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Translating Portland Trail Blazers Tweets From 2015 NBA Offseason

In a world where anyone and everyone can express themselves on social media, NBA Twitter is one of the most entertaining communities to follow. The DeAndre Jordan saga from July epitomizes that notion, but it doesn’t take an epic #EmojiWar for fans to realize their beloved role models are posting commentary on a regular basis. The catch here is that while Twitter creates the opportunity...
Via Oregon Sports News
2 hours 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...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Blazers Pick Up 15-16 Option On Allen Crabbe

The Portland Trail Blazers have picked up their 15-16 option on Allen Crabbe. The team had until Saturday to decide on Crabbe’s contract status. The 23-year-old is expected to make more than $900,000 next season. "It's always good to know that your [contract] is going to be guaranteed so it just makes you focus on continuing to work hard for the rest of the summer and get prepared...
Via RealGM
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Damian Lillard refuses team USA minicamp invite

Does Damian Lillard feel slighted by Jerry Colangelo and company? Last offseason, Lillard was one of the last cuts from the USA basketball world cup team. Many observers felt that Lillard was deserving of a spot on the roster, and his unhappiness with the decision last summer could have played a part in his decision to refuse his invitation to this years USA basketball camp. By refusing...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Brendan Haywood Waived By Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers have waived center Brendan Haywood. Portland acquired Haywood, guard Mike Miller and two future second round draft picks from the Cleveland Cavaliers on July 27 in exchange for cash considerations. Haywood's contract was non-guaranteed.
Via RealGM
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Wesley Matthews 'Felt Disrespected' By Lack Of Interest From Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers never made an offer to Wesley Matthews in free agency. Matthews signed with the Blazers in 2010 and became one of the NBA's best two-way shooting guards. But Matthews ruptured his left Achilles tendon in March. "I was pissed off," Matthews said. "I felt disrespected." The only change the Blazers would pursue re-signing Matthews was if LaMarcus Aldridge...
Via RealGM
3 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
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers’ Aminu To Participate In First NBA Game In Africa

An offseason acquisition from the Dallas Mavericks, forward Al-Farouq Aminu will play for Team Africa as it takes on Team World in the NBA Africa game set to take place in Johannesburg, South Africa this Saturday.  This game comes as part of the partnership between Basketball Without Borders and the NBA, and is the first game in NBA history to take place in Africa. Ahead of the...
Via Oregon Sports News
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Wesley Matthews 'pissed off' he never received contract offer from Blazers

Wesley Matthews emerged as one of free agency's biggest winners, after signing a deal with the Mavericks worth $80 million over four years.    Matthews entered the summer as a restricted free agent, which meant that the Portland Trail Blazers could've matched any offer he received. And, coming off of a torn Achilles injury that ended his season in March, it was (and remains) unclear...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Might Not Be Done Making Lopsided Trades

The Portland Trail Blazers continued their busy offseason this past weekend with a trade that brought over Brendan Haywood, Mike Miller and two future second-round picks. The move itself was designed to acquire assets (neither Haywood nor Miller will likely ever suit up in Rip City), but the real story here isn’t what the team received, but what it gave up. The Blazers officially...
Via Oregon Sports News
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Damian Lillard Drops a Freestyle Over Jadakiss’ ‘Why’

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard aka Dame DOLLA uploaded some freestyle bars to his SoundCloud account featuring his childhood friend V.I.P. Over the Jadakiss “Why” beat to solidify his name as the best baller/rapper in the game. The post Damian Lillard Drops a Freestyle Over Jadakiss’ ‘Why’ appeared first on Hooped Up.
Via Hooped Up
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Damian Lillard on attending Team USA minicamp: 'I don't know why I would go'

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard doesn't sound interested in attending the Team USA minicamp in Las Vegas again this offseason. After being cut from the team last year, Lillard is opting not to go this summer. Here's more from Des Bieler of the Washington Post:Lillard was among the final cuts last year before the FIBA World Cup. The two point guards Coach Mike Krzyzewski...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

How the Portland Trail Blazers can thrive without Aldridge

In 2006 with the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA draft, the Portland Trail Blazers selected LaMarcus Aldridge and ever since that day he has been the leader in Portland, Oregon. However, the Aldridge era has come to an end this past offseason when he signed with the San Antonio Spurs in free agency. This decision made by Aldridge leaves the Blazer organization putting all their hopes...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers: 4 Free Agency Grades

(Jan. 23, 2014 – Source: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images North America) By Josh Morgan: VP and Director of Content at Hoopstuff… The Portland Trail Blazers have undergone the most roster transition of anyone of the NBA and though it will likely lead to their departure from the playoffs and potentially landing high in the lottery come draft time, this also means plenty of opportunity...
Via HoopStuff
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Damian Lillard running the show in Portland

To put it lightly, this has been far from the offseason that the Portland Trail Blazers had initially desired. Looks like it is back to the drawing board. But one thing is certain, all eyes will be on Damian Lillard now that he has the responsibility of leading this newly constructed young team. The mass exodus that the Blazers experienced recently ushers in a new chapter for the...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Big Dance: Damian Lillard Soldiers On

Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard has had quite a busy offseason. It began on a high note, inking a five-year, $120 million contract extension with the only NBA..... The post The Big Dance: Damian Lillard Soldiers On appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
Via The Sports Fan Journal
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Roundtable – Where Are They Now And Where Are They Headed?

This has been quite the summer of change for the Portland Trail Blazers and their fans. LaMarcus Aldridge is in San Antonio, Wesley Matthews is in Dallas, Robin Lopez is in New York, and Nicolas Batum is in Charlotte, leaving Damian Lillard as the only starter from the previous two seasons still on the roster. Even the reserves are mostly new, as Steve Blake is in Brooklyn, Arron...
Via Oregon Sports News
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Lillard’s World: Damian Lillard Will Take Center Stage in Portland Trail Blazer Rebuild

PORTLAND, OR – JULY 9: Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers speaks with the media after signing a new contract with the team July 9, 2015 at the Trail Blazer Practice Facility in Portland, Oregon. (Mandatory Credit: Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images) After being slept on in college at Weber State, Lillard came into the NBA with a bang, winning Rookie of the...
Via The Sports Journal
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Arvydas Sabonis ‘Past x Present’ Sketch

It took 19-years for Lithuanian Legend Arvydas Sabonis to make it the league with the Portland Trail Blazers, but when he did despite a bunch of injuries. Sabonis proved he was one of the best pivots in the world to ever lace them up. Art by Karmo Ruusmaa. The post Arvydas Sabonis ‘Past x Present’ Sketch appeared first on Hooped Up.
Via Hooped Up
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Sports Talk Or Life Lessons

How many times have you started talking about the Portland Trail Blazers and got a blank stare in return? If it hasn’t happened, it will. When it does, that’s the time you convert non-fan into new fan if you’re fan enough. That PBS loving radio listener in front of you is ready for a change. Give them Dan Patrick, a 58-year-old golden boy with the radio voice and television...
Via Oregon Sports News
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Even with new roster, Blazers won't change defensive scheme

The Portland Trail Blazers went through a massive roster overhaul this offseason, losing every member of their starting lineup except for Damian Lillard.Even with all the changes and added youth and athleticism, it doesn't like Portland is going to change a whole lot schematically on the defensive end. Here's what Blazers head coach Terry Stotts told Mike Richman of The Oregonian...
Via Fox Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Damian Lillard releases new rap song called 'Full Stomach'

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard is a man of many talents on the basketball court, but he's also pretty talented off the court as well.Lillard is one of many athletes to make the transition from basketball to hip hop, but this doesn't appear to be a fleeting interest. Here's more from Mike Richman of The Oregonian:With each day Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard...
Via Fox Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Oregon Sports News’ 2015 NBA Free Agency Recap – What The Hell Just Happened?

The 2014-15 NBA season saw the Portland Trail Blazers separate themselves from the third-tier pretenders (for the better) and the top-tier contenders (for the worse). It saw them validate the notion that they were worthy of the somewhat-improved-and-kind-of-deserved national attention they received throughout the year. Unfortunately, the season also showed that the team was nowhere...
Via Oregon Sports News
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Cavaliers are working out a deal to send Brendan Haywood to Portland

The Portland Trailblazers are in a serious need for some big men for the upcoming season. After watching Robin Lopez and LaMarcus Aldridge leave in free agency, the Trailblazers are starting over from scratch. With the team in dire need for some bigs, the Cleveland Cavaliers might be willing to help them out. According to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, the Cavaliers are working...
Via No Guts, No Glory
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Marcus Smart suffers nasty hand injury in Summer League

Boston Celtics point guard Marcus Smart left Thursday night’s Summer League game against the Portland Trail Blazers after suffering a gruesome hand injury. Smart fell awkwardly while fighting for a rebound and immediately began screaming in pain. The photo below is not for the squeamish, as it shows a couple of Smart’s fingers pointing in...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss
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