Player News - Trail Blazers

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The Hawks have received permission to meet with Trail Blazers assistant Nate Tibbetts, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The Hawks parted ways with former head coach Mike Budenholzer earlier this week, and Wojnarowski is reporting that Tibbetts is a "serious candidate" to replace Budenholzer.
Apr 27 - 11:14 AM

Damian Lillard shot down the idea of Portland trading C.J. McCollum.

"I mean, I don't agree with it. I think it's that simple," Lillard said. "That's the easiest thing to say, but I don't agree with it." The Lillard and McCollum duo had a net rating of 4.8 during the regular season, but that number dropped to -12.7 during the playoffs and they were outplayed by Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo. Lillard still believes that the Blazers can turn things around and become a contender just like the Warriors did after their first round loss to the Clippers in 2014. "I honestly feel like our team is capable of something like that," Lillard said.
Source: Real GM
Apr 23 - 12:17 PM

Ed Davis said he "100%" wants to re-sign with the Blazers.

Jusuf Nurkic will be a restricted free agent and Davis will be unrestricted, but the Blazers already have $110.5 million in guaranteed salary on the books and likely can't afford to keep both. Davis gave the Portland second unit a huge lift this season, posting averages of 5.3 points, 7.4 boards and 0.7 blocks in 18.9 minutes. If Davis does return and Nurkic doesn't, we'd rather take a flier on Zach Collins.
Source: Oregon Live
Apr 23 - 12:10 PM

Jusuf Nurkic said he would like to remain in Portland next season.

"I want to be here," he said. "It's no secret." Nurkic will be a restricted free agent this summer, but the Blazers already have $110.5 million in guaranteed money on the books. The Blazers have some intriguing young talent behind Nurk in Zach Collins and Caleb Swanigan, so it wouldn't be a surprise if they let him walk if his price gets out of hand. After a monster finish to the 2016-17 season, Nurkic didn't live up to expectations in 2017-18.
Source: Oregon Live
Apr 23 - 9:56 AM

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, "the mumurs have already started in coaching circles that 10 consecutive playoffs defeats will cost Terry Stotts his job in Portland."

Stein adds that Orlando would pounce on coach Stotts immediately. Despite Stotts getting his rear handed to him in this series, he's one of the best coaches in the NBA for Xs and Os, and of course he led the Blazers to a No. 3 seed in the stacked Western Conference.
Apr 21 - 8:40 PM

C.J. McCollum scored 38 points during a season-ending 131-123 loss to the Pelicans in Game 4 on Saturday, adding two rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 45 minutes.

He kept the Blazers in it with 25 points in the second half, but there was just too much Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis. Overall this season, McCollum did take a step back this year after improvements in the previous two seasons, but he could improve at age 26. Additionally, the Blazers are kind of stuck with their roster as is, so there may be some trade rumors on one of the NBA's best shooting guards.
Apr 21 - 7:52 PM

Damian Lillard scored 19 points with five rebounds, six assists, two steals and one 3-pointer during a 131-123 loss to the Pelicans on Saturday.

He's almost certainly going to finish in the top five for MVP and he has an excellent shot to be First Team All-NBA, but he couldn't handle all the traps and doubles he saw in this series. Simply put, Lillard and C.J. McCollum need some help on the wing to help prevent teams from doing this routinely next season. Additionally, this isn't a coach Terry Stotts issue because of the lack of roster balance. Whatever happens, Dame will be a top-10 fantasy pick next year.
Apr 21 - 7:52 PM

Jusuf Nurkic scored 18 points with 11 rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks in 33 minutes before fouling out against the Pelicans on Saturday.

He played much better than he had in the previous three games, but Anthony Davis is just too good. The Blazers are in a tough spot to bring Nurkic back because of their cap space issues, but overall his season was a mild letdown after an appetizing 2016-17 post-break run.
Apr 21 - 7:50 PM

Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Evan Turner, Al-Farouq Aminu and Jusuf Nurkic will start against the Pelicans on Saturday.

Turner is getting over his toe injury and he will have a small metal plate in his shoe to protect this injury. It's also mildly interesting that Jusuf Nurkic is starting again after getting owned all series. Expect Turner and Shabazz Napier to play more minutes with Moe Harkless out.
Apr 21 - 4:21 PM

Evan Turner (toe) is available to play vs. the Pelicans on Saturday.

He'll almost certainly be starting with the Blazers needing someone to replace Moe Harkless. Besides Turner, Shabazz Napier could see some additional run and he may even be a candidate to start because the Blazers need to make some changes. Turner would be risky to play in DFS, but he has options.
Apr 21 - 3:32 PM

Moe Harkless (knee) will not play in Game 4 against the Pelicans on Saturday.

Even though Evan Turner will be out there, it's bad news for the Blazers that they won't have Harkless. The Blazers need some additional ball handlers to help out the backcourt, so we may see some extra Shabazz Napier to take pressure off Damian Lillard.
Apr 21 - 3:30 PM

Moe Harkless (knee) is questionable for Game 4 against the Pelicans on Saturday.

He did not play well in Thursday's loss and he took a step back. Perhaps he's dealing with soreness from his surgery last month. If Harkless can't go and Evan Turner is limited, Pat Connaughton and Shabazz Napier will play more.
Apr 20 - 3:18 PM

Moe Harkless (left knee) and Evan Turner (right toe) are both questionable for Game 4 against the Pelicans on Saturday.

Turner looked to have gone through portions of practice on Friday, so he may have a shot to play after sitting out for Game 3. The Blazers are going to need help on offense from players not named Damian Lillard because Dame continues to get trapped. Turner could be a DFS play, but not being 100 percent makes him risky.
Apr 20 - 3:16 PM

Damian Lillard made 5-of-14 from the field for 20 points with three rebounds, two assists, eight turnovers and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes during a loss to the Pelicans on Thursday.

Yeah, the Blazers are about done and a lot of it is on Dame. He keeps dribbling into double teams and Jrue Holiday has dominated him in basically every facet. Since Game 1, coach Terry Stotts has needed to find a way to get Dame off Jrue and it still hasn't happened yet. The Blazers are down 0-3 and will have to start a miracle comeback in New Orleans on Saturday.
Apr 19 - 11:33 PM

Jusuf Nurkic scored five points with seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in 20 minutes against the Pelicans on Thursday.

Coach Terry Stotts almost has to bench him for Game 4 because he's been torched game after game. Nurkic really shouldn't guard Anthony Davis at any point for the rest of this series and it wouldn't be a total shock to see him be a DNP-CD. You really can't use him in DFS because he'll be on a short leash.
Apr 19 - 11:32 PM


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