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Jul 2, 2022
What Does a ‘Better Than Ever’ Damian Lillard Even Look Like?

What Does a ‘Better Than Ever’ Damian Lillard Even Look Like?

Photo by Zach Beeker/NBAE via A few months back, the Portland Trail Blazers star entertained the idea of returning “better than ever” from his abdominal surgery. Already a top-10 player, what would that next level look like? If it could be done on a basketball court, particularly offensively, odds are Portland Trail Blazers star point guard Damian Lillard has done it. One-legged fadeaways out of the triple threat, à la Dirk Nowitzki? It’s not often, but he’s done it. Reverse, switch-hand scoop shots across the board with two defenders on his back? Sure....
Jun 28, 2022
Rumor: Blazers Guard Anfernee Simons Could Earn $80 Million in Free Agency

Rumor: Blazers Guard Anfernee Simons Could Earn $80 Million in Free Agency

Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via The talented, 23-year-old guard is projected to earn a hefty payday in the near future. In short time, Portland Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons has proven to the NBA stratosphere that he can score points by the boatload. As one of the top free agents on the market, the 2022-23 offseason projects to be the year his contract reflects that talent level as well. According to HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto, four different NBA executives believe the talented combo guard could receive a “four-year, $80-plus million deal,” along with...
Jun 17, 2022
Blazers Clock In At No. 23 on ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Power Rankings

Blazers Clock In At No. 23 on ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Power Rankings

Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Hours after the Warriors’ season-clinching Finals win, ESPN took a look at 2022-23 in their way-too-early rankings. With the 2021-22 NBA season now in the history books, the focus has now shifted towards the offseason and 2022-23 campaign. One day after the Golden State Warriors’ series-clinching win, ESPN’s experts have put together a way-too-early Power Rankings, with the Portland Trail Blazers earning the No. 23 spot. The panel included nine different analysts, which was said to take into account both player progression and...
Jun 9, 2022
Nurkic, Simons, Among Hollinger’s Top Free Agents to Watch

Nurkic, Simons, Among Hollinger’s Top Free Agents to Watch

Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Using his BORD$ metric, John Hollinger of The Athletic projected what the Blazers could do with their unrestricted free agent talent this summer. As the NBA pivots closer and closer towards the 2022-23 offseason, one question is sure to prevail across all 32 organizations: what must be done to get better? This year’s free agency class — though not as star-studded as in years past — will provide that chance. As John Hollinger of The Athletic considers in his annual BORD$ projections, the Portland Trail Blazers will be tasked with...
Jun 8, 2022
Multiple Blazers Headline HoopsHype’s 2022-23 Trade Value Rankings

Multiple Blazers Headline HoopsHype’s 2022-23 Trade Value Rankings

Photo by Steph Chambers/ The Top 100 was headlined by Trail Blazers of the past, the present, and perhaps, even the future. Across the league, NBA insiders view the Portland Trail Blazers as a potential trade partner to watch this offseason. After making three trades over a six-day span in early February of last season, the team both showed their willingness to deal, and found new assets. In HoopsHype’s 2022-23 Trade Value Rankings, Blazers of both the past and present made appearances along the Top 100. Six-time All-Star Damian Lillard commands top billing as the...
Jun 6, 2022
McCollum, Redick Discuss Load Management Misconceptions, Shortening NBA’s Season

McCollum, Redick Discuss Load Management Misconceptions, Shortening NBA’s Season

Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via The former Blazers guard uncovered some little-known layers of “rest days” in the NBA on ESPN’s First Take From 2015-16 to 2019-20 as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers, only a single NBA player logged more regular season minutes than CJ McCollum. One of the more durable players of his time, the talented two-guard took to ESPN’s First Take along with JJ Redick, peeling the curtain back on some of the little-known misconceptions regarding load management, “designated rest days,” and a take on the question of if the NBA...

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