Player News - Trail Blazers

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Chris Kaman will star in a reality TV show 'Exploring Kaman' premiering on Aug. 5 on AXS TV, Mark Cuban's network.

It'll be a six-week show for the eccentric big man. Yes, this is another one of the "it's the offseason" blurbs, but Kaman has been entertaining off the court for years. He won't be worth drafting in most leagues.
Source: CSN NW
Jul 29 - 6:38 PM

Damian Lillard has dropped a new single entitled "Tell Me Why" over a Jadakiss beat.

This is the third song in as many weeks that Lillard hard released and the audio can be heard by clicking the link below. "I really like old-school hip-hop," Lillard said last year. "Most of the time when I hear really new stuff, it's because somebody else put me on to it." Musical career aside, the 25-year-old will have to carry a larger load for the Blazers with LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum gone and is worth a second-round pick in fantasy drafts.
Jul 28 - 1:29 PM

Blazers acquired C Brendan Haywood and G/F Mike Miller from the Cavaliers.

The Cavs will get two trade exceptions in return. Cleveland will also send two draft picks to the Blazers, a 2020 second-round pick (via Cleveland) and a 2019 second-round pick (via Los Angeles Lakers).
Source: NBA.com
Jul 27 - 1:48 PM

Mike Miller reportedly approved the trade to the Blazers because it's a team where he could get playing time.

We're sure that the $400,000 trade kicker he received didn't hurt, either. The argument that Miller wanted minutes in Portland over a chance at a ring on LeBron James' team is interesting, especially since this very well could be Miller's final season. Depending on what you read, Miller may have also asked for a trade, which would have also been a weird decision. As an aside, LeBron is reportedly "OK with the move." Last time his team let Miller walk in Miami, it was a different reaction. As for Miller, the Grizzlies, Thunder and Mavericks are reportedly already interested in his services.

Mason Plumlee is expected to attend Team USA minicamp.

Plumlee will face an uphill battle to make the final roster for the Olympics, but it's clear his stock hasn't dipped with the coaching staff after a subpar season in Brooklyn during 2014-15. He will now have a new opportunity in Portland for the rebuilding Trail Blazers.
Source: ESPN
Jul 27 - 8:45 AM

Mike Miller was traded to the Blazers on Sunday, along with Brendan Haywood and two future second-round picks.

It was a straight salary-dump for the Cavaliers, who cleared roster space and came away with trade exceptions worth roughly $13.4 million. Miller has a guaranteed $2.8 million salary this season but the Blazers are expected to negotiate a buyout so that he can sign with a contender, essentially netting Portland two second-round picks for less than Miller's salary and the temporary use of cap space. The Grizzlies, Thunder and Mavericks have emerged as potential landing spots for Miller, who isn't a viable fantasy option no matter which jersey he's wearing.
Jul 26 - 9:26 PM

The Cavaliers have traded Brendan Haywood and Mike Miller to the Trail Blazers, along with two second-round picks.

Portland will absorb the salaries into their cap space and they're expected to waive both players in the near future -- Haywood's hefty $10.5 million salary is not guaranteed. The 14-year veteran appeared in only 22 games for Cleveland last season and he's unlikely to draw much interest as a free agent, but he could still garner a veteran-minimum deal to fill out some team's depth chart.
Jul 26 - 9:19 PM

Damian Lillard said he will "probably not" attend Team USA's minicamp this August.

"I did it the last few summers and last summer I didn’t make it," Lillard said in an interview with Jody Mac of CBS Sports. "I don’t know why I would go. After I got cut last summer, I don’t think I’m a part of it." Lillard is obviously pretty bitter about getting cut last year, as Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving and Derrick Rose were chosen over him. Lillard's chances of making the team would take another hit if Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul decide to throw their names in the hat, so it will be interesting to see how this plays out.
Jul 26 - 6:40 PM

Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said that the team will miss LaMarcus Aldridge, but he added that they are ready to move forward without him.

"I knew it was going to be a close decision — it wasn’t an easy decision for him and it came down to the last minute," Stotts said. "I certainly respect his decision and it was a difficult one. And personally I thanked him for the three years I was here with him. He earned the right to be a free agent and we’re certainly going to miss him. But we move on." The Blazers deserve a lot of credit for adding some interesting young pieces in Noah Vonleh, Ed Davis, Al-Farouq Aminu, Moe Harkless and Mason Plumlee, and they were also able to re-sign Damian Lillard for five more years. The Blazers may not be a playoff team next season, but they will certainly be an exciting team to watch.
Jul 26 - 10:41 AM

Noah Vonleh said that he is a confident 3-point shooter and that he is excited about the opportunity in front of him in Portland.

"I’ve been shooting threes as long as I can remember and I’ve always been confident with it," Vonleh said. "Most guys don’t really shoot the ball with confidence like that. I feel like this is a good opportunity for me. We’re going to have a young team and I could definitely get a lot of minutes here and showcase what I can do and keep getting better." Vonleh was really impressive at summer league with averages of 17.2 points and 8.5 boards while shooting 50.0 percent from beyond the arc, so he certainly has generated a lot of buzz heading into the season.
Jul 26 - 10:18 AM

Phil Pressey's contract with the Blazers is guaranteed for the one-year minimum.

He will likely be competing with Tim Frazier for minutes at point guard behind Damian Lillard, but his path to playing time could be even more complicated if the Blazers decide to let C.J. McCollum play some point as well. For now, Pressey isn't worth a look in almost any league.
Jul 25 - 9:38 AM

Blazers sign F Cliff Alexander.

Perhaps no big man showed more pure athleticism in Vegas than Alexander. He was like a pogo stick around the rim and he really started to show some potential with the Nets. In his last three games, Alexander averaged 11.7 points, 9.7 boards and 2.0 blocks. Alexander does need to improve on the skill side of things and he may not even make the roster.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 24 - 6:18 PM

Blazers sign G Phil Pressey and F Cliff Alexander.

It's still unknown how the Blazers are going to address their point guard situation. We're hoping they bring C.J. McCollum off the bench to get a chunk of point-guard minutes, but he'll get his time regardless. As for Pressey, he has been a disaster as a scorer so far in his career, making just 33.3 percent from the field in his two seasons with the Celtics.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 24 - 6:09 PM

The Cavs' trade of Rakeem Christmas to the Pacers on Thursday was reportedly done in order to help setup a larger deal that will involve Brendan Haywood.

The Cavs have been shopping Brendan Haywood and his non-guaranteed contract worth $10.5 million for the past six weeks, but so far have not been able to find a deal to their liking. Currently, the 76ers and Trail Blazers are the only teams out there that could absorb Haywood's hefty contract and create a trade exception for Cleveland, so it's likely that a deal will be struck with one of those clubs using the second-round pick they acquired in the Christmas trade. The Jazz are also close to being able to absorb Haywood's contract, but they'd need trade or waive several players in order to make this happen.
Source: ESPN
Jul 23 - 6:09 PM

Pat Connaughton said he's focusing on basketball over baseball for now.

Connaughton is considered to be one of the Baltimore Orioles better pitching prospects, but the 22-year-old said he is concentrating on basketball for now. The Notre Dame alum likely won't see enough minutes to make a dent in standard fantasy leagues, but he should be a late-round consideration for owners in deep leagues due to his ability to hit the three.
Jul 23 - 1:14 PM


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