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  1. What the Blazers should do if the lockout ends

    Sep 20, 2011, 6:14 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks - Game One

    The Blazers had an interesting year last season. Brandon Roy‘s injuries made him a shell of his former self, and 2007 #1 pick had yet another devastating knee injury that caused him to miss a full season. However, the team got a breakout year from LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews backed up his contract, and a…

  2. Mavericks’ Rudy Fernandez signs deal with Real Madrid

    Sep 20, 2011, 10:56 AM EST

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    This should not come as a surprise to anybody. After Rudy Fernandez spent all of last summer trying to get Portland to release him so he could return to the Spanish League, he has used the lockout to return to the Spanish League. Probably should have seen that one coming. What we told you was…

  3. Report: Adelman near deal to become Timberwolves coach

    Sep 10, 2011, 3:27 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    If this happens, David Kahn will have won the summer. After having a second interview and some discussions about money, it appears that Rick Adelman is near a deal to take over as the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, reports Bill Ingram at HoopsWorld. Sources close to the situation told HOOPSWORLD that Adelman is…

  4. Lockout takes its toll: Paul Allen sells his private island

    Sep 10, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Paul Allen

    It’s pretty clear we need a massive overhaul of the players’ salaries to save the NBA owners some dough. I mean, look no further than this. Blazers owner Paul Allen is selling his private island. From Yahoo!: Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder that ranks 57th on the Forbes World’s Billionaires list with $13 billion, is…

  5. Report: Couple more names pop up on Blazers GM list

    Sep 9, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

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    The Trail Blazers are looking at the men making basketball decisions for the Cavaliers and Clippers for their front office. Don’t laugh — if the criteria for the job is getting along with a pain-in-the-butt owner who injects himself into basketball decisions at bad times, front office people coming out of Cavalier and Clipper organizations…

  6. Blazers to interview Spurs’ Lindsay, Mullin for GM gig

    Sep 3, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

    Chris Mullin

    The Blazers are starting to get together a list of candidates for the vacant GM job. From Yahoo! Sports: Portland has also received permission to interview Spurs assistant GM Dennis Lindsey, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Lindsey has spoken to Blazers officials by phone, but no formal face-to-face has yet been scheduled, a source said.…

  7. Blazers to interview Thunder’s Weaver for GM position

    Sep 3, 2011, 8:30 AM EST

    Paul Allen

    Straight from Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski’s workaholic head to your eyes: The Portland Trail Blazers have started the interview process for their vacant general manager’s job, meeting with Oklahoma City Thunder executive Troy Weaver in Portland on Thursday, NBA front-offices sources told Yahoo! Sports.More From Adrian WojnarowskiSpurs Blair to play in Russia during lockout Sep…

  8. These are the people really screwed by the lockout

    Sep 1, 2011, 1:03 PM EST

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    The average NBA player is going to have to get by for a while on the $2.3 million he earned last year (that is the median NBA salary). The owners are going to have to get by on their billions. Both sides can afford for this lockout to drag out a while. They’re not the…

  9. LaMarcus Aldridge willing to lose season to get “fair deal”

    Aug 24, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    As we’ve talked about before, we’ve heard from some owners that are willing to scrap the entire 2011-12 season to get a deal that works for them. Remember, six NBA owners also own NHL teams, guys who know that path. Now we’ve got a player saying the same thing. Great. Just great. LaMarcus Aldridge was…

  10. Police say Randolph invited man to sell marijuana at his home

    Aug 22, 2011, 9:14 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Sacramento Kings

    Sorry Memphis fans, we were with you and wanted to believe in the change. A new Zach Randolph. And to be fair we haven’t heard both sides of this story. But this does not look good. According to police, the man that suffered a beating at the home of Randolph — which triggered police to…

  11. Portland fans outpouring humbles Arvydas Sabonis

    Aug 19, 2011, 11:46 AM EST

    Sabonis Hall of Fame

    Arvydas Sabonis is a quiet man, not someone given to grand shows of emotion. But the newly minted Hall of Famer remains one of the most beloved of Trail Blazers, and it showed when more than 2,500 showed up to cheer Sabonis at a rally in the city. All of that seemed to catch Sabonis…

  12. Carl Landry says he’d like to play for Portland

    Aug 18, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

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    When the NBA free agent frenzy hits — and after this lockout ends it will be a frenzy, much like the NFL’s free agency was — Carl Landry is going to have a lot of GMs telling him how great a fit he’s be in “X.” But Landry wants to go where the dream of…

  13. Interim GM Buchanan out of Portland GM search

    Aug 18, 2011, 12:37 PM EST

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    After canning two very well respected general managers — Kevin Pritchard and Rich Cho — the Blazers have decided the guy with the interim tag doesn’t get to keep the job, either. Because we all know that more front office turnover is the most direct path to winning. Chad Buchanan is the guy doing the…

  14. The long, strange trip of Arvydas Sabonis

    Aug 17, 2011, 9:14 PM EST

    Arvydas Sabonis, Bill Walton

    From our “if you’re going to read one thing today” file… There is a fascinating profile of newly-minted Hall of Famer Arvydas Sabonis over at Grantland. Another fine bit of work by Jonathan Abrams. Sabonis is more of a mythical player here in the United States — we’ve heard of the legend of his greatness,…

  15. This is not a shock: Rudy Fernandez reportedly signs in Spain

    Aug 15, 2011, 8:40 AM EST

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    Rudy Fernandez was trying to find a way back to Spain last summer, his agent and he getting fined thanks to public demands, but with a couple years left on his NBA deal there was no path. The lockout has provided him one. There have been rumors for a while now that Fernandez was looking…

  16. Patty Mills has not signed anywhere… but he will

    Aug 4, 2011, 8:55 PM EST

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    Yesterday we told you about reports out of Turkey that Trail Blazers back-up point guard Patty Mills was about to sign there to play during the lockout. Mills wants you to know that is not the case. Not yet anyway. Mills went on 750 The Game in Portland and kind of shot down the rumor…

  17. Turkish team decides to take Patty Mills over Dooling

    Aug 3, 2011, 1:31 PM EST

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    Reports had come out that Keyon Dooling — last seen as a guard off the bench for the Milwaukee Bucks — was going to play for Turkish team Anadolu Efes during the lockout. But it turns out, Anadolu Efes would rather have Patty Mills (last seen as a guard off the Trail Blazers bench). That’s…

  18. Report: Nicolas Batum signs in France

    Jul 30, 2011, 7:44 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets

    You had to expect that the first guys to go hauling across the pond would be those who traversed the body of water in the first place. In short, Europeans are flocking back to their respective homelands in the face of the lockout and a seemingly unavoidable loss of games. Take Nicolas Batum, for example. From…

  19. Brandon Roy says he’s not in any pain. And he’s pretty excited about it.

    Jul 24, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    Brandon Roy had that one fleeting moment. He was back on top, leading the Blazers to a huge comeback playoff win over a higher seed, making good on all that promise,  and showing everyone he can overcome his injuries. It was a great day for Roy, for the Blazers, and their fans. Then reality came…

  20. NBA players returning to Seattle for exhibition

    Jul 20, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

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    It was five years ago Tuesday that the Seattle Sonics were sold to the group — Clay Bennett’s The Professional Basketball Club, LLC — that a couple years later would move them to Oklahoma City. Kevin Pelton has a must-read post on his recolections of that day. There are a lot of good basketball fans…

  21. Blazers GM almost got $1 million fine for saying “yeah”

    Jul 13, 2011, 11:09 AM EST

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    David Stern is all about controlling the message. Only he or his designated representatives will speak to the league on all lockout issues. Not general managers, not coaches, not even team owners. Nobody. The message will be controlled and on point. As a hammer to back that up, there is the threat of a $1…

  22. Timberwolves ask permission to interview Bickerstaff

    Jul 11, 2011, 7:45 PM EST

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    From The Oregonian’s Joel Freeman: The Minnesota Timberwolves have asked the Blazers for permission to interview asst coach Bernie Bickerstaff for their head coach position. The Timberwolves are about to fire head coach Kurt Rambis (if they can’t shame him into quitting so they don’t have to pay him the remaining $4 million on his…

  23. Report: Pacers about to hire former Blazers GM Pritchard

    Jul 8, 2011, 10:35 AM EST

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    Larry Bird didn’t sound like a guy who wanted to hang around much longer, the Indiana Pacers were about to be a team in transition in the front office. It sounds like they found their guy, according to a tweet from Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star. The Pacers are in the process of hiring…

  24. Pritchard talks Paul Allen, choosing Oden over Durant

    Jul 6, 2011, 3:09 PM EST

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    Kevin Pritchard was the hottest general manager in the league, the guy who changed the culture in Portland from the “Jail Blazers” to a young team on the rise. Then he got fired. Abruptly. Reportedly because owner Paul Allen and his tight circle didn’t like Prichard and the credit he was getting for turning around…

  25. Gallinari leads today’s “who might play in Europe” post

    Jul 6, 2011, 11:32 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    With the NBA locked out the siren call of playing in Europe is getting a lot of attention. Each day we will bring you updates on who is going, thinking about going, and who is staying. • Danilo Gallinari of Denver — the Italian forward who was traded from the Knicks to the Nuggets as…

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