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  1. The Extra Pass Wednesday Roundup: Talking tanking (or not) in Phoenix

    Oct 31, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

          PHOENIX — After the Suns traded their projected starting center in Marcin Gortat to the Wizards in exchange for an injured player who might not play this season and a future first round draft pick, and did so less than a week before the start of the regular season, it doesn’t exactly…

  2. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Let the season begin!

    Oct 28, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    To celebrate a new season, we bring you a new set of NBA Power Rankings from PBT. Let the kvetching about your ranking begin! Just remember that this is an exercise in fun — these are meaningless as the NBA has a playoff system to decide who is best. What sport would rely on journalist’s…

  3. Thomas Robinson with impressive putback dunk (VIDEO)

    Oct 21, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Thomas Robinson

    Thomas Robinson is going to get a chance in Portland as part of a revamped Trail Blazers bench. We’ll see what he does with that chance. What he did with it Sunday was throw down a big putback dunk, pretty much pushing teammate Robin Lopez out of the way to do it. Still, this was…

  4. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The Portland Trail Blazers

    Oct 10, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Hornets Trail Blazers Basketball

    Last Season: The Blazers spent the first half of the season threatening for a playoff spot, but one of the worst benches in NBA history ultimately sunk the team’s chances. Damian Lillard‘s scoring prowess made him the fourth unanimous Rookie of the Year winner in NBA history, and it simulatenously provided hope that Portland’s current core…

  5. Blazers’ Nicolas Batum suffers concussion, out for a bit

    Oct 9, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Nicolas Batum, Willie Green

    The basketball gods continue to torment Portland, for reasons unknown. Reports surfaced Tuesday afternoon that Portland’s Nicolas Batum had left practice after a hard fall — he had gone up for a dunk that was contested by Will Barton and ended up hitting the deck. However, it can be hard to read too much into…

  6. LaMarcus Aldridge has quad injury, will be out for “a few days” at least

    Oct 3, 2013, 6:20 PM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Marcus  Camby

    UPDATE 8:12 pm: The Trail Blazers are now saying this is not a quadracept injury, not a hip flexor. We’ll assume that is true, but I’m not sure it changes much. LaMarcus Aldridge will be out for a little while but the Trail Blazers need to let this rest because they don’t want this to…

  7. Blazers GM is incredibly sick of LaMarcus Aldridge trade questions

    Oct 2, 2013, 10:17 AM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge

    LaMarcus Aldridge has said he has not requested a trade — but he has admitted to frustration. He has said he likes the team’s off-season moves and wants to see if they can win in Portland. But somebody around Aldridge is talking. Reportedly he has his eye on the door when he’s a free agent in…

  8. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The Charlotte Bobcats

    Oct 2, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Al Jefferson

    Last season: Remember when the Bobcats started the season out 7-5 and we all kind of did a double take? That really happened, there was a moment where we wondered if this team wasn’t as terrible as we all thought. Then reality hit. The Bobcats went 14-56 the rest of the season. Charlotte had the…

  9. LaMarcus Aldridge plans to shoot more 3-pointers

    Oct 1, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge

    The following chart shows the 60 players who took the most shots from at least 15 feet last season, sorted from left to right by most to least qualifying shots. The bars’ heights represent how many of those shots were 3-pointers. As you’d expect, most players who take a lot of jump shots also take…

  10. Wojnarowski: Lamarcus Aldridge will be in Portland for the foreseeable future

    Sep 26, 2013, 11:02 PM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Marcus  Camby

    There were reports earlier this summer that LaMarcus Aldridge was unhappy, and wanted out of Portland. The way the team has performed during his seven years there, the frustration level is somewhat understandable. The Blazers have only made the playoffs in three of those seasons, and were first round losers every single time. The last…

  11. Bobcats’ GM compares Cody Zeller to LaMarcus Aldridge

    Sep 25, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Cody Zeller

    LaMarcus Aldridge is a two-time All-Star who last season averaged 21 points and 9 rebounds a game. He has a variety of moves he can use to score from the post, has a turnaround jumper that is deadly and unblockable, he has a midrange game you have to respect (he shot 42 percent from the…

  12. Batum says Aldridge doesn’t want to be traded, just wants team to improve

    Aug 23, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Nicolas Batum

    What else was Nicolas Batum going to say? That his team’s best player wants out? Rumors have swirled this summer that Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge wants out of Portland and his people have asked for a trade. Aldridge has denied this but the talk has continued to swirl. Nicolas Batum was asked about those rumors, speaking…

  13. Thomas Robinson says he feels “wanted” in Portland

    Aug 20, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Dallas Mavericks

    One year ago Thomas Robinson was the No. 5 overall pick, now he enters he second NBA season already on his third team. He was drafted into the mess that was Sacramento, was traded to Houston where he showed some flashes but where he was mostly an asset to be moved in the Rockets’ Dwight…

  14. Blazers GMs says Aldridge is happy, scoffs at trade rumors

    Aug 9, 2013, 2:38 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers

    Portland has a LaMarcus Aldridge issue to deal with — there are reports he is unhappy and his people have come to the Blazers proposing trades. Aldridge has denied all of this. Of course, if you’re an unhappy player it is best to have your agent and others do this kind of legwork while you…

  15. Mo Williams says he could have started elsewhere, wanted to win in Portland

    Aug 8, 2013, 8:53 PM EDT

    Mo Williams

    Mo Williams had some options, there were a number of teams that had interest in him — at Summer League you heard teams surprised he was available. The Miami Heat were among the teams that wanted him. Williams wanted a chance to win plus more than just the league minimum salary. He got it in…

  16. Door is open if Aldridge wants to be part of Team USA next summer

    Jul 31, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge

    What are you looking for in big men whose games translate to the international hoops style of play? They have to be athletic and able to run the floor (the USA plays an uptempo, pressure defense style), he needs to be able to defend multiple positions, grab rebounds, and he needs to score inside and…

  17. NBA post free agency Power Rankings: Who is closing in on Miami?

    Jul 29, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul and Griffin wait for play to resume as the Clippers trail the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    This summer saw Dwight Howard find a new home, the Clippers and Pacers add depth, and a few other teams making bold moves to get better (or, in some cases, worse intentionally). So how did all this impact the PBT Power Rankings? Glad you asked. Here is where things stand this summer (the number in…

  18. Wednesday And-1 Links: Adam Morrison retires, joins Gonzaga staff

    Jul 25, 2013, 9:09 PM EDT

    amorrison

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points more than we like to debate In-n-Out vs. Five Guys (it’s In-n-Out, obviously)…. •…

  19. Harden thinks Thomas Robinson will be fit in with Portland

    Jul 22, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Dallas Mavericks

    Thomas Robinson had a nice Summer League in Las Vegas. He’s a plus rebounder that not only gets the balls in his position but also takes them away from other guys, and he averaged 12.8 rebounds a game. He also averaged 10.4 points and 1.2 blocks through five games. However, the shooting woes were still…

  20. Report: LaMarcus Aldridge’s camp suggests trades to Blazers GM

    Jul 18, 2013, 10:29 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers

    LaMarcus Aldridge has two years left on his contract, which will pay the 27-year-old All Star forward $30.4 million. But there have been all kinds of rumblings about him wanting out of the Pacific Northwest, which puts Portland GM Neil Olshey in the same position the Jazz front office was with Deron Williams (and Denver…

  21. Report: J.J. Hickson reaches three-year deal to join Nuggets

    Jul 7, 2013, 7:59 PM EDT

    J.J. Hickson

    J.J. Hickson had a breakout year in Portland last season finally starting to deliver on long-seen promise — he averaged 12.9 points a game on 56.7 percent shooting, 10 rebounds a game and had a PER of 19.9. However he didn’t fit with the Blazers — Hickson is a four, the Blazers already have one…

  22. Dwight Howard and James Harden could form NBA’s best duo

    Jul 5, 2013, 7:43 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Dwight Howard is a center. James Harden is a guard. Howard is one of the NBA’s best defenders. Harden is one of the league’s top offensive players. Howard is an elite interior scorer. Harden’s range extends beyond the 3-point line. Howard is excellent as the screener in pick-and-rolls. Harden is superb as the ball-handler on…

  23. Kings’ brass visit Alabama with DeMarcus Cousins’ big payday looming

    Jul 5, 2013, 12:47 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    In the last two years, a dozen players have posted 17 points and nine rebounds in a season. Here’s the list with the terms of each player’s most recent contract or extension in parentheses: Blake Griffin (five years, $95 million) Dwight Howard (five years, $83,235,900) David Lee (six years, $79,537,680) LaMarcus Aldridge (five years, $65…

  24. Brandan Wright poised to get substantially bigger contract

    Jul 1, 2013, 11:41 AM EDT

    Bradnon Wright

    Just 14 players have ranked in the top 25 for PER in each of the last two seasons: LeBron James, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook, Al Jefferson, LaMarcus Aldridge, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Kobe Bryant, Brandan Wright, Kyrie Irving and Stephen Curry. The 13 highest-paid members of that group, even…

  25. LaMarcus Aldridge says he hasn’t demanded a trade from the Blazers

    Jun 30, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    When a report surfaced a few days ago that had LaMarcus Aldridge unhappy in Portland and potentially wanting out, the impending denial from Aldridge that was almost certainly on the way was completely expected. With no leverage to force a trade out of town, and with Aldridge being one of the team’s two cornerstones along…

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