5:29 PM EDT, Tue July 17, 2018
4 hours ago
4 Improvements that Must Happen for the Trail Blazers to Make “The Jump”

4 Improvements that Must Happen for the Trail Blazers to Make “The Jump”

The 2013-14 Trail Blazers shocked the world, improving from a mediocre 41-win team to a 54-win team on the brink of contendership. Can the 2018-19 team repeat that feat? The 2013-14 Trail Blazers are one of my favorite teams of the millennium. Watching them almost inexplicably leap from 41-win also-ran in 2012-13 to 54-win-near-contender the next season was some great basketball and fun. Weirdly, it seems largely forgotten how unexpected those 54 wins were for the Blazers. I vividly remembering a text conversation during the summer of 2013 that can be paraphrased like this: Me: Man, this...
4 hours ago
Report: Blazers Offer Poo-Poo Platter for Kawhi Leonard

Report: Blazers Offer Poo-Poo Platter for Kawhi Leonard

ESPN reports that Portland joins a half dozen other teams inquiring about the San Antonio Superstar The Portland Trail Blazers have engaged the San Antonio Spurs in trade talks for Kawhi Leonard, but the offer doesn’t seem serious. According to a report by Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, the Blazers join the Clippers, Nuggets, Suns, Raptors, and Wizards as teams who have placed phone calls to the Spurs, but Portland was not willing to give up major pieces. ...no Blazers package includes Damian Lillard or CJ McCollum, league sources said. Because Leonard is a player teams...
14 hours ago
Caleb Swanigan Bullies Grizzlies In Blazers Win

Caleb Swanigan Bullies Grizzlies In Blazers Win

Portland will return to the Las Vegas Summer League finale after outlasting Memphis. The Trail Blazers will return to the Las Vegas Summer League Championship after narrowly defeating the Grizzlies 97-92. Caleb Swanigan finished with a double-double after dominating Memphis’ thin big man rotation. Jaren Jackson Jr. sat this one out for the Grizzlies, and Anfernee Simons also observed the action from the sideline. Despite the absence of both 2018 first-round draft picks, Portland’s victory provided plenty of takeaways. Calm Down, Swanigan Is Just Fine After a string of less-than-stellar...
16 hours ago
Blazers Beat Grizzlies 97-92, Earn Title Rematch With Lakers

Blazers Beat Grizzlies 97-92, Earn Title Rematch With Lakers

One year later, Portland and Los Angeles will meet again with the Summer League trophy on the line. What a run! For the second straight year, the Portland Trail Blazers are headed to the Summer League championship game after beating the Memphis Grizzlies, 97-92. A familiar foe awaits: The Los Angeles Lakers, who beat the Blazers one year ago to hoist the Summer League trophy. As always, a new player stepped up for Portland. Here were some key stats from the game: Archie Goodwin: 22 points, 14-16 FT’s Caleb Swanigan: 21 points, 16 rebounds John Jenkins: 13 points Zach Collins: 13...
18 hours ago
Blazers Center George Papagiannis Reportedly Headed to Panathinaikos

Blazers Center George Papagiannis Reportedly Headed to Panathinaikos

Eurohoops.net says the Blazers will waive the seven-footer, clearing his path to play in Greece The Portland Trail Blazers are expected to release center George Papagiannis, clearing the way for him to sign a three-year deal with Panathinaikos in Athens, Greece according to a report published by Eurohoops.net. Author Kostas Giataganas cites site sources claiming the 21-year old center, himself from Greece, is not long for the NBA. Giataganas claims the Euro club has planned for the move: Panathinaikos have already included Papagiannis in the club’s long-term plans and are ready to add him...
19 hours ago
Chat: Simons Out For Grizzlies vs. Blazers

Chat: Simons Out For Grizzlies vs. Blazers

No Anfernee Simons, but the Blazers try to seal their second consecutive trip to the Finals on ESPN2 at 7:30. The Blazers and Grizzlies tip off the Summer League semifinals tonight! But they’ll be missing one of their rotation players. Anfernee Simons is out for tonight’s Summer League semifinal vs. Memphis with a left hip contusion.— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) July 17, 2018 Details: Tip-off: 7:30pmTelevision: ESPN2Streaming: ESPN
21 hours ago
Zach Collins Discusses Challenges From Rookie Season

Zach Collins Discusses Challenges From Rookie Season

The Trail Blazers big man discussed the difficulties he faced last year, Summer League, and more on The Jim Rome Show Monday morning. Portland Trail Blazers big man Zach Collins appeared on the Jim Rome Show on Monday morning, and discussed a variety of topics, including the challenges that he faced early on in his rookie campaign: It was definitely an adjustment. I had to deal with DNP’s, which is something that I had never really dealt with before. So mentally that was a little tough. It was obviously a little humbling too, and it really kind of gets you to work as hard as you possibly...
23 hours ago
High Hopes and Reasonable Expectations for the Young Core

High Hopes and Reasonable Expectations for the Young Core

Jami Hudson joins the Blazer’s Edge Podcast to discuss Portland’s future. On this week’s episode of the Blazer’s Edge podcast, Jamie Hudson of NBCSportsNorthwest joins Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang to talk all things related to the Portland Trail Blazers in Las Vegas Summer League, the emergence of Wade Baldwin, Anfernee Simons showing more than expected early on, CJ McCollum’s shoe release, the growth of Zach Collins and more! Danny and Tara break down what really matters in Vegas, what’s best to observe and what’s better to discount, plus highest hopes and reasonable...
Jul 16, 2018
Maurice Harkless is Primed for a Breakout Year

Maurice Harkless is Primed for a Breakout Year

The Blazers’ 25 year old small forward looked to finally be putting it all together last season when he injured his knee. Is this the year Harkless comes in to his own? In the summer of 2016, Blazers President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey committed to spending big money in order to retain his talent. While the contracts handed out to Allen Crabbe and Meyers Leonard seemed like overpays from the time the deals were announced, the four year/$40 million deal given to Maurice Harkless that summer seemed somewhat reasonable, and even a potential bargain if Harkless turned his flashes...
Jul 16, 2018
Goodwin Becomes Summer League All-Time Leading Scorer

Goodwin Becomes Summer League All-Time Leading Scorer

Archie Goodwin surpassed Coby Karl to become the Las Vegas Summer League’s all-time leading scorer. Archie Goodwin surpassed Coby Karl as Las Vegas Summer League’s all-time leading scorer in the Trail Blazers victory over the Celtics. After being selected with the No. 29 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Goodwin has struggled to find a home on a NBA regular season roster. His vagabond status directly contributed to his record-claiming 342 points in summer league competitions. Archie Goodwin is now the NBA Summer League all-time leading scorer. pic.twitter.com/QcxyF5ulZD— Scott Charlton...
Jul 15, 2018
Baldwin’s Double-Double Leads Blazers Past Celtics

Baldwin’s Double-Double Leads Blazers Past Celtics

Portland is headed to the Las Vegas Summer League Semifinals after beating Boston 95-80. In a quarter-final Las Vegas Summer League tournament matchup, the Trail Blazers dispatched the Celtics 95-80. Veteran guard John Jenkins led the way for Portland with 25 points, and Wade Baldwin IV chipped in with a double-double. A bit of history also took place in the game, as Archie Goodwin surpassed Coby Karl to become the all-time leading scorer for summer league competition. Before we gear up for the next round of action, let’s take a moment to look at tonight’s performances. The Youngsters...
Jul 15, 2018
Blazers Beat Celtics 95-80, Head To Semifinals

Blazers Beat Celtics 95-80, Head To Semifinals

John Jenkins led the Blazers to victory, while Archie Goodwin broke the all-time Summer League scoring record. Movin’ on! The Blazers beat the Celtics in the NBA Summer League Quarterfinals, and now move on to the Semifinals for the second straight year. Key Stats: John Jenkins: 25 points Archie Goodwin: 13 points Wade Baldwin: 14 points Zach Collins: 11 points Jake Layman: 8 points Gary Trent, Jr: 8 points Box Score Stay tuned for more coverage from Steve Dewald later tonight.
Jul 15, 2018
Zach Collins on Rookie Year Challenges, Growing Confidence

Zach Collins on Rookie Year Challenges, Growing Confidence

W.G. Ramirez of the Spokesman-Review caught up with Collins to discuss his rookie season and what lies ahead. For the second year, Trail Blazers big man Zach Collins is playing at the NBA Summer League in front of his hometown crowd, trying to earn the confidence of the Blazers’ coaching staff. W.G. Ramirez of the Spokesman-Review caught up with the former Bishop Gorman standout in Vegas. At Gonzaga, Collins averaged 10 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 17 minutes per game during his one college season. In his first year with the Trail Blazers, he only averaged 4.4 points, 3.3...
Jul 15, 2018
Celtics vs. Blazers at 5:00 pm tonight

Celtics vs. Blazers at 5:00 pm tonight

Portland takes on Boston in the quarterfinals of the Summer League Playoffs at 5:00 tonight on ESPN2. The Blazers are enjoying a second straight run in the Summer League playoffs, taking on the Celtics tonight in the quarterfinals. There are no more consolation games; the tournament is over for the loser tonight. Tip-off: 5:00 pmTelevision: TBD.Streaming: ESPN
Jul 15, 2018
NBA, ESPN Experimenting With Broadcast at Summer League

NBA, ESPN Experimenting With Broadcast at Summer League

Jason Dachman of Sports Video Group dives into the NBA’s experiments seen on Summer League broadcasts. With NBA Summer League happening in Vegas, and eyeballs guaranteed from basketball fans, the NBA has experimented with different viewing angles and ways to watch their broadcasts. Jason Dachman of Sports Video Group talked to the people behind the tinkering to see how this change will improve the viewing experience. First are the changes that those tuning in to the Vegas tournament would likely have noticed: Over the past week, the NBA and ESPN have teamed up to live-stream several...