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6 Blazers make 50 greatest players list

Top 50 Bobcats of all time list is...disheartening.

Stephen A Smith says Grunwald wanted to trade for LMA but wasn't allowed to

If I was the GM for a team with three wins, I'd say tell anyone listening that I wasn't allowed to trade for LMA too.

Sierra: Nicolas Batum Won't Be Upset With Portland Return

Jorge Sierra of has an interview with Portland Trail Blazers restricted free agent forward Nicolas Batum from French National team training camp. ------------------------------------------ Is it a stressful situation for you to go through camp with France while you are still a free agent? NB: That's not easy, thinking about both things... I think my contract will be done in a couple of days and then I can really focus on the National Team. There was a report that you have received nasty, even racist messages via Twitter. NB: That's part of being a pro athlete. During the season it's the same. When you play good, you are the best person in the world and when you play bad you are the worst person in the world. Are you going to be upset if you have to go back to Portland? NB: No. ------------------------------------------ Batum has reportedly agreed to a 4-year, $45 million offer sheet with the Minnesota Timberwolves. At 9 p.m. Pacific on Tuesday night, the NBA's free agency moratorium will be lifted and Batum will be free to sign the offer sheet. If and when that happens, Portland has three days to decide whether or not to match the offer sheet and retain him. Last week, Blazers GM Neil Olshey told Batum and Ndiaye that the team would match any offers and would not agree to a sign-and-trade. On Monday, Olshey hedged on that, refusing to repeat that declaration to a group of reporters and instead saying he would do what's in the best interests of the Blazers in the short-term and long-term. At least one writer believes Olshey could be interested in pursuing a sign-and-trade now that the Blazers were unable to acquire Indiana Pacers restricted free agent center Roy Hibbert. Batum's agent, Bouna Ndiaye, has made numerous comments indicating that his client would prefer to play for the Timberwolves rather than the Blazers next season. He even said that it Batum's "dream" to play in Minnesota. Prior to this interview, Batum had declined comment on his situation. Also on Thursday, a report indicated that the Blazers told Batum and his agent that they would match any offer sheet and would not participate in any sign-and-trades. Batum denied a report earlier this week that he was so unhappy with the Blazers that he wanted "no part" of returning. Batum's other suitors were said to include the New Orleans Hornets, Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers. They can offer Batum a 4-year contract while Portland can add a fifth year. Batum said back in April that he was "99 percent" sure that the Blazers would match any offer made to him and the team's ownership and management has consistently referred to him as one of the roster's core pieces. The Blazers extended a qualifying offer to Batum back in June. Batum, 23, averaged 13.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals in 30.4 minutes for the Blazers last season. ed: text edited, bumped to front page

Want to read about sweet Blazer team offense? This is some serious brain candy.

John Krolik breaks down Heat defensive mistakes and in the process describes some beautiful Blazer team basketball. Enjoy!


Update: Alternate jerseys for this season

It looks like the Blazers are going to have an alternate jersey for this, the fourtieth anniversary of the franchise.  Shirts, pins and jerseys can be found here. It also looks like there are...


Please Stop freaking out over Hedo

Today did you stop by Mike Barrett's blog? He dropped some serious science: ...The Blazers' executive team is playing this very, very close to the vest, and all we're left with are rumors and the...


I have some thoughts about the Amar'e talk from Marc Stein

Of course this this is pretty much just a rumor right now, take with a grain of sat accordingly: Marc Stein has been dropping hints about the Blazers talking with the Suns about Amar'e here  and...


Enjoy the Zach Randolph Era

Oh, we loved it in Portland, and they loved it in New York. Maybe this is addition by subtraction? Subtraction by addition? I dunno. I wish you luck. Like most NBA fans, I have a soft spot for the...


No Oden cameo at Summer League

Per Marc Stein guesting on TrueHoop:   Meanwhile ... The Portland Trail Blazers play their first summer-league game Monday night against Washington, but Blazers front-office chief Kevin...

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