Blazers’ Zach Collins tears ligament in right ankle, expected to be ready for camp

Portland Trail Blazers center Zach Collins sustained a grade 2 ankle sprain which tore a ligament. It was first reported by NBC Sports Northwest that Collins suffered the injury during a workout a few weeks ago, something that was just confirmed by the Blazer this week. Fortunately the injury does not require surgery and Collins is expected to be ready to go for training camp. After Josef Nurkic went down with a broken leg late in the season , Collins played well in the playoffs and showed some flashes of…

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CJ McCollum agrees to 3-year, $100 million extension

Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum agrees to a three-year, $100 million extension with the ballclub. McCollum’s agent , Excel Sports’ Sam Goldfeder told ESPN that the deal extends his current deal to five years and $157 million. With Damian Lillard inking a four-year, $196 million deal earlier this summer, the Blazers now have backcourt locked up into the mid 2020’s. McCollum played in 70 games last season and averaged 21.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per contest and has increased that output in the playoffs over the last…

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Pau Gasol agrees to one-year deal with Portland Trail Blazers

Free agent Pau Gasol has agreed to a one-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Gasol began last season with the Spurs before being bought out. He signed with the Bucks but only appeared in three games before suffering a stress fracture in his left foot, ending his season. Gasol will bring experience and championship pedigree to an already solid big man lineup that includes Zach Collins, Hassan Whiteside, and (eventually) Jusef Nurkic.

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Heat send Whiteside to Portland for Harkless and Leonard

The Miami Heat have sent center Hassan Whiteside to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Maurice Harkless and Meyers Leonard. Whiteside, who averaged 12.3 points and 11.7 rebounds per game, can provide a defensive presence in the middle that can help to erase mistakes made on the perimeter. For Miami, Leonard can provide shooting from the center position, while Harkless’ length and athleticism on the perimeter can help defensively and he can also be a respectable three point shooter.

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Terry Stotts and Trail Blazers agree to new multiyear deal

What a difference a year can make. After embarrassingly getting swept out of last year’s playoffs by the New Orleans Pelicans, there was some speculation that Stotts’ job could be in trouble. A report by the Sporting News’ Mitch L:awrence indicates that late owner Paul Allen had denied Stotts request for a contract extension only fueled those fires. Blazers GM Neil Olshey stuck with Coach Stotts and the team enjoyed their deepest playoff run since 2000, unfortunately ending in a sweep to two-time defending champion Golden State. According to Joe…

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Damian Lillard and Trail Blazers “expected” to agreed to supermax deal

According to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, Damian Lillard is expected to sign a four-year $191 million supermax extension sometime this summer. He would qualified for the beefed up extension provided he makes one of the three All-NBA Teams, which, based on the level of play Lillard showed this season, seems to be a forgone conclusion. There are two years and $62 million owed to Lillard on his current deal. The extension would kick in after the 20-21 season and he would be 35 when that potential contract would expire. Lillard…

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May 15, 2019 NBA Playoff Recap

Stephen CurryGSW vs. POR 36 6 7 9-15 3-pt Klay ThompsonGSW vs. POR 26 1 3 3 stl, 2 blk Rodney HoodPOR @ GSW 17 3 1 M. HarklessPOR @ GSW 17 4 1 3 blk Draymond GreenGSW vs. POR 12 10 5 2 stl, 3 blk Enes KanterPOR @ GSW 10 16 3 Jonas JerebkoGSW vs. POR 9 5 2 Damian LillardPOR @ GSW 19 4 6 Kevon LooneyGSW vs. POR 6 2 1 3 stl Andre IguodalaGSW vs. POR 4 3 5 2 stl Yesterday’s Scores  Portland Trail…

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Blazers’ Hood has Bone Bruise

After hyperextending his left knee in the Trail Blazers’ game seven win over the Denver Nuggets, there was concern over if and when Hood would be available for the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors. Hood underwent an MRI, and much to everyone’s relief, it came back clean and his status has been listed as day-to-day for the conference finals. Trail Blazers beat reporter Casey Holdahl reported that Hood has a bone bruise in his left knee. Joe Freeman of The Oregonian also reported Hood’s status. Though he only has…

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May 1, 2019 NBA Playoff Recap

Top Performers Enes KanterPOR @ DEN 15 9 1 2 stl, 2 blk Nikola JokicDEN vs. POR 16 14 7 Paul MillsapDEN vs. POR 14 11 0 2 stl, 2 blk Rodney HoodPOR @ DEN 15 3 0 3 blk CJ McCollumPOR @ DEN 20 6 6 Al-Farouq AminuPOR @ DEN 11 10 1 Malik BeasleyDEN vs. POR 13 3 2 Jamal MurrayDEN vs. POR 15 7 1 Zach CollinsPOR @ DEN 10 6 1 Damian LillardPOR @ DEN 14 4 4 2 stl Yesterday’s Scores Portland Trail Blazers  97…

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