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Abrams: Arvydas Sabonis' Long, Strange Trip


Grantland's Jonathan Abrams with a brilliant, tidy perspective on the career of a true Blazers Giant. Chock full of what ifs? to boot (unfortunately!) Update: apologies in that this article is from August of last year (whoops), was referenced by TrueHoop a bit earlier today. Still a great read for any that didn't previously :)

Vescey: Brian Shaw Interviews in Vegas?

The inimitable Peter Vescey seemingly scoops everyone else once again: Sources say Brian Shaw interviewed for Blazers opening today in Las Vegas— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) July 19, 2012


Trailblazers staff hurriedly notes the Minneapolis forecast is currently 75 and mostly cloudy Just landed in Portland...we are in july , where is the sun???— Nicolas Batum (@nicolas88batum) July 18, 2012

Quick: No Hurry to Sign PG Ahead of Batum

The O's Jason Quick reminds us about the new cap exception which should certainly cover a backup/mentor PG: Not imperative Blazers sign a guard before signing Batum. They will get a $2.575 exception for being over cap after they sign Batum— Jason Quick (@jwquick) July 18, 2012

Haynes: Derrick Williams Nearly a Blazer?

35's Chris Haynes interviews Timberwolves second year forward Derrick Williams regarding a near trade to Portland: asked Williams how close was he to being dealt to the Portland Trail Blazers in a sign-and-trade for Batum. "It was real," Williams explained to "My agent told me to be aware and know whats going on at all times. It definitely looked like I was headed to Portland at one point, but I couldn't really focus on that because I play for the Timberwolves. But, it's hard. Everyday I was talking to my agent and he would call me at the end of the day with updates and that's all you could ask for. (It) was definitely a tough time."

Quick: No Blazers Interest in D'Antoni?

Former Blazers Assistant Coach Mike D'Antoni is (inexplicably?) not yet among the numerous candidates for the team's head coaching position: The Blazers have made no contact with Mike D'Antoni for their coaching position, according to agent Warren LeGarie— Jason Quick (@jwquick) July 17, 2012

Haynes: Blazers Chased Phil Jackson "For Months"


Comcast Sports' Chris Haynes reports "for the last few months, the Trail Blazers have been in back-and-forth discussions with Phil Jackson in an attempt to persuade him to take their head coaching vacancy, a close source said." CSNNW Report: Phil Jackson turns down #Blazers offer to be their next head coach after team courted him for months |…— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 13, 2012

Johnson: Korver Heads to Atlanta


Kyle Korver (and several purported MIN draft picks), we hardly knew ye. Could also include often/annually linked to Portland ATL PG Kirk Hinrich. Pending passed physical, Bulls have traded Kyle Korver to Atlanta. Could be sign-and-trade w/Hinrich. Details soon at— K.C Johnson (@KCJHoop) July 13, 2012

Vernon: Timberwolves to add Dante Cunningham?


David Kahn's efforts to relieve homesickness continue: Chris Vernon ‏@ChrisVernonShow heard that if deal goes through with TWolves + Grizz it will be Wayne Ellington for Dante Cunningham

Amick: Blazers Get NBA-Best A+ For 2012 NBA Draft

Sam Amick of grades the Portland Trail Blazers an A+ for their 2012 NBA Draft haul. ------------------------------- Tremendous work by a Blazers group that prepared for the draft while dealing with a major transition period, as general manager Neil Olshey was hired just weeks ago after a year with Chad Buchanan running the show as an interim GM. Weber State point guard Damian Lillard (No. 6) was their top target, and he'll fill the void left by free-agent point guard Raymond Felton. Illinois center Meyers Leonard (No. 11) has his critics and isn't a sure thing, but he impressed numerous teams more than Tyler Zeller during the draft process and has a rare combination of size, speed and athleticism (he was in play for New Orleans at No. 10 as well). The rich got richer at No. 40, where Will Barton was a steal. Barton, who deemed himself the best wing in the draft earlier this month, was seen by many as a first-round pick. ------------------------------- ed: text edited, bumped to front page

Jerry Brewer @SI: With two top picks, Portland emerges as latest hoops hotbed


From its unibrowed top pick to the chaos that could follow, this is an eccentric NBA draft. So it's fitting that the underappreciated basketball city of Portland is emerging as a storyline.

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