Player News - Trail Blazers

Date: Team: Pos:

Damian Lillard will be brought back to team USA if another player drops out of the FIBA World Cup, according to Chris Haynes of Comcast SportsNet.

Lillard has said that he would indeed go back to team USA if called and he and Jerry Colangelo have already talked about a possible reunion according to Haynes. "It’s something we did discuss with Damian," Colangelo told CSNNW.com. "We’ll see what happens." The FIBA World Championship begins on August 30th and final rosters must be submitted at least 24 hours before competition begins.
Aug 28 - 3:36 PM

Damian Lillard will be on the cover of EA Sports' NBA Live 15.

He was cut from Team USA and said it would provide "more wood on the fire." Lillard will be in the same role as he was last season, but will have Steve Blake back him up instead of Mo Williams. C.J. McCollum could play next to him more, but it shouldn't impact Lillard negatively.
Aug 25 - 10:14 AM

Being cut from the Team USA roster has motivated Damian Lillard, and he will use the dismissal to fan the flames this upcoming season.

"More wood on the fire," Lillard told The Oregonian when asked how he felt about not making the final 12-man Team USA roster. "Not my first time being put off and probably not the last." Lillard has had a fantastic career so far, and him not making the final 12-man roster has more to do with the ridiculous depth of point guards playing for the US Team rather than anything he did. Lillard averaged 20.7 points, 2.7 three-pointers, and 5.6 assists during his sophomore campaign, and he has yet to miss a single game during his a career. Obviously, he is an early-round target, and No. 1 point guard heading into this year's drafts.
Aug 24 - 1:33 PM

Damian Lillard did not make Team USA for the FIBA World Cup following Friday's exhibition vs. Puerto Rico.

He didn't have a great month shooting the ball and couldn't edge out Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry or Kyrie Irving. Lillard was third in the NBA in 3-pointers last season, but he still need some work on his perimeter defense and scoring around the rim. However, he's still a No. 1 point guard in fantasy leagues, especially given his remarkable durability so far.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 23 - 9:06 AM

Damian Lillard would be thrilled if he made the final 12-man, Team USA roster.

"This already has been a great experience and a great opportunity for me to get better by being a part of something like this," said Lillard. "But to get on that plane would be a real accomplishment. I’ve always been a fan of USA Basketball and to be part of the team would mean a lot to me." Lillard is on the bubble right now, but if Team USA anticipates rest days for Rose, that could help Lillard's cause. Stay tuned.
Source: USAB.com
Aug 22 - 5:57 PM

Darius Morris has signed a non-guaranteed contract to join the Portland Trailblazers training camp.

Morris was reportedly close to signing with Crvena Zvezda of the Euroleague, but will now get a shot to earn a spot with the Blazers. He has been bouncing around the NBA on various 10 day contracts and stints with the D-League and will likely take his talents overseas if he cannot latch on to an NBA team.
Aug 21 - 4:26 PM

The Blazers have reportedly signed G Diante Garrett to nonguaranteed training camp roster spot.

Garrett averaged 3.5 points and 1.7 assists through 71 games with the Jazz last season, so obviously he's not a fantasy option.
Aug 11 - 2:45 PM

The Blazers have reportedly signed James Southerland to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal.

The Blazers current roster is now at 16 players, and with the non-guaranteed part of his contract (and the other 15 players contracts being guaranteed) Southerland is highly unlikely to make the official roster when the season begins. Needless to say, he is not on the fantasy radar.
Aug 8 - 3:56 PM

Crvena Zvezda of the Euroleague is reportedly in talks to sign Darius Morris.

The deal is reportedly close to happening and would be for $450,000 next season. The 23-year-old has played with the Lakers, Clippers, 76ers, and Grizzlies over three NBA seasons and would hope to use his time in Serbia as a springboard towards a return to the NBA.
Source: Sportando
Aug 7 - 12:22 PM

Damian Lillard said Matt Barnes told him his defense will be the key to making the Team USA roster.

"He just called and told me that everybody knows that I can shoot the ball and make plays, but he said he knows that I can defend too," Lillard said. "He said just go out there and be a dog and pick up full-court." Lillard's offensive skill set has grown as his career has moved along, but he has still been torched on defense, giving up numerous season highs to opposing point guards last year. If Derrick Rose is healthy, Lillard may have a tough time making the team.
Source: CSN NW
Jul 30 - 3:00 PM

Will Barton's rookie contract became fully guaranteed on July 25.

It's not a surprise at all and his 14.4 points per game in summer league only solidified the decision for the Blazers. He scored a career-high 23 points in the 2014 regular-season finale. With Mo Williams gone, Barton is in line for more playing time. He'll compete with second-year guard C.J. McCollum, who is coming off a fantastic summer league.
Source: CSN NW
Jul 26 - 1:59 PM

Trail Blazers F Thomas Robinson had surgery to repair a torn right thumb ligament on Tuesday, but he's expected to recover prior to training camp.

Robinson hurt himself during a Summer League game but the good news is that it's not severe enough to affect his regular-season outlook. He averaged 12.5 minutes off the bench last year and isn't likely to have a bigger role in 2014-15 while LaMarcus Aldridge is healthy.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 22 - 4:44 PM

Raptors waive G Diante Garrett.

His contract wasn't guaranteed next week and there was no way they'd keep him. Garrett was brought over in the Steve Novak trade to help clear out cap space. He's probably not going to be much of a factor in the NBA this season.
Jul 19 - 6:32 PM

Thomas Robinson will likely need surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb, and the recovery time would be approximately six weeks.

Thomas is seeking a second opinion on his right thumb, but surgery seems like the most likely scenario. That gives Robinson plenty of time to recover for training camp, and this will likely be a non-issue heading into next season. Robinson suffered the injury during Tuesday's Summer League game vs. the Hawks.
Source: NBC Sports
Jul 18 - 1:36 PM

The door hasn't been shut on LaMarcus Aldridge playing in the 2016 Olympics, according to the director of USA Basketball Jerry Colangelo.

It had been assumed that Aldridge may have basically forfeited his spot on the 2016 team after withdrawing from the 2014 FIBA World Cup due to rest purposes, but that may not be the case. "It’s not absolutely shut, but it’s premature to talk about the Olympics two years from now when for whatever reason, he turned down another opportunity," Jerry Colangelo said. "That’s just reality. I never close the door completely. I keep my options open. It was a surprise that he pulled out, but I never shut the door entirely on anyone." Whether or not he plays in the 2016 Olympics is a topic for a later day, but fantasy owners have to be excited that Aldridge is focused on the 2014-15 season.
Source: CSN NW
Jul 17 - 11:12 AM


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