Found December 08, 2011 on
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Earlier this week, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski wrote a column detailing the frustrations of several ex-NBA players that had signed free agent contracts to play with the Chinese Basketball Association. Upon signing months ago, the players were told that the contracts were binding and could not be dissolved even if the NBA ended its lockout. The free agents in question essentially said "yeah, whatever" before asking for the pen and an eventual check, and now … crap. They kind of want to come back home.
And even though the NBA is now allowing teams to pay up to half a million dollars to aid players in potential CBA buyouts, don't expect to see Wilson Chandler or J.R. Smith in the NBA anytime soon, or at least before the CBA season ends in March.
There was a way around this, however. You could have what Smith and Chandler would probably term as the worst of both worlds -- playing with CBA players, not signing a contract with the league, and not getting paid. Of c...
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Center Greg Oden's agent says the often-injured former No. 1 draft pick will sign the Portland Trail Blazers' $8.9 million qualifying offer on Friday.
Oden's acceptance of the offer was first reported by The Oregonian newspaper on Thursday morning. Agent Bill Duffy confirmed that Oden would sign the one-year deal on Friday, when the team opens training camp.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy has undergone six knee surgeries in his basketball career. According to ESPN, bad knees will force Roy to retire before the season begins.
ESPN reports “Sources say Roy has privately conceded his ongoing knee trouble would have inevitably led to a reduced role, and given his close connection with the Portland community the former All-Star...
This came out of nowhere.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Royis expected to announce his retirement due to degenerative knees, perhaps as soon as Friday, sources have told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard.
The Blazers had said earlier in the week they were expecting Roy to be ready for training camp Friday.
Roy, who has had trouble with his knees, met with team...
The Portland Trail Blazers announced today that Head Coach Nate McMillan has finalized his coaching staff for the 2011-12 season by retaining Bernie Bickerstaff, Bob Ociepka, Buck Williams, Kaleb Canales and Dean Cooper, while adding Larry Greer as assistant coach and Dan Dickau as player development assistant.
Greer has spent the past four seasons as an [...]
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Center Greg Oden's agent says the often-injured former No. 1 draft pick will sign the Portland Trail Blazers' $8.9 million qualifying offer on Friday.
Agent Bill Duffy confirmed that Oden would sign the one-year deal on Friday, when the team opens training camp.
The deal means that Oden will become an unrestricted free agent after this season.
A look around the web at the national reaction to Brandon Roy's retirement
Plus, Marcus Camby has good memories of '98-99 lockout.
The Blazers debut a local commercial to set the tone for a season-long effort to strengthen bond with community and those angered by 149-day NBA lockout.
The team no longer is confident the center will play this season, and it will restructure is one-year contract downward.
After just five seasons, Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Brandon Roy is reportedly retiring because of knee problems.
Take a deep breath for me. Today is getting crazier by the hour. After the news that technically became non-news that helped turn it into the biggest news of the past year in the NBA, now we have some sad news on top of it. Just a few moments ago, Chris Broussard tweeted this: Sources [...]