Player News - Trail Blazers

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Damian Lillard said he's preparing "to play the whole game" if he has to in Portland's season opener on Wednesday with C.J. McCollum (suspension) unavailable.

McCollum typically runs some point for Portland when Lillard subs out, but with his co-star unavailable, it sounds like Lillard is ready for massive minutes in the first game of the season. DFS players should make a note of this quote, and consider throwing Thrillard out there on Wednesday in what should be a favorable and uptempo matchup against the Suns.
Oct 16 - 5:56 PM

The Trail Blazers and Jusuf Nurkic will not agree on a contract extension prior to Monday's deadline, according to the Oregonian's Mike Richman.

Portland reportedly views Nurkic as a long-term building block and he feels the same, saying, "I want to be here, and I'll let my agent handle the other things." That said, the team wants a larger on-court sample size before making a huge financial commitment -- he played just 20 games for the Blazers last year before a fractured fibula shut him down. The lack of an extension could give him extra motivation, and he's a very nice target once the elite centers are gone.
Oct 15 - 1:21 PM

The NBA has suspended C.J. McCollum for one game for leaving the bench area during an altercation in the Blazers preseason win over Phoenix on Wednesday.

Per the league's statement, the incident occurred with 9:33 remaining in the fourth quarter of Portland’s 113-104 preseason win over the Phoenix Suns on Oct. 11. McCollum will serve the suspension on opening night. Evan Turner will likely start at shooting guard in place of McCollum. Turner will be worth consideration as an affordable DFS option on Wednesday. Pat Connaughton could also see some additional playing time off the bench.
Oct 14 - 1:51 PM

Jusuf Nurkic scored 13 points with eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 12 minutes against Haifa Maccabi on Friday.

The Blazers rested almost all of their key players, so Nurk Fever was in full effect for his 12 minutes. There's no doubt he'll be a monster on the stat sheet when he's active and his jumper looks great, but the list of injuries makes him tough to target in the early rounds. He's worth it around 50-60 or so, though.
Oct 14 - 1:05 AM

Shabazz Napier (hamstring) will not play on Friday.

He was doing some warmup work, but the Blazers will hold him out again. Napier could be in the rotation in the right matchup, but he's not worth drafting in fantasy.
Oct 13 - 9:12 PM

Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Evan Turner, Al-Farouq Aminu, Moe Harkless and Ed Davis will not play on Friday.

Dame has looked terrific in the preseason and his diet this summer may have made him a half-step faster. Lillard was a top-10 player after the break last year and he should be coming off the board in the first round of a 12-team draft.
Oct 13 - 9:07 PM

Shabazz Napier (hamstring) is questionable to play on Friday night against Haifa.

He has yet to make his preseason debut, but getting a questionable tag for this game suggests he could be ready for the season. Coach Terry Stotts mentioned a committee approach to replace Allen Crabbe with Napier as part of that group.
Oct 12 - 7:25 PM

Jusuf Nurkic (head) is not on the injury report for Friday night against Haifa.

That's great news for Nurk Alert, but the Blazers may still choose to hold him out of the preseason finale. He suffered a concussion on Monday and did not play on Wednesday. His style of play could lead to more injuries, but maybe Nurkic taking more jumpers can help him avoid contact He'll be a risk-reward target in the early middle rounds.
Oct 12 - 7:24 PM

Terry Stotts said Zach Collins will get most of his minutes at power forward this season.

Stotts thinks Collins needs to get stronger before he can bang with NBA centers, so he'll use him primarily at the four-spot this season with Ed Davis acting as the backup five-man. Collins has been outshined by fellow rookie Caleb Swanigan this summer, so while Swanigan could be someone to consider with a late-round flier, Collins can go undrafted in most settings.
Oct 12 - 9:54 AM

Noah Vonleh (strained right shoulder) said he's on schedule to return in three weeks.

Vonleh added that he's pain-free and has full range of motion, but a return in three weeks (Nov. 1) means he'd miss the Blazers' first seven games. Head coach Terry Stotts loves Vonleh's defense, and he started 41 games last season, but he could stick in a reserve role if the Blazers are winning with Al-Farouq Aminu and Moe Harkless at the forward spots.
Oct 12 - 3:15 AM

Meyers Leonard caught fire on Wednesday, making 5-of-6 shots from downtown to finish with 17 points, eight rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes.

Leonard's 3-point shot could be critical if he wants to make the rotation this season -- he's at 37.1 percent from deep for his career, but sank to 34.7 percent last season. Jusuf Nurkic (concussion) was out tonight, along with Noah Vonleh (shoulder), so we're not reading into Leonard's extended playing time.
Oct 12 - 1:24 AM

Shabazz Napier (hamstring) did not play vs. Phoenix on Wednesday.

Napier's injury has spoiled his preseason, but he has the luxury of a guaranteed contract. Competing backup PGs Isaiah Briscoe and Archie Goodwin have failed to distinguish themselves, and none of these guys will have fantasy value unless iron-man Damian Lillard misses games.
Oct 12 - 1:23 AM

Ed Davis started in place of Jusuf Nurkic (concussion) on Wednesday, posting seven points, 12 rebounds, one steal and one turnover.

Davis logged 17 minutes tonight and it looks like he's secured the backup center job. Nurkic's timetable is unclear but he's not likely to be out long enough for Davis to help typical fantasy owners. He's little more than a handcuff option in deep leagues.
Oct 12 - 1:22 AM

Zach Collins will start on Wednesday night.

He'll join Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Moe Harkless and Ed Davis in the starting lineup. Collins will get a chance to gain some ground on Caleb Swanigan while also showing he cam play next to the first unit guys. For now, Swanigan looks like the better fantasy pick.
Oct 11 - 3:17 PM

Ed Davis will slide into the starting lineup for Wednesday's exhibition against Phoenix, with Jusuf Nurkic (concussion) unavailable.

Joining Davis in the starting five for Wednesday's preseason game will be Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Moe Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu. Nurkic should be good to go by opening night, but Davis is still a candidate to start at the four-spot, although Caleb Swanigan has made a pretty strong case that he's deserving of the starter designation. Regardless of how Davis enters the game, it'll be tough for him to make much of an impact in fantasy hoops this season with the depth around him.


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