Player News - Trail Blazers

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Andrew Nicholson has been sent to the Trail Blazers in exchange for Allen Crabbe.

Nicholson was sent to Portland simply to make the numbers work, but the Trail Blazers are fully expected to waive and stretch Nicholson's contract once the trade goes through. Essentially this move was done to open up a roster spot and some cap space for Portland, but Nicholson was never a part of their future plans.
Jul 25 - 2:42 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

Caleb Swanigan's 25 points weren't enough in a 110-98 loss to the Lakers in the Summer League Final on Monday.

Swanigan racked up yet another double-double with 12 rebounds, but also dished out seven assists with three steals and two 3-pointers on the night. It's easy to see why he was named to the All-NBA Summer League First Team, as he was averaging 14.9 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.6 triples before this gem of a line. Even in a crowded frontcourt, Swanigan has made a strong case to be in the rotation for the Blazers on opening night and is a name to watch during training camp.
Jul 18 - 12:17 AM

Caleb Swanigan continued his double-double tear in Summer League with 15 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and one steal in 34 minutes vs. the Grizzlies on Sunday.

Blazers GM Neil Olshey said that he thinks Swanigan can contribute as a rookie, an opinion bolstered by Swanigan's terrific play in Vegas. The big man out of Purdue has been a beast on the glass and he hasn't been afraid to push the pace once he gets the ball -- he did average 3.0 assists as a sophomore, to go along with 18.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 0.8 blocks and 0.4 steals. Add in his 1.1 threes on 44.7 percent from deep, and he's quickly emerged as a fantasy flier to watch throughout the offseason.
Jul 16 - 8:08 PM

Jarnell Stokes posted 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting, 15 boards, three assists, two steals and one block during the Blazers' semifinals victory in Vegas on Sunday.

Stokes was named D-League MVP for 2015-16 but he's struggled to make an impact at the NBA level, appearing in just nine games over the past two seasons. His play at Summer League could earn him a training camp invite, as he's scored 10.6 points on 67.6 percent shooting with 6.6 boards in just 22.0 minutes per game.
Jul 16 - 8:07 PM

Caleb Swanigan dominated inside yet again during a win over the Spurs on Saturday, scoring 16 points with nine rebounds, three assists and one turnover in 32 minutes.

They don't call him Biggie for nothing and he's been unbelievable lately. Swanigan has a story to tell for his tough childhood and weight problems, but sometimes his boards will hypnotize you, especially today when he had at least three boards over three Spurs. It hasn't been an everyday struggle for Swanigan in Las Vegas and you would think the sky is the limit based on how much he's dominated in the paint while adding some shooting touch. He'll still have to earn his minutes, but Swanigan's style of play could lead to some juicy stat lines.
Jul 15 - 6:16 PM

Caleb Swanigan scored 13 points with 11 rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer in a 91-85 win over the Raptors on Thursday.

Another strong game from Swanigan here. On top of the stats, his defense was very good against what was arguably the best big combo in Vegas: Jakob Poeltl and Pascal Siakam. Swanigan continues to show he's a well-rounded offensive player and it's not too farfetched to think the No. 26 pick gets in the rotation during his rookie season.
Jul 14 - 12:06 AM

Blazers F Jake Layman led his team with 22 points on Wednesday, going 8-of-18 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line in 35 minutes.

Layman added seven boards, three assists and three steals, and his slashing and transition play was a difference-maker in Portland's 88-77 win. It was a much-needed performance for Layman, but he's yet to show improved 3-point range -- he went 0-of-5 last Sunday and was just 1-of-6 tonight.
Jul 12 - 11:56 PM

Markel Brown (shoulder) has been ruled out for the rest of Las Vegas Summer League.

Brown caught on with the OKC team in Orlando before he switched to the Blazers in Vegas. Brown is probably going to get a camp invite in October, but he's not a lock to make an NBA roster.
Jul 12 - 2:59 PM

Pat Connaughton (hamstring) has been ruled out for the rest of Summer League.

He suffered the hamstring strain on Tuesday and did not return. Last month, there was some talk of Connaughton switching to play baseball because he threw in the mid 90s as a college pitcher. For now, he should be at training camp with the Blazers.
Jul 12 - 2:57 PM

Zach Collins (right quad) will not play for the rest of Las Vegas Summer League.

He caught a knee to his thigh and apparently it's caused some bruising. Before the injury, Collins didn't have the strongest showing in Vegas this past weekend with a five-point Sunday and a 10-point outing on Saturday. He should have a chance to get backup minutes at the five, but he doesn't have fantasy value in most leagues.
Jul 12 - 2:54 PM

Caleb Swanigan double-doubled during Tuesday's exhibition game, finishing with 19 points, 13 rebounds, one 3-pointer, one assist, two steals, one block and four turnovers in 32 minutes.

Swanigan may not be the most athletic guy out there, but he seems to always find a way to outwork his opponents to get the job done. That being said, he doesn't have a clear path to minutes in Portland with guys like Al-Farouq Aminu, Zach Collins and Noah Vonleh ahead of him on the depth chart, so he won't be worth drafting in most leagues.
Jul 11 - 6:09 PM

Zach Collins went down with a right quad contusion during Tuesday's exhibition game, and he will not return.

Collins initially hurt his leg banging knees with an opponent during Sunday's Summer League game, and the leg issue flared up after tweaking his quad on Tuesday. Collins is hopeful that he'll be able to play again at Summer League, but that might not happen considering the Trail Blazers will likely be extremely cautious with their No. 10 overall selection from the 2017 NBA draft.
Jul 11 - 5:16 PM

Pat Connaughton suffered a left hamstring strain during Tuesday's Summer League game, and he will not return.

Hamstring issues can be tricky to heal, so this might do it for Connaughton at Summer League. He'll finish Tuesday's exhibition with seven points, three assists, two rebounds, one triple, one steal and one turnover in 11 minutes.
Jul 11 - 5:13 PM

Zach Collins struggled offensively on Sunday with five points on 1-of-7 shooting, but he added six rebounds, three steals and two blocks in a lopsided loss to Boston.

The Blazers as a team shot 29.7 percent, making this game hard to watch for long stretches. Collins' lack of strength was obvious early, when 6'7" F Semi Ojeleye stone-walled him defensively, but his rim-protection is instinctive. Portland traded up to No. 10 for their seven-footer, and they can afford to develop him slowly in a frontcourt that includes Jusuf Nurkic, Meyers Leonard, Ed Davis, and a variety of smaller guys who can play PF.
Jul 9 - 10:34 PM


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