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The flight to Salt Lake City to lure hall of fame coach Jerry Sloan to Portland took just under two hours. The offer to Roy Hibbert, the best center in free agency, was a no-brainer. Both moves were made swiftly and with conviction. Both were home run swings. Both left the Blazers with absolutely nothing… [...]
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With the sixth overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft the Portland Trailblazers selected one of college basketball’s top scorers from a season ago, Damian Lillard from Weber State. The 6’3″ guard averaged 24.5 points per game as a junior and left as the school’s all-time leader in three-pointers made (246) and was [...]
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The Trail Blazers team is finally coming together.
The draft is over, and by the end of today we’ll know if Nicolas Batum is the starting small forward or not.
All that’s left is that little thing of finding a head coach.
It’s been four months since Nate McMillan was fired, and the team has yet to find a new head coach. Interim coach Caleb Kanales...
In a report today on OregonLive.com Daniel Mediate and other PDX media members caught up with Nicolas Batum as he arrived back in Portland from Europe.
With the Blazers saying they would match a HUGE offer sheet from the Timberwolves for four-year, $46.5 million Batum suggests he's fine with a match.
"I'm very happy about it," Batum...
Nolan Smith of the Portland Trail Blazers had to be taken to the hospital tonight by stretcher after he was fouled on a fast break by the Rockets' Zoran Drajic during a NBA Summer League game on Tuesday night.Smith lost his balance a few seconds after the hit to the head by Drajic and fell down on the baseline.The video of what happened is below as well as a second video of a...
Sitting on the ledge in the front room of my house are a pair of white and red Adidas shoes. This certain pair of Adidas is a size 16 and have an inscription on the back of each shoe, “Frenchy 88”. Along the outside of each shoe is a signature in black sharpie. The shoes, inscription and signature belong to small forward Nicolas Batum.
Being a columnist and trying not to be...
Scarier hoops injury last night at the NBA Summer League as Portland Trail Blazers point guard Nolan Smith had to be taken off on a stretcher after colliding with the basket on a driving lay-up attempt.
Here is the video.
“Nicolas will absolutely live up to this contract.”
These are the words of Portland Trail Blazers General Manager Neil Olshey after officially matching the offer that Nicolas Batum signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The deal is reportedly worth approximately $46 million over four years.
Double-digit millions is a lot of money for a player whose numbers have been...
With the sixth overall draft pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the Portland Trail Blazers selected Weber State point guard Damian Lillard.
It looks like that pick seems to be a good choice as he showed off his aerial exploits in the below clip from today's Blazers/Hawks Summer League game:
The Portland Trail Blazers matched the offer sheet given to restricted free agent Nicolas Batum on Wednesday. Blazers general manager Neil Olshey told reporters at the Las Vegas Summer League that they will honor the four-year deal worth $46.5 million given to Batum by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Batum averaged 13.9 points last season with Portland. The T-Wolves had been trying...
MINNEAPOLIS Portland had until 10:59 p.m. Wednesday to match the Timberwolves' reported four-year, 46.5 million offer to small forward Nicolas Batum. Just after 4 p.m., it announced its decision.Batum will remain a Trail Blazer. Minnesota can begin to move on, to pick up the pieces after this weeks-long soap opera.Portland had been adamant for weeks that it would match any offer...
When Neil Olshey took over as Portland Trail Blazers General Manager, he said we wanted to bring in a winning culture, and lure the best players to play in the Rose Garden.
His first free agency period? Not so good. With the recent trade sending Raymond Felton and Kurt Thomas to New York for Jared Jeffries, Dan Gadzuric, and two European contracts, and the draft of two project...
A true point guard, this is what Damian Lillard is. Enough talks about how he is a “scoring guard”. Lillard controls a game better than many point guards in the league now. I know, it’s only Summer League, but I love what he has shown so far.
He plays with a lot of poise for a rookie. When Lillard is in game mode, his demeanor never alters. As Joe Freeman of The Oregonian...
The Blazers have officially matched the four-year, $46.5 million offer sheet Nicolas Batum signed with the Wolves.
The Portland Trail Blazers have officially matched the Minnesota Timberwolves four-year, $46 million deal for restricted free agent Nicolas Batum. The decision was announced by Portland general manager Neil Olshey this afternoon, ended weeks of posturing by Olshey, Minnesota GM David Kahn and Bouna Ndiaye (Batum's agent), with Olshey following through on his pre-free agency promise...
The Portland Trail Blazers made it pretty clear that Nicolas Batum is part of the future of their franchise, so it is not surprising they matched the Minnesota Timberwolves' four-year, $46.5 million offer sheet. The talented young forward will remain in Portland for now.
It is a smart move by the Blazers. Batum continues to mature and improve. He is only 23 and it is obvious...