3:26 AM EDT, Mon May 21, 2018
7 hours ago
Jay Triano Lands With Hornets

Jay Triano Lands With Hornets

Former Trail Blazers assistant coach Jay Triano will join James Borrego’s staff in Charlotte. Former Trail Blazers assistant coach Jay Triano will take his basketball expertise to the Charlotte Hornets to serve as James Borrego’s lead assistant. ESPN’s Adrain Wojnarowski spread the word on Triano’s hiring via Twitter on Sunday. Jay Triano has agreed to become the top assistant on James Borrego's new coaching staff with the Charlotte Hornets, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 20, 2018 Triano joined the Blazers’ staff prior to the 2012-13 season,...
9 hours ago
B/R: Brook Lopez Is a Realistic Blazers Free-Agent Target

B/R: Brook Lopez Is a Realistic Blazers Free-Agent Target

Grant Hughes of Bleacher Report sees the other Lopez brother as a fit in Portland — if Jusuf Nurkic is gone. The Portland Trail Blazers’ plan in NBA Free Agency is sure to be centered on expected restricted free agent Jusuf Nurkic. The big man could command a big offer sheet in free agency that puts a further stranglehold on Portland’s payroll. If the Blazers elect to not match a huge offer sheet, they’ll likely look for another center to step into the starting role if they’re resigned to Ed Davis (a free agent himself) and Zach Collins coming off the bench for another year. With...
10 hours ago
2018 NBA Draft Profile: Abudushalamu Abudurexiti

2018 NBA Draft Profile: Abudushalamu Abudurexiti

Abudushalamu Abudurexiti has an intriguing name, but his game makes him an intriguing prospect, too. With the 2018 NBA Draft around the corner and the Portland Trail Blazers holding the 24th selection in the first round, we’re looking at a number of prospects who might fall into that area. Today we stray from that path and take a look at the top Chinese prospect, Abudushalamu Abudurexiti. For those of you that have yet to come across a name similar to this, it is pronounced Ah-BOO-Doo-Shah-LAH-Moo Ah-BOO-Doo-Rex-EE-Tee. There is not a ton of information out there on him, and he’s not...
11 hours ago
How Would You Title Neil Olshey’s Memoirs?

How Would You Title Neil Olshey’s Memoirs?

If you had to name Neil Olshey’s memoir focusing on his time in Portland, what would it be? Since taking over the chief executive role for the Portland Trail Blazers in 2012, President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey has presided over glorious successes and ignominious...somewhat lesser successes? During his tenure in the Pacific Northwest he has become an unforgettable and, at times, unbelievable presence. From selecting Damian Lillard with the 6th pick, to signing Evan Turner to a $70 million contract, the ride has been dramatic, and seldom dull. Here’s the discussion question...
May 19, 2018
Blazers Assistant Nate Tibbetts Primed for Head Coaching Position

Blazers Assistant Nate Tibbetts Primed for Head Coaching Position

Portland has several assistant coaches on the runway. Mick Garry of USAToday profiles one of the more likely. Trail Blazers assistant coach Nate Tibbetts has ascended the basketball ranks over the last 17 years and seems primed for an NBA head coaching job in the near future. No small feat for someone whose career started as a point guard in the North Central Conference. In a recent article, Mick Garry of USA Today catalogs Tibbetts’ odyssey: Tibbetts has been a member of Terry Stotts’ staff in Portland for five seasons, following a stint as a Cleveland Cavaliers assistant from ...
May 19, 2018
Refinement, Shooting Recommend Grayson Allen in 2018 Draft

Refinement, Shooting Recommend Grayson Allen in 2018 Draft

Would the Trail Blazers be kicking themselves if they passed on the senior Duke guard? The Trail Blazers’ offseason is upon us, and the 2018 NBA Draft will provide Portland with an opportunity to supplement its roster with a talented youngster. With only the No. 24 pick at their disposal on draft night, the Blazers will surely look to get lucky by finding an NBA-worthy prospect in the latter stages of the first round. Today we will be looking at the intriguing potential of Duke senior guard Grayson Allen. Grayson Allen Height: 6’4’’ Weight: 185 Wingspan: Shoots: Right Position:...
May 19, 2018
KAT Trade Fever

KAT Trade Fever

KAT speculation has hit big this weekend. How can the Trail Blazers get in? Karl-Anthony Towns trade suggestions are swirling across the internet this morning, thanks in part to a Bleacher Report piece lifting a line from Zach Lowe’s podcast in which ESPN commentator Brian Windhorst made the comment that all is not well between Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves and that “it wouldn’t be unheard of” if Towns’ name surfaced in trade talk eventually. That set-up should tell you how tenuous these trade suggestions are, BUT...they make for good discussion on a mid-May Saturday,...
May 18, 2018
Suns “Open” to Trade for #1 Pick

Suns “Open” to Trade for #1 Pick

Suns GM Ryan McDonough tells ESPN the team would be willing to part with the top pick in next month’s draft for the right deal. The Phoenix Suns won the NBA Draft Lottery this week, claiming the first overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Today Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough told Adrian Wojnorowski of ESPN that the team would be open trading the number 1 pick in next month’s draft. Wojnarowki prompted McDonough by asking if he could follow Boston’s decision to trade down in last year’s draft. The GM did not say whether a trade was a certainty but said the Suns would definitely...
May 18, 2018
Blazers NBA Draft Combine Round-Up

Blazers NBA Draft Combine Round-Up

News and notes from Day 3 of the 2018 NBA Combine. The 2018 NBA Combine in New York City is in full swing, and there’s plenty of news coming out regarding the Portland Trail Blazers. NBCSports Northwest’s Jason Quick is on the scene and providing updates of all the happenings from the Barclays Center: Players who today confirmed they have met, or plan to meet with Blazers at NBA Combine:Donte DeVincenzo, PG/SG, VillanovaKhyri Thomas, PG/SG, CreightonJerome Robinson, PG/SG, Boston CollegeShake Milton, PG/SG, SMUBruce Brown, SG, MiamiJacob Evans, SF, Cincinnati— Jason Quick (@jwquick)...
May 18, 2018
Gary Trent Jr. has Work Out with Blazers, Troy Brown Possible

Gary Trent Jr. has Work Out with Blazers, Troy Brown Possible

Jason Quick of NBCSports Northwest says Portland might have interest in a Duck and a Dukie. The 2018 NBA Draft combine is in full swing in Chicago. The Portland Trail Blazers hold the 24th pick in the draft, making them prime attendees for an event in which lower-first-round-projected players try to prove themselves. Among the media attendees is Jason Quick of NBCSports Northwest, who shares the early word on possible draft workouts. Duke wingman Gary Trent Jr. appears to be on the invite list. Possible target for Blazers: Duke 6-foot-6 wing Gary Trent Jr., who said he interviewed with...
May 18, 2018
Blazers Not Guarantors for Chandler Hutchison

Blazers Not Guarantors for Chandler Hutchison

Jason Quick of NBCSports Northwest tweets that Hutchison did not pull out of the NBA Draft Combine because of Portland. Boise State wing Chandler Hutchison pulled out of the 2018 NBA Draft combine yesterday, leading to rampant speculation that he had secured a guarantee from a team drafting between the 20th and 30th positions, removing the need for him to work out in Chicago. The Portland Trail Blazers will select 24th in the draft and Hutchison has backdoor connections to All-Star guard Damian Lillard. Despite that, NBCSports Northwest reporter Jason Quick tweets that the Blazers are not...
May 18, 2018
Jalen Brunson Might Fit Trail Blazers Draft Needs

Jalen Brunson Might Fit Trail Blazers Draft Needs

A lefty point guard with a strong track record and a rookie deal could fill gaps for Portland. With the 2018 NBA Draft around the corner and the Portland Trail Blazers holding the 24th selection in the first round, we’re looking at a number of prospects who might fall into that area. Today we check out 2-time NCAA champion, and one of the top players in all of college basketball last year, Jalen Brunson. Jale is the son of former Trail Blazer, Rick Brunson. Jalen Brunson - Junior, Villanova Height: 6’2” Weight: 199 Wingspan: 6’3 1/2” Shoots: Left Position: PG Age: 22 ...
May 18, 2018
How the Legalization of Sports Betting Will Affect the NBA

How the Legalization of Sports Betting Will Affect the NBA

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst breaks down the implications of Monday’s Supreme Court decision to legalize sports betting at the federal level. Monday’s Supreme Court decision to officially make sports gambling legal at the federal level, opening the door to allow individual states to legalize the practice, left many questions, especially in regard to how it will affect professional sports league. ESPN senior writer Brian Windhorst has compiled a handy FAQ for how the decision is expected to affect the NBA specifically. Among the more interesting explanations: Q: Will the players get a...
May 18, 2018
Neil Olshey Reflects on Zach Collins, Trade Assets

Neil Olshey Reflects on Zach Collins, Trade Assets

Olshey joined an ESPN panel at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago to discuss Zach Collins’ first year and how the team moves forward. Portland Trail Blazers President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey joined the ESPN crew on-site at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago to talk about one of his first-round picks last year, Zach Collins, as well as the team’s outlook after getting swept by the New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA Playoffs. Here are some highlights from his interview (you can find the whole video here). On Zach Collins and his first year in the league “Zach is an example of...
May 18, 2018
A Blazers Rebuild Would Require Trading Lillard, McCollum

A Blazers Rebuild Would Require Trading Lillard, McCollum

A reader asks if Portland has a credible “blow it up” plan if things don’t work out. They have options, but they’re not pretty. As we chronicled a couple of days ago, the Portland Trail Blazers are in the midst of an identity crisis. They’re a low- to mid-level playoff team. They need to get better, but lack a clear path and strong assets to do so. If ascending to elite status in the NBA’s Western Conference isn’t in the cards for Portland, what about a rebuild? What would retooling look like, if it’s to be effective? That’s the subject of today’s Blazer’s Edge...