporters at the Portland Trail Blazers’ media day.  “Oh, dear god,” he rolled his eyes.  “Would you guys get over it?…Let’s move on. Is that possible?”  Clearly, Blazers’ management wants the city to feel...

Portland GM Neil Olshey on LaMarcus Aldridge trade questions, “Oh Dear God”

One of the negatives of being an NBA general manager is the constant questions about trade rumors and during the Portland Trail Blazers media day, general manager Neil Olshey has gotten sick of the trade rumors surrounding forward LaMarcus Aldridge. The fine folks over at Blazers Edge got the official quote from Neil: “Oh dear God, would you guys get over it? How many — asked...

Trail Blazers ready for training camp

At the end of last season, Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews had one word to describe how he felt. It was ''empty.'' Now, just a few months later, Matthews says his word is ''optimistic.'' Portland held its annual media day on Monday, a day before the team opens training camp with a revamped roster that includes some much-needed depth and the addition...

Portland May Finally Get NHL Hockey

Another NHL season begins tonight and Portland is not involved. When the puck drops in Chicago, Portland and the greater US Pacific Northwest will still be a minor-league hockey entity. It was so very close to being so very different.  According to various reports published in The Oregonian, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, and NBC Sports' Pro Hockey Talk, Paul Allen was ready...

Elliot Williams Joining Cavaliers On Camp Deal

Elliot Williams will go to the Cleveland Cavaliers' training camp on a non-guaranteed contract, according to sources. Williams was a first round draft pick of the Portland Trail Blazers in 2010. Williams has averaged 3.7 points in 24 NBA games.

Cedric Ceballos drops nice rap for #4BarFriday

Previously on TNLP, we featured a couple of posts about Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard’s creation of “#4BarFriday” for Instagram. For this week’s version, former Phoenix Suns/Dallas Mavericks forward Cedric Ceballos decided to drop his own hot lyrics in this clip: *** Cedric Ceballos image courtesy of Getty Images
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