Portland, Houston and Denver to open team facilities

From Rob Goldberg of B/R The Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets are among the first teams opening their facilities Friday as part of a return from the hiatus caused by the coronavirus, according to Jeff Zillgitt and Mark Medina of USA Today.  “That’s the plan,” Rockets CEO Tad Brown said of opening on May 8. “We’re certainly expecting it, and we’ll provide the safest possible environment for our guys.” The NBA announced last month that beginning on May 8, teams could begin reopening facilities in accordance with the relaxation of state and local COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.…

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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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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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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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Damian Lillard and Hassan Whiteside out against Milwaukee

When the 5-10 Portland Trail Blazers take on the Milwaukee Bucks Thursday night, they will do so without Damian Lillard and Hassan Whiteside. Anfernee Simons is listed as probable.

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Carmelo Anthony to Trail Blazers

Carmelo Anthony is back in the NBA. The ten-time All-Star agreed to a non-guaranteed contract with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to reporting by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Anthony, was boasts a career scoring average of 24 points per game, last appeared in an NBA game in November 2018 when he averaged 13.4 during his ten games with the Houston Rockets. The Trail Blazers have stumbled out of the gates to a 4-8 start are thin and at and need production out of their frontcourt, in lieu of the injury to…

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Portland’s Zach Collins has dislocated shoulder, MRI forthcoming

The Portland Trail Blazers were able to leave Dallas with a 121-119 victory but they did not make it out of town unscathed. Zach Collins dislocated his left shoulder while battling for a rebounds late in the third quarter and did not return to the ballgame. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Collins will have an MRI Monday. The third year big man out of Gonzaga was going to be called upon this season to play in a bigger role than in either of his first two seasons, with the only…

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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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