Player News - Trail Blazers

Date: Team: Pos:

Meyers Leonard (shoulder surgery) participated in 3-on-3 drills during Tuesday's practice.

Leonard was reportedly moving around well during Tuesday's practice, so it appears that he is indeed ahead of schedule in his recovery from shoulder surgery. That being said, Leonard will be competing for minutes with the likes of Al-Farouq Aminu, Moe Harkless and Noah Vonleh this upcoming season, and after a disappointing 2015-16 campaign, it's tough to justify taking Leonard with anything more than a late-round selection in deep leagues.
Sep 27 - 3:37 PM

Meyers Leonard (shoulder) said he is ahead of schedule on his shoulder rehab and expects to be cleared for 5-on-5 on Oct. 8.

He said his shoulder feels "great" and his surgeon was impressed with his range of motion. Leonard said he's still going to have to get in better shape before he's cleared and will have to adjust to the contact coming to his shoulder. He had a massive opportunity last year and it didn't work out, so he's really just a late-round lottery ticket in most leagues.
Source: CSN NW
Sep 26 - 10:00 PM

Mason Plumlee said he's developing his jumper.

He only made 28.1 percent of his jumpers last season, which accounts for just 32.1 percent of his shot total. The Blazers are going to go smaller 1-4, so Plumlee will face stiffer competition for minutes at the five from Meyers Leonard, Ed Davis and Festus Ezeli. He's only a late-round flier with a somewhat low upside.
Sep 26 - 5:43 PM

Ed Davis said he's up about 15-20 pounds from last year.

The Boss sounds like he's going to play just center minutes. Coach Terry Stotts used him at power forward in matchup against bigger teams, but now it might be tougher for him to get minutes with Evan Turner around and Al-Farouq Aminu likely to play more four. Davis is only a pick in the late rounds of deep leagues.
Sep 26 - 3:30 PM

Festus Ezeli (knee) has no timeline to return to action.

"I personally don't have a timeline," he said. "I'm taking it day by day because when it comes to this situation, you never go with a timeline. It will frustrate me if I go by a timeline. I just try to take it by how I feel so hopefully sometime soon I can get back on the court and start playing again." The big man did say that his knee is "getting better," but "it's gonna take a little bit for me to get to where I'm a 100 percent." The ongoing knee issues helps to explain why Ezeli's free agent market didn't develop like so many anticipated, and it's currently unclear when he may be able to get onto the court for his new team. As a result, Portland will be forced to lean a little harder on Mason Plumlee and Ed Davis.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 24 - 2:47 PM

Festus Ezeli (knee) said he's disappointed he won't be ready to play at the beginning of training camp.

The former Warrior did add he expects to be ready soon after. Ezeli had his left knee injected with bone marrow aspirate concentrate on Aug. 23 and was expected to miss six weeks, so he should be ready before the middle of October. He's still only going to be a backup for the Blazers this season.
Sep 22 - 9:27 PM

James Southerland has signed a deal with S.Oliver Wuerzburg in Germany.

He has a total of four career NBA games under his belt and may not get another shot for a while.
Source: Sportando
Sep 18 - 1:16 PM

Greg Stiemsma will sign a training camp deal with the Blazers.

The Blazers already have three solid centers in Mason Plumlee, Ed Davis and Festus Ezeli, so Stiemsma will likely just be a body for training camp. He's not on the fantasy radar and it would be very surprising if he made the final 15-man roster.
Sep 12 - 11:29 AM

C.J. McCollum is utilizing the offseason to work on his defense.

"I’m continuing to work on defense [with our assistant coaches]," he said. "I’m building more lower-body strength and core strength, continuing to gain more athleticism in order to help me on the defensive side of the ball. I want to get better on defense. I’m really trying work on my lateral movement and tracking down the ball on defense." McCollum is going to be a popular name on draft day, meaning you'll likely have to invest a second or third-round pick to make him a member of your roster.
Sep 3 - 4:16 PM

Chris Kaman is reportedly leaving his options open for the 2016-17 season.

There has been speculation that the 34-year-old might retire, but Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said Kaman is leaving his options open. "I think he’s leaving his options open as far as playing next year," Stotts said. "I don’t know where he is with that. I just heard today that he is beginning a workout regimen." While Kaman could help the Blazers or another team as a big man off the bench, he won't have any fantasy value if he does return for another NBA season.
Sep 1 - 9:10 AM

Pierre Jackson said on Tuesday he hasn't "felt like this in a while."

He's an easy guy to cheer for and hopefully gets another shot. Jackson has quite the shoe collection and he tweeted back on Aug. 3 he'd "be sick" if he didn't get on an NBA roster and Derek Fisher did. After a really nice run at Las Vegas with the Blazers, someone will bring Pappy Jack on board for camp. If he gets an invite to a team with sub-par guard depth, he's someone to watch in deep leagues.
Aug 31 - 5:41 PM

Noah Vonleh is expected to miss 3-4 weeks after having a bone fragment removed from his right thigh.

The procedure was in Vancouver on Wednesday and he should make a full recovery in time for training camp. The No. 9 pick of the 2014 draft came over in the Nic Batum deal last summer and hasn't seen his career get off the ground yet. He struggled in Summer League last month and the Blazers adding some depth doesn't help him. He's nowhere near worthy of drafting in most leagues.
Aug 31 - 3:37 PM

Terry Stotts said that he wants his team to be better on the defensive end this upcoming season.

"We have to get better defensively," Stotts said. "With our roster, I'd like to do a little bit more switching. I'd like to go under ball screens a little bit more." Stotts added that he felt his team was better on the defensive end during the second half of the season, which could be a hint that he intends to use a lot of Al-Farouq Aminu and Moe Harkless at the four-spot. In terms of fantasy hoops, both Aminu and Harkless are betting suited for deep leagues.
Source: Oregon Live
Aug 31 - 11:03 AM

Festus Ezeli had his left knee injected with a bone marrow aspirate concentrate on Tuesday, and he will be sidelined for the next six weeks.

While Ezeli has plenty of time to get himself ready for the start of the 2016-17 season, this report is a bit concerning as Ezeli's knees have been a problem throughout his career, and this is the same knee that required arthroscopic surgery back in February. We currently have Ezeli penciled in as the third-string center in Portland, and it's going to be tough for him to change that, particularly if he's forced to spend the beginning of training camp on the sidelines. He's off the radar in most leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 23 - 5:01 PM

Pierre Jackson was part of the Lakers free agent minicamp on Wednesday.

Jackson played with the Trail Blazers in Vegas Summer League, but is looking to hook on where he can. While Jackson has some upside, he's yet to log a minute of NBA action and shouldn't be on any draft lists.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 18 - 9:40 AM


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