Player News - Trail Blazers

Date: Team: Pos:

Meyers Leonard's offseason was focused on building up his on-court self-confidence, which he said was "around 30 [out of 100]" after the 2016-17 season.

Leonard worked with trainer Drew Hanlen to develop counters for specific situations, such as players running him off the 3-point line, in the hopes of becoming more than a floating perimeter option. "This is the most laser-focused I have been in my life," Leonard said. "I no longer have thoughts in head of ‘Do I really belong?’" The Blazers owe Leonard more than $31 million over the next three seasons, fully guaranteed, but it's hard like his fantasy outlook on a roster that includes Jusuf Nurkic, Ed Davis, Al-Farouq Aminu, Moe Harkless, and rookies Zach Collins and Caleb Swanigan.
Source: CSNNW.com
Sep 20 - 8:24 PM

Portland has agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract with G/F Anthony Morrow.

Morrow averaged 5.5 points in 14.6 minutes over 49 games with the Thunder and Bulls last season. The Blazers backcourt is stacked, but they did trade Allen Crabbe to the Nets back in August, so it's possible Morrow may see some playing time on the wing. However, he can certainly be ignored in fantasy leagues.
Sep 15 - 10:14 AM

Ed Davis (shoulder) said that he will be "fully ready" for the start of training camp.

Davis underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair the labrum in his left shoulder back in March. "The surgery and rehab went well," said Davis. "I'm glad I got the surgery done. I gave it my all this summer. I'll come into camp 100 percent. I'm good to go." Davis averaged 4.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in 17.2 minutes over 46 games last season. He is not on the fantasy radar, as the Blazers have solid depth up front, especially with the addition of rookies Zach Collins and Caleb Swanigan.
Sep 15 - 9:41 AM

Isaiah Briscoe has agreed to a training camp deal with the Blazers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Portland still has a free roster spot, so it looks like Briscoe and Archie Goodwin will be competing for that final slot over the course of training camp and preseason. Neither of these guys will have any fantasy value, though.
Sep 13 - 12:55 PM

Archie Goodwin has agreed to a training camp deal with the Blazers.

The Nets had to let Goodwin go because of the Allen Crabbe trade, so now he'll compete for the open spot left by Crabbe. Goodwin still is a major offensive project, but at least he is trending up as a shooter and his defense is more than serviceable. The 2013 first-round pick just turned 23 years old last month, so maybe it'll click for him in the next couple years. He's not a lock to make the roster.
Sep 7 - 4:06 PM

Damian Lillard has been giving a vegan diet a try and said he's down to 190 pounds.

That's the weight he played at during his rookie season. Lillard said the disappointing 2016-17 season has made him train harder than ever before, and that's part of the reason his weight is down. Lillard was a fantasy league-winning guy after the break last season as a strong first-round player in that stretch, and he's played a whopping 79.2 games per season with huge minutes over his career. He's on the board at the turn of the first round of fantasy drafts.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 6 - 4:35 PM

Anthony Morrow is scheduled for a workout with the Timberwolves this week.

The Wolves still have a few roster spots open and they're looking to add a veteran wing, so the 31-year-old sharpshooter would make sense for Minnesota given their lack of 3-point scorers. He wouldn't have much value at all in fantasy hoops, though, as he'd be more of an end-of-the-bench guy under Tom Thibodeau.
Sep 6 - 12:16 PM

The Blazers have picked up Pat Connaughton's $1.4 million option for the 2017-18 season.

The Blazers now have 14 guaranteed contracts heading into the season, one short of the league maximum. With Allen Crabbe in Brooklyn, Connaughton will have a chance to compete for the backup SG minutes behind C.J. McCollum. He's still not a fantasy option in most formats and we don't see that changing anytime soon.
Source: CSN NW
Aug 31 - 1:08 PM

Trail Blazers' President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey has agreed to a five-year extension with the club, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Olshey has been responsible for a myriad of very good moves for the Portland franchise since coming on board in 2012, including drafting franchise cornerstones Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, and most recently orchestrating a trade for Jusuf Nurkic in which he only sent away Mason Plumlee and a 2018 second-round pick. Needless to say, this was an incredibly easy decision for Portland, and they'll now have Olshey at the helm through 2021.
Aug 29 - 3:01 PM

The Knicks see Archie Goodwin as a potential free agent target.

After a mildly underwhelming summer league and the Allen Crabbe trade, the Nets waived Goodwin last month. He probably isn't going to be able to develop a jumper, but he could get on the floor for his defense and his dribble penetration. Goodwin figures to at least get a camp invite.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 23 - 5:40 PM

Moe Harkless said he's in a "comfortable situation" with the Blazers.

He also quickly stated he's not worried about the trade rumors. "It doesn’t do anything for me to get involved with that," Harkless said. "If it happens, it happens." Now that Allen Crabbe is in Brooklyn, Harkless could be looking at a few more minutes at the three along with Evan Turner. When Harkless hit the 30-minute mark 39 times last year, he had better efficiency and a higher usage rate compared to the 39 times he did not get to 30 minutes. He's on the board as a late-round pick.
Aug 12 - 6:48 PM

C.J. Wilcox has agreed to a two-way deal with the Blazers.

With his two-way deal, Wilcox can spend up to 45 days with the Blazers next season, while the rest of his time will be spent in the G-League. Barring a few injuries in Portland, Wilcox isn't expected to make a fantasy impact in 2017-18.
Aug 8 - 9:29 PM

Nets waive G Archie Goodwin.

He had a solid summer league, but the addition of Allen Crabbe likely sealed Goodwin's fate. He has an NBA body and can get to the rim, but his lack of a jumper has been a thorn in his side for his career. He'll likely get a camp invite in October.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 28 - 2:15 PM

The Blazers and Pat Connaughton have extended the deadline for his 2017-18 contract guarantee until Aug. 31.

Connaughton was the No. 41 pick in 2015 and he's yet to make a dent in the Blazers' rotation, but the trade sending Allen Crabbe to Brooklyn gives him a chance to stick around. He's professed a desire to become an impact NBA player, rather than pursuing a path as a pitcher in the MLB, and the next few years could be make-or-break for those plans.
Jul 26 - 10:13 PM

Damian Lillard said he is planning to come to training camp lighter.

He's listed at 6'3", 195 pounds and is coming off his second consecutive season with 75 games played. Lillard turned 27 earlier this month and just posted a career-high 27.0 points per game last season. At summer league, coach Terry Stotts said he wants to see Lillard do more than just score and make his teammates better. Regardless, Lillard should be a top-20 fantasy target in just about all formats.
Jul 19 - 4:42 PM


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