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Report: Shabazz Napier signs two-year deal with Brooklyn Nets

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Report: Shabazz Napier signs two-year deal with Brooklyn Nets

Free-agent guard Shabazz Napier has agreed to a two-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The terms of the deal were not initially reported.

Napier, who turned 27 on Saturday, averaged a career-best 8.7 points in 20 minutes a game last season.

He joins former Trail Blazers Ed Davis and Allen Crabbe in Brooklyn and will join the a guard rotation that includes D'Angelo Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie and Joe Harris.

Napier will be on his fourth team in five seasons, spending two seasons in Portland, one in Orlando and one with the Miami Heat, where he was drafted 24th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Kermit Washington sentenced to six years in federal prison

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Kermit Washington sentenced to six years in federal prison

Kermit Washington, who played ten season in the NBA, including three for the Portland Trail Blazers, has been sentenced to six years in federal prison without parole for false tax returns and identity theft related to a charity fraud scheme. The full release from the Department of Justice is below. Washington is often best remembered for his punch at Rudy Tomjanovich in 1977.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A former professional basketball player was sentenced in federal court today on charges related to an extensive charity fraud scheme.

Kermit Alan Washington, 66, of Las Vegas, Nev., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays six years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Washington to pay $967,158 in restitution. Washington was taken into federal custody at the conclusion of today’s sentencing hearing.

“This former NBA player abused his fame and status to promote a charity scam by which he raised hundreds of thousands of dollars that he diverted to personal spending on lavish vacations, shopping sprees, and even plastic surgery for his girlfriend,” said Garrison. “Although he told his donors that 100 percent of all donations would go to support charitable work in Africa, including a medical clinic for needy families and HIV-positive children, in fact he spent most of the donated funds on himself. His fraud scheme also victimized law-abiding taxpayers by stealing from the public treasury rather than paying taxes owed.”

On Nov. 30, 2017, Washington pleaded guilty to two counts of filing a false tax return and one count of aggravated identity theft. Washington is among 11 defendants who have been convicted in several cases arising from the investigation of one of the largest software piracy schemes ever prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice. Investigators seized more than $20 million in assets from conspirators who are estimated to have sold in excess of $100 million worth of illicit, unauthorized and counterfeit software products to thousands of online customers.

eBay/PayPal Software Piracy Fraud Scheme

Washington’s charity, The Sixth Man Foundation, doing business as Project Contact Africa, operated an eBay store and used a PayPal account to facilitate payments. Approximately $12 million in items, including unauthorized, illicit, and counterfeit software and software components were sold on the Project Contact Africa eBay store.

In a separate but related case, Reza Davachi of Damascus, Md., pleaded guilty to a fraud scheme for abusing the benefits afforded a charity in these sales on Project Contact Africa’s eBay store.

Customers of the charity’s eBay store were under the impression that “100 percent” of the proceeds of sales were intended to go to the charity when, in fact, only a portion of the proceeds actually went to the charity. Washington admitted that he diverted funds from the charity’s bank account to pay himself or for personal spending, such as rent, credit card payments, vacation trips and plastic surgery for his then-girlfriend. Washington claimed to pay the rent and school fees for a family in Africa when, in fact, these payments were to a former prostitute, and rose and fell depending on their level of sexual intimacy.

By using the charity’s account to sell items through the eBay charity store, conspirators saved thousands of dollars per month that would have otherwise been paid to eBay in the form of various fees. As a result, eBay/PayPal sustained losses of approximately $908,231 due to the waived fees.

Workers’ Compensation Referral Scheme

Washington also admitted that he referred professional athletes to attorney Ronald Jack Mix, 80, of San Diego, Calif., so that Mix could file workers’ compensation claims in the state of California on behalf of the athletes. Mix then agreed to make donations to Washington’s charity.

Washington accepted approximately $155,000 in donations to his charity, which were actually illegal referral payments from Mix and his law firm. Washington diverted those funds from the charity’s bank account to pay himself or for personal spending. Washington admitted that he failed to account for this income to the charity on Project Contact Africa’s IRS filings during those years.

In a separate but related case, Mix pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return. Mix admitted that he made donations ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 for referrals of athletes, some of whom lived in the Western District of Missouri. Mix then claimed those payments as charitable contributions on his individual tax returns from 2010 to 2013. Mix was sentenced to time served and ordered to pay $49,543 in restitution.

False Tax Returns, Identity Theft

According to court documents, Washington diverted charity proceeds and failed to declare this income on federal income tax returns from 2010 to 2014. During this time, Washington also improperly claimed tens of thousands of dollars in personal charitable deductions. Washington’s additional tax due for his underreported income is $90,181. 

Additionally, Washington is assessed $876,977 in excess benefit taxes related to the payment of excess benefits to a disqualified person (the use of charity funds for personal purposes by an officer of a charity). Washington’s accumulated tax loss for 2010 through 2014 thus totals $976,158.

Washington specifically pleaded guilty to filing a materially false individual tax return on Feb. 18, 2014, and to filing a materially false Form 990-EZ for his tax-exempt organization on Aug. 20, 2012.

Washington also specifically pleaded guilty to using the name, personal address and business address of another person without lawful authority in numerous state and federal filings on behalf of the charity. The identity theft victim, identified in court documents as “T.G.”, was a resident of Oregon. Washington admitted that he used her identity information so that Project Contact Africa could maintain its active status within the state of Oregon, which enabled the charity to receive the charitable donations and to maintain the charity store on eBay.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patrick Daly and Curt Bohling in the Western District of Missouri and Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Raybould of the Middle District of Tennessee (formerly of the Department of Justice Tax Division). It was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation and Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

How and where to watch Blazers summer league game

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How and where to watch Blazers summer league game

The 2-0 Portland Trail Blazers are back in action today in the NBA Summer League vs. the San Antonio Spurs (1-1) at 1 PM (PT) on NBA TV in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The undefeated Blazers are coming off a 93-78 win over the Utah Jazz and a 85-68 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

Read: Blazers Improve to 2-0 at Summer League

Returning for his second Summer League with the Blazers, big man Caleb Swanigan is leading the Blazers in rebounds per game with 10.5. After a little taste towards the end of last season, Wade Baldwin, who is trying to earn a contract with Portland, is the second-leading scorer for the Blazers averaging 13.5 points per game and is second overall in Summer League in assists per game with 7.5 assists. Leading the way for Portland in scoring is Jake Layman, who is averaging 18.5 ppg and 5.0 rpg.

Read: 5 things we've learned so far in Summer League

Up next for the Blazers is the San Antonio Spurs (1-1). The Spurs are coming off a 10-point loss to the Indiana Pacers and a 95-90 win over the Washington Wizards. San Antonio has four players averaging in double figures: forwards Jaron Blossomgame (15.0 ppg) and Chimezie Metu (12.5 ppg), and guards Lonnie Walker IV (14.5 ppg) and Derrick White (11.5 ppg). 

If you don't have NBA TV or can't get to a TV, you can also stream the game on the ESPN App on your phone or tablet.

Quick Links:

ICYMI: Blazers impress in Summer League so far

Video: Lillard's rookie review: "I like what I see"

Video: Trent Jr., has some high praise for Wade Baldwin

Game Details:

Where:  Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, NV.

Tip-off: 1:00pm

Television: NBA TV

Stream: ESPN App.

 

Jusuf Nurkic re-signs with Trail Blazers

Jusuf Nurkic re-signs with Trail Blazers

The biggest free agent question mark for the Trail Blazers this off-season was restricted free agent Jusuf Nurkic and if he would return to the Blazers and further, what it would cost Portland to retain his services. That question now has an answer:

Woj further clarifies, "Deal includes partial guarantee in 4th year, source says." He also writes, "Nurkic turned down a more lucrative four-year deal several months ago, but the marketplace has tightened and he chose to take this deal on Friday."

This will keep the Trail Blazers "Big 3" in Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, and Nurkic together for the next several seasons.

Lillard, for one, was pleased with the news, telling NBC Sports Northwest: "Happy to have my big little brother back.''

Nurkic averaged 14.3 points, 9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game for the Blazers last season. 

WATCH: Blazers press conference to introduce Seth Curry and Nik Stauskas

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WATCH: Blazers press conference to introduce Seth Curry and Nik Stauskas

Watch as Trail Blazers President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey introduces the newest Trail Blazers Seth Curry and Nik Stauskas. Find out how both Curry and Stauskas are feeling about to now be here in Rip City.

Seth Curry and Nik Stauskas Introduction Press Conference

Posted by Portland Trail Blazers on Friday, July 6, 2018

Will MiKyle McIntosh make an NBA roster?

Will MiKyle McIntosh make an NBA roster?

Forward MiKyle McIntosh at a glance

Position: Forward

College: Oregon

Age: 24

Height: 6’7”

Weight: 240

McIntosh averaged 11.8 ppg and 6.1 rpg in his one and only season at Oregon under head coach Dana Altman.


Another Duck from Dana playing at the next level

Oregon men’s basketball coach Dana Altman can produce next level players. Last year, three Ducks were drafted: Jordan Bell (Rd. 2, pick 38 to the Golden State Warriors), Tyler Dorsey (Rd. 1, pick 41 to the Atlanta Hawks), and Dillon Brooks (Rd. 2 Pick 45 to the Memphis Grizzlies).

This season, it was Troy Brown, who was selected in the first round, No. 15 overall to the Washington Wizards. Although McIntosh only had one season under Altman, he showed consistent improvements throughout the 2017-2018 season. McIntosh started the season averaging around seven points per game and four rebounds. At the end of the season, McIntosh improved to 11.8 ppg and 6.0 rpg.


McIntosh on Altman’s influence:
"He influenced me a lot. He helped me out with a lot of different things mentally. He always talked about how you have to be a professional and he had a couple guys go pro the year before I came. So he always talked about you have to be a pro in what you do and how to prepare... those little things you try and teach us and teach me individually and it helped a lot."


What McIntosh brings to the table

McIntosh is a 6’7” 240lb forward that shines when he gets the ball on the wing. He has great speed for a player of his size, and his quick first step allows him to get by defenders. Overall, his offense should have an easy time translating to the next during.  At the end of his college career, McIntosh shot 45.7% from the field and 35.6% from three-point range.

For more information and to hear from McIntosh check out the video above.


***Trail Blazers Summer League Schedule

Saturday 7/7 at Cox 12 p.m. – Portland vs. Utah

Sunday 7/8 at TM 2:30 p.m. – Portland vs. Boston

Tuesday 7/10 at Cox 1 p.m. – San Antonio vs. Portland

Get to know Nik Stauskas

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Get to know Nik Stauskas

According to Chris Haynes of ESPN, free agent shooting guard Nik Stauskas has agreed to a one-year deal with the Trail Blazers. 

Don't know who Stauskas is? Here are some quick bullet points to get you up to speed. Let's get to know Nik Stauskas: 

  • He is from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada - about 30 minutes west of Toronto. Mississauga is also the birthplace of Memphis Grizzlies guard, and former Oregon Ducks star, Dillon Brooks. 
  • Played college basketball at Michigan, where he was teammates with current NBA players Glenn Robinson III, Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Caris LeVert 
  • He played two seasons for the Wolverines, averaging 14.1 points, 2.3 assists per game, and was named second-team AP All-American in 2013-14
  • Drafted 8th overall by the Sacramento Kings in 2014.
  • Has played for the Kings, 76ers, Nets, and now the Blazer
  • Holds NBA career averages of 7.0 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game. He has also shot 35% from deep for his career
  • Shot a career-best 40% (40/100) from three-point range last season
  • Earned the nickname “ Sauce Castillo” due to a closed captioning error on a broadcast. A fan pointed it out on Twitter, and the nickname stuck
  • Doesn't know who Chewbacca is

 

 

 

Report: Ed Davis agrees to one year deal with the Brooklyn Nets

Report: Ed Davis agrees to one year deal with the Brooklyn Nets

The Portland Trail Blazers appear to be losing a key veteran voice in free agency, this according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski

Originally joining the Blazers at the beginning of the 2015-2016 season on a three-year, $20 million deal, Davis was a bright spot for the Blazers during their up and down season, a consistent spark off the bench night in and night out. 

In 78 games, Davis averaged 5.3 points and 7.4 rebounds. He was sidelined in the final weeks of the regular season with a right ankle injury, a key loss for Portland as they ramped up for their playoff run.

While Davis entered this offseason as an unrestricted free agent, many believed the Blazers would have the opportunity to retain his services at a reasonable rate. And given the reported details of Davis' one year contract with the Nets, it is surprising, and somewhat perplexing that they didn't.  

The latest development isn't a popular decision.

A fan favorite and a known ally to Blazers franchise point guard Damian Lillard, Davis brought a calm and collected veteran voice to the locker room. 

Lillard also chimed in on the news:

And so did CJ McCollum:

It also appears Davis wanted to come back to Portland, this according to NBCSNW Blazers Insider Jason Quick.

The latest free agency news comes on the heels of reports the Blazers would not extend offers to either Pat Connaughton or Shabazz Napier, making them both unrestricted free agents, as well.

June 30th was the deadline to guarantee Jake Layman's contract. With no official news from the team, it appears Layman will also be an unrestricted free agent. 

With Ed Davis heading to Brooklyn, and Nurkic on the market, that means Meyers Leonard and Georgios Papagiannis are the only centers currently on the roster.

Stay tuned for the latest free agency news at NBCSportsNorthwest.com

Sights and sounds from Omaha

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Sights and sounds from Omaha

The Beavers dominated the Razorbacks in Game 3 of the College World Series to win the school's third baseball title on Thursday night. As usual, Twitter was on fire following the victory, just take a look.

Beavers win College World Series

Beavers win College World Series

For the first time since the school's back-to-back titles in 2006-2007, the Oregon State Beavers are national champions.

 

Oregon State pulled off a miracle on Wednesday to force a decisive Game 3, and all they did in that winner-take-all game was dominate from start to finish.

 

Adley Rutschman got the scoring starting for the Beavers, singling a run home in the bottom of the first inning and Kevin Abel pitched 9-innings of shut-out ball, surrendering just two hits to the Razorbacks.

 

The Beavers would put up four more runs before the game was done, but that single RBI from the catcher known as “Clutchman” was all the Beavers needed. 

 

Final Score: Beavers 5 – Razorbacks 0