Player News - Trail Blazers

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Jusuf Nurkic posted a 19-point, 15-board double-double in Sunday's 85-80 loss to the Czech Republic.

Bosnia and Herzegovina haven't fared all that well at the World Cup Qualifiers, with Nurkic's National Team owning a 2-6 record, but at least he'll come into camp fit. He could see an increase in minutes next season with Ed Davis no longer around, although he'll still need to fend off Zach Collins. He could be a nice value pick towards the later rounds on draft day.
Sep 16 - 5:18 PM

Damian Lillard said it would be "an honor to be a lifetime Blazer."

"Not a lot of guys get to play for one organization for their entire career," Lillard said. He's from Oakland and this summer has involved a lot of Blazers-Warriors talk with C.J. McCollum's pod with Kevin Durant -- he's trying, Jennifer. As for Dame, he'll have a chance to lead the NBA in scoring this year after almost hitting 29 points per game after the break last year. He's locked in as top-eight pick in all leagues.
Sep 6 - 7:44 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu will join the Nigerian national team for the World Cup qualifiers in late September.

Blazers writer Casey Holdahl notes that Nigeria has won their past six group-play games by an average of 36.3 points. The upcoming games are being played in Nigeria, though, which led Aminu to tell ESPN, "I realized there was a need for me to play." It appears he has the Blazers' blessing to participate, and if nothing else it'll be a good tune-up prior to the season.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 6 - 4:49 PM

Cameron Oliver has signed a training camp deal with Portland.

Oliver will audition for a regular-season roster spot at camp, but he's likely bound for the G-League.
Source: Columbian
Sep 5 - 11:37 AM

Gary Payton II has signed a training camp deal with the Trail Blazers.

With three point guards already on the roster on guaranteed contracts, it'll be tough for Payton II to last past camp.
Source: Columbian
Sep 5 - 11:35 AM

Chinanu Onuaku, Cam Oliver and Gary Payton II have agreed to training camp deals with Portland according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Blazers already have 15 players on guaranteed deals for 2018-19, so all of these guys are a long-shot to make the regular-season roster.

The Mavs have officially waived C Chinanu Onuaku.

Onuaku was sent to Dallas in a cost-cutting move by Houston, but the Mavericks never had any intention of keeping him on the roster. He should be able to get a camp invite, but there are no guarantees he'll be on a regular-season roster when the 2018-19 season tips.
Aug 6 - 5:21 PM

Blazers GM Neil Olshey expressed confidence that offseason signing Seth Curry will fit well in a backcourt anchored by Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum.

Sidelined for the entire 2017-18 season due to a stress fracture in his left tibia, Curry signed a two-year deal with the Blazers last month. With Curry back to full strength, Olshey believes the combo guard can get back to the form that saw him average 12.8 points per game during the 2016-17 campaign. "Seth had a great year two years ago, he’s 100 percent healthy, he’s a big-time shooter, he knows how to play," Olshey said. "[T]he key with that position is ... they have to be able to play with and behind [Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum] equally. And we think Seth can do that."
Source: Blazers.com
Aug 5 - 8:46 PM

Blazers GM Neil Olshey spoke highly of Zach Collins for adding weight and muscle "without losing his quickness."

The Blazers big man also drew praise for his defense, with Olshey noting that he allowed an average of 0.227 points per possession as a primary defender during Summer League, the stingiest number among 450 players. "I think a lot of [Collins' defense] has to do with how much stronger he is," Olshey said. "He can hold his ground in the post. He absorbs contact at the rim with verticality." Olshey also hinted that Collins' shooting range is one reason why the team was comfortable with losing Ed Davis via free agency, so expect him to get more looks from deep this season.
Source: Blazers.com
Aug 5 - 8:19 PM

The Mavs will waive Chinanu Onuaku.

The Rockets traded Onuaku away officially today, and the Mavs let him go now to clear the way to officially sign Devin Harris.
Aug 2 - 5:04 PM

The Rockets have traded Chinanu Onuaku to the Dallas Mavericks for cash, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

It's just a salary dump to add what is likely a protected second-round pick, presumably to make room for Carmelo Anthony. Onuaku is known for his underhanded free throws, but he hasn't made much of an impact in the NBA yet.
Aug 1 - 4:38 PM

Damian Lillard has returned home after attending Team USA minicamp.

He had other summer commitments, so it was understood that he would only attend the first portion. Lillard is healthy, so his early departure is likely related to his newborn son. Lillard will be in his high-volume role again as he comes off his first All-NBA team at age 28. Coach Terry Stotts has emphasized that the Blazers need to shoot more 3-pointers, so Dame should be in the top five for 3-pointers again and perhaps assisting on more treys, too. He's easily a top-eight pick in standard leagues.
Jul 27 - 3:52 PM

Jusuf Nurkic announced he'll play for Bosnia and Herzegovina in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European Qualifiers in September.

The Bosnian Beast is coming off an underwhelming year, and recently teammate C.J. McCollum had to defend him on his podcast as McCollum talked up Nurk after Kevin Durant rubbed it in how the Warriors added DeMarcus Cousins. Nurkic isn't going to have Ed Davis behind him this year after Davis took some of Nurk's minutes in the second half, so Nurkic should have a slightly longer leash unless Zach Collins or Caleb Swanigan step up.
Source: FIBA
Jul 25 - 6:56 PM

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


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