4:28 AM EDT, Sat June 23, 2018
Blazer's Edge 9 hours ago
Predicting the Rookie Years of Simons and Trent Jr.

Predicting the Rookie Years of Simons and Trent Jr.

Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report projects what will become of Simons and Trent Jr. in Year 1. The Portland Trail Blazers added Anfernee Simons (No. 24 overall pick) and Gary Trent Jr. (No. 37 overall pick, via trade) during the NBA Draft, giving them two young players that likely contribute in the long, not short, term. Both being guards, they have big-name players already in front of them with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. Given this, Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report sets relatively modest projections for them in their rookie year, and also tries to tell what is coming in their...
Rip City Project 9 hours ago

NBA Draft: What Simons selection means for Trail Blazers, CJ McCollum, Shabazz Napier

How does drafting Anfernee Simons and trading for Gary Trent Jr. affect the Portland Trail Blazers’ relationship with CJ McCollum and Shabazz Napier? I argued recently that the Portland Trail Blazers should look to trade CJ McCollum to help bring more veteran talent to the Portland Trail Blazers’...

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Blazer's Edge 3 hours ago
Blazers Sign John Jenkins To Summer League Roster

Blazers Sign John Jenkins To Summer League Roster

The 2012 first-round pick will join the Trail Blazers in Las Vegas after playing in Liga ACB last season. The Trail Blazers’ Las Vegas Summer League roster has begun to take shape, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes. He reports that former first-round pick John Jenkins is set to bolster Portland’s young backcourt for the offseason tournament. ESPN Sources: Portland plans to add guard John Jenkins, a 2012 first-round pick, to its Summer League roster. There's a good chance he'll be on an NBA roster next season.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 23, 2018 Jenkins was selected at...
Rip City Project 8 hours ago

NBA Draft: Breaking down Blazers pick Gary Trent Jr.

The Portland Trail Blazers made its second straight trade with the Sacramento Kings at the NBA Draft, this time to select Gary Trent Jr. at No. 37. As if taking one guard wasn’t enough, the Blazers decided to swap two future second round picks with the Sacramento Kings for the draft rights to Gary Trent […] NBA Draft: Breaking down Blazers pick Gary Trent Jr. - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Blazer's Edge 9 hours ago
Blazers Welcome Anfernee Simons and Gary Trent Jr.

Blazers Welcome Anfernee Simons and Gary Trent Jr.

Portland’s current players welcomed in the rookies, and the rookies made sure to shout-out Rip City. With the No. 24 overall pick in the NBA Draft, the Portland Trail Blazers added IMG Academy’s Anfernee Simons. But they weren’t done there, trading with the Sacramento Kings for the rights to No. 37 overall pick Gary Trent Jr. Blazers players new and old, and even owner Paul Allen, were active on social media. Let’s check in on their draft night thoughts: Evan Turner Turner set the tone for the night by telling Portland’s social media handle to take “KBD,” short for Keita...
Hoops Habit 11 hours ago

Portland Trail Blazers: 2018 NBA Draft grades

The Portland Trail Blazers entered the 2018 NBA Draft with one pick, but came out with two. Here are our grades for Anfernee Simons and Gary Trent Jr. The Portland Trail Blazers entered the 2018 NBA Draft with only one pick. Rip City fans expected the team to select from the plethora of 3-and-D wing […] Portland Trail Blazers: 2018 NBA Draft grades - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats
Blazer's Edge 13 hours ago
Explaining Every First-Round Pick of the 2018 NBA Draft

Explaining Every First-Round Pick of the 2018 NBA Draft

Brian Freeman looks at all 30 first-rounders, how they make sense, and the impact they’ll have on their teams. The 2018 NBA is in the history books and the fortunes of many NBA teams, including the Portland Trail Blazers, will rise or fall based on last night’s event. If you missed the proceedings or are wondering how picks will impact the immediate future, here’s a synopsis of each selection and its merits...or lack thereof. No. 1: Phoenix Suns DeAndre Ayton | C | Arizona Wildcats Ayton was the rumored pick and the obvious one here. He has a great frame, great athletic potential...
Blazer's Edge 14 hours ago
O’Connor: Blazers promised Simons before the draft

O’Connor: Blazers promised Simons before the draft

According to The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, Neil Olshey already had an agreement with Anfernee Simons for the 24th pick before the draft. The Portland Trail Blazers picking IMG Academy prospect Anfernee Simons with the 24th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft may have surprised some observers, but the principals already knew it was going to happen. According to Kevin O’Connor, speaking during the Ringer’s NBA Draft Watch Party, Blazers’ President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey already had a deal in place with Simons and his management before the draft. “Portland promised Anfernee...
Blazer's Edge 14 hours ago
The Day After: Blazers Graded Harshly for 2018 Draft

The Day After: Blazers Graded Harshly for 2018 Draft

Experts weigh in on what they think of Portland’s selections. The Portland Trail Blazers selected Anfernee Simons No. 24 overall and acquired the rights to No. 37 overall pick Gary Trent Jr. on NBA Draft night. Both prospects came in for pre-draft workouts, with Simons making two stops — the only player to do so for Portland. Let’s see how experts around the basketball community grade Portland’s two new draftees. Gary Parrish, CBS Sports Anfernee Simons (analysis, no grade) They went out and not only did they get another small guard, a small guard that nobody thinks can even play in...
Rip City Project 14 hours ago

NBA Draft 2018 review: Are Simons and Trent Jr. right for the Portland Trail Blazers?

The 2018 NBA Draft is over. The Portland Trail Blazers selected Anfernee Simons 24th overall. Later, they traded for Gary Trent Jr. Who might they have drafted instead? The Blazers’ selection of Anfernee Simons with the 24th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft surprised just about everyone here at the Rip City Project. Few […] NBA Draft 2018 review: Are Simons and Trent Jr. right for the Portland Trail Blazers? - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Blazer's Edge Jun 22, 2018
Does Simons Make Sense for Lillard’s Timeline?

Does Simons Make Sense for Lillard’s Timeline?

Anfernee Simons could develop into an excellent NBA player. But will Damian Lillard be around to see it happen? I want to make this very clear: I hope Anfernee Simons becomes a perennial All-Star for the Trail Blazers. I hope he’s the next evolution of the Brandon Roy/Damian Lillard lineage. I hope we’re hanging his number from the Rose Garden rafters in 2038. I wish nothing but success for him. BUT, general manager Neil Olshey’s decision to pick the 19-year old project from IMG Academy is a bit of a headscratcher, given Olshey’s pledge in April to bring in veteran talent that can...
Blazer's Edge Jun 22, 2018
Expectations for Gary Trent Jr with the Blazers

Expectations for Gary Trent Jr with the Blazers

A closer look at what second-round pick Gary Trent Jr will bring to Portland. The Trail Blazers added another teenage guard to their backcourt rotation tonight by acquiring the NBA Draft rights to Gary Trent Jr. in the 2018 NBA Draft. Despite falling into the second round, the Duke guard is a skilled shooter that was worthy of first-round consideration. With the trade officially announced, Steve Dewald provides a closer look at how Trent’s presence will impact the Blazers. A Stellar Shooter On A Crowded Roster Trent is a skilled offensive player at just 19 years of age. His slide into...
Rip City Project Jun 22, 2018

NBA Draft: Blazers trade future 2nd rounders for rights to Gary Trent Jr.

For the second consecutive season, the Portland Trail Blazers traded with the Sacramento Kings on NBA draft night. This time, it got the draft rights to Duke guard Gary Trent Jr. for two future second round picks. Last year, the Portland Trail Blazers had three first round picks in the NBA Draft. It managed to […] NBA Draft: Blazers trade future 2nd rounders for rights to Gary Trent Jr. - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Rip City Project Jun 22, 2018

NBA Draft: 3 reasons why Anfernee Simons was not the right pick

The Portland Trail Blazers selected Anfernee Simons with pick No. 24 in the 2018 NBA Draft. Was he the best pick available? After two and a half hours of relatively no surprises in the 2018 NBA Draft, Portland decided to shake things up by selecting Anfernee Simons. He’s a unique prospect as he chose to […] NBA Draft: 3 reasons why Anfernee Simons was not the right pick - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Blazer's Edge Jun 21, 2018
What Will Anfernee Simons Bring To The Blazers?

What Will Anfernee Simons Bring To The Blazers?

An expanded look at first-round pick Anfernee Simons’ fit with the Portland Trail Blazers. The Trail Blazers used the No. 24 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft to select promising 19-year-old guard Anfernee Simons. Portland already has an established backcourt, but that doesn’t mean that Simons won’t infuse the current rotation with offensive talent. Simons elected to go straight to the NBA instead of playing at Louisville next season, which has limited his exposure to most basketball fans. In an attempt to get a better idea about what Simons will bring to the Blazers, we asked Brian Freeman...
Blazer's Edge Jun 21, 2018
Blazers Trade for Gary Trent Jr.

Blazers Trade for Gary Trent Jr.

Dad played in Portland. Now his son will get a chance to prove himself after being selected in the second round. The Portland Trail Blazers have traded a pair of second-round picks for Duke guard Gary Trent Jr, selected 37th overall in the 2018 NBA Draft. The Sacramento Kings will receive as-yet-unspecified selections in future drafts for the 6’6 shooting guard. Sacramento is trading No. 37 pick Gary Trent to Portland, league sources say.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 22, 2018 Portland will send Sacramento to two future second-round picks for Trent, league sources tell...

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