Player News - Trail Blazers

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Mehmet Okur will join the Utah Jazz as consultant for the 2014-15 season.

Okur will join his former team to primarily serve as a mentor to fellow Turk, Enes Kanter. "Learning from a guy like [Okur], it would be really good," Kanter said. "We both play similar positions, shoot, and I think it would be really good." While the 22-year-old showed flashes of potential in averaging 12.3 points and 7.5 rebounds during the 2013-14 season, Kanter won't provide more than later-round in standard fantasy leagues unless Okur can help bring some consistency to his game.
Sep 18 - 10:00 AM

Nicolas Batum was outstanding in France's 95-93 victory over Lithuania on Saturday, making 8-of-12 from the field for 27 points with three rebounds, one assist, three steals and two 3-pointers.

Considering the French team didn't have Tony Parker, they have to be pleased with a bronze medal. Batum was fantastic the entire tournament, averaging 14.6 points 3.1 boards, 1.3 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.7 triples on 48.9 percent from the field. He was extremely efficient after the break last season with a sterling 57.4 effective field goal percentage with the Blazers, which helped him climb to second-round value in fantasy leagues last year. He'll be looking at a similar role and is a bit of an unheralded fantasy stud.
Sep 13 - 2:23 PM

Nicolas Batum led a strong fourth quarter comeback for France, finishing with 35 points, eight 3-pointers, three assists, two rebounds, and a steal, but ultimately it was not enough as France was upset by Serbia.

Batum had been struggling with his 3-point shot throughout the FIBA tournament, but that was clearly not an issue in this one. Batum was a fantasy stud last season averaging 13 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.8 three-pointers, 0.9 steals, and 0.7 blocks. Those all-around numbers are fantasy gold, and he's someone to target in the late-second and early-third round of standard leagues.
Sep 12 - 5:57 PM

Robin Lopez is interested in joining the Philippines national team as a naturalized player.

"If the whole Andray Blatche thing doesn’t work out, I’m here for Gilas," Lopez said. "I don’t wish any harm to come to Dray because obviously he’s played his heart out for that team and he’s a great fit." Lopez had his best year as a pro last season and finished extremely strong. He's one of the best free throw shooters among big men and is very efficient around the rim, which makes him an underrated fantasy asset.
Source: Spin.ph
Sep 12 - 11:22 AM

Nicolas Batum scored a team-high 14 points during Saturday's 69-64 win over Croatia to go with two boards, one assist, four steals and one block.

He missed all six shots from beyond the arc, but he was 5-of-7 on his twos during the win. That's been a big story for him in this event, making 63.3 percent of his twos and only 20.0 percent from downtown. Batum was terrific after the break last season with his 40.1 percent from deep and his game has been built from the outside and in, but he's capable of becoming a very well-rounded scorer. He's a player to target in the late-second or early-third round of standard drafts..
Sep 6 - 2:40 PM

Nicolas Batum is averaging 9.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists in in five group play games with France.

France finished in third place in Group A and will advance to the round of 16. Batum's numbers for the French national team have declined since the 2013 EuroBasket and 2012 Olympics. Perhaps the drop in production is related to the absence of his elite point guard Tony Parker.
Sep 4 - 3:57 PM

Damian Lillard will be brought back to team USA if another player drops out of the FIBA World Cup, according to Chris Haynes of Comcast SportsNet.

Lillard has said that he would indeed go back to team USA if called and he and Jerry Colangelo have already talked about a possible reunion according to Haynes. "It’s something we did discuss with Damian," Colangelo told CSNNW.com. "We’ll see what happens." The FIBA World Championship begins on August 30th and final rosters must be submitted at least 24 hours before competition begins.
Aug 28 - 3:36 PM

Damian Lillard will be on the cover of EA Sports' NBA Live 15.

He was cut from Team USA and said it would provide "more wood on the fire." Lillard will be in the same role as he was last season, but will have Steve Blake back him up instead of Mo Williams. C.J. McCollum could play next to him more, but it shouldn't impact Lillard negatively.
Aug 25 - 10:14 AM

Being cut from the Team USA roster has motivated Damian Lillard, and he will use the dismissal to fan the flames this upcoming season.

"More wood on the fire," Lillard told The Oregonian when asked how he felt about not making the final 12-man Team USA roster. "Not my first time being put off and probably not the last." Lillard has had a fantastic career so far, and him not making the final 12-man roster has more to do with the ridiculous depth of point guards playing for the US Team rather than anything he did. Lillard averaged 20.7 points, 2.7 three-pointers, and 5.6 assists during his sophomore campaign, and he has yet to miss a single game during his a career. Obviously, he is an early-round target, and No. 1 point guard heading into this year's drafts.
Aug 24 - 1:33 PM

Damian Lillard did not make Team USA for the FIBA World Cup following Friday's exhibition vs. Puerto Rico.

He didn't have a great month shooting the ball and couldn't edge out Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry or Kyrie Irving. Lillard was third in the NBA in 3-pointers last season, but he still need some work on his perimeter defense and scoring around the rim. However, he's still a No. 1 point guard in fantasy leagues, especially given his remarkable durability so far.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 23 - 9:06 AM

Damian Lillard would be thrilled if he made the final 12-man, Team USA roster.

"This already has been a great experience and a great opportunity for me to get better by being a part of something like this," said Lillard. "But to get on that plane would be a real accomplishment. I’ve always been a fan of USA Basketball and to be part of the team would mean a lot to me." Lillard is on the bubble right now, but if Team USA anticipates rest days for Rose, that could help Lillard's cause. Stay tuned.
Source: USAB.com
Aug 22 - 5:57 PM

Darius Morris has signed a non-guaranteed contract to join the Portland Trailblazers training camp.

Morris was reportedly close to signing with Crvena Zvezda of the Euroleague, but will now get a shot to earn a spot with the Blazers. He has been bouncing around the NBA on various 10 day contracts and stints with the D-League and will likely take his talents overseas if he cannot latch on to an NBA team.
Aug 21 - 4:26 PM

The Blazers have reportedly signed G Diante Garrett to nonguaranteed training camp roster spot.

Garrett averaged 3.5 points and 1.7 assists through 71 games with the Jazz last season, so obviously he's not a fantasy option.
Aug 11 - 2:45 PM

The Blazers have reportedly signed James Southerland to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal.

The Blazers current roster is now at 16 players, and with the non-guaranteed part of his contract (and the other 15 players contracts being guaranteed) Southerland is highly unlikely to make the official roster when the season begins. Needless to say, he is not on the fantasy radar.
Aug 8 - 3:56 PM

Crvena Zvezda of the Euroleague is reportedly in talks to sign Darius Morris.

The deal is reportedly close to happening and would be for $450,000 next season. The 23-year-old has played with the Lakers, Clippers, 76ers, and Grizzlies over three NBA seasons and would hope to use his time in Serbia as a springboard towards a return to the NBA.
Source: Sportando
Aug 7 - 12:22 PM


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