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  1. 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…

  2. 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,…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Fernandez to play out NBA deal before returning to Spain

    Jul 5, 2011, 10:16 AM EST

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    Over the weekend we told you about Real Madrid’s effort to entice Rudy Fernandez to come play in Spain. Which was a pretty smart move by the team, to try and lure him over during the lockout and be able to keep him in his native Spain, a place he said he wanted to return…

  15. Blazers were aware of Roy’s knee issues when they signed him to a max contract

    Jul 2, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    Former GM Kevin Pritchard went on John Canzano’s radio show in Portland to talk about his time and experience with the Blazers before he was (randomly) fired, and his thoughts on the league going forward. During the interview, Pritchard left an interesting bit of information out there regarding the decision to grant Brandon Roy his…

  16. Blazers’ Matthews attempts to rehab ankle

    Jun 29, 2011, 7:59 PM EST

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    The Oregonian’s Joel Freeman has some surprising news on the health of Blazers guard Wesley Matthews: When Wesley Matthews collapsed to the floor during a fluke post-practice accident in January, he hobbled into the trainer’s room in noticeable pain but was seemingly fine. He started at shooting guard the next night, scoring 26 points in a victory…

  17. Blazers to keep Oden, extend one-year, $8.8 million offer

    Jun 29, 2011, 4:33 PM EST

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    The Portland Trail Blazers are not willing to give up on Greg Oden quite yet. The team offered the oft-injured center a one-year, $8.8 million qualifying offer for next season, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo, on twitter. Oden can sign the offer (and well may), but just by offering it the Blazers reserve the right…

  18. Felton “willing to sign a long-term deal” in Portland

    Jun 28, 2011, 6:43 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    One of the big trades on draft day involved the Portland Trail Blazers acquiring 27-year old point guard Raymond Felton, who had what was perhaps the best season of his career last season while playing for both the Knicks and the Nuggets after he was sent to Denver in the Carmelo Anthony trade. With veteran…

  19. Portland, Orlando talking swap of point guards Miller, Nelson

    Jun 23, 2011, 1:31 PM EST

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    In what would be an interesting swap of styles and systems, the Orlando Magic and Portland Trail Blazers are talking about swapping point guards. That according to Jonathan Givony at DraftExpress, on twitter. Hearing Portland and Orlando are talking about swapping Andre Miller and Jameer Nelson, with the #21 pick going to Orlando. Orlando has…

  20. Report: Tony Parker to the Trail Blazers was discussed

    Jun 23, 2011, 2:14 AM EST

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    While the Spurs deny it, comments from other teams make it look like Tony Parker is being shopped around like he is on QVC. How serious those talks are is the question. In the case of a Hoopsworld report, things got very close with the Portland Trail Blazers. The San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail…

  21. Former No. 1 pick LaRue Martin talks bust, bouncing back

    Jun 20, 2011, 9:35 PM EST

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    Over the next few days there will be a lot of talk about the biggest draft busts ever (great list here from Hoopism). It’s a fun exercise, for reasons I’ve never fully understood we as a species enjoy watching others struggle and fail. The latest NBA finals seems even more proof of that. Being the…

  22. Ford: Blazers looking to move up to draft a point guard

    Jun 17, 2011, 6:09 PM EST

    Via the good folks at Blazer’s Edge, here’s a tidbit from ESPN.com’s Chad Ford (insider required) on how the Blazers may be looking to trade up in the draft to find a point guard: Finally, the Blazers have been aggressive, according to a number of GMs. They are out there looking for a starting point…

  23. Portland undecided on Miller option

    Jun 16, 2011, 6:43 PM EST

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    The Oregonian’s Mike Tokito had this interesting tidbit about Andre Miller after attending press conference with interim Blazers GM Chad Buchanan: Buchanan was non-committal about the Blazers’ team option on point guard Andre Miller. The Blazers hold a $7.8 million option for Miller for next season, but have yet to exercise it. The 35-year old…

  24. Oden will get contract, but may not play until January

    Jun 16, 2011, 12:49 PM EST

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    It sounds more and more like the Portland Trail Blazers may offer an $8.8 million qualifying offer to Greg Oden so they can keep him. Yes, the Greg Oden who has flashed talent but played in only one quarter of the team’s games the past four seasons due to some serious knee issues. (Possibly, the…

  25. Former Blazers GM Cho takes same job with Bobcats

    Jun 14, 2011, 1:51 AM EST

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    Very smart hire by the Charlotte Bobcats. Rich Cho — who the Blazers surprisingly let go last month because of “chemistry issues” with owner Paul Allen (which seems to happen to a lot of GMs) — has been hired by the Charlotte Bobcats as GM, the team announced late Monday night (via IamaGM.com). It was…

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