Player News - Trail Blazers

Date: Team: Pos:

Allen Crabbe said that he worked on his ball-handling and some post moves during the offseason.

The Blazers re-signed him to a massive four-year, $75 million deal over the summer, so it's good to hear that he's still motivated. Portland GM Neil Olshey has called him a "foundational player" and head coach Terry Stotts obviously loves him, but we'd be a lot more excited about Crabbe's fantasy outlook if the Blazers didn't bring in Evan Turner in free agency. Crabbe averaged 10.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.4 treys on 45.9 percent shooting in 26.0 minutes per game last season.
Source: CSN NW
Sep 28 - 2:40 AM

Noah Vonleh (thigh) still doesn't have a clear timetable to return.

He was given an original timetable of about 3-4 weeks on Aug. 31, so this is worrying. "I guess you could say I'm a little behind," Vonleh said. "But I'll catch up quick." He had a bone fragment removed from his right thigh, so the Blazers won't be in a hurry to rush him back. For now, he's been limited to light running and shooting. He's the fourth PF on the depth chart, so fantasy owners can ignore him.
Source: Oregon Live
Sep 28 - 2:34 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu is expected to start at power forward for the Blazers this season.

We've heard this report throughout the summer, but it doesn't hurt to get even more confirmation as training camps begin. Aminu looked great down the stretch last season when he played primarily at the four, so the move can be viewed as a good thing for his fantasy value, especially after the Blazers brought in Evan Turner and re-signed Allen Crabbe. If Aminu can hold off Moe Harkless, Meyers Leonard and Noah Vonleh in camp, he should be a standard-league asset after averaging 10.2 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.5 3-pointers last season.
Source: Oregon Live
Sep 28 - 2:26 AM

Shabazz Napier will only be used in emergency situations this year.

The Blazers only have two true point guards on their roster in Damian Lillard and Napier, but C.J. McCollum and Evan Turner will share the backup PG duties. This isn't really a surprise considering Napier has career averages of 4.4 points on 36.1 percent shooting.
Source: CSN NW
Sep 27 - 7:51 PM

Blazers coach Terry Stotts said that Evan Turner will share backup point guard duties with CJ McCollum.

It's the right decision for Portland because Shabazz Napier has really struggled at the NBA level. Turner is considered the favorite to start at SF, but will face a lot of competition from Allen Crabbe and Moe Harkless. Turner averaged 10.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.1 turnovers on 45.6 percent shooting with the Celtics last season, but his ceiling in standard leagues is limited because he doesn't take many 3-pointers.
Source: CSN NW
Sep 27 - 7:33 PM

Ed Davis pulled himself out of Tuesday's practice after suffering an undisclosed injury.

We should have an update as to exactly what Davis is dealing with soon enough, but if he's forced into an extended absence, Mason Plumlee could be forced into heavy minutes for Portland. Davis only managed to contribute 11th round value in standard 9-cat leagues last season with averages of 6.5 points, 7.4 boards and 0.9 swats per contest, although those numbers could dip with Festus Ezeli (knee) likely to cut into Davis' playing time. Davis is only worth a late-round look in very deep leagues.
Sep 27 - 6:52 PM

Jake Layman (undisclosed injury) was withheld from participating in Tuesday's practice.

We'll be on the lookout for an update as to exactly what Layman is dealing with, but healthy or not, he won't be worth drafting anywhere as he's not expected to be a regular part of the Blazers' rotation his rookie season.
Sep 27 - 6:47 PM

Festuz Ezeli (knee) did some light shooting during Tuesday's practice.

Ezeli is still in recovering from a procedure that was performed on his surgically repaired left knee this offseason, and he's currently without an official timetable to return. Once he does get back to the court, he'll play limited minutes behind Mason Plumlee, so there's no reason to invest in Ezeli in most formats.
Sep 27 - 6:42 PM

Meyers Leonard (shoulder surgery) participated in 3-on-3 drills during Tuesday's practice.

Leonard was reportedly moving around well during Tuesday's practice, so it appears that he is indeed ahead of schedule in his recovery from shoulder surgery. That being said, Leonard will be competing for minutes with the likes of Al-Farouq Aminu, Moe Harkless and Noah Vonleh this upcoming season, and after a disappointing 2015-16 campaign, it's tough to justify taking Leonard with anything more than a late-round selection in deep leagues.
Sep 27 - 3:37 PM

Meyers Leonard (shoulder) said he is ahead of schedule on his shoulder rehab and expects to be cleared for 5-on-5 on Oct. 8.

He said his shoulder feels "great" and his surgeon was impressed with his range of motion. Leonard said he's still going to have to get in better shape before he's cleared and will have to adjust to the contact coming to his shoulder. He had a massive opportunity last year and it didn't work out, so he's really just a late-round lottery ticket in most leagues.
Source: CSN NW
Sep 26 - 10:00 PM

Mason Plumlee said he's developing his jumper.

He only made 28.1 percent of his jumpers last season, which accounts for just 32.1 percent of his shot total. The Blazers are going to go smaller 1-4, so Plumlee will face stiffer competition for minutes at the five from Meyers Leonard, Ed Davis and Festus Ezeli. He's only a late-round flier with a somewhat low upside.
Sep 26 - 5:43 PM

Ed Davis said he's up about 15-20 pounds from last year.

The Boss sounds like he's going to play just center minutes. Coach Terry Stotts used him at power forward in matchup against bigger teams, but now it might be tougher for him to get minutes with Evan Turner around and Al-Farouq Aminu likely to play more four. Davis is only a pick in the late rounds of deep leagues.
Sep 26 - 3:30 PM

Festus Ezeli (knee) has no timeline to return to action.

"I personally don't have a timeline," he said. "I'm taking it day by day because when it comes to this situation, you never go with a timeline. It will frustrate me if I go by a timeline. I just try to take it by how I feel so hopefully sometime soon I can get back on the court and start playing again." The big man did say that his knee is "getting better," but "it's gonna take a little bit for me to get to where I'm a 100 percent." The ongoing knee issues helps to explain why Ezeli's free agent market didn't develop like so many anticipated, and it's currently unclear when he may be able to get onto the court for his new team. As a result, Portland will be forced to lean a little harder on Mason Plumlee and Ed Davis.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 24 - 2:47 PM

Festus Ezeli (knee) said he's disappointed he won't be ready to play at the beginning of training camp.

The former Warrior did add he expects to be ready soon after. Ezeli had his left knee injected with bone marrow aspirate concentrate on Aug. 23 and was expected to miss six weeks, so he should be ready before the middle of October. He's still only going to be a backup for the Blazers this season.
Sep 22 - 9:27 PM

James Southerland has signed a deal with S.Oliver Wuerzburg in Germany.

He has a total of four career NBA games under his belt and may not get another shot for a while.
Source: Sportando
Sep 18 - 1:16 PM


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