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Trail Blazers officially sign Anthony Morrow to training camp deal

Trail Blazers officially sign Anthony Morrow to training camp deal

PORTLAND, Ore. (Sept. 18, 2017) – The Portland Trail Blazers have signed guard Anthony Morrow to a training camp contract, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.  

A nine-year NBA veteran, Morrow (6-5, 210) has played for seven franchises, most recently suiting up for the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls during the 2016-17 season. For his career, Morrow has averaged 9.4 points (44.7% FG, 41.7% 3-PT, 88.0% FT), 2.2 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 21.8 minutes in 564 career games (142 starts).

He will wear No. 24 for the Trail Blazers.

Trail Blazers sign Isaiah Briscoe to training camp contract

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Trail Blazers sign Isaiah Briscoe to training camp contract

The Portland Trail Blazers have signed guard Isaiah Briscoe to a training camp contract, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.  

In two seasons at the University of Kentucky, Briscoe (6-3, 210) averaged 10.9 points (45.5% FG, 22.9% 3-PT, 55.5% FT), 5.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 31.3 minutes in 70 career games (69 starts).

He will wear No. 9 for the Trail Blazers.

Trail Blazers sign Archie Goodwin to training camp contract

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Trail Blazers sign Archie Goodwin to training camp contract

The Portland Trail Blazers have signed guard Archie Goodwin to a training camp contract, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.  

In four NBA seasons with Phoenix, New Orleans and Brooklyn, Goodwin (6-5, 205) holds averages of 6.3 points (42.9% FG, 23.6% 3-PT, 70.0% FT), 2.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 14.5 minutes in 165 career games (15 starts).

He will wear No. 2 for the Trail Blazers.

Blazers officially sign Neil Olshey to contract extension

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Blazers officially sign Neil Olshey to contract extension

PORTLAND, Ore. (August 29, 2017) –The Portland Trail Blazers have announced a contract extension for President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey, taking him through the 2020-21 season.  In keeping with team policy, financial terms were not disclosed.

“Neil has done an excellent job improving our team and getting us into the playoffs. With our young and improving roster, I expect our franchise to keep improving,” said Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen. “Continuity in the front office is important as we continue to grow, and this extension shows the confidence we have in Neil’s leadership.”

“I appreciate the confidence Paul Allen has in myself and the entire Basketball Operations staff,” said Olshey.  “I look forward to building on the foundation we have developed and the continued partnership with Bert Kolde, Chris McGowan, Terry Stotts and the entire Trail Blazers organization.  On a personal note, I’m very happy for my family as we’ve really embraced Oregon and the incredible spirit of Rip City.”

Promoted to President of Basketball Operations in 2015, Olshey was named the 10th General Manager in franchise history on June 4, 2012, and finished his fifth season at the helm in 2016-17. In his role, Olshey leads the organization’s Basketball Operations, overseeing talent evaluation, player personnel decisions, contract negotiations and salary cap management.

Less than a month after joining the Trail Blazers, Olshey drafted Damian Lillard (sixth overall), the fourth unanimous NBA Rookie of the Year in league history, and Meyers Leonard (11th overall). He then named veteran coach Terry Stotts head coach of the Trail Blazers on August 7, 2012.  Olshey also drafted and developed guard CJ McCollum (10th overall in 2013), winner of the 2015-16 NBA Most Improved Player award.

Last season, Olshey made a trade-deadline move to acquire center Jusuf Nurkic and a 2017 first-round draft pick from Denver in exchange for Mason Plumlee and cash considerations on February 13. That move ignited the Trail Blazers’ climb into the NBA Playoffs for the fourth consecutive season – even with the youngest roster in the NBA.

“Knowing Neil will continue to lead Basketball Operations well into the foreseeable future is a great thing for our franchise,” said Trail Blazers President and CEO Chris McGowan. “I am excited to continue our partnership in running this organization on and off the court with the goal of delivering a world-class experience for our fans.”

The Trail Blazers will tip-off the 2017-18 regular season beginning October 18 with road games at Phoenix, Indiana and Milwaukee, before returning to Portland for their home opener versus New Orleans on October 24. 

ABOUT THE PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS

Members of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Portland Trail Blazers were founded in 1970 and purchased by Paul G. Allen in 1988. The team's rich heritage includes 33 playoff appearances, three trips to the NBA Finals, an NBA championship in 1977 and a commitment to community service and sustainability. The Trail Blazers are dedicated to positively impacting underserved kids and their families throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington where they live, learn and play. Portland is the first and only professional sports franchise to receive the prestigious National Points of Light Award for excellence in corporate and community service. The Trail Blazers home arena, the Moda Center, earned LEED Gold Recertification in 2015 after becoming the first existing professional sports venue in the world to receive LEED Gold status in 2010. The team is also one of the founding members of the Green Sports Alliance. For more information, visit www.trailblazers.com.

Trail Blazers sign guard CJ Wilcox to a two-way contract

Trail Blazers sign guard CJ Wilcox to a two-way contract

PORTLAND, Ore. (Aug. 9, 2017)The Portland Trail Blazers have signed guard CJ Wilcox to a two-way contract, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.  

Wilcox (6-5, 200) holds career NBA averages of 2.0 points (37.0% FG, 33.3% 3-PT, 81.3% FT), 0.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 5.7 minutes in 66 games over three seasons with the LA Clippers and Orlando Magic.

With the introduction of two-way contracts, NBA rosters have grown from 15 spots to 17, adding a pair of two-way players that can spend up to 45 days on an NBA roster and the remaining time on an NBA G League roster. Wilcox’s G League assignment has yet to be determined.

Originally drafted with the 28th overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft by the Clippers,

Wilcox, 26, has spent parts of each season on an NBA G League roster, posting averages of 16.9 points (47.3% FG, 42.2% 3-PT, 79.2% FT), 3.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 30 games (19 starts) with Fort Wayne, Bakersfield, Canton and Erie.

Trail Blazers announce 2017 NBA preseason schedule

Trail Blazers announce 2017 NBA preseason schedule

PORTLAND, Ore. (August 1, 2017) – The Portland Trail Blazers have announced their NBA preseason schedule today, featuring three contests at the Moda Center. The six-game slate includes a visit by Maccabi Haifa of the Israeli Basketball Super League on Friday, October 13 (7 p.m.)

Portland will open the preseason schedule with two home games, hosting the Phoenix Suns at the Moda Center on Tuesday, October 3 (7 p.m.) and the Toronto Raptors on Thursday, October 5 (7 p.m.). The Trail Blazers will then play three road games, beginning with back-to-back contests against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday, October 8 (12:30 p.m.) and the Sacramento Kings on Monday, October 9 (7 p.m.). Portland will conclude the road portion of the preseason schedule against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, October 11 (7 p.m.).

The Trail Blazers will close the preseason on Friday, October 13 at the Moda Center with an international matchup against Maccabi Haifa. Maccabi Haifa returns to Portland for the second time, having previously played the Trail Blazers in the 2014 preseason. Also referred to as the “Greens”, Maccabi Haifa is one of the original eight teams in the Israeli Basketball Super League and finished the 2016-17 season as the runners-up for the league championship.

All six Trail Blazers preseason contests will be aired on the Trail Blazers Radio Network - 620 AM Rip City Radio.

 

CALEB SWANIGAN NAMED TO ALL-NBA SUMMER LEAGUE FIRST TEAM

CALEB SWANIGAN NAMED TO ALL-NBA SUMMER LEAGUE FIRST TEAM

Caleb Swanigan of the Portland Trail Blazers was named to the All-NBA Summer League First Team, it was announced today.

Swanigan, the 26th pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, averaged 14.9 points (43.6% FG, 25.0% 3-PT, 78.3% FT), 10.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.14 steals and 30.1 minutes in the first seven games of the Las Vegas Summer League, helping the Trail Blazers to reach the Summer League Championship game. After going 1-2 in preliminary play, Swanigan lead Portland to four straight victories, setting up a showdown with the Los Angeles Lakers for the Summer League Championship. Swanigan recorded a double-double in four of the first seven Summer League contests, and is one of two players to average a double-double in Las Vegas this year.

Swanigan joins teammates Damian Lillard (2012) and Noah Vonleh (2015) as current Trail Blazers who have received All-NBA Summer League honors.

Blazers sign Zach Collins, Caleb Swanigan

Blazers sign Zach Collins, Caleb Swanigan

The Portland Trail Blazers have signed Zach Collins and Caleb Swanigan, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.

Acquired in a draft day trade with Sacramento, Collins (7-0, 230) was selected with the 10th overall pick in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft.

Collins (7-0, 230) posted averages of 10.0 points (65.2% FG, 47.6% 3-PT, 74.3% FT), 5.9 rebounds and 1.77 blocks in his lone season at Gonzaga.

In his freshman season, Collins, 19, led the West Coast Conference in field goal percentage and blocked shots (69), good for second-most in a season in Gonzaga history. A WCC All-Conference Second Team selection as well as a member of the WCC All-Freshman Team, Collins averaged 9.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.00 blocks during the 2017 NCAA Tournament while guiding Gonzaga to its first National Championship Game appearance.

In a Final Four matchup against South Carolina, Collins, a Las Vegas native, recorded 14 points (6-10 FG, 1-1 3-PT), 13 rebounds and six blocks.

Collins will make his Trail Blazers debut at the 2017 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Portland tips off its schedule on Saturday, July 8 vs. Utah at 3 p.m. (Pacific).

He will wear No. 33 for the Trail Blazers.

The Trail Blazers selected Swanigan with the 26th overall pick in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft.

Swanigan (6-9, 250), 20, posted averages of 14.4 points (50.1% FG, 37.6% 3-PT, 76.0% FT), 10.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists in two seasons at Purdue.

A consensus All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year as a sophomore, Swanigan averaged 18.5 points (52.7% FG, 44.7% 3-PT, 78.1% FT), 12.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists in his second season with the Boilermakers. Swanigan ranked second in the nation in rebounding in 2016-17 and became the first player nationally since the 1985-86 season to have 640 points, 430 rebounds and 100 assists in a season.

His 28 double-doubles last season were the most in Big Ten history and the 13th-most in NCAA history. A finalist for the Wooden, Naismith and Oscar Robertson Player of the Year Awards, Swanigan became the first player since Tim Duncan of Wake Forest (1996-97) to average 18.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in a season.

Swanigan will make his Trail Blazers debut at the 2017 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Portland tips off its schedule on Saturday, July 8 vs. Utah at 3 p.m. (Pacific).

He will wear No. 50 for the Trail Blazers.

Trail Blazers announce Summer League roster

Trail Blazers announce Summer League roster

PORTLAND, Ore. (June 30, 2016) – The Portland Trail Blazers today announced their roster for NBA Summer League 2017 in Las Vegas, highlighted by 2017 first round draft picks Zach Collins and Caleb Swanigan, and returning roster players Pat Connaughton and Jake Layman. 

Portland’s four-day Summer League training camp begins Tuesday, July 4 at the Practice Facility.

The Trail Blazers made a draft day trade to acquire Collins, who was picked 10th overall out of Gonzaga, and Swanigan was selected with the 26th overall pick out of Purdue. Connaughton holds averages of 1.8 points, 1.2 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 73 games (one start) over two seasons with the Trail Blazers. Layman finished his rookie 2016-17 season averaging 2.2 points, 0.7 rebounds and 0.3 assists in 35 games (one start).

The Trail Blazers will tip-off the game schedule on Saturday, July 8 vs. Utah, followed by a game on Sunday, July 9 vs. Boston, before closing out the preliminary round on Tuesday, July 11 vs. San Antonio. The first and third games will be played at Cox Pavilion, while Sunday’s contest will be at the Thomas & Mack Center. Both facilities are located on the University of Nevada Las Vegas campus.

Following the three-game preliminary round, the NBA Summer League returns to a tournament format for the fifth consecutive year, with each team guaranteed a minimum of five games. The championship game will take place on Monday, July 17.

Tickets for NBA Summer League 2017 are on sale now. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting NBATickets.com.

 2017 Trail Blazers Summer League Roster

No.  Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Last Played NBA Years
37 Jordan Adams G 6'5" 209 7/8/94 Memphis Grizzlies 1
34 Keith Benson C 6'11" 240 8/13/88 Sioux Falls (G-League) 1
26 Markel Brown G 6'3" 190 1/29/92 Khimki (Russia) 2
44 Antonius Cleveland G 6'6" 195 2/2/94 Southeast Missouri R
33 Zach Collins C 7' 230 11/19/97 Gonzaga R
5 Pat Connaughton G 6'5" 210 1/6/93 Trail Blazers  2
24 DeAndre Daniels F 6'9" 196 4/15/92 Dinamica Mantova (Italy) R
2 Jorge Gutiérrez G 6'3" 195 12/27/88 Trabzonspor (Turkey) 4
28 R.J. Hunter G 6'5" 185 10/24/93 Long Island (G-League) 1
31 Nick Johnson G 6'3" 200 12/22/92 Bayern Munich (Germany 1
10 Jake Layman F 6'9" 210 3/7/94 Trail Blazers 1
9 Patrick Miller F 6'1" 200 5/22/93 Sioux Falls (G-League) R
16 Josh Scott F 6'10" 245 7/13/93 MZT Skopje (Macedonia) R
50 Caleb Swanigan F 6'9" 249 4/18/97 Purdue R

 

Summer League Coaches:  

  • Jim Moran (William & Mary)
  • Nate Tibbetts (South Dakota)
  • David Vanterpool (St. Bonaventure)
  • Dale Osbourne (South Alabama)
  • John McCullough (Oklahoma)

    Summer League Assistant Coaches:

    • Jason Staudt (Texas Tech)
    • Jonathan Yim (Cal State Fullerton)
    • T.C. Swirsky (UNLV)
    • Brian Barkdoll (Northwest Nazarene)

    Director of Player Heath and Performance: Chris Stackpole (Boston University)

    Head Athletic Trainer: Geoff Clark (Oregon State)

    Sports Performance Specialist: Todd Forcier (Washington State)

    Sports Performance Specialist: Ben Kenyon (Adelphi)

Allen Crabbe undergoes successful foot surgery

Allen Crabbe undergoes successful foot surgery

PORTLAND, Ore. (May 11, 2017) – Portland Trail Blazers guard Allen Crabbe underwent successful surgery to repair a stress reaction of the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.

Crabbe is expected to be ready for the start of training camp in September.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Martin O’Malley at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

In 79 games (7 starts) this season, Crabbe averaged 10.7 points (48.8% FG, 44.4% 3-PT, 84.7% FT), 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists. The NBA’s second most accurate 3-point shooter at 44.4%, Crabbe posted the highest percentage from beyond the arc in franchise history by a player with 100-plus 3-pointers.