Player News - Trail Blazers

Date: Team: Pos:

C.J. McCollum said he's going to practice with Portland's Summer League team, but is unlikely to play in any games.

McCollum is fresh off a strong finish to the 2014-15 season and will look to use Summer League practices as a way to continue that momentum. He averaged 15.6 points, 1.3 steals, and 1.4 three-pointers during the month of April and could find himself with a much larger role of Wesley Matthews and/or Arron Afflalo leave the Trail Blazers. If that ends up being the case, McCollum could end up being a late-round steal in fantasy drafts.
May 19 - 1:51 PM

The Spurs are expected to pursue LaMarcus Aldridge over Marc Gasol.

It's not just about the talent here. Gasol is going to be very tough to pry from Memphis while Aldridge seems a little more likely to be headed out of Portland. The Spurs have a lot of players to sign on their team and bringing in a max player would alter their plans.
May 18 - 4:54 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge had successful thumb surgery on Monday.

The procedure was on Aldridge's left thumb to repair the radial collateral ligament. LMA will be able to return to basketball activities in about eight weeks, meaning he'll be good to go well in advance of training camp. The big man will be an unrestricted free agent in July, and it's not a lock he'll remain with the Blazers.
May 18 - 1:28 PM

The Celtics are reportedly interested in signing both LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews.

"My understanding is the Celtics are going to be open to putting together some type of package deal where they would not only bring in LaMarcus Aldridge, they'd bring in one of his good friends by the name of Wes Matthews," A. Sherrod Blakely of said. With both players set to be free agents this summer and the Celtics with plenty of cap room, this isn't a completely unrealistic scenario. The Celtics have said they're looking to make a splash this summer and a move like this would certainly qualify.
May 12 - 10:42 AM

Wesley Matthews (Achilles) will have his walking boot removed on Tuesday.

"It's ahead of schedule, and I'm excited for that, definitely," Matthews said. "My main focus is getting healthy and coming back better than ever." He's a free agent this summer and sadly his Achilles injury is going to cost him some money. With the emergence of C.J. McCollum, the Blazers might not be quite as willing to pay Matthews. Still, they're the favorite to land Matthews.
May 11 - 3:44 PM

Meyers Leonard's goals this offseason are to improve his rebounding and his defensive ability.

"I think that I can do a lot more," said Leonard. "… I really do think that there is more that I can tap into and understand and once again, help this team in many ways." Leonard showed that he could be a quality player in this league with an impressive showing in the playoffs, and it looks like he could be poised for a bigger role next season. If LaMarcus Aldridge decides to leave in free agency, Leonard could become a very intriguing option in fantasy drafts next season. For what it's worth, Leonard averaged 7.8 points, 6.6 boards, 1.0 assists and 2.0 3-pointers in 21.2 minutes per game in the postseason.
Source: CSN NW
May 10 - 10:09 AM

The Blazers have until the end of June to decide whether or not to pick up their team option on Chris Kaman's contract, and while he wants to return to Portland, he isn't concerned about his situation.

"Basically I’ll know June 30th," Kaman said. "Either they take it or they don’t. … Obviously there is a lot that is going to happen this summer in free agency with this team and all of our players." Kaman posted respectable averages of 8.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 0.7 blocks during the regular season, but the Blazers could be forced to shake things up based on what LaMarcus Aldridge decides to do in free agency. Regardless of what happens, Kaman is better suited for a limited role off the bench at this point in his career, so he won't be on the fantasy radar leading into next season.
May 9 - 9:14 AM

Nicolas Batum said he isn't concerned about rumors that have the Trail Blazers looking to trade him.

Blazers general manager Neil Olshey promised the team would be "very active" in the offseason, but Batum isn't worried that his name has popped up in trade rumors. "If that happens, it happens," Batum said. "That’s the business, I understand that. I mean, I can’t control that. All I can control is what I put on the court. I know what I am going to do this summer is try to get better." While Batum has top-25 fantasy potential, he'll need to build on his 2014-15 season averages of 9.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.4 three-pointers or else his fantasy owners will be left disappointed for the second consecutive season.
Source: CSN NW
May 5 - 9:37 AM

Alan Crabbe's contract for next season with the Blazers is non-guaranteed.

Although Crabbe is expected to play in summer league for the Blazers, it's not clear if he'll be on the roster next season. He's been a mostly disappointing player at the pro level, but he hasn't really received an extended opportunity to showcase his skills, either.
Source: CSNNW
May 4 - 10:12 AM

Blazers GM Neil Olshey wouldn't commit to re-signing Wesley Matthews this offseason.

"We know his value to us; we also know he's going to have market value around the league," he said. Matthews is coming off a torn Achilles, and after the Blazers absolutely fell apart without him, his free-agent case looks pretty good despite the injury. He should have no problem getting a variety of multi-year offers, and his future could very well be outside of Portland. If he leaves, the Blazers are going to have a very tough time replacing what he brings to the table. Both the player and the team have now been noncommittal about remaining together.
May 4 - 9:37 AM

Nicolas Batum said that he plans on getting a lot more rest this summer in order to get his body right for next season.

"I don't think I'll touch a basketball for the next two or three weeks," Batum said. "I'll fly back to France next week. It will [be] time to just relax and free my mind. Then I'll get back on the court and focus on my game and my body. I want to be ready for next year." Batum will play with the French team in EuroBasket this summer, but he won't join the team until August in order to fully recover. Batum was very disappointing this season with averages of 9.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.4 3-pointers while shooting just 40.0 percent from the field, but he will be a bounce-back candidate leading into fantasy drafts next season.
May 3 - 11:25 AM

Robin Lopez, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, said that he would love to return to Portland next season.

"Nothing is 100 percent certain," Lopez said. "So far, I've loved my time in Portland. I would love to come back. I'm very open to coming back." Lopez struggled mightily against the Grizzlies in the playoffs, and Portland eventually started to utilize Meyers Leonard down the stretch instead. Lopez' fantasy value will largely depend on where he lands in free agency, and it's definitely possible that his time in Portland could be up.
May 3 - 11:08 AM

Wesley Matthews (Achilles) said that his "perfect situation" would be for him to return to Portland next season.

"So much stuff can happen between now and when free agency starts," Matthews said. "Ideally, perfect situation, yeah. Who doesn't want to go for the perfect situation?" Before suffering a season-ending torn Achilles, Matthews posted averages of 15.9 points, 3.7 boards, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.9 3-pointers per game and was an integral part of Portland's team. It will be interesting to see how much his injury will impact his stock in free agency, but he shouldn't have any shortage of suitors on July 1. For what it's worth, Matthews wants to resume playing basketball in August, so his Achilles must be progressing rapidly.
May 3 - 10:25 AM

Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey confirmed that Terry Stotts will return as the team's head coach in 2016-17.

"[Stotts] has just won 54 and 51 games [the past two regular seasons], and [the coaching staff] did a great job developing our guys," Olshey said, when asked about the possibility of replacing Stotts. "It wouldn't even cross my mind. The coaches did an outstanding job this season." The team extended Stotts' deal in Jan. 2015 and he'll take the reins again no matter what the Blazers' roster looks like after a momentous offseason.
May 2 - 9:50 AM

With LaMarcus Aldridge poised to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, Blazers GM Neil Olshey said the league's collective bargaining agreement "is favorable for teams that want to retain their players."

Olshey has "contingencies in place" no matter what happens in free agency, and he readily concedes the obvious -- "When you have a franchise player who is unrestricted, that will dictate a great deal of what [the Blazers] do this summer." Wesley Matthews and Robin Lopez are also headed for free agency, as is Dorell Wright, and there's a chance that well see a very different Portland team in 2016-17.
May 2 - 9:32 AM

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