Blazers send Bazemore, Tolliver and picks to Kings for Ariza, Swanigan and Gabriel

from Katu news and blazers edge: PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Trail Blazers traded Kent Bazemore, Anthony Tolliver and two second-round pics to the Sacramento Kings Saturday in exchange for Trevor Ariza, Wenyen Gabriel, and Caleb Swanigan, a source tells ESPN. According to ESPN reporter, the trade will save the Trail Blazers $12.3 million and will cut the team’s luxury tax bill in half. The Portland Trail Blazers are ranked 10th in the West as they head into their game Saturday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Tolliver scored a season-high 16…

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CJ McCollum out for game against Thunder

Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum will not be in the lineup tonight when the Blazers meet up with the Oklahoma City Thunder. NBC Sports Northwest’s Jamie Hudson reports that it is a right ankle sprain that will keep him out of tonight’s contest. McCollum suffered the sprain in the Blazers’ 120-112 loss to the Dallas Mavericks Friday night. With McCollum and his 21.5 ppg absent, the Blazers will need even more contributions from Carmelo Anthony, but this presents an opportunity for young guys like Anfernee Simons and Nassir Little…

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Melo hits game winner against Raptors

The legend of Carmelo Anthony as a Portland Trail Blazer added another chapter Tuesday night in Toronto. In a tied game late in the fourth quarter, Anthony canned the basket that proved to be the game winner. Anthony finished the evening with 28 points.

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Zach Randolph is hanging his sneakers up

Zach Randolph is calling it a career. Z-Bo told TMZ Sports that playing in the Association is no longer on his mind. Randolph did not appear in one game in 2018-19 and the Dallas Mavericks waived him in February after acquiring the vet in a trade with the Kings. Z-Bo was drafted back in 2001 out of Michigan State by the Portland Jail Blazers, where he would spend his first six seasons. In his time as a Blazer, he averaged 16.0 points and 7.7 rebounds per game , including his…

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Carmelo Anthony out against Timberwolves

Carmelo Anthony will not be available for the Trail Blazers’ game against the Minnesota Timberwolves Saturday night. Melo suffered a knee contusion in the first half of the team’s game Friday night against the Orlando Magic that kept him out of the second half. Since being signed by the Blazers earlier this season, Anthony, for the most part, has played pretty good basketball, averaging 16.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.

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Melo throws down oop

Carmelo Anthony continues to impress since signing with the Portland Trail Blazers, which also already been more successful than the cup of coffee he had with the Houston Rockets last season. He’s averaged 16.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists since signing with the Blazers, and even got into a defensive stance one time. The 35-year-old has gotten above the rim a few times, showing there may be something left in those legs yet. Here is he calling for and catching an alley-oop from Gary Trent Jr.

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Carmelo Anthony’s contract now guaranteed

Carmelo Anthony’s contract is now guaranteed for the rest of this season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. In eight games with the Portland Trail Blazers, Anthony is averaging 16.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.8 on 44.8% from the floor in 31.0 minutes per contest.

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Pau Gasol is newest addition to Trail Blazers coaching staff

Tuesday night Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stots let reporters know that the recently waived Pau Gasol would join the coaching staff after he returns from Spain. Gasol, 39, was waived November 20 to focus more on recovery from the foot surgery he had back in May. This confirmed rumblings that the two-time champion and six-time All-Star would be taking a coaching role with the team.

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Chris Haynes’ article on Carmelo Anthony criticism over POTW award

Here is a fine article from Chris Haynes discussing Carmelo Anthony’s dismissal of his critics. https://sports.yahoo.com/melo-on-player-of-the-week-criticism-ive-come-too-far-to-start-listening-to-that-bull-202526603.html

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Damian Lillard to return against Cleveland

According to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, Portland Trail Blazers star point guard Damian Lillard will be in the lineup for the team’s game against the woeful Cleveland Cavaliers Saturday. He had missed the previous two contests with back spasms.

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