Player News - Trail Blazers

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Portland assistant coach Nate Tibbetts is interviewing for the Warriors' top assistant job on Monday, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

Along with Charlotte's Stephen Silas, Tibbetts is another serious candidate to replace Luke Walton on Steve Kerr's staff. Previously, Tibbetts has interviewed for the vacant Memphis head coaching position.
May 23 - 1:42 PM

Trail Blazers' GM Neil Olshey said that he's hopeful Portland will be able to land a big name free agent this offseason.

"I think we are becoming more of a destination than in the past because CJ [McCollum] and [Damian Lillard]," said Olshey. "And when you make the final eight and your games are on national television, it makes an impact on free agents, we hope." The Blazers have never really been able to land a marquee player via free agency, but Olshey is hopeful that will finally change this offseason with a Coach of the Year candidate at the helm, and a dynamic backcourt duo of Lillard and McCollum.
Source: CSN NW
May 18 - 1:44 PM

Meyers Leonard (left shoulder surgery) said that he will be able to shed his sling on Friday.

Leonard underwent shoulder surgery back on April 8, and was given a 6-8 month timeline, and if he's on the longer end of that timetable he is going to miss some time to start the 2016-17 season. He'll be a restricted free agent this offseason, but after a disappointing 2015-16 campaign, he won't make for a very alluring standard league target in next year's drafts.
May 17 - 3:47 PM

The Blazers and coach Terry Stotts have reached agreement on a contract extension.

There were some unsubstantiated rumors of Stotts possibly not coming back, but that would have been arguably the biggest surprise of the summer. Even LeBron James said Stotts was the Coach of the Year and he remains one of the best X's and O's coaches out there. While some fantasy owners may dislike his wild rotations, every NBA fan respects Stotts as one of the best. Every Blazers fan and player has to be happy with this move.
May 16 - 8:55 PM

The Trail Blazers are reportedly offering coach Terry Stotts a five-year extension worth approximately $20 million.

This comes in the wake of a previous report, from a Bucks columnist, that Stotts wasn't a "slam dunk" to stay with Portland. Damian Lillard said that Stotts' extension "would mean everything," and the Blazers are coming off an expectation-defying 2015-16 season during which Stotts finished second in Coach of the Year voting, so this offer confirms the likelihood that Stotts will stay put.
May 16 - 12:20 AM

The Grizzlies have received permission to interview Blazers assistant coach Nate Tibbetts for their head coach vacancy.

He was hired by the Blazers in 2013 and has received some interest for the past few months. Tibbetts was a head coach for the D-League's Tulsa 66ers and also has a history in player development. Once the big names like Frank Vogel come off the board, Tibbetts might be a solid candidate.
May 14 - 9:03 PM

Moe Harkless said that he would like to return to Portland next season.

The forward made a huge impact for the Blazers in the final months of the season and should get a sizable raise in restricted free agency. He averaged 8.5 points, 4.5 boards, 0.9 assists, 0.6 blocks, 0.8 steals and 0.6 3-pointers in 21.6 minutes per game after the All-Star break, shooting 47.2 percent from the field. If the Blazers don't add any depth to their frontcourt, Harkless could have a nice role next season.
May 14 - 12:20 PM

Damian Lillard made it clear that he wants the Blazers to extend coach Terry Stotts' contract.

"That would mean everything to me," Lillard said of a possible extension for Stotts. "I haven’t always been a fan of change first of all. You come into a situation like this to have a guy as open as he is. The freedom he allows guys, how comfortable he makes guys. He’s a really good coach and as long as I’m a part of this organization, I would want him to be a part of this organization." The Blazers hold a team option on Stotts for the 2016-17 season, and recent reports have indicated that they will work on a contract extension.
May 13 - 11:41 AM

Gerald Henderson said that he would "absolutely" like to return to the Blazers as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Henderson said that at this point in his career, earning significant minutes on a winning team is much more important to him than starting, so it'll be interesting to see if him and the Blazers can work out a deal. However, with Meyers Leonard, Moe Harkless and Allen Crabbe all set to hit the open market this offseason, Henderson probably won't be a major priority for Portland during the early goings of free agency.
May 12 - 5:07 PM

Allen Crabbe said he would like stay with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Crabbe is a restricted free agent this summer, but expressed his desire to remain in Portland. While the 24-year-old may get an offer sheet after averaging 10.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.4 three-pointers in 2015-16, the odds are he returns to a rotation role with the Blazers.
May 12 - 1:34 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers are planning to work on extending Terry Stotts' contract.

Portland owns a team option on Stotts for the 2016-17 season, but will work to sign him to a long-term extension after a surprising run to the second round of the playoffs. After finishing second in the NBA's coach of the year voting, look for the Blazers to lock up Stotts as soon as possible.
Source: ESPN
May 12 - 9:26 AM

Damian Lillard scored 28 points in the Blazers' season-ending loss on Wednesday, making 7-of-24 FGs and 12-of-12 FTs with two 3-pointers, seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals.

Lillard set a new franchise record for most 3-pointers made in a single postseason (42) but that's no consolation for the Blazers. He averaged 36.5 points vs. the Warriors during the regular season, and 31.8 points through five games in the postseason, with 7.6 assists and 4.4 rebounds, but his efforts weren't enough to prevent an early exit.
May 12 - 2:06 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu drained 3-of-5 threes to finish Wednesday's game with 16 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals in 36 minutes.

Aminu was lousy from downtown vs. the Clippers in the first round but he flipped the script vs. the Warriors -- through five games he averaged 17.2 points and 3.2 triples, connecting on 55.2 percent of his attempts beyond the arc. He has a guaranteed contract for the next three seasons, at an average of $7.3 million, which looks like a bargain for the Blazers.
May 12 - 2:00 AM

Allen Crabbe caught fire in 33 minutes on Wednesday, finishing the Blazers' season-ending loss with 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting, including five 3-pointers.

Crabbe sank a handful of timely threes while playing aggressive defense, keeping Portland within striking distance. He added two steals with three rebounds and only one turnover, and it will be interesting to see how much attention he draws as a restricted free agent this summer.
May 12 - 1:57 AM

Terry Stotts said that Moe Harkless (hip) will be fine for Game 5 on Wednesday.

Harkless was only on the floor for 17 minutes during Game 4, but Stotts said that the limited minutes were a byproduct of the game, and had nothing to do with the health of Harkless' bruised hip. He's not going to be a great DFS target Wednesday night.
May 10 - 6:49 PM


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