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Rodney Hood not surprised by trade, happy to be with Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers netted themselves a solid piece before the trade deadline in Rodney Hood, one of the Cleveland Cavaliers players who were up for sale after a rebuilding year. The 6-foot-8 wing wasn’t shocked his name came up once again for a second straight season at the deadline — not only aware but […] The post Rodney Hood not surprised by trade, happy to be with Blazers appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Could Damian Lillard be the next stranded superstar to request a trade?

It’s still not too late for Damian Lillard. The Portland Trail Blazers are fourth in the Western Conference standings as the All-Star break approaches, with the league’s fourth-best net rating since January 1st. They just fortified a longstanding weakness on the wing by acquiring Rodney Hood at the trade deadline, a move that finally affords […] The post Could Damian Lillard be the next stranded superstar to request a trade? appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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How Do the Trail Blazers Stack Up in the Western Conference Post-Deadline?

Thanks to the Rodney Hood acquisition and inactivity from their competition, the Blazers find themselves in good position in the Western Conference entering the season’s stretch run. The Trade Deadline has come and gone, and the NBA All-Star break is rapidly approaching. The 2019 NBA Playoffs race is starting to take shape, and the Portland Trail Blazers find themselves in the middle of a crowded Western Conference. While the top teams in the East made major moves, it was all quiet on the western front. In fact, the Blazers and Kings were the only real buyers out West. Portland improved...

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Enes Kanter Signs with the Portland Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers filled their final roster spot by signing center Enes Kanter. After trading away Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin IV in the Rodney Hood deal, the Portland Trail Blazers have had an open roster spot. With many veterans hitting the open market following the trade deadline, we knew that Neil Olshey would […] Enes Kanter Signs with the Portland Trail Blazers - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Enes Kanter Agrees to Deal with Trail Blazers

Kanter recently hit the buyout market after a rocky tenure with the Knicks. Former New York Knicks center Enes Kanter has agreed to a deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, reports ESPN NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski. After the Knicks failed to trade Kanter at the NBA Trade Deadline, talks advanced towards a buyout. Enes Kanter has agreed to a deal with Portland, league sources tell ESPN— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 13, 2019 Kanter's agent Mark Bartelstein confirms deal to ESPN now, too.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 13, 2019 Blazers beat a crowded field...

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Labissiere Hoping to Help Blazers After Trade

Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest catches up with the newest Blazer. At the 2019 NBA trade deadline, the Portland Trail Blazers acquired forward Skal Labissiere of the Sacramento Kings in exchange for forward Caleb Swanigan. Labissiere recently talked with NBC Sports Northwest’s Jamie Hudson about what value he brings to the team: Just do the little things, come in and help the team out anyway I can...Whether it’s talk on defense, set good screens...I see that the offense, it’s really, like the bigs have to set a lot of screens for Dame and CJ to get them open. Labissiere has yet...

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Stotts Continuing to Tweak Trail Blazers

The starting forwards don’t provide much offensively. Terry Stotts is looking for effective combinations. The Portland Trail Blazers acquired Rodney Hood last week in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers. While not a home run, blockbuster deadline deal, it was an easy call in that Portland sent back two non-rotation players to Cleveland in Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin IV. This creates its own set of problems for Stotts to solve; how to find effective minutes for everyone on the supporting cast. You have the newly acquired Hood, a capable scoring wing that has averaged 13 points per game...

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Blazers Rank Near Top of Post-Deadline Tax Teams

The Blazers remain in the luxury tax after a flurry of moves at the NBA Trade Deadline. The Portland Trail Blazers are still a top luxury tax team despite making a pair of moves at the NBA Trade Deadline. New figures from ESPN’s NBA salary cap guru Bobby Marks report that the Blazers are ranked No. 4 in teams headed into the luxury tax. Per team projected luxury tax breakdown (post trade deadline):1. OKC- $58.4M2. GSW- $50.3M3. TOR- $17.6M4. POR- $12.97M5. BOS- $3.76M6. MIA- $1.7M*Expect an increase based on open roster spots.— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) February 10, 2019 Portland...

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You Make the Call: How Much Better Did the Blazers Get at the Deadline?

Weigh in. Did the Blazers improve any? If so, how much? NBA Trade Deadline Week, 2019 has come to a close. After being linked with several key players, the Portland Trail Blazers made two actual moves. With 48 hours to reflect and one great Rodney Hood performance under their belts, how much better would you say the Blazers got, if at all? Here is the summary of the trades. The Blazers lost: Nik Stauskas, Wade Baldwin IV, Caleb Swanigan, and second-round picks in 2021 and 2023. The Blazers welcomed: Rodney Hood and Skal Labissiere Here are the options: The Blazers got markedly worse,...

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Blazers at Mavericks Preview: 12PM Tip!

Two new-look teams clash as the Blazers get another shot at Luka Doncic and the Mavs. Portland Trail Blazers (33-21) at Dallas Mavericks (25-29) Sunday, February 10th - 12:00 p.m. PTBlazers injuries: NoneMavericks injuries: J.J. Barea (out), Kristaps Porzingis (out)How to watch on TV: NBCSNW, NBA League Pass (outside of Portland)How to stream: YouTube Live TV, Playstation Vue, Hulu Live TV, FuboTV, NBA League Pass (outside of Portland)Radio: 620 AMSBN Affiliate: Mavs Moneyball Two squads re-energized by the trade deadline clash in the Lone Star State, with the teams moving in different...

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The Best Options on the NBA Buyout Market for the Portland Trail Blazers

After the conclusion of the trade deadline, we now have a clear picture of the NBA buyout market. Here are the best options for the Portland Trail Blazers. The NBA trade deadline left several players available on the open market. Lottery-bound teams started looking ahead to the upcoming draft and decided to waive or buy out some […] The Best Options on the NBA Buyout Market for the Portland Trail Blazers - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Diving into the Portland Trail Blazers roster: Rodney Hood

It’s time to dive into one of the Portland Trail Blazers’ newest acquisitions, Rodney Hood. Days before the trade deadline, the Portland Blazers acquired winger Rodney Hood from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Nik Stauskus, Wade Baldwin, and two second-round picks (2021, 2023). The Duke product was drafted 23rd overall by the Utah Jazz, […] Diving into the Portland Trail Blazers roster: Rodney Hood - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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New Lineup Brings New Hopes

Rodney Hood’s arrival and Jake Layman’s continued good play make Portland more dangerous. The trade deadline has passed and barring a late addition in the buyout market or a 10-day addition, the 14-man roster the Trail Blazers currently have is what they’ll look to close out the season with . The additions of Rodney Hood and Skal Labissiere are welcome. Turning the 13th, 14th & 15th guys on your roster into a 5th through 8th guy and an upgrade at the reserve big position- even if it wasn’t the big move Portland fans were hoping for. Now the question is, how will the Blazers utilize...

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Portland Trail Blazers: Analyzing Skal Labissiere’s Game

On Thursday, the Portland Trail Blazers acquired Skal Labissiere from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Caleb Swanigan. Here is a breakdown of his game. The Portland Trail Blazers made a trade right before the trade deadline. No, unfortunately, they did not acquire Nikola Mirotic, Taurean Waller-Prince, or Aaron Gordon. Instead, the front office made […] Portland Trail Blazers: Analyzing Skal Labissiere’s Game - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Olshey: Trail Blazers Open to Buyout Market

The Blazers’ executive tells NBC Sports Northwest’s Dwight Jaynes that the team will pursue a recently bought-out player if it is the right fit. The NBA Trade Deadline has come and gone, and with the dust settled, a multitude of players have swapped uniforms. However, don’t expect the transactions to stop anytime soon. A number of notable players—including the likes of Wesley Matthews and Enes Kanter—have had their contracts bought out and will hit the open market. The Portland Trail Blazers exit the deadline with a vacant roster spot, making them a logical candidate to pursue...

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NBA Trade Grades: Kings, Blazers swap Skal Labissiere for Caleb Swanigan

The Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers swapped reserve power forwards at the 2019 NBA Trade Deadline. Here are the NBA Trade Grades for both sides. The week leading up to the 2019 NBA Trade Deadline was hectic. Numerous players changed addresses, greatly shifting the NBA landscape in the process. Among the flurry of crazy […] NBA Trade Grades: Kings, Blazers swap Skal Labissiere for Caleb Swanigan - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats

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ESPN Says Blazers Did Decently at Trade Deadline

Portland’s moves weren’t as spectacular as hoped, but ESPN calls them passable. The Portland Trail Blazers acquired Rodney Hood and Skal Labissiere at the 2019 NBA Trade Deadline. The moves weren’t flashy: Anthony Davis was nowhere to be found; Nikola Mirotic and Otto Porter went elsewhere. But ESPN gave the Blazers more-than-passing grades for the transactions, reasoning that the price wasn’t high and the upside was measurable. Evaluating the Rodney Hood for Nik Stauskas, Wade Baldwin IV, and second-round draft picks deal, Kevin Pelton of ESPN dissects the decline of Stauskas...

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Ellington, Morris Headline Blazers’ Potential Buyout Options

Blazer’s Edge contributor Steve Dewald examines Portland’s options on the buyout market. Fresh off the passing of the NBA Trade Deadline and a win over the Spurs, the Trail Blazers are set to explore the competitive buyout market. Once the dust is settled from a frantic 48 hours of trading, several established players will enter the open market. Armed with an open roster spot and a squad headed for the postseason, President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey has a few tools at his disposal to attract a veteran contributor. Names like Wesley Matthews and Robin Lopez will generate buzz,...

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Blazers Show Off New Hood Ornament in Win

The newest Blazer made an immediate impact in Portland’s 127-118 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. The Portland Trail Blazers bounced back from a tough loss to the Miami Heat with a convincing 127-118 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night, in their first game since the NBA Trade Deadline. Despite 30 points from CJ McCollum, it was recent acquisition Rodney Hood that had Moda Center rocking—as he scored 14 points off the bench in his team debut. The Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan led all scorers in the game with 35. After a back-and-forth first quarter in which both teams shot...

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Portland Trail Blazers: Well, there’s always next year’s trade deadline

The Portland Trail Blazers did not make a blockbuster move at the trade deadline this year. But hey, there’s always next year’s deadline, right? The NBA trade deadline has come and gone, with the Portland Trail Blazers adding two new players in Rodney Hood and Skal Labissiere. For fans hoping the club would make a […] Portland Trail Blazers: Well, there’s always next year’s trade deadline - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Portland Trail Blazers acquire Skal Labissiere

The Portland Trail Blazers traded for the Sacramento Kings’ Skal Labissiere. In their second move before the NBA trade deadline passed, the Portland Trail Blazers acquired Skal Labissiere from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Caleb Swanigan. This wasn’t the headliner type of deal that some fans hoped for, but Labissiere adds some intriguing depth […] Portland Trail Blazers acquire Skal Labissiere - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Report: Blazers, Others Have ‘Expressed Interest’ in Mirotic

Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer lists the Blazers along with the Jazz, Nets and Spurs as possible Mirotic trade partners. The Portland Trail Blazers have already been linked in NBA trade deadline rumors with New Orleans Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic, and that chatter continues with the deadline less than 24 hours away. The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor reported Wednesday that the Blazers have “expressed interest” in Mirotic — which was also said by Sean Deveney of Sporting News on Monday — but O’Connor also lists possible competition in the Utah Jazz, Brooklyn Nets and San Antonio...

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Blazers’ Jusuf Nurkic posts mysterious tweet hinting at move

Could the Portland Trail Blazers be preparing to make a move ahead of the NBA trade deadline on Thursday? Blazers big man Jusuf Nurkic posted a tweet that has everyone wondering the answer to that question: pic.twitter.com/ARVspjAUft — Jusuf Nurkić (@bosnianbeast27) February 7, 2019 Now, of course, Nurkic could merely be reacting to some of […] The post Blazers’ Jusuf Nurkic posts mysterious tweet hinting at move appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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NBA Trade Deadline: Completed Deals

From Otto Porter Jr. to Harrison Barnes, Blazer’s Edge has the latest details on the deals that have been completed prior to the NBA Trade Deadline. The 2019 NBA Trade Deadline has arrived. Wednesday’s action was fast and furious with notable players like Otto Porter Jr, Iman Shumpert, Brandon Knight, Zach Randolph and Harrison Barnes changing hands. The Trail Blazers have remained quiet after landing Rodney Hood on Sunday, but that could change quickly if an unexpected trade partner arises. Breaking deals upcoming! Here are the deals that were completed leading up to the...

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Kings acquire Caleb Swanigan from Blazers for Skal Labissiere

With just under an hour before the end of this season’s trade deadline, the Sacramento Kings pulled the trigger on a deal, sending Skal Labissiere to the Portland Trail Blazers for Caleb Swanigan. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report this deal between the Kings and Blazers: The Kings have traded Skal Labissiere to […] The post Kings acquire Caleb Swanigan from Blazers for Skal Labissiere appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Skal Labissiere Gives the Trail Blazers Small Improvements

The Sacramento forward is an interesting prospect, but has a ways to go. The Portland Trail Blazers traded forward Caleb Swanigan to the Sacramento Kings for Skal Labissiere at the 2019 NBA Trade Deadline. The swap involves two power forwards who barely play. It’s not expected to “move the needle” much, but Labissiere brings incremental improvements, plus a bit of potential, to Portland’s roster. Labissiere is a 6’11 power forward, the 28th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. Coming out of Kentucky he was touted for his wingspan and shooting ability, two qualities which have not changed...

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Blazers Acquire Skal Labissiere from Kings for Swanigan

Portland adds the third-year power forward in exchange for Swanigan. The Portland Trail Blazers have traded second-year forward Caleb Swanigan to the Sacramento Kings for third-year power forward Skal Labissiere, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. It is Portland’s second deal ahead of the NBA Trade Deadline, as they also added Rodney Hood from the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. The Kings have traded Skal Labissiere to the Blazers for Caleb Swanigan, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2019 Labissiere has fallen out of the rotation in...

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Report: Pelicans Trading Mirotic to Bucks

A popular name linked to the Blazers is on to Milwaukee The Portland Trail Blazers and New Orleans Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic have been linked several time in NBA Trade Deadline rumors, but Mirotic is heading to the Milwaukee Bucks, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe. The Pelicans will receive Jason Smith and Stanley Johnson along with four second-round picks in a three-team deal that includes Detroit: Bucks will send Jason Smith and Stanley Johnson to Pelicans for Mirotic, per source. https://t.co/D28YlR6zQ5— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7,...

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