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Maurice Harkless to undergo left knee arthroscopy

Maurice Harkless to undergo left knee arthroscopy

PORTLAND, Ore. (March 27, 2018)Portland Trail Blazers forward Maurice Harkless will undergo an arthroscopy Wednesday in Portland to remove a loose body in his left knee, it was announced on Tuesday by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey. 

A timeline for Harkless's return will be determined following Wednesday's procedure. 

For the season, Harkless has averaged 6.5 points (49.5% FG, 41.5% 3-PT, 71.2% FT), 2.7 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.81 steals and 21.4 minutes in 59 games (36 starts).

Damian Lillard named Western Conference Player of the Week

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Damian Lillard named Western Conference Player of the Week

PORTLAND, Ore. (March 12, 2018)Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has been named NBA Western Conference Player of the Week for games played from March 5 to March 11, it was announced today by the league. 


Lillard was the leading scorer in the NBA for the week, averaging 34.7 points (46.9% FG, 56.3% 3-PT, 83.9% FT) to go with 3.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists. He also led the league in three-pointers made (18) and was second in free throws made (26).
 

The Trail Blazers (40-26) went 3-0 on the week with victories over the Lakers, Knicks and Warriors, extending the longest active win streak in the league to nine games.
 

Lillard scored 19 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter at the L.A. Lakers on March 5, including four consecutive three-pointers to lead Portland back from an 11-point deficit with 5:26 remaining in the game. He followed that performance with 37 points in the first three quarters against New York on March 6, passing Cliff Robinson for fourth place on the franchise scoring list in the process.
 

For the season, Lillard is one of four NBA players (Curry, Harden, James) to average at least 26 points, four rebounds and six assists per game. Lillard has surpassed 1,500 points for the sixth straight season, making him one of 13 NBA players to do so in his first six seasons.  
 

This is the second NBA Western Conference Player of the Week honor of the season for Lillard, who won the award for games played the week of Jan. 15 to Jan. 21. It is the fifth time Lillard has received the award in his career, having won twice in 2014-15 and once in 2016-17.

Trail Blazers sign Wade Baldwin IV to standard NBA contract

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Trail Blazers sign Wade Baldwin IV to standard NBA contract

Trail Blazers retain Baldwin IV through 2018-19 season

PORTLAND, Ore. (March 12, 2017)The Portland Trail Blazers have signed guard Wade Baldwin IV to a standard NBA contract through the 2018-19 season, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.


Baldwin, who was originally signed to a two-way contract on Oct. 19, has appeared in one game for the Trail Blazers this season and holds NBA averages of 3.1 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 12.0 minutes in 34 games (one start) over parts of the past two seasons with Memphis and Portland.


The 17th overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft out of Vanderbilt, Baldwin, 21, posted averages of 18.2 points (42.2% FG, 23.6% 3-PT, 79.8% FT), 4.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 2.18 steals and 33.8 minutes in 17 games with the NBA G League’s Texas Legends this season.   

Trail Blazers make Brandon Rush deal official

Trail Blazers make Brandon Rush deal official

The Portland Trail Blazers have signed guard/forward Brandon Rush to a 10-day contract, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.  

A nine-year NBA veteran, Rush (6-6, 220) holds career averages of 6.8 points (42.6% FG, 40.2% 3-PT, 70.6% FT), 2.9 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 481 games (163 starts) playing for Indiana, Golden State, Utah and Minnesota. Rush played 47 games (33 starts) for the Timberwolves during the 2016-17 season, averaging 4.2 points (37.4% FG, 38.6% 3-PT, 72.2% FT), 2.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 21.9 minutes.

Rush was originally selected by the Trail Blazers with the 13th pick of the 2008 NBA draft before being traded to the Indiana Pacers.

He will wear No. 21 for the Trail Blazers.

Trail Blazers trade Vonleh to Bulls for the rights to Milovan Rakovic

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Trail Blazers trade Vonleh to Bulls for the rights to Milovan Rakovic

PORTLAND, Ore. (February 8, 2018)The Portland Trail Blazers have acquired the NBA rights to center Milovan Rakovic from the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Noah Vonleh and cash considerations, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.

Rakovic, 32, was selected with the 60th overall pick in the second round of the 2007 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks. A native of Serbia, he currently plays for Neuchatel in Switzerland.

Vonleh, 22, averaged 3.9 points (45.7% FG, 27.8% 3-PT, 68.8% FT), 4.6 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 15.8 minutes in 185 games (109 starts) over three seasons with the Trail Blazers.

“We’d like to thank Noah for his contributions to the team both on and off the court and wish him all the best for the future,” said Olshey.

Caleb Swanigan headed back to Trail Blazers after G-League stint

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Caleb Swanigan headed back to Trail Blazers after G-League stint

The Portland Trail Blazers have recalled forward Caleb Swanigan from the Canton Charge of the NBA G League, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey

 

Swanigan played in 14 games (12 starts) for the Charge and posted averages of 14.2 points, 11.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.00 steals and 30.3 minutes.

 

In 15 games (three starts) with the Trail Blazers this season, Swanigan (6-9, 250) is averaging 2.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 8.9 minutes

 

The Trail Blazers selected Swanigan, 20, out of Purdue with the 26th overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft.

Terry Stotts named NBA Western Conference Coach of the Month

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Terry Stotts named NBA Western Conference Coach of the Month

PORTLAND, Ore. (February 1, 2018)Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts has been named NBA Western Conference Coach of the Month for January, the league announced today.

Currently in his sixth season at the helm, Stotts led Portland to an 11-5 record in January and an undefeated month at the Moda Center. Winners of four straight and eight straight at home, the Trail Blazers (29-22) are a season-high seven games above .500 and have moved up to sixth in the Western Conference.

Stotts has won the award five times, the most by a Trail Blazers head coach.

On Jan. 26 at Dallas, Stotts became one of four head coaches in Trail Blazers history to win 250 games and one of five head coaches in the NBA to win 250-plus games with their current team.

Among Western Conference teams in January, Portland ranked first in three-point field goal percentage (40.8%), first in free throw percentage (81.2%), third in rebounding (44.8 rpg), third in field goal percentage (48.0%), fourth in winning percentage (.688), fourth in scoring (112.1 ppg) and fifth in turnovers (13.3). The Trail Blazers have scored 100-plus points in 16 consecutive games, a season high.

Stotts previously won the award in November 2013, December 2014, February 2016 and March 2017, joining Rick Adelman (3), Nate McMillan (3), Mike Dunleavy (2), Jack Ramsay and Mike Schuler as Trail Blazers head coaches who have taken home the honor.

Miami’s Erik Spoelstra was named the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month.

TRAIL BLAZERS RECALL WADE BALDWIN IV FROM G LEAGUE

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TRAIL BLAZERS RECALL WADE BALDWIN IV FROM G LEAGUE

PORTLAND, Ore. (Jan. 30, 2018) – The Portland Trail Blazers have recalled two-way guard Wade Baldwin IV from the Texas Legends of the NBA G League, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.

Baldwin IV has appeared in 17 games (16 starts) with the Legends, averaging 18.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 2.18 steals, and 33.8 minutes.

The 17th overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, Baldwin IV (6-4, 200) posted averages of 3.2 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 12.3 minutes in 33 games (one start) as a rookie with the Memphis Grizzlies during the 2016-17 season.

Damian Lillard named Western Conference All-Star

Damian Lillard named Western Conference All-Star

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has been named an NBA Western Conference All-Star reserve by a vote of NBA head coaches, it was announced today by the league.  

Lillard, who was named NBA Western Conference Player of the Week for Week 14, is averaging 25.2 points (43.6% FG, 36.4% 3-PT, 91.7% FT), 4.8 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 1.03 steals.

Lillard is one of four NBA players averaging at least 25.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists this season (Curry, Harden, James). He is the only player in the NBA who has totaled at least 1,000 points, 190 rebounds, 260 assists and 110 three-pointers this season.

Despite missing seven games to injury, Lillard ranks in the top 15 in total points (1,007), total assists (265), three-pointers made (117) and free throws made (232). Among league qualifiers, Lillard is one of just four NBA players to rank in the top 10 in both points and assists per game.

An NBA All-Star in 2014 and 2015, Lillard is one of six players in franchise history to become a three-time All-Star.

The five starters in the Western Conference, decided by player, media and fan balloting, consist of DeMarcus Cousins (New Orleans), Stephen Curry (Golden State), Anthony Davis (New Orleans), Kevin Durant (Golden State) and James Harden (Houston). Rounding out the West’s reserves are LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio), Jimmy Butler (Minnesota), Draymond Green (Golden State), Klay Thompson (Golden State), Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota) and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City).As respective ballot winners from each conference, Curry will join Cleveland’s LeBron James as the captains charged with drafting each team under the NBA’s new All-Star format. They will choose from a player pool that includes the eight other starters, with no regard to conference designation, and 14 reserves (seven from each conference), chosen by NBA head coaches. Team rosters will be revealed on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 4 p.m. (Pacific) on TNT.

The 2018 NBA All-Star Game will tip-off at 5 p.m. (Pacific) on Sunday, Feb. 18, in Los Angeles. The game will air live on TNT.

Trail Blazers transfer Wade Baldwin IV to NBA G League’s Texas Legends

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Trail Blazers transfer Wade Baldwin IV to NBA G League’s Texas Legends

PORTLAND, Ore. (December 6, 2017) – The Portland Trail Blazers have transferred guard Wade Baldwin IV to the Texas Legends of the NBA G League, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey. 

A two-way roster player signed on Oct. 19, Baldwin IV underwent successful surgery to repair an ulnar collateral ligament tear in his right thumb on Oct. 25.

Baldwin IV averaged 3.2 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 12.3 minutes in 33 games (one start) during his rookie 2016-17 season with the Memphis Grizzlies.

The 17th overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft out of Vanderbilt, Baldwin IV (6-4, 200) posted averages of 12.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.33 steals and 28.2 minutes in 33 games (22 starts) with the NBA G League’s Iowa Energy last season.