Player News - Trail Blazers

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The Blazers waived Gary Payton, Cameron Oliver and Chinanu Onuaku.

When Wade Baldwin IV clinched his roster spot back in Summer League, it was pretty clear the Blazers wouldn't have room for another guard on their roster. GP2 may get a non-guaranteed deal or head overseas.
Oct 13 - 3:18 PM

Zach Collins finished the preseason with a bang, scoring 15 points (7-of-12 shooting) with 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block, and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the Kings on Friday.

The Blazers have been reluctant to play Collins as the long big man on the floor, which hurts his potential opportunity for minutes. He's been up and down early in his career and needs to be consistent, especially on defense, to earn the trust of the coaching staff. Collins has fantasy upside due to his blocks/threes, but is still clearly behind Al-Farouq Aminu and isn't getting enough time at the five. He's a late-round flier at best.
Oct 13 - 12:56 AM

Meyers Leonard neared a double-double on Friday, scoring 17 points (7-of-8 shooting) with nine rebounds, one assist, one block, and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the Kings.

The Blazers want to shoot more threes this season, which is something that Leonard can do. He's been playing as the backup center and playing next to Zach Collins. Still, Leonard became the first 7-footer to play 200 minutes and not block a single shot last season. He's a late-round flier, but nothing more.
Oct 13 - 12:56 AM

Moe Harkless (knee) is out for Friday night against the Kings.

Not good. This makes it twice in a week that Harkless was called probable for Sunday and today's game, and now he'll play in neither. It took him much longer to get over his knee issue from last season than expected, so this will likely affect his status in the regular season. Jake Layman was starting and may have a chance to start opening night because coach Terry Stotts likes Evan Turner off the bench.
Oct 12 - 4:01 PM

Gary Trent Jr. (right quad) will not play on Friday.

He's still listed as day-to-day but this opens the door to him missing the season opener vs. the Lakers on Oct. 18. Either way, he's probably not in coach Terry Stotts' rotation.
Oct 11 - 4:56 PM

Evan Turner (left shoulder) is listed as probable for Friday's game.

The exact nature of Turner's injury is unclear but the 'probable' tag for his exhibition suggests he may not miss any regular season action. Even at full health, though, Turner's game simply doesn't translate well for fantasy purposes.
Oct 11 - 4:55 PM

Moe Harkless (left knee) is probable for Friday's preseason game.

Evan Turner (left shoulder) is also probable as the Blazers look to field all of their key guys for Friday's finale. Harkless has been a late scratch twice already in the past week, though, so we'll believe he's playing when we see him on the court.
Oct 11 - 4:52 PM

Nik Stauskas scored 10 points with seven rebounds, five assists and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes on Wednesday.

Portland was resting Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum tonight, while Evan Turner (left shoulder) was also held out. Without their lead ball-handlers available, guys like Stauskas, Seth Curry and Jake Layman were empowered to guide the offense. The last time Stauskas recorded at least five dimes in a game was Apr. 4 with the Nets in 2017.
Oct 11 - 12:56 AM

Seth Curry needed nine shot attempts to score seven points on Wednesday, hitting one 3-pointer with four assists and three boards in 25 minutes.

Curry is the Blazers' highest-profile addition this offseason, but that's not saying much. He's done little to impress fantasy owners in the preseason and remains an unlikely source of value while Dame and C.J. are healthy.
Oct 11 - 12:55 AM

Jake Layman lit up for 28 points as a starter on Wednesday, draining 10-of-14 shots with five 3-pointers, four assists and three rebounds and one steal in 29 minutes.

Layman had 18 points in the first quarter alone, whereas his previous career-high was 17 points in a complete game. That's encouraging for the Blazers if Moe Harkless (knee) is forced to miss regular-season games, but Moe's status for the opener is still uncertain. As far as this offensive outburst is concerned, it suffices to say that Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum were both resting, it was a preseason exhibition, and the opponent was Phoenix.
Oct 11 - 12:54 AM

Moe Harkless (left knee, right ankle) was a late scratch on Wednesday.

Harkless was initially slated to start and play 10-12 minutes tonight, but must have felt soreness during pre-game warmups. This is one more reason to be wary of him, as his surgically-repaired left knee has given him on-again, off-again soreness for months. Given the injury risk it's safer to view Harkless as a waiver-wire target once he proves he's healthy.
Oct 11 - 12:54 AM

Jake Layman is starting at SF on Wednesday rather than Moe Harkless (knee).

It appears Harkless was a last-minute scratch, unless coach Terry Stotts opted to bring him off the bench in his first game back. Unless Harkless is ruled out for a stretch of time, though, there's no reason to own Layman.
Oct 10 - 10:16 PM

Moe Harkless (left knee, right ankle) will start vs. Phoenix on Wednesday.

Harkless is only expected to play 10-12 minutes but it's still great to see him on the court in the preseason. Joining him in the starting five will be Seth Curry, Nik Stauskas, Al-Farouq Aminu and Jusuf Nurkić.
Oct 10 - 8:21 PM

Moe Harkless (right ankle) is probable to play against the Suns on Wednesday.

He was expected to play on Sunday, but instead of his nagging knee issues it was an ankle tweak that held him out. Harkless projects as the starting small forward on the Blazers, but is lack of health is enough to take him off most draft boards for now. If he impresses tonight, he would be right back on the radar.
Oct 10 - 3:02 PM

C.J. McCollum (rest) will not play on Wednesday against the Suns.

He had PRP treatment over the offseason, but there's been no sign this could affect his status in the short term and this night off likely has nothing to do with it. Although, knee procedures shouldn't be taken lightly, so this probably takes McCollum out of the top 40 in standard leagues.
Oct 10 - 2:47 PM


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