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General manager Neil Olshey has targeted Jake Layman for a couple months.

"Jake is a high character young man with a skill set we value on both ends of the floor,’’ Olshey said of the No. 47 pick. "His ability to defend multiple positions and shoot the ball from range will be positive additions to our roster.’’ He's a four-year player out of Maryland and Layman said he compares his game to Gordon Hayward. The Blazers would have to not bring back restricted free agent Moe Harkless for Layman to have any shot at playing time out of the gate.
Source: CSN NW
Jun 25 - 5:40 PM

The Blazers drafted Maryland SF Jake Layman with the No. 47 pick on Thursday.

Portland acquired the pick from Orlando in exchange for $1.2 million and a second-round pick in 2019. Layman played four seasons in college and proved to be an adept perimeter shooter, suggesting that he could play a stretch-PF role in the NBA. As an athletic combo forward, he should get a crack at the Blazers' rotation during training camp.
Jun 23 - 11:48 PM

Damian Lillard has decided not to play in the 2016 Summer Olympics in order to concentrate on rehabbing his plantar fasciitis injury.

Lillard had a spot if he wanted one after most of the top point guards decided not to play for Team USA, but the decision speaks to his desire to start the 2016-17 season fully healthy. The 25-year-old had a fantastic 2015-16 season in averaging 25.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 0.9 steals, and 3.1 three-pointers and will be worth a first-round pick in 2016-17 as he attempts to avenge his All-Star snub.
Jun 23 - 11:12 AM

Damian Lillard still hasn't decided if he will play for Team USA this summer.

Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, John Wall (knee surgeries), Chris Paul (hand) and James Harden have all decided not to play, so Lillard should be able to make the team. The decision process is reportedly still "ongoing," but expect to hear an answer by the end of the week.
Jun 20 - 9:58 AM

Damian Lillard said that he has not yet begun thinking about playing for Team USA at the 2016 Olympic Games.

With guys like Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry (knee, shoulder), John Wall (knee surgeries), Chris Paul (hand) and James Harden all withdrawing their names from the player pool, Lillard will more or less be a shoo-in if he opts to compete for a spot on the roster. He’s currently touring through Asia as part of a promo-tour for Adidas, so he won't likely make an official decision until he returns stateside.
Source: CSN NW
Jun 15 - 10:29 AM

Moe Harkless said he "loved" playing for Terry Stotts.

This jibes with what Harkless previously stated regarding his desire to return to Portland. "He's done a great job of playing guys to their strength and just letting guys just go play and putting confidence in everybody. That's huge," Harkless said. Despite hoping to re-sign with the Blazers, it's not a lock that Moe Butta is back given he's established brand new appeal on the free agent market.
Jun 6 - 9:20 AM

Terry Stotts called Portland's season "extremely rewarding."

"Everything was about growth, improvement, getting better throughout the season and being better at the end of the season, and I think we did that individually and collectively," he said. "From a coaching standpoint, that's as pure as it gets; that's what coaching is about. You don't get to experience that very much at the NBA level." Stotts, who finished second behind Steve Kerr in Coach of the Year voting, signed a long-term extension to remain with the Blazers in May.
Jun 6 - 9:16 AM

Restricted free agent Allen Crabbe said that he would prefer to remain with the Blazers next season.

"Any pay raise is going to be significantly higher than what I’m making now," Crabbe said. "But like I said earlier, it’s just situation really for me. It doesn’t make sense to make a lot of money and go to a team that, if you don’t fit that system, then get paid a lot of money to be frustrated? That doesn’t make sense to me. The culture here, it’s great." Crabbe made a lot of strides this season and was excellent off the Portland bench, averaging 10.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.4 treys in 26.0 minutes per game. He's likely earned a larger role for next season, assuming he stays.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 3 - 12:26 PM

Damian Lillard was named to the All-NBA Second Team on Thursday.

Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, DeMarcus Cousins and Chris Paul were also named to the All-NBA Second Team. Lillard may have missed out on an All-Star appearance this season, but being named to an All-NBA team gave him a $20 million bonus via the Rose Rule, thus softening the blow of the All-Star snub.

Portland assistant coach Nate Tibbetts is interviewing for the Warriors' top assistant job on Monday, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

Along with Charlotte's Stephen Silas, Tibbetts is another serious candidate to replace Luke Walton on Steve Kerr's staff. Previously, Tibbetts has interviewed for the vacant Memphis head coaching position.
May 23 - 1:42 PM

Trail Blazers' GM Neil Olshey said that he's hopeful Portland will be able to land a big name free agent this offseason.

"I think we are becoming more of a destination than in the past because CJ [McCollum] and [Damian Lillard]," said Olshey. "And when you make the final eight and your games are on national television, it makes an impact on free agents, we hope." The Blazers have never really been able to land a marquee player via free agency, but Olshey is hopeful that will finally change this offseason with a Coach of the Year candidate at the helm, and a dynamic backcourt duo of Lillard and McCollum.
Source: CSN NW
May 18 - 1:44 PM

Meyers Leonard (left shoulder surgery) said that he will be able to shed his sling on Friday.

Leonard underwent shoulder surgery back on April 8, and was given a 6-8 month timeline, and if he's on the longer end of that timetable he is going to miss some time to start the 2016-17 season. He'll be a restricted free agent this offseason, but after a disappointing 2015-16 campaign, he won't make for a very alluring standard league target in next year's drafts.
May 17 - 3:47 PM

The Blazers and coach Terry Stotts have reached agreement on a contract extension.

There were some unsubstantiated rumors of Stotts possibly not coming back, but that would have been arguably the biggest surprise of the summer. Even LeBron James said Stotts was the Coach of the Year and he remains one of the best X's and O's coaches out there. While some fantasy owners may dislike his wild rotations, every NBA fan respects Stotts as one of the best. Every Blazers fan and player has to be happy with this move.
May 16 - 8:55 PM

The Trail Blazers are reportedly offering coach Terry Stotts a five-year extension worth approximately $20 million.

This comes in the wake of a previous report, from a Bucks columnist, that Stotts wasn't a "slam dunk" to stay with Portland. Damian Lillard said that Stotts' extension "would mean everything," and the Blazers are coming off an expectation-defying 2015-16 season during which Stotts finished second in Coach of the Year voting, so this offer confirms the likelihood that Stotts will stay put.
May 16 - 12:20 AM

The Grizzlies have received permission to interview Blazers assistant coach Nate Tibbetts for their head coach vacancy.

He was hired by the Blazers in 2013 and has received some interest for the past few months. Tibbetts was a head coach for the D-League's Tulsa 66ers and also has a history in player development. Once the big names like Frank Vogel come off the board, Tibbetts might be a solid candidate.
May 14 - 9:03 PM


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