Player News - Trail Blazers

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Trail Blazers F Thomas Robinson had surgery to repair a torn right thumb ligament on Tuesday, but he's expected to recover prior to training camp.

Robinson hurt himself during a Summer League game but the good news is that it's not severe enough to affect his regular-season outlook. He averaged 12.5 minutes off the bench last year and isn't likely to have a bigger role in 2014-15 while LaMarcus Aldridge is healthy.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 22 - 4:44 PM

Thomas Robinson will likely need surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb, and the recovery time would be approximately six weeks.

Thomas is seeking a second opinion on his right thumb, but surgery seems like the most likely scenario. That gives Robinson plenty of time to recover for training camp, and this will likely be a non-issue heading into next season. Robinson suffered the injury during Tuesday's Summer League game vs. the Hawks.
Source: NBC Sports
Jul 18 - 1:36 PM

The door hasn't been shut on LaMarcus Aldridge playing in the 2016 Olympics, according to the director of USA Basketball Jerry Colangelo.

It had been assumed that Aldridge may have basically forfeited his spot on the 2016 team after withdrawing from the 2014 FIBA World Cup due to rest purposes, but that may not be the case. "It’s not absolutely shut, but it’s premature to talk about the Olympics two years from now when for whatever reason, he turned down another opportunity," Jerry Colangelo said. "That’s just reality. I never close the door completely. I keep my options open. It was a surprise that he pulled out, but I never shut the door entirely on anyone." Whether or not he plays in the 2016 Olympics is a topic for a later day, but fantasy owners have to be excited that Aldridge is focused on the 2014-15 season.
Source: CSN NW
Jul 17 - 11:12 AM

Meyers Leonard (shoulder) made his Summer League debut on Tuesday, scoring seven points with zero rebounds, assists or blocks in 21 minutes.

Leonard also committed seven fouls and admitted afterward that he's out of shape. "My legs definitely felt really sluggish, and my lungs were burning," Leonard said. "I haven't done anything for a week as far as full-court contact and all that kind of stuff." He should be back up to speed before long, but faces stiff competition for playing time with Chris Kaman coming off the Blazers' bench behind Robin Lopez.
Jul 15 - 11:34 PM

Trail Blazers F Thomas Robinson (torn right thumb ligament) will miss the remainder of Summer League.

Robinson said after the game that X-rays were negative, but further tests revealed bad news for the Blazers' young PF. We'll consider him "out indefinitely" until the Blazers provide an official update.
Jul 15 - 9:31 PM

C.J. McCollum was remarkably efficient vs. the Hawks on Tuesday, making 10-of-16 from the field for 28 points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and six 3-pointers.

He had an effective field goal percentage of 105.6 for 19 points in the first half, but the Blazers took their foot off the gas in an easy win. McCollum has been fantastic on offense this summer and will be worth watching in deeper leagues.
Jul 15 - 5:50 PM

Thomas Robinson didn't return to Tuesday's game after leaving with a right hand or wrist injury.

Robinson was "visibly upset" and we can only hope that he didn't suffer serious damage. We'll pass along further updates as they become available. He left the game with eight points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals in 25 minutes of action.
Source: CSNNW.com
Jul 15 - 5:37 PM

The Dallas Mavericks are still hoping to land unrestricted free agent Mo Williams.

While the Mavericks would like to sign Williams, there isn't much money or playing time to go around in Dallas. Mavericks president Donnie Nelson admitted that Williams would likely have to take a pay cut as compared to what other teams are offering him and would be fighting for playing time behind Monta Ellis, Raymond Felton, and Devin Harris. "We’ve been trying to figure out a way to get Mo in a Maverick uniform for years now. He’s a Dallas guy, from Memphis but live in Dallas with his family, so we’re hopeful that we can work something out," Nelson said. It’s just how much of a pay cut are guys willing to look at and we’re understanding and respectful of the market place and there’s other places that may have more playing time and more financial flexibility that we do."
Jul 15 - 9:53 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge reportedly told USA Basketball Chairman and National Team Managing Director Jerry Colangelo that he was unavailable for the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

That's unfortunate as Aldridge was a lock to make the team. Aldridge had a career season last year, compiling impressive averages of 23.2 points, and 11.1 rebounds, both career-highs. This isn't the first time that Aldridge has withdrawn his name from competing for Team USA, and it's possible that this will cost him his opportunity to audition for Team USA's Olympic squad.
Jul 14 - 12:30 PM

C.J. McCollum scored 19 points with five boards, three assists, two steals, one turnover and one 3-pointer.

He made all six shots from the line and the Blazers continue to count on him as their go-to guy. They are probably not going to bring back Mo Williams, suggesting McCollum has some playing time coming his way.
Jul 13 - 10:55 PM

Meyers Leonard (shoulder) will miss his second consecutive Summer League game on Sunday.

Leonard's shoulder is strained but he'll test it again during Monday's practice, and Blazers assistant coach David Vanterpool said that Leonard will "be back before you know it." Leonard averaged 2.5 points and 2.8 rebounds last season and faces an even stiffer challenge to earn minutes now that Chris Kaman has been added to the Blazers' bench.
Source: CSNNW.com
Jul 13 - 3:47 PM

C.J. McCollum shot 4-of-11 from the field and 7-of-13 from the line for 16 points with one board, two assists, four steals and one 3-pointer.

His steals weren't cheapies either and his quick hands were on display. On the other end, McCollum was involved in a majority of the plays, which was the story last year as he led the summer league in shot attempts per game. Hopefully, he can stay healthy and get some more minutes in his second season.
Jul 12 - 7:07 PM

Thomas Robinson scored 17 points vs. the Knicks on Saturday to go with seven boards, one assist, one block and five turnovers.

He had one of the highest motors at summer league last year and it's carried over into this one. Robinson's weak-side help really jumps off the court and his focus on the offensive glass has helped him grow. With LaMarcus Aldridge likely sticking around for a while, he'll have a tough time getting run with the Blazers.
Jul 12 - 6:55 PM

Meyers Leonard (shoulder) will not play against the Knicks on Saturday.

He went through warmups and chatted with Wesley Matthews, but his minor shoulder injury will keep off the court. Leonard is looking at an important offseason and will face competition for minutes from Thomas Robinson and Joel Freeland.
Jul 12 - 4:07 PM

Blazers big man Joel Freeland will not compete with Great Britain in their EuroBasket qualifying event this summer.

Freeland will instead stay in Portland to train with the Blazers. He averaged 14 minutes off the bench before a knee injury shut him down last season, but he's now fully recovered and will also play for Portland's Summer League team in Las Vegas. The arrival of Chris Kaman makes Freeland an afterthought for fantasy owners.
Source: Oregonian
Jul 12 - 10:50 AM


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