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Blazers Pick Up Fourth-Year Option on Damian Lillard

The Trail Blazers announce that they're picking up the fourth-year option on Damian Lillard's rookie-scale contract, ensuring he'll remain with the team through 2016. The Portland Trail Blazers released good, but unsurprising, news today, picking up the fourth-year option on point guard Damian Lillard.
Via Pro Sports Daily
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Blazers Exercise Four-Year Option On Damian Lillard

The Portland Trail Blazers exercised their fourth-year option on the contract of guard Damian Lillard. In two seasons, Lillard has averaged 19.9 points (42.7% FG, 38.1% 3-PT, 85.9% FT), 3.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 0.84 steals and 37.2 minutes per game. Only four players in NBA history have more points (3,257) and assists (988) in their first two seasons (O. Robertson, T. Archibald...
Via RealGM
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Blazers Injury Update: Thomas Robinson has begun contact practices

The Portland Trail Blazers approach training camp coming off a season in which they lost in the Western Conference Semifinals to the San Antonio Spurs. After an excellent 2013-2014 season, the Trail Blazers look for several young players to improve in training camp to make an impact in the 2014-2015 season. One such player is power forward Thomas Robinson, who averaged 12...
Via Sports Injury Alert
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Expectations high for stable Trail Blazers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Among the themes for the Portland Trail Blazers this season is to embrace the idea they belong with the elite teams in the West. The Blazers exceeded expectations last year by winning 54 games and advancing to the second round of the playoffs, where they fell to the eventual NBA champion San Antonio Spurs. The Blazers return nearly the entire roster from that...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Mehmet Okur named 'team ambassador' for Utah Jazz

Mehmet Okur is back with the Utah Jazz. Not as a player, though. The lovable, sharpshooting Turkish big man isn't leaving the retirement life anytime soon. Rather, Okur has agreed to be a team ambassador in an official capacity for the NBA team he played for from 2004-11. Jazz CEO Greg Miller complimented Okur because, he said in a statement released by the team's PR crew...
Via Pro Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Earl Watson To Retire From NBA

Earl Watson, 35, is set to retire after 13 seasons.  Watson will become a coach for the San Antonio Spurs D-League affiliate. The Kansas City native averaged 6.4 points, 4.4 assists and 2.3 rebounds for his career. The veteran spent his last season in Portland, where he only played in 24 games.  
Via BlackSportsOnline
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers 2014 Player Spotlight – Nicolas Batum

As the start of the NBA season approaches, I’ll be breaking down each Trail Blazer expected to play a role in the team’s chances for success. Today, we feature the Glue, Nicolas Batum. (Stats provided by NBA.com.) How Did He Do Last Year? We can start with this: Nicolas Batum played 82 games for the first time last season. Given his issues with nagging injuries in previous years...
Via Oregon Sports News
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Earl Watson to accept coaching position with Toros

Earlier this month, a report stated former Portland Trail Blazers guard Earl Watson was thinking about an offer from the San Antonio Spurs’ NBA D-League affiliate team, the Austin Toros, on an assistant coaching position with the organization. Sunday morning at the Spurs’ second day of training camp, Watson was in attendance and on the […]
Via Project Spurs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers – Three Things To Look For Heading Into The Season

As crazy as it seems, the basketball season is here. Seriously. Here in Portland, Media Day is Monday Sept 29th; training camp is the ensuing week, leading up to Wells Fargo Fan Fest on Sunday October 5th. Long story short, basketball is back. After the incredible, expectation-shattering season last year, there are a lot of hopes and dreams floating around Rip City. The spirit...
Via Oregon Sports News
5 days ago  |  Discuss

CJ McCollum The Key To Portland Taking That Next Step

By nearly every account, the 2013-2014 season was a good one for the Portland Trail Blazers. They were not only able to make the playoffs, but they also won a first-round series against the Houston Rockets. The Western Conference is stacked, and the San Antonio Spurs eventually eliminated them rather easily. To take the next forward, this team will be looking for someone to step...
Via Oregon Sports News
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers: Championship odds approaching 2014-15 NBA season

Rip City Championship Odds When you think about the 2014-15 NBA season, the Portland Trail Blazers don’t come across as championship favorites. Their showing last year was impressive to say the least, but to win a title, it will have to go through the powers out West — not to mention at least one power out East — to make it happen. All that said, Portland will enter training...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Which Portland Trail Blazers prospect has the highest upside entering 2014-15 NBA season?

Youth and Potential When you look at the Portland Trail Blazers roster entering the 2014-15 NBA season, it’s clear that there’s a monumental disparity between what the starters have done and what the bench has done in the recent past. In fact, the second unit has been the worst in the league in numerous categories for two years running, while the starters have been No. 1 in...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Can The Bench Be A Factor For The Portland Trail Blazers Next Season?

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Ron Leyba, the lead editor of FantasyBasketballMoneyLeagues.Com – good source of fantasy basketball news and rumors. You can follow @NBAFantasyInfo via Twitter or via Facebook for more updates. The Portland Trail Blazers recorded a breakaway season in 2014 – 2015. Rip City entered the campaign really strong and it very quickly reached...
Via Oregon Sports News
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Preview Spotlight – Damian Lillard

As the start of the NBA season approaches, I’ll be breaking down each Trail Blazer expected to play a role in the team’s chances for success. Today, we feature the Assassin, Damian Lillard. (Stats provided by NBA.com) How Did He Do Last Year?: Let’s see. Lillard made the All-Star team and the All-NBA Third Team. He put up averages of 20.7 points, 5.8 assists, and hit 39.4%...
Via Oregon Sports News
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Just A Few Things – Portland Trail Blazers Check Up

This past month, we have been in the slowest part of the NBA season. Free agency is over, the draft is over, and summer league is over. It isn’t until training camp starts up that things heat back up in the NBA world. Although it has been slow, there are a few things that have happened this past month that have to do with the Portland Trail Blazers. I will go over those things...
Via Oregon Sports News
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Mehmet Okur will join the Utah Jazz as consultant

Mehmet Okur was among the blasts from the Jazz past who returned to Utah to honor Jerry Sloan last week. The retired center hopes to focus on someone else in his next trip to his old NBA stomping grounds. Enes Kanter, have some free time? “I’d like to take him out and talk to him a little bit, see what happens, try to help him a little bit more,” Okur said. “That’s what...
Via Pro Sports Daily
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Power Ranking Portland Trail Blazers 2014-15 roster by position

How do they rank? Point guard. Shooting guard. Small forward. Power forward. Center. The Portland Trail Blazers, like all 30 NBA teams, have them, but which position ranks the best on the roster entering the 2014-15 season? When ranking these positions, a few things come to mind. First is past production. What did the players at each spot do last season, and what has each player...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Nicolas Batum’s Coming Out Party?

The Portland Trail Blazers acquired a young, lanky, athletic, Frenchman from the Houston Rockets in the 2008 NBA Draft. For the rights to the #25 pick of the first round the Blazers had to trade away the draft rights of Darrell Arthur and Joey Dorsey. The player that the team acquired was Nicolas Batum. Batum, who had played professional basketball in France before coming to the...
Via Oregon Sports News
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Preview Spotlight – LaMarcus Aldridge

The middle of September is usually about three things in the American sports world: the NFL, college football, and the MLB pennant race. Even with pro football’s ongoing and mounting troubles regarding the mental health of it’s players, as long as there is gambling and fantasy football, it will have a place in the sports world–though I don’t like it. But this won’t be about...
Via Oregon Sports News
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Call To The Hall: LaMarcus Aldridge

(Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports) We’ve hit the dog days of the NBA summer.  All the big name free agents have been snatched up.  Summer league is over.  Training camps are still weeks away.  So now is the perfect time to reminisce a bit over current NBA players’ career accomplishments to see if they are Hall of Fame worthy or not.  Next up: LaMarcus Aldridge   LaMarcus Aldridge...
Via Hoops Manifesto
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Power ranking Portland Trail Blazers 2014-15 roster

Who Will Be No. 1: L.A. or Dame? With NBA training camps quickly approaching, the Portland Trail Blazers are lucky enough to have all 15 roster spots filled. We have a good idea as to what the rotation will look like, so let’s take a look at how each player ranks at this point in the process. 15. Allen Crabbe One year into Allen Crabbe‘s career, it would be unfair to call...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Can The Portland Trail Blazers Win The Western Conference?

When people look into their crystal ball to predict who will win the Western Conference and potentially the NBA title, two teams from the West generally get all the buzz — the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The fact that both of these teams have won the West for the past three […] Can The Portland Trail Blazers Win The Western Conference? - Hoops Habit - Hoops...
Via NBA Draft Blog
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers: 5 Bold Predictions For 2014-15

The Portland Trail Blazers are coming off of an exciting season last year, and are poised to take another step forward in the Western Conference. They were extremely happy with the improvement that Damian Lillard made, and once again were given an impressive season by power forward LaMarcus Aldridge. It will be interesting to see […] Portland Trail Blazers: 5 Bold Predictions For...
Via NBA Draft Blog
25 days ago  |  Discuss

LaMarcus Aldridge best highlights from 2013-14 NBA season

LaMarcus Aldridge had a career season last year. He averaged 23.2 points and 11.1 rebounds for the 2013-14 season. Aldridge had two 30-20 games and put up back-to-back 40-plus-point games in the playoffs. The NBA put together a highlight video of his banner campaign right here: When it comes to the best power forwards in the league, LaMarcus Aldridge is definitely in that conversation...
Via That NBA Lottery Pick
26 days ago  |  Discuss

The Ever-Evolving Era Of The Big Three And How It Relates To The Portland Trail Blazers

When Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen teamed up in Boston, I remember how much of a novelty it was around the league. ESPN and the rest of the media covered their every move for a while as they billed them as the next dynasty. In 2008 they won the only championship the group won together, the 17th for the Celtic franchise. Fast forward to 2010; LeBron James and Chris Bosh...
Via Oregon Sports News
27 days ago  |  Discuss
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