Player News - Trail Blazers

Date: Team: Pos:

Joel Freeland could sign with CSKA Moscow.

Although Freeland reportedly has interest from a handful of NBA teams, it sure sounds like the overseas route is a better—and more lucrative—option for him at this point.
Jul 6 - 10:06 AM

Ed Davis said that the Lakers wanted him back as an unrestricted free agent, but he didn't want to "wait around" for them to make a decision.

"[The Lakers] wanted me to come back," Davis said. "But I felt like this was the right decision for me. I didn’t really want to wait around. I was comfortable with everything there. I wanted to go back. Nothing went bad or anything." Davis could very well be looking at a starting role in Portland, and if that's the case, he could make for a quality late-round selection for those seeking to add some rebounding and shot blocking to their fantasy roster.
Jul 3 - 9:24 AM

Damian Lillard is planning an impromptu visit to Los Angeles to try and convince LaMarcus Aldridge to re-sign with the Blazers.

He is returning from Paris and is wasting no time on being the franchise player. Aldridge wants to play power forward more often, which might not happen quite as much with the Blazers now that Robin Lopez is likely to be overpaid by another team. Lillard will need another very clutch performance here.
Source: USA Today
Jul 2 - 7:32 PM

Damian Lillard has agreed to a five-year, max-extension with the Trail Blazers.

The deal is reportedly in the $125 million to $129 million range, and this was an easy decision for Portland. It seems all but certain that LaMarcus Aldridge will not be back with the Blazers, so Lillard is going to become an even larger part of the offense than he already was. He posted averages of 21.0 points, 6.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 2.4 three-pointers per game on 43.4 percent shooting during the 2014-15 season, and he'll make for a fine second-round selection in next year's drafts.
Jul 2 - 6:12 PM

Joel Freeland will reportedly sign with a European club if he's unable to secure an NBA deal before July 10.

Freeland isn't going to be a high priority for any NBA team, so it sounds like heading overseas is a legitimate possibility. He owns career-averages of 3.2 points and 3.4 rebounds, so even if he does manage to sign a contract with an NBA team, he’ll remain a negligible option in fantasy hoops.
Jul 2 - 5:21 PM

Ed Davis is reportedly finalizing a deal with the Trail Blazers.

The deal is reportedly for $20 million over three years, and with LaMarcus Aldridge likely headed out of town, Davis could potentially be their starting power forward. Davis has never really been able to get consistent minutes, but his per-36-minutes averages are alluring at 12.8 points, 11.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. If he is the starter in Portland, he could make for a quality late-round selection in next year's fantasy drafts.
Jul 2 - 2:45 PM

Damian Lillard is nearing an agreement with the Blazers to sign a five-year, $120 million max contract extension.

Anthony Davis and Kawhi Leonard received maximum contract offers on Wednesday, so it was just a matter of time before the Blazers followed suit with Lillard. With LaMarcus Aldridge likely to leave town, there is no question that this will be Lillard's team moving forward. Lillard's efficiency could drop if Aldridge leaves, but he could put up some scary numbers this season with more responsibility on the offensive end.
Jul 1 - 9:04 AM

The Lakers contacted free agent Ed Davis soon after free agency began, but he's being pursued by several other teams who may "test L.A.'s resolve."

Davis has expressed a desire to return with the Lakers but a lucrative offer elsewhere could be enough to pry him loose, especially with L.A. focused on high-profile big men like LaMarcus Aldridge and DeAndre Jordan. Davis' FT shooting takes a heavy toll in fantasy leagues, but in the right situation he could be useful for FG percentages, rebounding and shot-blocking.
Jul 1 - 3:20 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu has agreed to a four-year, $30 million deal with the Trail Blazers.

Aminu was reportedly a target of the Celtics, Raptors, Pelicans, Knicks and Mavericks, but Portland ponied up a lot of cash to bring him to Rip City. The Blazers recently traded Nicolas Batum and could lose Wesley Matthews and Arron Afflalo in free agency, so Aminu will almost certainly be starting at small forward on opening night. Aminu averaged 11.2 points, 7.2 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.6 blocks, 2.0 steals and 1.4 3-pointers in 30.0 minutes per game during the playoffs last season, so we know what he can do with an expanded role. Aminu is shaping up to be a steal in the later rounds of fantasy drafts next season.
Jul 1 - 12:27 AM

Trail Blazers' GM Neil Olshey said that he would like C.J. McCollum to become more comfortable playing the point guard position.

"[McCollum] being on the floor for backup two-guard minutes, it’s not good enough," said Olshey. "He’s going to have to work on his point guard game." If the Blazers don't add any more wings to the roster via free agency, McCollum could be looking at a much larger role for the 2015-16 season. He had a nice showing during the playoffs, averaging 17.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 2.2 three-pointers per game during the Memphis series, but again, his value will be dependent upon what Portland adds (or doesn't add) to the roster during free agency.
Source: CSN NW
Jun 30 - 7:32 PM

The Blazers opted not to waive Chris Kaman prior to Tuesday's deadline, which guarantees his $5 million salary for the 2015-16 season.

Kaman said in April that he hoped to return to Portland, saying that he'll help mentor Meyers Leonard despite being on the "downslope" of his career. Regardless of the Blazers' moves in free agency, Kaman won't get enough playing time to be a factor in fantasy leagues.
Source: CSNNW.com
Jun 30 - 6:53 PM

Mason Plumlee said he's "preparing to be a starter" for the Trail Blazers this season, but coach Terry Stotts didn't commit to the idea.

"He’s shown that he can be a starter in this league, but let’s wait until October, November," Stotts said. Blazers GM Neil Olshey was similarly noncommittal, saying, "He’s capable of being a starter, but he’s also capable of being a very high-end backup if in free agency we go another route and get another starter be it Robin [Lopez] or anybody else." Plumlee will have a big role either way and we'll be closely monitoring his role -- in 45 starts last year he averaged 11.8 points on 63.1 percent shooting, 7.6 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks.
Source: CSNNW.com
Jun 30 - 6:49 PM

Dorell Wright is reportedly unlikely to return to Portland as an unrestricted free agent.

Wright is reportedly interested in joining on of the teams in Los Angeles, and with the Clippers in some serious need of help at the small forward position, they could shift their focus to Wright if they're unable to land Paul Pierce during free agency. Wright has been a negligible factor in fantasy hoops for about three seasons now, and a new uniform won't change that.
Source: CSN NW
Jun 30 - 5:17 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers are likely to exercise their team option on Chris Kaman for the 2015-16 regular season.

The Blazers are likely to wait until Tuesday's 2 PM deadline to exercise the option so that they can maintain flexibility to make a trade, but all indications are that they will pick up Kaman's $5 million player option. Kaman averaged 8.6 points and 6.5 rebounds in 74 games with the Blazers in 2014-15 so while he's not a standard league fantasy option, he can still make a dent in deeper leagues.
Jun 30 - 11:57 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu is scheduled to visit with New York, Boston, Portland, Toronto and New Orleans in the coming weeks.

Aminu will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and it looks like he is drawing plenty of interest around the league. The Mavs will also be in the mix to retain Aminu, and he reportedly would "love to re-sign" with Dallas, but a more lucrative offer from another team could easily change that narrative. From a fantasy perspective, Aminu would have the most opportunity to produce with the Knicks.


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