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  • Fansided: How Bradley Beal's max extension affects the Portland Trail Blazers

    The impending class of high profile free agents in 2021 is still two years away, yet the first domino has already fallen. Bradley Beal has made the decision to commit to Washington for an additional two years on a max extension, which will take him through the 2023 season. This move could change the future landscape for the Portland Trail Blazers in several ways.

    Despite the fact the Wizards have been stuck in relative NBA purgatory -- not advancing past the second round in the playoffs since 1979 -- Beal made a business-oriented decision to capitalize on his financial earnings while he still can.

    The impending class of high profile free agents in 2021 is still two years away, yet the first domino has already fallen. Bradley Beal has made the decision to commit to Washington for an additional two years on a max extension, which will take him through the 2023 season. This move could change the future landscape for the Portland Trail Blazers in several ways.

    Despite the fact the Wizards have been stuck in relative NBA purgatory -- not advancing past the second round in the playoffs since 1979 -- Beal made a business-oriented decision to capitalize on his financial earnings while he still can.

  • Blazer's Edge: Blazers' Bazemore Finds Peace in Post-Hawks Preparation

    Kent Bazemore, along with Hassan Whiteside, will headline the Trail Blazers' new group of veteran players looking to make a splash after a change scenery. Bazemore, a 30-year-old wing, is transiting from a re-building situation in Atlanta to a Portland squad focused on another postseason run.

    The Athletic's Jason Quick spoke with Bazemore about his mindset prior to the start of the regular season. Bazemore explained that he was focused on joining the Blazers long before the trade transpired.

    "I'm all about the law of attraction," Bazemore said.

    Kent Bazemore, along with Hassan Whiteside, will headline the Trail Blazers' new group of veteran players looking to make a splash after a change scenery. Bazemore, a 30-year-old wing, is transiting from a re-building situation in Atlanta to a Portland squad focused on another postseason run.

    The Athletic's Jason Quick spoke with Bazemore about his mindset prior to the start of the regular season. Bazemore explained that he was focused on joining the Blazers long before the trade transpired.

    "I'm all about the law of attraction," Bazemore said.

  • Blazer's Edge: Blazers' Olshey on Roster Building: 'More Art Than Science'

    The Trail Blazers have blossomed into a perennial playoff team under a three-columned foundation of leadership. President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey, Head Coach Terry Stotts and star player Damian Lillard have combined to form an organization that has garnered a positive reputation for its culture.

    During an interview on SiriusXM, Olshey discussed his views on team building.

    "I mean, there's an art to this, and this is way more art than it is science. And I think it gets overstated. I think there was a time in the league where it was the next frontier [analytics-driven pursuits], and I think now you see people coming back more to gut instinct and knowing what players are going to work.

    The Trail Blazers have blossomed into a perennial playoff team under a three-columned foundation of leadership. President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey, Head Coach Terry Stotts and star player Damian Lillard have combined to form an organization that has garnered a positive reputation for its culture.

    During an interview on SiriusXM, Olshey discussed his views on team building.

    "I mean, there's an art to this, and this is way more art than it is science. And I think it gets overstated. I think there was a time in the league where it was the next frontier [analytics-driven pursuits], and I think now you see people coming back more to gut instinct and knowing what players are going to work.

  • Blazer's Edge: Blazers, Northwest Division Ranked Near Top of NBA

    The Trail Blazers are set to compete in a stacked Northwest Division in the fast-approaching 2019-20 regular season. Along with the Blazers, the Jazz and Nuggets have bolstered their rosters over the summer in hopes entering title contention.

    Regardless of reduced importance of divisions, CBS Sports Colin Ward-Henninger ranked each division's strength before the start of the season. Ward-Henninger placed the Northwest Division at No. 3 on the list.

    The ranking pointed to the Jazz and Nuggets as the toughest contenders, with the Blazers' proven track record cementing the Northwest's place on the list.

    The Trail Blazers are set to compete in a stacked Northwest Division in the fast-approaching 2019-20 regular season. Along with the Blazers, the Jazz and Nuggets have bolstered their rosters over the summer in hopes entering title contention.

    Regardless of reduced importance of divisions, CBS Sports Colin Ward-Henninger ranked each division's strength before the start of the season. Ward-Henninger placed the Northwest Division at No. 3 on the list.

    The ranking pointed to the Jazz and Nuggets as the toughest contenders, with the Blazers' proven track record cementing the Northwest's place on the list.

  • Fansided: NBA Rumors: Would Domantas Sabonis make a good fit on the Portland Trail Blazers?

    In his heyday, Arvydas Sabonis was one of the most interesting players the sport of basketball has ever seen. Although he did probably wait a little too long to make his jump to the NBA and join the Portland Trail Blazers, there's very few players in team history Portland holds in higher regard. While his playing days in the league were limited, he has offered us basketball fans one final gift: a son.

    Yes, Domantas Sabonis is the heir to his father's basketball legacy. While things have thus far been a work in progress, he has clearly demonstrated rapid signs of improvement and could one day become an integral part of a championship contender...

    ... But just not with the Indiana Pacers.

    In his heyday, Arvydas Sabonis was one of the most interesting players the sport of basketball has ever seen. Although he did probably wait a little too long to make his jump to the NBA and join the Portland Trail Blazers, there's very few players in team history Portland holds in higher regard. While his playing days in the league were limited, he has offered us basketball fans one final gift: a son.

    Yes, Domantas Sabonis is the heir to his father's basketball legacy. While things have thus far been a work in progress, he has clearly demonstrated rapid signs of improvement and could one day become an integral part of a championship contender...

    ... But just not with the Indiana Pacers.

  • Fansided: Portland Trail Blazers: Signing Moses Brown was a sneaky good decision

    Rewarding his solid preseason performance, the Portland Trail Blazers have pulled the trigger and signed Moses Brown to their final available two-way contract spot. He clearly pulled ahead of the pack of other preseason additions such as London Perrantes and Troy Caupain.

    Despite being the No. 15 top ranked player in the 2018 recruiting class (per ESPN), Brown went undrafted after playing one year at UCLA. While with the Bruins, Moses averaged 9.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in just 23.4 minutes per game. He also tallied nine double-doubles in his freshman season.

    Rewarding his solid preseason performance, the Portland Trail Blazers have pulled the trigger and signed Moses Brown to their final available two-way contract spot. He clearly pulled ahead of the pack of other preseason additions such as London Perrantes and Troy Caupain.

    Despite being the No. 15 top ranked player in the 2018 recruiting class (per ESPN), Brown went undrafted after playing one year at UCLA. While with the Bruins, Moses averaged 9.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in just 23.4 minutes per game. He also tallied nine double-doubles in his freshman season.

  • Fansided: Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard on track to be all-time free throw percentage leader

    Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard is a dead eye shooter and will go down as one of the greatest shooters to ever grace an NBA court. He earns a lot of his points at the line, and like contemporary Stephen Curry he has one of the highest free throw percentages in NBA history. Lillard himself is at 88.89 percent - good enough for 11th all-time. How far away is he from reaching the top and who is in his way?

    Orlando Magic guard Scott Skiles is only slightly ahead of Lillard at 88.

    Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard is a dead eye shooter and will go down as one of the greatest shooters to ever grace an NBA court. He earns a lot of his points at the line, and like contemporary Stephen Curry he has one of the highest free throw percentages in NBA history. Lillard himself is at 88.89 percent - good enough for 11th all-time. How far away is he from reaching the top and who is in his way?

    Orlando Magic guard Scott Skiles is only slightly ahead of Lillard at 88.

  • Fansided: Portland Trail Blazers: Executives think Damian Lillard is NBA's best leader

    Although fans of the Portland Trail Blazers have known for quite some time now, Damian Lillard is finally putting the rest of the league on notice. His dynamic personality and leadership ability is what makes this team so special.

    Each year, the NBA surveys the league's executives on some hot topic questions. However, they are not allowed to pick their own team or players, which gives a more accurate depiction of the consensus opinion.

    When prompted on which player they felt is the best leader, a resounding 41 percent of executives chose Lillard.

    Although fans of the Portland Trail Blazers have known for quite some time now, Damian Lillard is finally putting the rest of the league on notice. His dynamic personality and leadership ability is what makes this team so special.

    Each year, the NBA surveys the league's executives on some hot topic questions. However, they are not allowed to pick their own team or players, which gives a more accurate depiction of the consensus opinion.

    When prompted on which player they felt is the best leader, a resounding 41 percent of executives chose Lillard.

  • Official Site of the Blazers: PODCAST >> Rip City Report, 2019-20 Season Preview Edition

    Greetings Trail Blazers fans. WIth preseason in the books and the home/regular season opener scheduled for Wednesday, it was time to get into the Moda Center studios to record the 2019-20 season preview edition of the Rip City Report. Give it a listen...

    In this, our 176th edition, Joe Freeman and I look at where the Trail Blazers stand heading into the 2019-20 regular season, give our opinions on whether Portland will win 50 games this season and where they'll finish in the West, predict both Western and Easter Conference standings and NBA awards, debate which player will be the Blazers' third-leading scorer and how many games Jusuf Nurkic might play an extended edition of "Walton or Oden.

    Greetings Trail Blazers fans. WIth preseason in the books and the home/regular season opener scheduled for Wednesday, it was time to get into the Moda Center studios to record the 2019-20 season preview edition of the Rip City Report. Give it a listen...

    In this, our 176th edition, Joe Freeman and I look at where the Trail Blazers stand heading into the 2019-20 regular season, give our opinions on whether Portland will win 50 games this season and where they'll finish in the West, predict both Western and Easter Conference standings and NBA awards, debate which player will be the Blazers' third-leading scorer and how many games Jusuf Nurkic might play an extended edition of "Walton or Oden.

  • Blazer's Edge: Colin Cowherd Picks Trail Blazers 6th in West, Predicts Trade

    The Portland Trail Blazers will finish sixth in the NBA Western Conference in 2019-20 according to Colin Cowherd of Fox Sports. The long-time radio personality, who once graced the local airwaves in Portland, has the Blazers behind the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz, as well as the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, and the Golden State Warriors.

    Cowherd made his claim on his daily radio show, with the clip rebroadcast on Twitter.

    Of the Blazers, Cowherd says:

    Dark horse team to win the West is Portland.

    The Portland Trail Blazers will finish sixth in the NBA Western Conference in 2019-20 according to Colin Cowherd of Fox Sports. The long-time radio personality, who once graced the local airwaves in Portland, has the Blazers behind the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz, as well as the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, and the Golden State Warriors.

    Cowherd made his claim on his daily radio show, with the clip rebroadcast on Twitter.

    Of the Blazers, Cowherd says:

    Dark horse team to win the West is Portland.

  • Official Site of the Blazers: Trail Blazers Convert Moses Brown To Two-Way Contract

    PORTLAND, Ore. (October 18, 2019) -The Portland Trail Blazers have exercised the two-way player conversion option in the contract of center Moses Brown, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.

    Brown, 20, appeared in all five preseason games for the Trail Blazers, posting averages of 5.2 points (69.2% FG, 61.5% FT), 2.2 rebounds and 1.00 block in 6.9 minutes per game.

    A rookie out of UCLA, Brown (7-1, 245) went undrafted in the 2019 NBA Draft. During his lone season at UCLA, Brown averaged 9.7 points (60.7% FG), 8.3 rebounds, 0.

    PORTLAND, Ore. (October 18, 2019) -The Portland Trail Blazers have exercised the two-way player conversion option in the contract of center Moses Brown, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.

    Brown, 20, appeared in all five preseason games for the Trail Blazers, posting averages of 5.2 points (69.2% FG, 61.5% FT), 2.2 rebounds and 1.00 block in 6.9 minutes per game.

    A rookie out of UCLA, Brown (7-1, 245) went undrafted in the 2019 NBA Draft. During his lone season at UCLA, Brown averaged 9.7 points (60.7% FG), 8.3 rebounds, 0.

  • Official Site of the Blazers: Trail Blazers Waive Blevins, Caupain and Perrantes

    PORTLAND, Ore. (October 18, 2019) -The Portland Trail Blazers have waived forward Keljin Blevins and guards Troy Caupain and London Perrantes, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.

    All three players were signed to training camp contracts in September.

    Blevins, 23, averaged 4.3 points 0.8 rebounds and 0.3 assists in 28 total minutes during four preseason appearances.

    Caupain, 23, posted averages of 3.2 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 48 total minutes in five preseason games.

    Perrantes, 25, appeared in all five preseason games, amassing totals of four points, one rebound and 10 assists in 43 minutes.

    PORTLAND, Ore. (October 18, 2019) -The Portland Trail Blazers have waived forward Keljin Blevins and guards Troy Caupain and London Perrantes, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.

    All three players were signed to training camp contracts in September.

    Blevins, 23, averaged 4.3 points 0.8 rebounds and 0.3 assists in 28 total minutes during four preseason appearances.

    Caupain, 23, posted averages of 3.2 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 48 total minutes in five preseason games.

    Perrantes, 25, appeared in all five preseason games, amassing totals of four points, one rebound and 10 assists in 43 minutes.

  • Blazer's Edge: Zach Lowe Forecasts Trail Blazers Trading for Star Big Men

    Zach Lowe of ESPN is predicting that the Portland Trail Blazers will make a mid-season move to acquire a star power forward or center. The prediction comes in the midst of 35 prognostications about the NBA in 2019-20.

    Lowe places forward Zach Collins and guard Anfernee Simons off-limits as trade bait for the Blazers, but suggests that Nassir Little, Gary Trent Jr., and first-round picks could be in play alongside whatever expiring contracts are necessary to get a deal done.

    Lowe starts with a familiar target and a new-ish name:

    [Kevin] Love has been mentioned most (guilty!

    Zach Lowe of ESPN is predicting that the Portland Trail Blazers will make a mid-season move to acquire a star power forward or center. The prediction comes in the midst of 35 prognostications about the NBA in 2019-20.

    Lowe places forward Zach Collins and guard Anfernee Simons off-limits as trade bait for the Blazers, but suggests that Nassir Little, Gary Trent Jr., and first-round picks could be in play alongside whatever expiring contracts are necessary to get a deal done.

    Lowe starts with a familiar target and a new-ish name:

    [Kevin] Love has been mentioned most (guilty!

  • Blazer's Edge: The Biggest Question Facing the Trail Blazers This Season

    After a series spanning two weeks, today we reach the last of 9 questions facing the Portland Trail Blazers as they enter the 2019-20 regular season. We all surmise that Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum are going to be as fantastic as ever this year. With half the remaining roster new this year, what other issues and challenges could the Blazers face?

    So far we've covered these questions:

    Now we finally reach the #1 question of the year...

    The Blazers were cruising towards the 2019 NBA Playoffs with high hopes last March when starting center Jusuf Nurkic went down with a fractured leg.

    After a series spanning two weeks, today we reach the last of 9 questions facing the Portland Trail Blazers as they enter the 2019-20 regular season. We all surmise that Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum are going to be as fantastic as ever this year. With half the remaining roster new this year, what other issues and challenges could the Blazers face?

    So far we've covered these questions:

    Now we finally reach the #1 question of the year...

    The Blazers were cruising towards the 2019 NBA Playoffs with high hopes last March when starting center Jusuf Nurkic went down with a fractured leg.

  • Fansided: Portland Trail Blazers: Mario Hezonja puts together excellent preseason

    Back in late June, Mario Hezonja surprised many when he opted to come to the Portland Trail Blazers on a minimum deal instead of seeking out more money on a short-term deal with a tanking team. It should have been obvious then that Hezonja was serious about improving his game, but he was still a huge question mark.

    So far in his very short stint with the Blazers, 'Super Mario' has looked like a man on a mission. While everyone has had their eyes tuned in on Zach Collins and Anfernee Simons to be the x-factor in the upcoming season, so far it's actually been Hezonja who had the biggest on-court impact.

    Back in late June, Mario Hezonja surprised many when he opted to come to the Portland Trail Blazers on a minimum deal instead of seeking out more money on a short-term deal with a tanking team. It should have been obvious then that Hezonja was serious about improving his game, but he was still a huge question mark.

    So far in his very short stint with the Blazers, 'Super Mario' has looked like a man on a mission. While everyone has had their eyes tuned in on Zach Collins and Anfernee Simons to be the x-factor in the upcoming season, so far it's actually been Hezonja who had the biggest on-court impact.

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