Player News - Trail Blazers

Date: Team: Pos:

Meyers Leonard (shoulder surgery) doesn't think that he was overpaid in free agency.

"Market value is what it is," Leonard said. "All I care about is that I know I'm playing to my fullest potential for my coaches to my teammates, that people believe in that... back to the four years and $41 million, I'd look at them like they're crazy if they say it wasn't enough. I mean, dear God, look at where I come from." He's hoping his shoulder is ready around the start of the season and will try to bounce back after a tough 2015-16 campaign. Unfortunately, things won't be any easier for him this season as he competes with Moe Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu and Noah Vonleh for minutes.
Jul 28 - 12:17 PM

The Blazers have officially signed Moe Harkless.

The deal is reportedly for four years and $40 million. "Moe is an impact player with a bright future and a high upside," president of basketball operations Neil Olshey said. He was limited to minutes in the teens for the majority of the season, but broke though in April with averages of 11.8 points, 6.5 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.2 steals and 1.0 3-pointers in 28.7 minutes per game. The Blazers are loaded up front, so he will be competing for minutes with Al-Farouq Aminu, Meyers Leonard and Noah Vonleh.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 28 - 9:42 AM

C.J. McCollum vowed to keep playing to his fullest potential when his big money deal kicks in during the 2017-18 season.

"I stay paranoid," said McCollum. "That’s the thing that got me to this point is being paranoid, playing with a chip on your shoulder understanding that it’s more than just money, it’s more than just playing for a starting spot. You’re playing for your last name." McCollum will earn just $3.2 million this upcoming season, but that number will skyrocket to roughly $26.5 million in 2018. We're confident McCollum will continue to leave everything on the floor, and he'll make for a fine early-round selection on draft day.
Jul 27 - 12:18 PM

Moe Harkless has reportedly agreed to re-sign with the Trail Blazers on a four-year deal in the $40 million range.

Harkless had some bright moments when he was moved into the starting lineup during the 2015-16 season, putting in averages of 11.9 points, 6.6 boards, 1.2 steals and 1.0 block through 14 games as a starter, and it'll be interesting to see what kind of role he earns with the Blazers during his second year in Portland. He does have a lot of competition for minutes with Al-Farouq Aminu, Meyers Leonard and Noah Vonleh, but after starting every game for Portland during the post-season, he'll make for an intriguing late-round gamble in deep leagues.
Jul 26 - 4:42 PM

C.J. McCollum and the Trail Blazers have reached agreement on a four-year, $106M contract extension, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

Portland has made some questionable moves this offseason, but this certainly is not one of them. McCollum, who will be just 25 in September, averaged career-high marks across the board in what can only be described as a breakout 2015-16 season. Now, there will be no questioning what his future looks like with the Blazers, and the team will push forward in its rebuild with McCollum and Damian Lillard at the helm. McCollum, who averaged 20.8 points, 2.5 3PM and 1.2 steals on 44.8 percent shooting last season, could be in line to improve upon those numbers in his second full go-around as the unquestioned starting shooting guard. Per Wojnarowski, the deal will not include any options or trade kickers.
Jul 25 - 1:09 PM

Undrafted rookie Tim Quarterman has agreed to a two-year, partially guaranteed deal with the Trail Blazers, sources told Shams Charania of The Vertical.

The LSU product is likely just a training camp body.
Jul 25 - 12:58 PM

Meyers Leonard (shoulder surgery) said he will be re-evaluated on August 1.

He recently said that he's hoping to be ready in time for the start of the season, but his timetable will likely be updated after his checkup. Leoard did admit that he will be cautious with his return, which makes sense because he just signed a four-year, $41 million deal. Unfortunately for Leonard, minutes won't be easy to find in Portland's frontcourt next season, especially if they re-sign Moe Harkless as well.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 24 - 9:35 AM

Meyers Leonard (shoulder surgery) said that he's hoping to be ready around the start of the 2016-17 season.

"It's a progression, first introducing rebounding, grabbing stuff overhead, then one-on-one, three-on-three, extending to the full court," Leonard said. "We'll see. You just never know." The Blazers won't be in a hurry to rush him back after re-signing him to a four-year deal worth $41 million, and most players tend to be a little too optimistic about timetables anyways. If the Blazers re-sign Moe Harkless, Leonard's outlook for the 2016-17 campaign won't be great with Al-Farouq Aminu expected to play more power forward.
Source: Oklahoman
Jul 23 - 12:31 PM

Portland GM Neil Olshey said that Allen Crabbe is a "foundational player."

"We all saw what he was able to do last season when he was given the opportunity," Olshey said. "Those opportunities will increase as we go forward. He's an incredible young player in this league." It sounds like Olshey expects Crabbe's role to grow, but that may be tough after the Blazers signed Evan Turner to a four-year deal and he obviously won't be taking minutes away from C.J. McCollum.
Source: Oklahoman
Jul 23 - 12:26 PM

Moe Harkless is reportedly not close on a deal with the Trail Blazers, according to his agent Happy Walters.

This could be a negotiating tactic by Walters, but he said the two sides have had no movement in the last few days. It would be a surprise to see the restricted free agent playing with another team in 2016-17 as Harkless has said he'd like to re-sign with Portland, but it doesn't sound like a contract with the Trail Blazers is imminent.
Source: CSN NW
Jul 19 - 1:44 PM

Pierre Jackson led the Blazers with 18 points on Wednesday, hitting 8-of-18 shots with two 3-pointers, six rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Jackson is vying for a training-camp invite, but he's a long-shot to make the roster since Shabazz Napier already has a guaranteed deal as Damian Lillard's backup.
Jul 13 - 10:20 PM

Shabazz Napier will miss the rest of Summer League due to a sprained left shoulder.

Napier played well for stretches but he shot just 27.3 percent from the field in limited action prior to the injury. He should be fine for training camp, and barring any roster changes he's in line for backup minutes at PG.
Jul 13 - 9:07 PM

Noah Vonleh produced his third straight summer league double-double on Tuesday, tallying 10 points, 10 boards, three assists, one steal, one 3-pointer, two blocks and one turnover in 36 minutes.

Vonleh briefly exited the game with a left gluteus contusion, but he played through it, which suggests this will be a non-issue moving forward. Despite starting 56 games for Portland last season, Vonleh only managed to contribute meager averages of 3.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. He’s been solid at summer league, but once the regular season begins he'll be competing for minutes with Al-Farouq Aminu, Moe Harkless and Meyers Leonard, which is obviously far from ideal.
Jul 12 - 6:44 PM

Shabazz Napier (left shoulder strain) was forced out of Tuesday's summer league game vs. the Jazz.

Napier injured his shoulder running into Aaron Craft at full speed, but the team is labeling the injury a "stinger," so it doesn't sound like he's dealing with anything serious. He'll backup Damian Lillard this upcoming season, but his fantasy value will be nil in most formats.
Jul 12 - 5:37 PM

Blazers center Festus Ezeli said that his surgically-repaired knees are "100 percent healthy and ready to go."

Concerns about his injury history may have dampened his appeal in free agency. The Blazers did their due diligence, however, and still decided to give him a two-year, $15 million contract, so they must not have seen any medical red flags. Ezeli said that defense is "the part of the game that I like the most...I'm trying to be the monster that I can be." He and Mason Plumlee will hold down the center position this season, a position battle that doesn't bode well for fantasy purposes.
Jul 11 - 2:29 PM


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