Tag:Portland Trail Blazers
Posted on: December 15, 2011 2:09 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2011 2:12 pm
 

Jamal Crawford to sign 2-year deal with Blazers

Posted by Ben Golliverjamal-crawford-blazers

A lengthy courtship has come to fruition. 

SI.com reports and Ken Berger of CBSSports.com confirms that unrestricted free agent guard Jamal Crawford has chosen to sign a 2-year contract worth $10 million with the Portland Trail Blazers. The second year of the deal will be on a player's option.

Crawford posted a Twitter mesage shortly thereafter: "rip City!!!"

To legally make that offer, Portland must move below the luxury tax line so that they are able to re-acquire their full Mid-Level Exception. That could come via a massive salary dump in a trade or by using the amnesty clause on guard Brandon Roy, who recently announced his decision to pursue a medical retirement because of multiple knee injuries. 

Back in November, Crawford told CBSSports.com that the interest between himself and the Blazers was mutual. Members of the Blazers, including franchise forward LaMarcus Aldridge, had been aggressively recruiting Crawford, a Seattle native, to add depth to Portland's backcourt, which took a hit with the loss of Roy a trade that sent backup guard Rudy Fernandez to the Dallas Mavericks on the night of the 2011 NBA Draft.

Crawford, 31, averaged 14.2 points and 3.2 assists for the Atlanta Hawks last season and was named the NBA's sixth man in 2010. The Hawks, after dishing out big dollar deals to guard Joe Johnson and big man Al Horford, and with forward Josh Smith on the books for big money already, opted not to offer Crawford an extension.
Posted on: December 13, 2011 4:15 pm
Edited on: December 13, 2011 6:14 pm
 

Mavs trade Fernandez, Brewer to Nuggets

Posted by Ben Golliverrudy-fernandez

Grand opening. Grand closing?

Guard Rudy Fernandez's career with the Dallas Mavericks may be over before it even started. TuBasket.com and ESPN.com both reported on Tuesday that the Mavericks will move the moody shooting guard to the Denver Nuggets. ESPN.com reported that the Mavericks would receive a future second round pick and included reserve guard Corey Brewer in the deal as well. NBA.com quickly confirmed those details.

The Mavericks acquired Fernandez from the Portland Trail Blazers on the night of the 2011 NBA Draft for a first round pick that the Blazers re-routed to the Nuggets with guard Andre Miller in a trade for Raymond Felton. During the lockout, Fernandez, a Spanish national team player, signed a multi-year contract with Real Madrid.

Brewer, a lithe wing, signed with the Mavericks in March after getting bought out by the New York Knicks after they acquired him in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves that helped facilitate the acquisition of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony

Recent reports indicated that Fernandez, who regularly complained at his role in Portland, would not be happy in Dallas if he did not receive ample playing time and was considering requesting a buyout. Following the 2011-2012 season, Fernandez is free to return to play for Real Madrid. He reportedly had issues with his travel visa that delayed his arrival to Dallas' training camp.

On Monday, Dallas announced the signing of free agent wing Vince Carter and reports surfaced that the Mavericks had signed free agent guard Delonte West as well. Over the weekend, Dallas swung a trade for Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom, too, giving Dallas 11 players competing for playing time at the one, two and three positions.

Fernandez, 26, has not yet delivered on the considerable hype he brought with him to the NBA following the 2008 Olympics, where Spain won the Silver Medal. Last season, Fernandez averaged 8.6 points and 2.5 assists in 78 games for the Blazers.

Brewer, 25, played just 13 games for Dallas last season, posting season averages of 8.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in 69 combined appearances for the Mavericks and the Timberwolves.
Posted on: December 10, 2011 2:18 am
Edited on: December 10, 2011 2:24 am
 

LaMarcus Aldridge undergoes heart procedure

Posted by Ben Golliverlamarcus-aldridge-por

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Bad things happen in threes.

The Portland Trail Blazers announced on Friday that forward LaMarcus Aldridge underwent a successful ablation procedure to correct a recurring problem with his heart.  
Portland Trail Blazers forward/center LaMarcus Aldridge underwent a successful procedure today to evaluate the status of the electrical system in his heart, it was announced today by the team. He will be sidelined for 5-7 days before he can return to practice. Aldridge, who was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome in 2007, underwent a similar procedure to correct the problem at the time of diagnosis.  
Aldridge's diagnosis and procedure occurred on the same day that the Blazers confirmed that guard Brandon Roy would pursue a medical retirement and that center Greg Oden had suffered a "setback" in his rehabilitation from a Nov. 2009 microfracture that puts his availability during the 2011-2012 season into question.

Blazers Acting GM Chad Buchanan told reporters on Friday that Aldridge visits a cardiologist annually for testing and that an analysis of his stress echo exam revealed the need for an ablation procedure that "eradicated an extra node" in Aldridge's heart. 

"Going through his appointment with his routine check-up today they found a recurrence of that so they addressed that today," Buchanan said. "We expect LaMarcus to be back within a week or two weeks. The doctors feel really good about things. Obviously it's a little disappointing for LaMarcus but we're very optimistic that he'll be back on the court here in a short amount of time."

Despite the relatively good news, Buchanan admitted he had been extremely nervous. 

"Obviously LaMarcus was a scare," Buchanan said. "I'm not going to lie about that."

Aldridge, 26, was widely regarded as a 2011 All-Star snub, averaging a career-high 21.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.

"Thanks for the support everybody," Aldridge tweeted on Friday night. "I'm feeling better and will be ready to go in a few days."

The Blazers open the season on Dec. 26, when they host the Philadelphia 76ers. Aldridge's current timeline means he should be ready in time for opening night. 

Aldridge sat out the balance of the 2006-2007 season, his rookie year, when the Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome diagnosis was first made. 
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:31 pm
 

Oden suffers setback, offer now less

Posted by Royce Young

Friday was a pretty bad day in Portland and there have been a lot bad days when it comes to the Blazers. First, Brandon Roy will reportedly retire and now there's news that Greg Oden has suffered an undisclosed setback.

The team in announcing Oden's one-year deal with the team made mention that he will be receiving less than the $8.9 million originally reported. Instead, Oden will get a figure lower than that because he had what the team would only call a setback to last year's microfracture surgery. The Oregonian has a few more details:

Oden on Thursday was examined by Dr. Steadman in Vail, and said he was given the nod to expand his activity, indicating he had made progress

But the Blazers, who didn't comment Thursday after his appointment, determined that he is less likely to return to the court this season

Oden's setback is with a non-weight bearing ligament. He has no symptoms and doesn't feel restricted, but there is concern w/ the fragility

Oden was said to be running and was looking to return to the floor in January, but that's unclear as to if it's possible now.
"Following Greg's most recent physical examination and evaluation, we've determined that he has suffered a setback," said team president Larry Miller in the release. "We're hopeful, but less confident that he will return to the court this season. We've stood by Greg from the day he was drafted and we continue to do so now with this agreement."

Said Oden: "I'm obviously disappointed with the setback, but I'm as determined as ever to return to the court. I appreciate the support of the Trail Blazers and our fans and that they continue to stand behind me."

Greg Oden's NBA career has basically been one big setback and this is just another in the long line of them.
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:16 am
Edited on: December 9, 2011 9:15 pm
 

Blazers' Brandon Roy to pursue medical retirement

By Matt Moore and Ben Golliver

Brandon Roy (Getty)On Friday, Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan confirmed that guard Brandon Roy will pursue a medical retirement rather than play during the 2011-2012 season. As recently as Monday, the Blazers had said Roy would pencil in as a starter.

The Associated Press provides additional details.
Portland Trail Blazers All-Star guard Brandon Roy has told the team that he is retiring because of ongoing difficulty with his knees.

Portland players were informed of Roy's decision to seek medical retirement on Friday before the first practice of training camp.
 
Roy, a five-year veteran who helped the team shed its "Jail Blazers" reputation, has been dogged by knee injuries and surgeries. He has said he lacks cartilage between the bones in both knees.
 
NBA spokesman Tim Frank said Roy had not yet filed the retirement paperwork with the league.

Roy did not report to the Blazers' practice facility on Friday and his agent did not respond to a request for comment on any retirement plans, first reported by ESPN.com early Friday.

"I couldn't believe it," Blazers forward Nicolas Batum said. "I still can't believe it."

The reports contradicted statements made on Monday during a news conference with Blazers President Larry Miller, coach Nate McMillan and acting general manager Chad Buchanan. Roy had met with team officials earlier that day and said he felt good and was ready to help the team in any way he could.

But during a medical evaluation on Thursday it became apparent that Roy's knees were not going to be able to handle another season.

"It's a tough situation," said Blazers center Marcus Camby. "People will say `Hey, he'll get his money. But Brandon's a competitor."
Earlier Monday, Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported that Blazers guard Brandon Roy was considering medical retirement in the face of repeated severe knee injuries. The report will come as devastating news to Blazers fans, despite the long road leading to this point. 

Roy has had injury concerns since he was drafted, and earlier this year, a consulting surgeon for Roy said that he only had 1-2 more years left in him. Many questioned the legitimacy of doubts about Roy's health after he exploded in the playoffs in a comeback win over the Mavs, who went on to win their first-round series against the Blazers. Roy had said as recently as July, Roy said he was healthy and ready to play once the lockout endedOn December 5th, the Blazers confirmed they would not be using the amnesty clause on Roy. 

NBA rules stipulate that if doctors clear Roy for medical retirement, his salary would come off the Blazers' cap after one year, though he would still be paid the full amount of his contract. If he were to return for retirement for ten games or more, the full amount would return to the Blazers' cap situation. 

It's an unfortunate ending to what was once thought to be a long and brilliant career. But the Blazers knew of the condition when they signed him to a massive extension, knew of it when he was drafted. It's the sad consequence of being human, that sometimes the body simply cannot give what we want.

Wesley Matthews is expected to take over starting duties at shooting guard for the Blazers.
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:58 am
Edited on: December 8, 2011 12:00 pm
 

Oden accepts Blazers qualifying offer

Posted by Royce Young

Greg Oden will be staying with the Portland Trail Blazers for at least one more season, his agent told the Oregonian.

Oden will be signing a one-year, $8.9 million qualifying offer with the Blazers that would then make him an unrestricted free agent in 2012. The Blazers made that offer already before the lockout was installed.

There was some thinking that Oden might prefer a fresh start as he's had so many problems in Portland. Some buzz popped up recently about him looking at the Pacers, which are near his hometown.

But he probably wouldn't get anything near the $8.9 million he's getting with the qualifying offer. And he also has the opportunity to play for a bigger deal next season.

Oden has appeared in just 82 games since being taken No. 1 overall by Portland in the 2007 draft. He missed last season after having microfracture surgery in November. And that was after he had a kneecap injury in Dec. of 2009 that forced him to miss the rest of that season. So it's been a while since Oden has been on the basketball court.

Before that injury, Oden was playing pretty well in what was his second season averaging 11.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game. Right now, the expectation is that Oden will return to the floor in January.

Waiting until 2012 is probably the wise thing for Oden to do. The $8.9 million is more than he'd likely get in free agency -- especially from the Heat -- and he could use 55 or so games to prove his health this season. If Oden can finally get back to full strength and play as the enforcer he did for that small part of 2009, he could be a player that would require a decent payday.

But as it's been since he was drafted with the top pick in 2007, Oden has to be healthy. Unless that happens, the $8.9 million this season might be the biggest check he'll see for the rest of his career.
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:41 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2011 12:59 am
 

Blazers will keep Brandon Roy, no amnesty

Posted by Ben Golliverbrandon-roy

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The league's toughest amnesty clause decision has apparently been made.

The Oregonian reports that Portland Trail Blazers president Larry Miller announced Monday that the team will not use the amnesty clause on guard Brandon Roy unless he suffers an injury during the preseason prior to the deadline to waive players, which is still unknown.

"Our plan right now is not to use the amnesty," Miller told the paper. "We expect Brandon to be a part of this team when the season starts. He has been there for us, and we want him to know we are supporting him. [Owner] Paul [Allen] is on board with this and feels the same way.’"

The news comes just hours after Miller, Acting GM Chad Buchanan and coach Nate McMillan held a press conference in which they stopped just short of pledging that Roy, 27, would be back on the team.

Instead, the three men told reporters that they met with Roy, who is owed more than $63 million guaranteed over the next four seasons, and his agent, Greg Lawrence, face-to-face in Portland on Monday. The Blazers trio agreed that they were impressed by Roy's attitude and said that they were planning to see Roy in camp with hopes that he would be on the opening night roster.

"Brandon is in a great spot," Buchanan said. "I think he feels good. [He's] excited about the season."

Buchanan later added that it would take a "drastic change" for the Blazers to decide to waive Roy and that the team was approaching free agency with the understanding that their flexibility would be "limited" by their position in the luxury tax, a spot they could have avoided by waiving Roy.

Miller, meanwhile, spoke glowingly of Roy's mental and physical outlook.

"One thing that Brandon said today was that he feels much better coming into this season than he does coming into last season," Miller said. "His knees feel much better."

Roy underwent arthroscopic surgeries in both knees during the 2010-2011 season and played just 47 games. Following the surgeries, Roy moved to the bench and saw his minutes fluctuate. He posted career-lows in points, rebounds and assists last season.

"I think he had enough time off resting his knees [and] he went through his normal workout routine up in Seattle with NBA players, college players," Buchanan said. "He just made the comment to us that he feels really good right now. He's tested his knee in workouts, it feels very strong, he feels a lot different this year heading into camp than he did last year and he's very encouraged how his knees feel right now."

McMillan told reporters that Roy will be operating without minutes restrictions and that he hopes Roy will move back into a starting two guard role, although he noted that Roy told the Blazers taht he would be open to a reserve role if necessary.

"One of the things that you have to look at is Brandon going back into that starting lineup," McMillan said. "That's something you didn't see last year due to medical reasons. Brandon is feeling better so Brandon back at the two position is something that I'm leaning towards and making our adjustments from that."

Reports had surfaced in recent weeks that Allen had already made the decision to waive Roy. Miller denied that during an informal press conference last Wednesday and multiple team sources disputed the report in various ways, including on Twitter.
Posted on: December 4, 2011 10:11 pm
 

Oden leaning heavily to re-signing with Blazers?

Posted by Royce Young

After a reported brief flirtation with the Miami Heat, Greg Oden could be re-signing with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Oden would be signing a one-year, $8.8 million qualifying offer with the Blazers that would then make him an unrestricted free agent in 2012. The Blazers made that offer already before the lockout was installed.

Oden has appeared in just 82 games since being taken No. 1 overall by Portland in the 2007 draft. He missed last season after having microfracture surgery in November. And that was after he had a kneecap injury in Dec. of 2009 that forced him to miss the rest of that season. So it's been a while since Oden has been on the basketball court.

Before that injury, Oden was playing pretty well in what was his second season averaging 11.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game. Right now, the expectation is that Oden will return to the floor in January.

Waiting until 2012 is probably the wise thing for Oden to do. The $8.8 million is more than he'd likely get in free agency -- especially from the Heat -- and he could use 55 or so games to prove his health this season. If Oden can finally get back to full strength and play as the enforcer he did for that small part of 2009, he could be a player that would require a decent payday.

But as it's been since he was drafted with the top pick in 2007, Oden has to be healthy. Unless that happens, the $8.8 million this season might be the biggest check he'll see for the rest of his career.
 
 
 
 
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