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Rip City Report podcast: The LaMarcus Aldridge departure; first impressions of Blazers' new-look roster

Rip City Report podcast: The LaMarcus Aldridge departure; first impressions of Blazers' new-look roster

In the latest edition of the Rip City Report podcast, Joe and Casey touch on a host of topics, including the LaMarcus Aldridge exodus and its ripple effect on the roster and a review of summer league and first impressions on Noah Vonleh, Pat Connaughton and Allen Crabbe.
Pounding The Rock Jul 23, 2015

A Spurs farewell to Tiago Splitter

Our photochops will never be the same without you. Tiago Splitter (2010-2015) (artwork courtesy of Michal Dye) Unlike the other Spurs we bid adieu this off-season, Splitter didn't have a say in the matter. He was traded to the Hawks in a cost-cutting move to make salary cap room for LaMarcus Aldridge. While the destination was something of a surprise --though in retrospect it shouldn't have been-- Splitter being flipped was the rare PATFO maneuver we saw coming a mile away. He handled it like a pro and with class like you knew he would, thanking the team and the fans, and I'm very happy...
Blazersedge Jul 20, 2015

Examining Free Agent Acquisition Ed Davis

The Blazers signed free agent power forward Ed Davis to a three-year, $20 million contract this summer. What does he bring to the table, and how will he fit in with Portland's rebuilt roster? Two days before LaMarcus Aldridge announced his intentions to sign with the Spurs earlier this month, the Trail Blazers' front office somewhat quietly agreed to terms on a three-year, $20 million deal with free agent big man Ed Davis. Following forward Al-Farouq Aminu's signing a day prior and amid the uncertainty surrounding the team at the time, the addition of the 26-year-old Davis didn't seem to...

Resetting the Western Conference

Between the LaMarcus Aldridge Sweepstakes and the DeAndre Jordan Debacle, there was no shortage of drama in this year's free agent period. With the dust nearly settled, the Western Conference looks as formidable as ever. Express-News staff writer Dan McCarney looks at where each team stands following two weeks of whirlwind activity.
Pounding The Rock Jul 19, 2015

July's top Spurs stories

It's been quite an eventful offseason for the Spurs, who saw as much roster change in two weeks as they've seen for what seems like half a decade. They snatched the biggest free agent in LaMarcus Aldridge and became the co-favorites to win the West in 2015-16. Here's what pundits had to say about free agency and more. Free Agency Links: If you're not done reveling in the signings the Spurs made. Zach Lowe wrote about the winners and losers of Free-Agency: I've seen some hand-wringing over how Aldridge's ball-stopping post-ups fit into the Spurs' beautiful game, and about the depth...
Blazersedge Jul 14, 2015

Is the Free Agency Moratorium Week Good for the NBA?

The Blazer's Edge staff discusses the pleasant and perilous aspects of the moratorium system. The following is a conversation between Blazer's Edge staff members about the NBA moratorium period. We began last Thursday night and present it to you today. Dave Deckard This has been a zoo. A madhouse, even. From the anticipation of LaMarcus Aldridge signing to the drawn-out circus of his eternal meeting cycle to the dominoes falling after him (and then re-falling in the case of DeAndre Jordan switching back to the Clippers from the Mavericks), this is the craziest moratorium period we've ever...

Jenkins: Champs need clean slate, West says

LAS VEGAS — It’s not really a touchy subject with Jerry West, although he did say “I’ll kill you” when I brought it up. Despite West’s phenomenal performances, his Lakers never got past Bill Russell’s Boston Celtics over the course of six NBA Finals in the 1960s, and it remains a bitter memory. San Antonio picked up a first-class player (LaMarcus Aldridge) and Tim Duncan’s coming back, always one of my favorite players. Head coach Steve Kerr wasn’t thrilled with Barbosa’s three-point shooting last season (38.3 percent, 34.8 percent in the playoffs), but he brought...
Blazersedge Jul 13, 2015

Which Portland Trail Blazers are Going to Break Out This Year?

We run down some of the Blazers, new and old, to see who has the best shot at a great season. With the team turning the page from the LaMarcus Aldridge era to Lillard Time, the new-look Portland Trail Blazers will have a brand new rotation next year.  Familiar faces such as CJ McCollum and Meyers Leonard are likely to finally get a chance to show what they can do in meaningful minutes.  New acquisitions Ed Davis, Mason Plumlee, Noah Vonleh, and Al-Farouq Aminu are all players on the upswing with varying levels of promise. The rebuild is in full effect, and while the prospects of piling up...

No Trade? No Problem: The Memphis Grizzlies will Still Contend in the Western Conference

Many in Grizz Nation hope to see one more move made before the season begins for the Memphis Grizzlies. While these tires will (and should) be kicked heading in to the season and beyond, it will not be the end of the world if a move does not occur. The Western Conference has gotten even tougher, somehow. Since the season ended, the Golden State Warriors refortified their core and look ahead to another year of possible dominance and championship aspirations. The San Antonio Spurs not only kept their championship window open with the addition of LaMarcus Aldridge, they extended their...
Pounding The Rock Jul 10, 2015

LaMarcus Aldridge feels safe after his "leap of faith" to the Spurs

It's really happening. He held up the jersey and everything, which means no backsies. LaMarcus Aldridge knew he was going to be a Spur for good once he realized he had slept peacefully through the night last Saturday. "I went back and forth a lot," Aldridge explained during his introductory press conference in San Antonio. "I knew the night before I tweeted it [Saturday morning]. I was just like ‘I'm going to sleep with it on my mind.' When I first thought that they were my first option I called Portland and told them I wasn't coming back, so I talked to (GM) Neil (Olshey) and (owner)...
Blazersedge Jul 10, 2015

LaMarcus Aldridge Discusses Reasons for Leaving Trail Blazers

San Antonio's newest forward talks about why he joined the team. Following his press-conference welcome to the San Antonio Spurs today, LaMarcus Aldridge sat down with ESPN reporter Marc Stein to discuss his new home and the transition that accompanies it. The interview is airing on the current cycle of ESPN Sportscenter. Stein began the interview by asking Aldridge how it feels to be a Spur. Aldridge described it as "surreal" and a "big change", citing not just different location but his proximity to family and friends. When prodded further about what separated the Spurs from other teams,...
Blazersedge Jul 10, 2015

Nicolas Batum Portland Trail Blazers Video Highlights

We bid farewell to Portland's former small forward with a look at his greatest hits. Nicolas Batum's seven seasons as a Portland Trail Blazer came to an end last month when General Manager Neil Olshey traded him to Charlotte for Noah Vonleh and Gerald Henderson. During his time in Portland Batum was a "jack-of-all-trades" type who could be relied upon to stuff the stat sheet and defend the opposition's best perimeter player. Batum's versatility came to the forefront in March 2014 when LaMarcus Aldridge missed a string of games due to injury. Batum, already one of the top assisting forwards...

Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey takes on questions and doubts about LaMarcus Aldridge's departure

Olshey says Aldridge informed the Blazers on July 3 that he had eliminated from consideration.
Canis Hoopus Jul 10, 2015

NBA Free Agency Continues, Timberwolves Scrimmage Draws Huge Crowd, Lynx Prepare for Friday Game

Target Center welcomed over 15,000 fans to Wednesday night's Summer Showcase. NBA Free Agency Updates If you missed it last week, be sure to check out my earlier recap of the NBA Free Agency kickoff. There have been a few more happenings, though, so let's recap the more notables ones here: LaMarcus Aldridge to join Spurs. Aldridge met with several teams, including Los Angeles, before tweeting his decision to join San Antonio with a four-year deal. Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan staying put. Both veteran players announced they will play with the Spurs again for the 2015-2016 seasaon....

If Tim Duncan wrote welcome letters, they might read like this

It's a safe bet that Tim Duncan did not sit down to compose a welcome letter -- with a pencil, no less -- for new teammate/successor LaMarcus Aldridge. (He's got better things to do, like playing paint ball, or hanging out at his body shop, or polishing his knife collection.) But if he did, it might read a little something like this gag note at Will Ferrell's Funny or Die.

LaMarcus Aldridge Photos

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