Player News - Trail Blazers

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Chris Kaman officially signed his two-year, $10 million contract with the Trail Blazers on Thursday.

"I am extremely pleased to add Chris to our roster," said Blazers coach Terry Stotts. "He is a proven NBA talent and will both bolster and complement our front court at both ends of the floor." Kaman provides quality depth in the front court behind Robin Lopez and LaMarcus Aldridge, but he should not be on fantasy radars.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 10 - 2:33 PM

Portland Trail Blazers sign G Steve Blake.

Blake's deal will reportedly be under Portland's bi-annual exception for $4.2 million over two years and the second year is a player option. Blake averaged 6.9 points, 1.4 3-pointers, and 5.6 assists per game with the Lakers and Warriors last season and will serve as a backup point guard who can also play shooting guard for the Blazers. This move doesn't necessarily rule out Mo Williams' return to Rip City, but it would seem unlikely at this point.
Jul 10 - 12:55 PM

The Dallas Mavericks are hoping ton sign Mo Williams at the veteran's minimum.

The Mavericks would seem to have a better chance of signing LeBron James than Williams at the minimum at first glance, but the team is hoping Williams' desire to be closer to his family will play into his decision-making process. Williams wouldn't bring much fantasy value to the table in Dallas, but he would provide a solid bench option for the Mavs after averaging 9.7 points and 4.3 assists with the Blazers in 2013-14.
Jul 10 - 10:23 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge said that he'll wait until next summer to sign a contract extension with the Trail Blazers.

"I'm happy to stay [in Portland], happy to be here, happy with the direction the team has gone the last year or two," Aldridge said. "But I just want to get a five-year deal. I feel like that’s the best decision on my part." By waiting until next season, Aldridge would become eligible for a five-year, $108 million deal from Portland, which is more than any other team could offer. He said he aims to be the "best Blazer [player] ever," which is music to the ears of Blazers fans.
Jul 8 - 6:32 PM

While Mo Williams has met with the Mavericks, there remains mutual interest between him and the Trail Blazers, according to his agent.

"The doors aren’t closed with Portland," Williams’ agent Mark Bartelstein told CSNNW.com. "We’re still in constant communication with [general manager] Neil [Olshey] everyday. We’re just weighing all of our options at this point. We’ll continue to talk with [owner] Paul Allen and Neil to see if something can be worked out. Mo loves it in Portland and they want him back. It’s still an option." Williams reportedly is more interested in a long-term deal, than a big-money deal.
Source: CSN NW
Jul 6 - 11:23 AM

The Blazers have reached an agreement with Chris Kaman on a two-year, $10 million contract.

This likely takes the Blazers out of the running on Spencer Hawes. Kaman will come in and back up Robin Lopez, who has been remarkably durable in his NBA career. He'll likely just have his minutes in the teens and will not have much fantasy value. The second year of his deal is partially guaranteed.
Jul 3 - 11:32 PM

Jarron Collins will join Steve Kerr's coaching staff in Golden State.

He was with the scouting department with the Clippers and will be an assistant. The Warriors are going after some big names next to Kerr after paying Alvin Gentry some serious money.
Jul 3 - 7:13 PM

Mo Williams met with the Mavericks on Thursday.

The Mavericks won't be too eager to make an offer to Williams with their eyes on bigger free agents. Williams is expected to re-sign with the Blazers and there seems to be mutual interest between the two.
Jul 3 - 3:10 PM

Unrestricted free agent Mo Williams has reportedly not scheduled any meetings with any other teams, and his only goal is to "get something done with the Blazers."

Williams knows that this is likely the last time in his career he's going to be able to sign a multi-year deal, which was the logic behind him opting out of his contract with the Blazers. "I’m going into my 12th year, so I’d love to get a contract," Williams said. "This is, in my opinion, my last [mult-year contract]. After that, I’ll be a guy that’s hanging on by the last string, getting my one-year deal in... So this is my last time to get a three-year deal. I’ve got three good years left in me." Williams’ numbers last season were serviceable at 9.7 points and 4.3 assists, but asking for three more years may be a bit much. He's only a fantasy option in deep leagues.
Jun 30 - 3:55 PM

The Wolves could target unrestricted free agent Steve Blake in a possible sign-and-trade deal with the Warriors in a Kevin Love deal.

With the Wolves not dealing Love in the draft, the likelihood of the Warriors getting a deal done increases. Although, a team could easily deal a player they just drafted. As for Blake, he is also getting interest from the Knicks, but the addition of Jose Calderon makes them a bit less needy for a shooting point guard.
Jun 27 - 1:11 PM

The Blazers front office is working on a max contract extension for All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge.

The Blazers are preparing a five-year, $108M contract extension that will be available for Aldridge once he hits free agency in 2015. With big market teams such as the Knicks already looking at Aldridge as a possible free agent acquisition, it seems like a wise move for the Blazers to try and sign him long term. He set career highs in points, rebounds, and free throw percentage in his eight year in Portland.
Jun 26 - 5:41 PM

Mo Williams is going to opt out of his contract with the Blazers, according to his agent, Mark Bartelstein.

Williams might still have a little gas left in the tank, but injuries are a concern and at this point, he might not be more than a good guy to have in the locker room for a team interested in winning a title. He had a groin injury in the playoffs, and averaged 9.7 points and 4.3 assists off the Blazers bench last season.
Jun 24 - 1:25 AM

Nicolas Batum said he'll focus on being on the track and hitting the weight room this offseason.

He's already said he wants to work on his post-up game, so some added muscle will definitely help him there. Batum led the NBA in total miles run on the court last season and is clearly one of the most fit players in the NBA. His game translates to fantasy extremely well and he should be off the board in the first two rounds of standard leagues.
Jun 20 - 12:58 PM

Gary Payton said that Damian Lillard needs to work on his defense.

"He can be like Patrick Beverley if he wants to, but that’s a mindset," Payton said. Lillard worked with Gary Payton last season and it sounds like he may again this summer. He allowed an extremely high 45.9 percent against isolation plays, which ranks 199th in the NBA (Synergy).
Source: CSNNW.com
Jun 14 - 9:55 AM

Nicolas Batum is focused on improving his post play this offseason.

Batum said that his offseason workouts have been focused on developing his post game and that he considers it part of taking the next step as a player. Batum finished the 2013-14 season with averages of 13.0 points, 1.8 3-pointers, 7.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.7 blocks and continued to be one of the best all-around fantasy players to own. He won't win any single category for his owners, but he's able to contribute a little bit everywhere and the addition of a post game to his repertoire would go a long way towards solidifying his status as a top fantasy player.
Jun 10 - 1:47 PM


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