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Rip City Project Aug 13, 2018

Will the Blazers change its rotation to accommodate all four new guards?

The Blazers played minimal minutes without either Lillard or McCollum last season. With all the new guard signings, is a rotational change in store? This summer, the Blazers lost two guards in Shabazz Napier and Pat Connaughton. For Neil Olshey’s new three-point shooting game plan, the team signed four guards to supplement the loss of […] Will the Blazers change its rotation to accommodate all four new guards? - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Blazer's Edge Aug 11, 2018
Fromal: Blazers Fail to Address Backcourt Depth Issue

Fromal: Blazers Fail to Address Backcourt Depth Issue

Adam Fromal of Bleacher Report dings the Blazers for putting eggs in Seth Curry’s basket. The Portland Trail Blazers field two of the NBA’s best guards in Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. When those incomparable starters, the Blazers are reduced to thoughts and prayers. Over the past few seasons, the Blazers have called upon Shabazz Napier, Allen Crabbe, Tim Quarterman, and Tim Frazier to fill the reserve guard gap. None of them have fit the bill for long; none remain with the team. In the Summer of 2018, Portland motioned formerly-injured Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry to the plate....
Blazer's Edge Aug 10, 2018
Trail Blazers Thrive on ‘Reclamation Projects’

Trail Blazers Thrive on ‘Reclamation Projects’

A look back at Portland’s attempts to find value in unsuspecting places under President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey. Portland Trail Blazers President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey has cultivated a reputation of being a master at reclaiming and refurbishing NBA players. Since coming to Portland in 2012, Olshey has attempted to unlock hidden talent in unsuspecting places. Aided by the culture and expertise provided by coach Terry Stotts’ staff, the Olshey-Stotts tandem transformed Maurice Harkless, Shabazz Napier, and Jusuf Nurkic into NBA contributors. There are two sides...
Blazer's Edge Jul 29, 2018
Blazers Among “Losers” of Free Agency

Blazers Among “Losers” of Free Agency

Chris Herring of FiveThirtyEight says Portland needed a shakeup, yet they’ve opted to bring almost the same team back instead. NBA Free Agency 2018 will likely not be remembered as a favorable one for the Portland Trail Blazers, as Ed Davis, Shabazz Napier and Pat Connaughton departed, while Nik Stauskas and Seth Curry entered. They did re-sign Jusuf Nurkic to a favorable deal, but Chris Herring of FiveThirtyEight sees Portland as one of the major “Losers” following the summer of 2018. If there’s a sour taste in the mouths of Blazers fans, though, it should stem from the notion...
Blazer's Edge Jul 26, 2018
Blazers Sneak Into Top 10 of ESPN Power Rankings

Blazers Sneak Into Top 10 of ESPN Power Rankings

Portland is joined by a slew of Western Conference competitors near the top of the list. Coming on the heels of a top-3 finish in the Western Conference, the Trail Blazers have found themselves in the good graces of ESPN’s NBA Power Rankings, coming in at No. 10. Even without any major activity from Portland, the team was praised for the tweaks that were made: “...The additions of Nik Stauskas and Seth Curry bolster the shooting depth of an already solid perimeter team. Shabazz Napier had a breakout season filling in for Damian Lillard and Ed Davis is a consistent energy player, but...
Hoops Habit Jul 24, 2018

Brooklyn Nets: How will Shabazz Napier fit in next season?

After agreeing to sign Shabazz Napier to a two-year contract, the Brooklyn Nets have enhanced their once-lost guard depth. Here’s how the newbie will fit in. It’s all about the guards for the Brooklyn Nets. After clearing up the once-clogged guard rotation, general manager Sean Marks poached guard Shabazz Napier on a two-year deal. Napier […] Brooklyn Nets: How will Shabazz Napier fit in next season? - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats
Blazer's Edge Jul 22, 2018
Should the Blazers Target Garrett Temple in 2019 Free Agency?

Should the Blazers Target Garrett Temple in 2019 Free Agency?

Dan Favale of Bleacher Report predicts each team’s best 2019 free-agent target. The Portland Trail Blazers suffered losses in 2018 NBA Free Agency with Ed Davis, Shabazz Napier and (likely) Pat Connaughton while adding Seth Curry and Nik Stauskas. Portland also added Anfernee Simons and Gary Trent Jr. in the NBA Draft. However, Dan Favale of Bleacher Report still sees a need for wing depth, and he predicts Garrett Temple as the team’s possible best target in 2019 free agency: One of these offseasons, before this millennia is out, the Portland Trail Blazers will have cap space. Next...
Blazer's Edge Jul 20, 2018
Video: Lillard Comments on Portland’s Free Agency Period

Video: Lillard Comments on Portland’s Free Agency Period

Damian Lillard talks about the Blazers offseason and assumes the front office has done all it could to improve the team. During the NBA Draft and Free Agency period, 2018, the Portland Trail Blazers added four players: Anfernee Simons, Gary Trent Jr, Nik Stauskas and Seth Curry. They also parted ways with Ed Davis, Pat Connaughton, Shabazz Napier and Georgios Papagiannis. Blazers fans and NBA analysts have given Portland mixed reviews, but the audience they need to impress boils down to one. All-Star point guard Damian Lillard is watching his prime years and his current contract with the...
Blazer's Edge Jul 18, 2018
Napier: Nets Are the “Perfect Spot” to Continue Growth

Napier: Nets Are the “Perfect Spot” to Continue Growth

Napier discussed his move to Brooklyn at his introductory press conference. The Portland Trail Blazers opted to not extend Shabazz Napier the qualifying offer, and the point guard ended up signing a two-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets. While Napier enjoyed a career year with Portland, he believes he still has more to show (via Nets staff writer Tom Dowd): “A lot of people were excited by what I did last year,” said Napier. “To be honest with you, I didn’t think I did anything too special. I felt like I did fill a void that was needed, playing with Dame and C.J. and the rest of the...
Nothin' But Nets Jul 17, 2018

Brooklyn Nets: Sean Marks talks offseason as Shabazz Napier signs

Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks summed up the offseason thus far on Tuesday, when free agent Shabazz Napier officially signed his 2-year deal. Some very interesting messages delivered by Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks on Tuesday, as the GM was back in Brooklyn to officially sign free agent guard Shabazz Napier. Marks riffed […] Brooklyn Nets: Sean Marks talks offseason as Shabazz Napier signs - Nothin But Nets - Nothin But Nets - A Brooklyn Nets Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Rip City Project Jul 17, 2018

Who’s better for the Blazers, Shabazz Napier or Seth Curry?

Seth Curry replaces Shabazz Napier as the Blazers’ undersized backup point guard. Are his stats similar enough to Napier’s to warrant the money-saving move? Losing Shabazz Napier wasn’t a surprise after Portland’s offseason consisted of adding four new guards. The Brooklyn Nets again capitalized on the Blazers’ lack of cap space as Napier signed a […] Who’s better for the Blazers, Shabazz Napier or Seth Curry? - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Hoops Habit Jul 16, 2018

2018 NBA free agency grades: Shabazz Napier joins the Nets

Shabazz Napier returns to his Northeast roots by signing with the Brooklyn Nets. Here’s an early look at the deal and a final grade. The Brooklyn Nets and scrappy guard Shabazz Napier look to turn a corner in the 2018-19 season. At least, that’s what it looks like as both sides have come to an […] 2018 NBA free agency grades: Shabazz Napier joins the Nets - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats
Hoops Habit Jul 16, 2018

Shabazz Napier agrees to sign with Brooklyn Nets

Shabazz Napier agreed to a deal with the Brooklyn Nets. Some forget the young point guard was once seen as a way to convince LeBron James to stay in Miami. As ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski reported, the Brooklyn Nets have agreed to terms (presumably around the veteran minimum) with former Portland Trail Blazers point guard Shabazz Napier […] Shabazz Napier agrees to sign with Brooklyn Nets - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats
Nothin' But Nets Jul 15, 2018

What can Brooklyn expect out of Shabazz Napier?

On Saturday, the Brooklyn Nets got themselves a solid backup veteran guard in Shabazz Napier. What can he bring to Brooklyn and what will his role be? According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Brooklyn Nets and guard Shabazz Napier have agreed on a two-year deal. The second year of his deal will be a […] What can Brooklyn expect out of Shabazz Napier? - Nothin But Nets - Nothin But Nets - A Brooklyn Nets Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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