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Blazers GM Neil Olshey plans to table Meyers Leonard extension convo until October

Speaking on Grantland writer Zach Lowe's podcast, Portland Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey was asked for a status update on the contract negotiations between his team and Meyers Leonard, who's eligible to sign a rookie-scale extension anytime before October 31.Here's Olshey's response:"I actually prefer to have those conversations in October, when there’s a sense of urgency...
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Portland Trail Blazers Roster Breakdown – Ed Davis

Ushering in a new era of Portland Trail Blazers basketball seems to be the theme of the 2015 NBA offseason. The Rip City roster no longer resembles the crew that had back-to-back 50-win seasons over the past two years, but one thing it can hang its hat on is that youth and potential have become the beacons of hope in an otherwise confusing time. In a 15-part series, Oregon Sports...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Aldridge and Lillard left off Portland's all-time starting five

The Portland Trail Blazers have had some truly great players. Some, like Bill Walton and Brandon Roy, tragically had careers cut short by injury. Others, like Greg Oden and Sam Bowie, were all but prevented from having a career at all. But beyond the dark clouds shines more than a few bright lights. The Oregonian's compiled five of them right here, as selected by the publication...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

C.J. McCollum Talks Damian Lillard, His Game And The 2015-16 Portland Trail Blazers

By Joshua Vinson / @TheJoshAVinson There are three seasons in the NBA: the regular season, the postseason and the free-agency season, which may be just as interesting as the first two. Every team goes through this, but one team saw a complete face-lift to its starting core this offseason. The Portland Trail Blazers, a team that was a tweak or two away from competing in the NBA Finals...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Blazers' C.J. McCollum jabs at former teammate on Twitter

C.J. McCollum was essentially Wesley Matthews' backup on the Portland Trail Blazers last season. The second-year combo guard entered games looking to get his own shot and score in bunches, but he wasn't nearly as capable on the defensive end, or quite as deadly as a high-volume spot-up three-point threat.Now Matthews is gone, and McCollum's role in Portland has grown. On the surface...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

It’s Damian Lillard’s Kingdom Now

All hail Damian Lillard. It won’t be easy, but it’s for the best. When the Portland Trail Blazers ran through LaMarcus Aldridge, they — even with Aldridge and Brandon Roy for six seasons — never made it past the first round. The dynamic of late was Aldridge, three set shooters, and designated rebounder Robin Lopez. Wesley Matthews’ anterior cruciate ligament tear slowed...
Via Oregon Sports News
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers: What Should Be Their Second Unit?

(Jan. 20, 2015 – Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America) By Myles Stedman: Staff Writer at Hoopstuff… Recently we published an article on what the Portland Trail Blazers starting five should be for this upcoming season. Now, we take a look at how they should structure their bench. With a starting five of Damian Lillard, Gerald Henderson, Al-Farouq Aminu, Noah...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Five Most Anticipated Games On Portland Trail Blazers’ 2015-16 NBA Schedule

The NBA has released its full schedule for the 2015-16 season, and while it’s debatable how successful the Portland Trail Blazers will be, we have a solid idea of what the national audience thinks. Despite playing in 15 nationally televised contests last season, Portland has just five during the upcoming campaign. Odds are, even Blazers fans will be skeptical throughout the year...
Via Oregon Sports News
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Who is next up for the Portland Trail Blazers?

Before a season can begin, each organization in the NBA must face free agency. This offseason the Portland Trail Blazers were dismantled and they ended up losing 4 of their 5 starters from the 2014-15 NBA season. Having said that, the Blazers didn’t necessarily completely lose out this summer. Damian Lillard During the 2015-16 offseason the Portland Trail Blazers were able to...
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Matthews ‘felt disrespected’ Blazers didn’t try to re-sign him

The city of Portland has suffered through a mass exodus of historical proportions this NBA offseason. Virtually every key rotation player from last year not named Damian Lillard departed in free agency, forcing the Blazers into a large-scale rebuild almost overnight. One by one, their guys fled for greener pastures as the team watched helplessly....Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Blazers were smart to start a rebuild

The Portland Trail Blazers won 50-plus games both last season and in 2013-14. They were considered by many one of the most-talented teams in the NBA. However, varying circumstances saw the team eliminated from the playoffs early both seasons. They were never a legitimate title contender over these past two seasons. That’s the harsh reality of it. Another harsh reality is the fact...
Via Sportsnaut
July 16, 2015  |  Discuss

The fresh new faces of the Portland Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers have undergone some major roster changes this offseason. It is clear that this team’s focus is on rebuilding. This team has made it a point to acquire young talent and look at the big picture. The Blazers are planning for the franchise’s future success. With the departures of LaMarcus Aldridge, Robin Lopez, and Arron Afflalo in free agency and Nicolas...
July 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers: The collapse of something special

In the 2014-15 NBA season, the Portland Trail Blazers built a unique roster that was capable of bringing a championship back home to Portland, Oregon. However, not more than a few months after their short exit from the playoffs which seems to be a reoccurring theme, people are having a hard time believing that this roster will win more than 30 or 40 games in the upcoming season...
July 09, 2015  |  Discuss

LaMarcus Aldridge chooses to sign with Spurs

One of the top free agents of this year’s class is reportedly on his way to the San Antonio Spurs. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Spurs will sign All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge. Free agent LaMarcus Aldridge will sign with the San Antonio Spurs, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 4, 2015   Wojnarowski...
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July 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Lakers apologize for first, get second meeting with Aldridge

LaMarcus Aldridge reportedly left his first free agency meeting with the Los Angeles feeling underwhelmed, but he apparently respects the franchise enough that he was willing to give it another shot. ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reports that Aldridge granted the Lakers’ request for a second meeting on Thursday night, and the team spent the entire 90...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
July 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Brewery offers Aldridge free beer for life if he stays a Blazer

While LaMarcus Aldridge is currently weighing offers from teams on where to continue his career, a Portland Brewery is offering an incentive for Aldridge to stay in the area. Breakside Brewery is enticing Aldridge to stay with free beer for life as well as a signature beer. Hey @aldridge_12 do you like beer? If you...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
July 02, 2015  |  Discuss

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