During the press conference and ensuing media availability, Olshey touched on a host of topics, including the satisfaction of all-star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge with the team's moves, how Lopez and his agent, Arn Tellem (who is also Aldridge's agent), helped Portland secure the center from New Orleans, improving Portl
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On July 11, the Portland Trail Blazers introduced four new players during a press conference at the team's practice facility in Tualatin. Here is what the general manager, the coach and the players themselves had to say about joining the Trail Blazers for the 2013-14 season.
The Portland Trail Blazers are in the process of finalizing every contract and trade they've consummated since the start of the July moratorium, which expired on July 10. Here's what they've made official so far.
Kirk Goldsberry, who specializes in "spatial reasoning, visual communication, and geographic representation" over at Grantland, has a new graphic showing which players are the most productive at certain areas on the court. And as you can see below, both Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge were the most productive sc
ESPN.com NBA draft insider Chad Ford joined the July 7 edition of The BS Report with Bill Simmons to wrap up the 2013 NBA Draft. At one point during the conversation, which you can listen to here, the topic turned to the Portland Trail Blazers' performance at the draft, which both Simmons and Ford said they "loved" and thei
That video that we posted prematurely last week? Well, it's back and well worth watching. The best part, in my opinion, are their reactions to the surprise picks and trades of the night (I love Ben Falk's reaction to the Sixers/Pelicans trade and Olshey and Chad Buchanan's reaction when the Jazz picked Trey Burke). In many
Next up in today's Post-Moratorium Official Transactions Cavalcade: The Portland Trail Blazers acquire Thomas Robinson, the fifth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, from the Houston Rockets in exchange for the rights to Kostas Papnikolaou and Marko Todorovic and two second-round picks.
The Portland Trail Blazers have officially signed free agent forward Dorell Wright. The agreement was first reported on July 6 by Jason Quick of The Oregonian, but now that the July moratorium has expired, the team is free to make the signing official.
The July moratorium has now expired, which means teams are now free to officially sign free agents and complete trades. According to team owner Paul Allen, the Trail Blazers are doing just that.
Spanish National Team head coach Juan Orenga announced today that second-year forward Victor Claver has been selected to play in the 2013 Eurobasket (aka the European Championships) in Slovenia later this summer. Claver joins former Trail Blazers Rudy Fernandez and Sergio Rodriguez on the roster along with Memphis' Marc Gas
While rookies often get the headlines at summer league, it's the second-year players that have the most to prove to their respective teams. After all, rookies are expected to make mistakes at summer league, even in the notoriously low-pressure settings of Thomas & Mack Arena and Cox Pavilion on the campus of UNLV. But secon
CJ McCollum was officially introduced to the Portland media Monday morning in the Harry Glickman Media Center at the Rose Garden. It was a relatively brief event, if for no other reason than there will be plenty of time for everyone to get to know McCollum throughout the course of his rookie season.
The Portland Trail Blazers will wear the adidas adizero short sleeve uniform at the Las Vegas Summer League during games in which they are the designated as the "away" team. The jersey's are black with "Portland Trail Blazers" written across the chest in red and white. The short sleeve jersey will be paired with black pinst
The Trail Blazers announced their 2013 Las Vegas Summer League roster on Friday, while also announcing the team will begin practices on Tuesday, with their first game in Las Vegas that following Saturday against the Phoenix Suns. As expected, the team will feature second-year Trail Blazers Will Barton, Meyers Leonard, Joel
But we are currently allowed to talk about the rookies we drafted (or traded for during the draft) and players who are currently under contract, which is why I can pass along this item from Kevin Pelton over at ESPN.com regarding the likelihood of Wesley Matthews being traded after the Trail Blazers acquired guards CJ McCol
This video from Grantland featuring ESPN's Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose putting CJ McCollum through a mock job interview is a few weeks old but still worth your time as you wait to hear the next unsubstantiated free agency rumor. McCollum talks about following Damian Lillard's progression through his rookie season, similari
A great interview today on The Jim Rome show with Portland's 2013 first-round pick, CJ McCollum. During the interview (which you can listen to here if you'd rather not read the transcript), McCollum talks about his journey to the NBA, waiting for a growth spurt, being motivated by trash-talking Duke players and how beating
Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting the Golden State Warriors are exploring trades for All-Star power forward David Lee. According to Wojnarowski, Golden State offered a deal that would send Lee to Portland in exchange for LaMarcus Aldridge, an offer which the Trail Blazers declined.
On Saturday, both Joe Freeman of The Oregonian and Chris Haynes of CSNNW got LaMarcus Aldridge on record, be it via email or phone, saying that he had not requested a trade. Aldridge wrote in an email to The Oregonian that he's “looking forward to who we sign in free agency to make us better” and that the reports he was
Allen Crabbe did what any player would do after being selected by the Cavaliers with the 31st pick in the 2013 Draft: he answered questions about the Cavaliers. He talked about playing alongside Kyrie Irving, fitting in defensively in Mike Brown's system and joining Anthony Bennett and Sergey Karasev, players Cleveland dra
Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum, just minutes after being selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the the 10th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, sat down at the front of a nondescript room in the bowels of the Barclays Center to take questions from the media. At one point during the interview, a reporter mistakenly addressed McCo
Chad Ford posted a new mock draft this morning in which he had Portland selecting Steven Adams with the No. 10 pick. But just a few hours later, he's put another player, a player who had not gone to Portland on any of Ford's previous mock drafts, as Portland's pick at No. 10 ...
Chris Haynes at CSNNW.com has a post up this morning about the situation regarding LaMarcus Aldridge and his future with the Trail Blazers. According to Haynes, it sounds like Aldridge wants to be traded if the Trail Blazers don't make dramatic improvements.
It's finally Draft Day and there's still flux in the seventh iteration of Chad Ford's mock draft, which was posted on ESPN.com this morning. At No. 10, Ford has Portland taking a player who he's connected with the Trail Blazers a while now, but today is the first time he's actually had this player as the pick ...
Jason Quick of The Oregonian, fresh from the College World Series, writes today about the situation regarding LaMarcus Aldridge's satisfaction, or lack thereof, in Portland. Quick lays out the case, from Aldridge not renewing local sponsorships and leases on an apartment in the Pearl District to a contentious conversation h
Not much to report from today's media availability at Times Square in anticipation of tomorrow's draft, as most of these guys have their stock answers to stock questions locked and loaded. But Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum, who participated in a solo workout with the Trail Blazers back on June 10, did have some interesting thi
Just one more reiteration, this time from Sean Deveney at The Sporting News, that it was the Cavaliers who were interested in initiating trade talks for LaMarcus Aldridge, not the other way around.
Players going through the pre-draft process tend to watch their words carefully, which becomes exceedingly evident the closer you get to the draft. Most of them have all been asked the same questions over and over in any number of ways, so not only are they weary of saying the wrong thing, but they're so hardened by the tim
Chad Ford was asked a question today during a live chat on ESPN.com about the likelihood of Portland trading LaMarcus Aldridge, who numerous teams are reportedly interested in acquiring.
Neil Olshey has talked at length about Portland's need for a rim-protecting center. And he's also rather familiar with Clippers center DeAndre Jordan. So it makes sense that, according to Yahoo! Sports columnist and NBA oracle Adrian Wojarnowski the Trail Blazers and Clippers have had discussions about a potential trade for