Player News - Trail Blazers

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Portland will retain Wade Baldwin and guarantee his contract for next season.

Baldwin played well for the Blazers summer league entry, averaging 13.3 points, 7.7 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals over their first six contests. However, with Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum on the roster, and Seth Curry signed this offseason as well, Baldwin is not expected to receive consistent minutes and can be ignored in standard fantasy formats.
Jul 19 - 1:02 PM

The Blazers waived center Georgios Papagiannis late on Tuesday night.

He says he'll sign a deal to play in Greece this season, meaning his NBA career has been put on hold, at least for now. He wasn't going to play much with Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins ready to roll.
Jul 18 - 12:03 AM

K.J. McDaniels came off the bench and hit 8-of-14 shots for a team-high 17 points, seven rebounds and a block in 20 minutes of Tuesday's Vegas title game, which the Blazers easily won 91-73. He was named the Championship MVP.

The Lakers were gassed and never got into this game, while the Blazers ran out nine players with solid NBA experience to take the title. McDaniels had an emphatic dunk late in the game and played well, but should be nothing more than a role player for Portland once the games start actually counting, and assuming he makes the team.
Jul 17 - 11:57 PM

Georgios Papagiannis is reportedly close to signing a three-year deal with Panathinaikos in Greece.

The Blazer have until July 19th to guarantee his contract for the 2018-19 season. Portland is expected to pass, allowing Papagiannis to sign overseas.
Jul 17 - 9:25 AM

Zach Collins played 28 minutes and hit 5-of-11 shots for 13 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks in Monday's 97-92 win over the Grizzlies.

He played quite well with a mask on his face and his ankle looked fine for this one. Collins figures to be Jusuf Nurkic's primary backup at center, while Caleb Swanigan could also see minutes in the middle for the Blazers this year. But you'd have to be in a pretty deep fantasy league for Collins to be on your radar on draft night. At least, for now.
Jul 17 - 1:10 AM

Wade Baldwin started, but hit just 2-of-13 shots for eight points, four rebounds and four assists in 25 minutes of Monday's win over the Grizzlies.

Baldwin is hoping for a backup point guard job in Portland, but even if it happens, Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum are going to hold him back, barring injury. And his shooting performance tonight was dreadful.
Jul 17 - 1:07 AM

Archie Goodwin hit 4-of-5 shots and 14-of-16 free throws to score 22 points in just 19 minutes of Monday's 97-92 Summer League win over the Grizzlies.

Goodwin was waived by the Blazers in training camp last year so he's simply trying to make the team. He was nice offensively, making his mark by getting to the hoop and drawing fouls tonight, but he has a long way to go if he's going to make any noise for the Blazers this season. Especially with Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum standing in the way.
Jul 17 - 1:05 AM

Caleb Swanigan hit 9-of-13 shots and a 3-pointer on his way to 21 points, 16 rebounds and a block in Monday's 97-92 SL win over the Grizzlies.

The Blazers will face the Lakers in the championship game in Vegas on Tuesday night, marking the second straight year the two have played in the Final. Swanigan, known as Biggie in Portland, has had a nice summer, but tonight was easily his best and most efficient night. The Blazers aren't exactly deep at power forward, so Swanigan could make some fantasy noise next season. Let's see what he does in training camp and the preseason.
Jul 17 - 1:03 AM

Wade Baldwin had 14 points, 10 assists, one rebound and one steal vs. the Celtics on Sunday, making 6-of-12 shots with one 3-pointer.

Blazers GM Neil Olshey spoke about Baldwin during the telecast and gave the impression that his $1.5 million salary will be guaranteed -- Portland has until July 19 to make a final decision. Even if he does earn backup PG minutes, though, it's hard to see him emerging as a fantasy asset with Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum and Seth Curry on the roster.
Jul 15 - 9:48 PM

According to reports, Georgios Papagiannis is more likely to return to Europe than to continue playing with the Blazers.

He's on contract through the 2018-19 season, but it seems the likely scenario is that he returns to play in Greece. Papagiannis is expected to get heavy interest from his former team Panathinaikos and Olympiacos, where David Blatt is the head coach. Papa G only logged four minutes for Portland, so this shouldn't hurt the Blazers too much if he does decide to leave.
Source: Hoops Hype
Jul 15 - 10:19 AM

Summer league coach Jim Moran said the Blazers need Gary Trent Jr. to make shots.

"And the majority of his shots have been good," Moran said. "He’s not out here jacking bad threes or forcing stuff. Most of stuff he’s shooting is coming out the flow of our system, so I’m happy with it.’’ Last weekend, coach Terry Stotts said the Blazers really need to add shooting to their rotation, and general manager Neil Olshey has also said that he expects Trent to make an immediate impact. Based on all three of these quotes, Trent should have an opportunity to be the ninth man in the rotation.
Source: CSN NW
Jul 11 - 7:00 PM

Caleb Swanigan did a little bit of everything during Tuesday's Summer League win over the Spurs, tallying 12 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two steals over 27 minutes.

The counting stats were nice, but Swanigan struggled from an efficiency standpoint, going 2-of-10 from the field while committing five turnovers. The Blazers don't have a ton of depth at the four-spot, so Biggie could have a meaningful role in the rotation next year. He's someone we'll be watching closely through the preseason.
Jul 10 - 6:03 PM

Anfernee Simons came through with eight points and three rebounds in Tuesday's Summer League win over the Spurs.

Simons got his first Summer League start in this one, but he struggled to get his shot to drop, going 4-of-13 from the field and he missed all three of his attempts from long-range. Simons is a remarkable athlete, but he was also one of the youngest players in the 2018 draft and he doesn't look quite ready to contribute in a meaningful way to fantasy hoops his rookie year.
Jul 10 - 5:59 PM

Zach Collins (right ankle) will not play in Tuesday's Summer League game against the Spurs.

Collins was forced out of Sunday's game after tweaking his ankle, and while he said he didn't anticipate to miss any time, Portland management will err on the side of caution with these exhibition games. The ankle injury seems pretty minor, so we could see him again at Summer League. Georgis Papagiannis should get some extra burn with Collins unavailable today.
Jul 10 - 3:43 PM

The final year (2021-22) of Jusuf Nurkic's four-year contract is only partially guaranteed for $4 million.

Nurk's deal has a base value of $48 million, but can climb up to $54 million if he hits the incentives clauses in the contract. However, those incentives are reportedly difficult to reach. The final season being guaranteed for only $4 million gives the Blazers some potential flexibility should Nurkic not live up to expectations.
Jul 10 - 11:01 AM


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