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Blazersedge Aug 17, 2016

Do the Trail Blazers Have a Legitimate Third Option?

Portland Trail Blazers President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey re-signed all of his restricted free agents this summer and brought in Evan Turner to bolster the wing rotation. Who becomes the de facto third option behind guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum? Damian Lillard is an established All-Star, face of his franchise, and NBA media darling. He brings a serious scoring punch, leadership, entertainment, and swagger to a team devoid of it. CJ McCollum stepped on the scene last year and firmly planted his foot as option 1b, showing he's just as threatening on the ball as he is off...
Blazersedge Aug 16, 2016

Blazer's Edge talks with Rich Patterson, Radio Network Producer for the Portland Trail Blazers

Rich Patterson, Radio Network Producer for the Portland Trail Blazers, stops by the FANalyst podcast to talk radio, Blazer history, Portland Wrestling, and more! On this week’s FANalyst podcast, Jo is off in the Alaska Wilderness so Tara invited special guest Rich Patterson, Radio Network Producer for the Portland Trail Blazers to talk history, hoops and some Portland Wrestling. Rich shares stories about listening to the Shonz in the early days of the team, starting a permanent position with the team during the 1992 NBA finals, and how he came to be the guardian of hundreds of hours of...
Blazersedge Aug 16, 2016

Oregon DMV to Roll Out Portland Trail Blazers License Plates

The Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles is introducing promotional Trail Blazers license plates starting September 1st. For those hardcore fans out there that must own every possible bit of team paraphernalia, the Oregon DMV may have a new piece of team merchandise for you. The State of Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles announced that it will start rolling out Portland Trail Blazers license plates on September 1st, as first reported on NBA.com. The plates will cost $40 on top of the other associated licensing fees, applying to both the two-year and four-year registrations. All of that $40...
Blazersedge Aug 16, 2016

Portland Trail Blazers sign Grant Jerrett to training camp contract

The Blazers will bring in Grant Jerrett to training camp, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. The Portland Trail Blazers will bring another once-promising young player to training camp. Former University of Arizona standout Grant Jerrett will join the Blazers on a training camp deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. Portland has signed forward Grant Jerrett to a training camp deal, league source tells @TheVertical. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) August 16, 2016 Jerrett, 23, was drafted 40th overall by the Blazers in 2013. He was later traded to...
Blazersedge Aug 16, 2016

Which Trail Blazers Frontcourt Players Are Keepers?

A reader asks us to thin Portland's frontcourt to a manageable level. Here's who we'd keep. Today's Blazer's Edge Mailbag covers the logjam in the Portland Trail Blazers frontcourt. A reader is forcing us to thin the field. Would you answer the same way? Hey Dave, I just wanted to say thanks for what you've created at Blazer's Edge. I'm not gonna lie, I read blazer articles from oth*r sites as well. But there's a problem. I like reading comments about articles to get the collective thought and opinion, but I can't do that anywhere besides BE. Comments sections are full of guys saying how...
Blazersedge Aug 11, 2016

Do the Portland Trail Blazers Have the Assets to Acquire an All-Star?

After a summer spent re-signing young players to long contracts, the Portland Trail Blazers seem primed to make a consolidation trade. But do they have the right kind of trade pieces to make it happen? Blazer's Edge examines. The Portland Trail Blazers spent the summer stockpiling young players on long contracts. The team appears primed to make a "consolidation" trade for a third star to play alongside the starting backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. But does President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey have the right assets to pull off such a deal? Today, Blazer's Edge reviews...
Blazersedge Aug 7, 2016

CJ McCollum Focused On Defensive Improvement

Pleased to make Portland his long-term home, McCollum knows where his game needs to go from here. In a Q&A session with Oliver Maroney of Basketball Insiders, CJ McCollum revealed that his primary offseason goal is to improve on the defensive end. He and teammate Damian Lillard faced frequent criticism last season because of their combined defensive shortcomings in the backcourt, with some fans speculating that the Trail Blazers could not successfully build around the duo as a result. By strengthening his biggest weakness after receiving a 4-year extension, McCollum can help cement the...
Blazersedge Aug 5, 2016

Damian Lillard’s Contract Second Largest in NBA History

Portland Trail Blazers all-star Damian Lillard became the second most highly paid player in league history this summer. The biggest one was also signed last month. UPDATE (Aug. 6, 8:00 AM): The salary numbers reported by Joel Brigham do not agree with the Basketball Insiders salary page maintained by Eric Pincus. Per Pincus' numbers, Lillard's contract is actually for $139.9 million, which would give Lillard the third richest contract ever. H/T to commenter Sean M for pointing out the discrepancy. ************ Portland Trail Blazers Point Guard Damian Lillard spent the 2015-2016 season...
Blazersedge Aug 4, 2016

Damian Lillard Wins NBPA Best Teammate Award

Lillard was voted the best Trail Blazers teammate for the 2015-16 NBA season. Thursday afternoon the National Basketball Players Association announced their annual awards, the Players Voice Awards; among them the Best Teammate award. Winning the award for the Portland Trail Blazers was star point guard, Damian Lillard. The Players Voice Awards are voted on solely by NBA players and feature many unique categories: Best Dressed, Player You Secretly Wish Was On Your Team, Clutch Performer and Best Social Media Follow—in addition to MVP, Best Rookie, Best Defender and many others Here is a...
Bullets Forever Aug 4, 2016

John Wall and Bradley Beal’s early MVP odds for next season are quite low

The Wizards are coming off a 41-41 season, so you wouldn’t expect John Wall and Bradley Beal to factor heavily into the MVP discussion before we’ve gotten a chance to see if they’ve taken a step forward from last season. That said, the early odds for John Wall and Bradley Beal are ... not great. John Wall currently has 50/1 odds of winning MVP next season, according to Bovada. That puts him at the same odds as Draymond Green and last year’s Rookie of the Year, Karl-Anthony Towns. It puts him behind Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul, and Kyrie Irving among...
Blazersedge Jul 29, 2016

How Will The Portland Trail Blazers Build Around Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum?

The Blazers have locked in their two-man guard nucleus for the next five years. How will they put a winning team around it? Say what you will about the massive spending spree that Neil Olshey and the Trail Blazers have undertaken this July, but you can't deny one thing - this has been a summer of crystallization. It's been a summer of clarity. The Blazers went into this free agency period with a whole lot of salary cap space and a whole lot of question marks. They now have neither. Their money has been spent and their questions have been answered. Again: This is your team now. Perhaps no...