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Thus far, the Portland Trail Blazers' front office has been surprisingly active this offseason. General Manager Neil Olshey has striven to address the biggest concern from last season: the glaring lack of depth in the Blazers' roster. Portland had the worst bench in the association by far, as the second unit finished the season averaging 18.5 points (30th), 10.5 rebounds (30th), 4.7 assists (29th), 1.8 steals (28th), and 1.0 blocks (28th). The shooting percentages were abominable as well, as the bench shot 39.9% from the field (29th), 29.8% from beyond the arc (30th), and 68.8% from the line (29th). Here are my grades for the five transactions Olshey have orchestrated this offseason to improve the bench:
Drafting C.J. McCollum with the 10th overall pick: A+
It is still early, but C.J. McCollum might go down as the biggest steal of the 2013 NBA draft. Through four summer league games, McCollum has led all rookies in scoring with 20.7 ppg. Although he hasn't been v...
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The Portland Trail Blazers have had a successful offseason, and with training camp right around the corner, it’s clear that the team has added talent across the board.
At this juncture, fans in Portland have a good idea of what their opening night roster will look like. There are a few players who could really go either way, but the rotation...
The Portland Trail Blazers added much needed depth this offseason. They were last in bench points per game last season scoring just 18.5 per game. The added depth should help to increase their productivity off the bench.
Not only did Portland add depth, but they did so without having to give up much. They will have two new guys coming in off the bench at the forward...
The Portland Trailbalzers have not given up on their attempts to facilitate LaMarcus Aldridge’s trade request : The Portland Trail Blazers and representatives of LaMarcus Aldridge met recently to discuss trade scenarios, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The Blazers have had talks with Chicago about Joakim Noah, with Minnesota about [...]
LaMarcus Aldridge can spin it anyway he wants to, but it’s clear that he has no interest in being in Portland any longer.
Chris Haynes of CSN Northwest is reporting that members of the Aldridge camp recently met with Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey to discuss potential trade options for the 27-year-old all-star.
According to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due...
Portland Trailblazers: Draft Grades
By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff…
Pick 10: CJ McCollum- Guard- Lehigh
- There is no denying the talents of McCollum, who is probably the best scorer in the draft, however the fit is the question. The Trailblazers already have Rookie of the Year and future All Star, Damian Lillard at point guard and although McCollum is a not a point...
From a results standpoint, the Portland Trail Blazers have been a disappointment in the NBA Summer League this season, managing only one victory in five contests. However, summer league is a chance for young prospects to audition for roster spots and success is most often measured by the improvement of individual players. The Blazers play their final summer league game tonight...
LaMarcus Aldridge reportedly arranged for his reps to meet with Portland Trail Blazer GM Neil Olshey to discuss possible trade scenarios for the power forward who is believed to “prefer” being traded to play elsewhere.
According to Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com:
The camp for Portland Trail Blazers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge arranged a meeting with general manger Neil Olshey...
The Portland Trail Blazers and representatives of LaMarcus Aldridge met recently to discuss trade scenarios, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
The Blazers have had trade talks with Chicago about Joakim Noah, with Minnesota about Kevin Love, with Los Angeles about Blake Griffin, with Atlanta about Al Horford and with New Orleans regarding Anthony Davis.
The camp for Portland Trail Blazers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge arranged a meeting with general manger Neil Olshey in a Las Vegas hotel lobby on Sunday to suggest several trade scenarios, a league source informed CSNNW.com.
According to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the situation, the meeting was described as being productive...
The Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Atlanta Hawks by a final score of 70-69 in Summer League play on Wednesday.
Thomas Robinson had 13 points, 17 rebounds and two blocks. C.J. McCollum scored 19 points on 5-for-14 shooting.
Mike Scott had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Hawks.
This last week has been a slow sports week. A lot of talk about the MLB All-Star Game, Aaron Hernandez and the Tour de France. Nothing that typically grabs the attention of the average sports bystander. In situations like this, the media has been accused of forcing or fabricating stories to steal headlines during a down week. Some of that may have played a role in the reports from...
I don’t need to get into why the Portland Trailblazers might be unlucky. Or maybe snake bitten. Or maybe even – gasp! – cursed.
I don’t need to mention the long line of giants with legs more fragile than the sexy lamp in “A Christmas Story.” I don’t need to mention the Draft Day Disaster where they went with a sure thing no one questioned at the time and ended up missing...