Player News - Trail Blazers

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The Hawks requested the opportunity to talk with Blazers general manager Neil Olshey about its vacant GM job, but were denied permission, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

The Blazers ownership didn't budge on keeping their man. Olshey, coach Terry Stotts and owner Paul Allen seem to be on the same page, so it is going to be really tough to break up these three. While the Hawks didn't get Olshey, it's clear they're going all out to get a high-demand GM.
May 19 - 6:58 PM

Allen Crabbe (foot) had successful foot surgery on Wednesday.

The surgery was to repair a stress reaction of the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot. Crabbe is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for the start of training camp. After getting his massive deal last summer, Crabbe scored 10.7 points per game in 79 outings.
Source: NBA.com
May 11 - 6:33 PM

Allen Crabbe is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair a stress reaction of the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot on Thursday.

Crabbe was dealing with what the Trail Blazers initially referred to as "soreness" in early-April, but after having another MRI at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season, it was revealed that he would require surgery to correct the issue. The Trail Blazers will announce a firm timetable for his recovery after his procedure, but it's worth noting that initial reports anticipate him being ready for the start of the 2017-18 season.
May 8 - 6:14 PM

Shabazz Napier said he understands he has to serve as a backup in Portland, but wants to earn more minutes next season.

Napier is stuck behind one of the most dynamic starting backcourts in the NBA. Both Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum averaged over 35 minutes a night. That is not expected to change next season. "I would be lying to you if I said I'm comfortable [being a backup], but I understand," said Napier. "I understand it, but I'm not satisfied where I'm at." Shabazz did finish the season on an encouraging note, scoring 57 points over the final two games of the regular season and the scoring in double figures in two of Portland's four playoff games.
Apr 29 - 10:33 AM

Portland GM Neil Olshey said Noah Vonleh's development excited him the most of any player this season.

Vonleh will only be 22 years old in August and played well for Portland down the stretch, averaging 6.7 points, 7.2 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.4 blocks and 0.5 steals on 57.5 percent shooting after the All-Star break. Barring some trades, the Blazers are basically returning their entire frontcourt with the exception of Festus Ezeli (knee) for 2017-18, but Vonleh has made a decent case to remain in the rotation.
Apr 27 - 10:49 AM

Trail Blazers' GM Neil Olshey stated on Tuesday that Festus Ezeli will not be with the team next season.

Portland had a team option on Ezeli for Year-2, but Olshey isn't willing to hand him another $7.7 million after he failed to play a single game for them due to chronic knee issues. Ezeli should be able to find a contract with another team as a backup center, but he's not going to have any fantasy value.
Apr 25 - 6:04 PM

Jusuf Nurkic said he expects his leg to be fully healed in 2-3 months.

Nurkic has plenty of time to get himself ready for the 2017-18 season, and we'll be sure to track his progress every step of the way. The Portland players universally praised Nurkic at their exit interviews for his impressive play as a member of the Trail Blazers, and he could be in a for a big year next season as their full-time starter. Nurkic put in averages of 15.2 points, 7.1 boards, 3.2 dimes, 1.3 steals and 1.9 blocks through 20 games with the Blazers, and he said he'll be working on his 3-point shot this offseason, so he could take another big leap in Year-3.
Apr 25 - 4:05 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu went off for 25 points in a blowout loss to the Warriors in Game 4 on Monday.

He finished five points shy of his playoff career-high, shooting 7-of-12 from the field and 6-of-8 from the line with seven rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and five triples in 35 minutes. Aminu is under contract for a couple more seasons, but unless the Blazers move around some pieces this offseason, he will have a tough time finding significant minutes in Portland's crowded frontcourt rotation.
Apr 25 - 1:37 AM

Meyers Leonard started at center in Game 4 vs. the Warriors on Monday, but failed to score with three rebounds in 10 minutes.

With Portland's season on the line and Jusuf Nurkic (leg) on the shelf, the Blazers turned to Meyers Leonard and it didn't end well -- the Blazers were outscored by 17 points in his first five-minute shift and he was benched to start the second half. He has three years and about $31.6 million left on his deal, but he has a lot of work to do this summer if he wants to carve out a spot in the rotation next season. He finishes the 2016-17 campaign with averages of 5.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.0 triples on 38.6 percent shooting in 16.5 minutes.
Apr 25 - 1:25 AM

Noah Vonleh started the second half of Monday's blowout Game 4 loss to the Warriors, finishing with three points on 1-of-2 shooting with 14 rebounds and one block in 33 minutes.

Vonleh was buried on the depth chart at the beginning of the season, but due to several injuries in the frontcourt, he took on a larger role after the All-Star break and averaged 6.7 points, 7.2 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.4 blocks and 0.5 steals on 57.5 percent shooting in that span. He's far from a finished product, but he's still only 21 years old and has made a decent case for a larger role next season.
Apr 25 - 1:23 AM

Damian Lillard scored 34 points in a 128-103 blowout loss as the Blazers were swept 4-0 in the first round of the playoffs against the Warriors.

Lillard predicted that the Blazers would win the series in six games, but to his credit, he certainly did his part. He played 42 minutes and shot 12-of-24 from the field with six assists, one rebound, one steal and two triples, outscoring the other four Portland starters 34-15. Lillard finished the regular season as a top-20 player in standard fantasy leagues, averaging 27.0 points, 5.9 assists, 4.9 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 2.9 triples on 44.4 percent shooting. Barring some roster moves, Portland's core will be intact next season, so expect a similar role for Dame in 2017-18.
Apr 25 - 1:15 AM

C.J. McCollum had one of his worst games of the season in Monday's Game 4 loss to the Warriors, scoring six points on 2-of-12 shooting with five rebounds, one assist and one block in 31 minutes.

He failed to score before halftime and didn't hit his first shot until the fourth quarter. It's a bitter ending to his season, especially since he became a star in real life and in fantasy with averages of 23.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.3 triples on 48.0 percent shooting. He was a top-30 player in standard fantasy leagues and the 25-year-old combo guard will look to take another step forward in 2017-18.
Apr 25 - 1:11 AM

Meyers Leonard will draw the start in Game 4 vs. the Warriors on Monday.

Leonard scored a combined two points in the first two games of the series and was a DNP-CD in Game 3, but he will get another chance with Jusuf Nurkic (leg) sitting this one out. He's been a huge letdown all season and there's no reason to trust him in fantasy lineups with Portland's season on the line. Noah Vonleh and Al-Farouq Aminu should be more involved tonight as well.
Apr 24 - 10:26 PM

Jusuf Nurkic (leg) has been ruled out for Monday's Game 4 against the Warriors.

Nurkic experienced some soreness in his leg after playing 17 minutes on Saturday, and with Portland falling into a 0-3 hole, there's not much incentive for him to risk suffering a setback with this series pretty much over. Noah Vonleh should be back in the starting lineup on Monday with Meyers Leonard, Moe Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu all spending some minutes at the five-spot.

Festus Ezeli is hopeful that he will have a chance to suit up for the Blazers next season.

Ezeli never made an appearance for the Blazers this season and had cadaver ligament replacement surgery on his left knee back in March. He's been rehabbing his knee five times a week and is working on his range of motion, but he still has to monitor some swelling and is eating healthy to avoid putting on any extra weight. While it's unlikely that the Blazers will pick up their $7.73 million option on Ezeli for next season, hopefully he'll get another chance to play in 2017-18 if he can finally get his knee right.
Apr 23 - 9:41 AM


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