Nick Van Excellent

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I just spent a couple hours sifting through pre-draft measurements. Items of note: Will Barton is slightly bigger than Rudy Fernandez. Wes Matthews is the anti-Barton. He's very heavy for a...

Will Barton scores 72 points in Baltimore game.


"Dropped 72 points on team Under Armour down st Frances. This my city so I had to protect my house. O.f Baltimore I am!!!!!"-Will Barton

Rick Adelman isn't much of a Derrick Williams fan.


"He wants to be a `3’ man. To be a 3 man, he’s going to have to be much more active and handle the ball and defend that spot. We’re trying to give him the opportunity to see what he can do because he can play both spots. He can’t just be a jump shooter at the 3 spot. He has to pound the ball inside and go to the boards. He’s bigger than most 3 men and stronger than most 3 men. He’s got to use those abilities. "He does float. He can’t do it. He’s got to be aggressive all the time." "I’m definitely not sold on him. He’s never played it. He’s got to go and prove he can do it. If he can do that, certainly I’ll use him there because he’s got some skills there. Going to the boards and rebounding,that’s on him. He’s got to be a factor on the boards."


Rebounding and Will Barton

Perhaps, more than any other college stat, rebounding is essential to determining NBA value. It projects well between levels and is extremely important.-basketballprospectus PLAYER TRB% ...

Haynes: 3 Teams Interested In Trading For Blazers G Jamal Crawford?

Chris Haynes of reports that at least three teams are interested in trading for Portland Trail Blazers guard Jamal Crawford in advance of the deadline set for opting out of his contract. ------------------------------ "The Portland Trail Blazers are fielding trade offers for guard Jamal Crawford and the Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Boston Celtics are among the teams actively pursuing the scoring specialist intensely, a league source tells ------------------------------ ed: text edited, bumped to front page

Mike Rice really doesn't like Andre Drummond.


@JustBlaze52: If Drummond falls to #6 I bet that the Blazers will take him... @mikerice6: Wanna bet _________________________________________________ @kede23: if the Blazers select Drummond, you're going to say all this to his face right? @mikerice6: never will have to _________________________________________________ @PDXKass: Drummond or Lillard at 6; who else might we pick? @mikerice6: forget drummond. Dropping _________________________________________________ @BlazerWookee: I heard drummond lacks motivation? @mikerice: its a little more than that _________________________________________________ @ranKismet: rivers? Thumb up or down at 11? Would love him and Drummond for #Blazers. @mikerice6: forget drummond _________________________________________________ @KwameLuvThaKids: If drummond is there at 11, would you take him? @mikerice6: No _________________________________________________ @jhassler80: If Drummond slips to 11 then is he worth the risk? Don't think he will but... @mikerice6: he will slip. Even lower _________________________________________________ @mmeewes: you say "yes" when the guy said Drummond. Does that mean you are sailing his ship now? @mikerice6: no way. Never _________________________________________________ @celticwarrior80: trade #6 pick and one 2nd round to move up to get Andre Drummond is that alittle insane??? @mikerice6: dont like him _________________________________________________ @jere_messiah: are you prepared to eat crow when the blazers take Drummond and he succeeds? @mikerice: it will be steak

Batum: Clearly San Antonio could be good for me.


"If I can not find better elsewhere, I'll stay in Portland but if I find better elsewhere, I would go. The market will open on July 1, so I really have time to take my time to watch all this. I have ten teams in mind..." " be honest, the NBA playoffs are really the ultimate goal of a season. But it is clear that at a personal level, it was my best season. I rose, my stats go up, so I try to continue this progress there. But it is true that if the group does not follow, sorry ". *translation?

Coon: Blazers are 3rd best salary cap team.


"Portland Trail Blazers, $23 million under the cap: The Blazers had a fire sale at the trade deadline, dumping the contracts of Gerald Wallace and Marcus Camby and narrowly missing out on moving Jamal Crawford. The Blazers will use the 2012 free-agent market as a springboard in their rebuilding process around LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum."-Larry Coon Group 1 Suns: 26 million under Cavs: 26 million under Blazers: 23 million under Celtics: 22 million under Pacers: 21 million under Hornets: 20 million under Nets: 17 million under

Ford: Felton And Crawford "Quietly Orchestrated Mutiny"

Chad Ford of with some harsh words regarding Portland Trail Blazers guards Raymond Felton and Jamal Crawford... -------------------- Let's just put this way. Either the Blazers find a new home for Raymond Felton and Jamal Crawford (who have quietly orchestrated a mutiny ever since Nate McMillan chewed them out in a video session a while back) or they'll probably have to let Nate go. If I'm a Blazer fan ... I'd rather lose Felton and Crawford. They won't get a lot for either guy, but there is such a thing as addition by subtraction. -------------------- Crawford responds to the accusation, via John Canzano of The Oregonian. -------------------- "I don't even have enough juice to say that I want to play the position I signed up for (shooting guard)." "I pride myself on being a pro and doing whatever is asked." "Check my quotes since I've been here. Never thrown anyone under the bus-- coach or teammate!" -------------------- ed: bumped to front page


2008-2009 2009-2010 /p> 2010-2011 2011-2012 *Based on historical minutes played per season.

Martell Webster is out indefinitely following back surgery.


"Acquired in a draft-night trade from Portland in June 2010, Webster played in only 46 games with the Wolves last season, averaging 9.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game."

Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports... -------------------- Restricted free-agent center Greg Oden...

Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports... -------------------- Restricted free-agent center Greg Oden is leaning strongly toward re-signing with the Portland Trail Blazers, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Oden would sign a one-year, $8.8 million qualifying offer with the Blazers and become an unrestricted free agent after this season. -------------------- Blazers president Larry Miller sounded like he thought Oden would be back in Portland during a Wednesday media availability and Oden's representative, Bill Duffy, made similar indications earlier this week. ed: updated text, bumped to front page

Wallace and Matthews get honorable mention for Hollinger's All-Defensive team.


"Honorable mention: I can come up with three young guys to watch closely at this position, too. Portland's Wesley Matthews (plus-0.43) is as tough as they come and played much of the year on a bad wheel, making his solid defensive work even more impressive." "The numbers for Portland's Gerald Wallace (minus-1.77) are even more impressive when you consider that the other starters in Charlotte, where he spent most of the year, all had badly negative adjusted plus-minus at the defensive end."

Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports writes... ---------------- Blazers guard Rudy Fernandez also has been...

Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports writes... ---------------- Blazers guard Rudy Fernandez also has been mentioned in the possible Miller-for-Harris deal. After initially hoping the Blazers would trade him this season, Fernandez now wants to stay in Portland. "He’s over his emotional issues with Portland, has produced this season and is very comfortable now," said Fernandez’s agent, Andy Miller. "He has no intention of leaving Portland and will go back home [to Spain] if traded." ---------------- Ed: bumped to front page

Iannazzone: Nets, Blazers Talking About Devin Harris Deal

Al Iannazzone of the Berger Record reports... "The Nets and Blazers have exchanged trade proposals and still are discussing a deal. Harris and veteran point guard Andre Miller are the main pieces, but more players are involved, multiple NBA sources said. The Nets want to expand the trade and are trying to include disappointing free-agent signing Travis Outlaw, who began his career in Portland. The Blazers are interested in shooting guard Anthony Morrow. Portland’s backup shooting guard Rudy Fernandez has been discussed, a source said. The Nets have talked about adding another big man so Joel Przybilla and his expiring contract also may be involved." Ed: bumped to front page

The Basketball Jones ranks Aldridge 4th among power forwards in positional rankings.


"OK, let’s just get this out of the way. I would like to apologize to Blazers fans for being so egregiously wrong when I left Aldridge off last month’s PF rankings. I didn’t believe that he could keep playing at that high level but in the 16 games since my horrific oversight, Aldridge has averaged 25 and 10 on 51 percent shooting and the Blazers remained in the Western Conference playoff hunt with a 9-7 record over that span. With Brandon Roy expected to return to the lineup soon, Blazers fans know their selfless star will gladly sacrifice a few shot attempts if it means rising up in the standings."-TBJ

Timbo purchased the original 16mm film and I had it transferred about a year ago. It's an oldie,...


Timbo purchased the original 16mm film and I had it transferred about a year ago. It's an oldie, but a goodie.

Marc Spears says LaMarcus Aldridge should be named starting center in next month's All-Star Game....


Marc Spears says LaMarcus Aldridge should be named starting center in next month's All-Star Game. (starts at 1:40)


Kevin Love's Rebounding Numbers are Inflated.

There's a well known article by a former stat keeper who admits that he was encouraged by NBA management to inflate the numbers of certain players for marketing purposes. Alex was admittedly "very...

"Roy contemplating an experimental meniscus transplant procedure on both knees"


"The Trail Blazers remain in evaluation mode with regard to Andre Miller, who would be a valuable addition to a contender needing an upgrade at point guard. As has been the case for several weeks, Portland's trade posture is directly linked to Brandon Roy's immediate and long-term medical future. Roy is contemplating an experimental meniscus transplant procedure on both knees, and it's difficult for GM Rich Cho to make any significant moves until Roy's course of action is determined. Meanwhile, the plucky Blazers have managed to win five out of seven since a Christmas night loss to Golden State."

The Timberwolves want Batum.


"The player that the Timberwolves truly covet is Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum. They really like his game and potential in their system, but are less than optimistic about their chances to acquire him due to how much he's valued by the Blazers and their reluctance to let go of Love or Beasley. They also happen to be just one of several teams who would love to deal for Batum, so there would be a lot of competition if the Blazers were to put him on the market."- HoopsWorld

Bucher: Sources insist playing off the ball is the crux of Roy's problems.


"BRoy doesn't look right, but sources close to him insist playing off the ball w/Andre Miller has more to do w/his struggles than his knees."-Ric Bucher

Kerr: You have to take a chance on a guy like Oden.


Bill Simmons: "If you were running Phoenix at this point would you think about Oden?" Steve Kerr-" No question… Absolutely, particularly if you have a good training staff. Sometimes it’s just a change of scenery, but you look at the history of the league and there are guys like Zydrunas Ilgauskas who everybody thought was done with all the foot injuries, and he came back and whatever he did differently worked and he came back and became an all-star... Particularly with a guy like Oden you have to take a chance and somebody will. The question is whether someday will come in and throw big money at him and then Portland would have a decision whether to match and all that. He’s only 22 so you’ve got to keep giving him opportunities for sure."

Stein: Blazers Traded Bayless So They Could Keep Patty Mills


"The Blazers haven't always been willing to surrender Bayless, but they apparently had to make sure they had roster room to keep guard Patty Mills. Reason being: Word is Blazers owner Paul Allen is a h-u-g-e Mills fan and determined to see him stay." - Marc Stein in his Weekend Dime.

Danny Ainge, Celtics Still Interested In Rudy Fernandez

Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe writes... -------------- With reports circling about interest in fiery if disgruntled Portland guard Rudy Fernandez, Ainge acknowledged that he was pursuing trade options, though he wasn’t sure a deal would fall in place. "We’re just continuing to explore available players and trade possibilities and see what sort of options are there,’’ said the Celtics president. "There are some trade discussions that we’re having. I don’t know the likelihood of those happening, but we’ll continue to not rush into something unless it’s something that we’re really excited about.’’ -------------- Bumped to the front page. Thanks Nick Van Excellent. -- Ben Golliver | | Twitter

Kelly Dwyer ranks Batum as the 13th best SF.


"Before you accuse me of getting a bit batty with Nic, understand that this 21-year-old made 41 percent of his 3-pointers last season, coming through with double-figure scoring despite playing just half a game. Toss in the kid's good defense and (hopeful) ability to develop an NBA-level in-between game, and you could have a real comer for 2010-11."-Dwyer

Possible Rudy trades still on the table.


"The Knicks are among the teams trying to acquire the Spanish shooting guard, and they have offered Wilson Chandler. Other offers on the table include the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls each offering a No. 1 draft pick in 2011, a league source told"-Chris Sheridan

Chicago won't include Taj Gibson.


"In one of its proposals to Portland, sources said, Chicago has offered to absorb Fernandez's modest $1.25 salary for next season with cap space in exchange for a future first-round pick. Sources say Portland, however, has believed that it can do better in a Fernandez deal and is holding out for more, even though New York also balked at the Blazers' demands this week and elected to sign Roger Mason to a bargain one-year deal at the veteran minimum of $1.4 million. It’s widely assumed that the Blazers want Taj Gibson back from the Bulls, but sources say Chicago is not about to include Gibson in Fernandez talks. James Johnson is the best young player Chicago has made available."-Marc Stein

Andre Miller is spending the week volunteering with kids.


"Miller, an 11-year veteran of the NBA who graduated from Utah in 1999, is spending the week helping with Utah coach Jim Boylen's basketball camps."deseretnews

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