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It’s official: Trail Blazers complete trade with Atlanta Hawks

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It’s official: Trail Blazers complete trade with Atlanta Hawks

The Portland Trail Blazers have traded forward/center Skal Labissiere and cash considerations to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for a future protected second-round draft pick, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.

Labissiere averaged 5.8 points (55.1% FG, 23.1% 3-PT, 75.8% FT), 5.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.94 blocks in 33 games (one start) for the Trail Blazers this season before suffering a left knee articular cartilage lesion against the L.A. Lakers on Dec. 28. Acquired in a trade with Sacramento on Feb. 7, 2019, Labissiere averaged 5.3 points (56.6% FG, 33.3% 3-PT, 71.8% FT), 4.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 42 total games (two starts) with the Trail Blazers.

 

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Jaylen Hoard transferred to Texas Legends

Jaylen Hoard transferred to Texas Legends

PORTLAND, Ore. (December 11, 2019) – The Portland Trail Blazers have completed the two-way transfer of forward Jaylen Hoard to the Texas Legends of the NBA G League, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey. 

In five games with the Trail Blazers this season, Hoard, 20, has averaged 1.4 points (50.0% FG, 50.0% FT), 1.4 rebounds and 0.4 assists. Hoard (6-8, 215) has appeared in four games with the Legends, posting averages of 17.8 points (55.8% FG, 53.8% FT), 6.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists.

Trail Blazers have transferred rookies Moses Brown and Jaylen Hoard back to G League

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Trail Blazers have transferred rookies Moses Brown and Jaylen Hoard back to G League

The Portland Trail Blazers have completed the two-way transfers of center Moses Brown and forward Jaylen Hoard to the Texas Legends of the NBA G League, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey. 

Brown, 20, has played in four games for the Trail Blazers this season, posting averages of 2.0 points and 2.3 rebounds. In three games with the Legends this season, Brown (7-1, 245) has averaged 5.7 points (66.7% FG) and 4.7 rebounds.

In three games with the Trail Blazers this season, Hoard, 20, has averaged 0.7 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.3 assists. Hoard (6-8, 215) has appeared in three games with the Legends, posting averages of 18.7 points (56.4% FG, 75.0% FT), 7.7 rebounds and 1.0 assist.

Official: Trail Blazers sign CJ McCollum to multi-year contract extension

Official: Trail Blazers sign CJ McCollum to multi-year contract extension

The Portland Trail Blazers have signed guard CJ McCollum to a multi-year contract extension, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.

The three-year extension keeps McCollum under contract through the 2023-24 season.  

“CJ McCollum is a franchise cornerstone and a critical part of our future,” said Olshey. “This extension represents a strong level of commitment between CJ, the Trail Blazers and the city of Portland.”

McCollum, 27, holds averages of 17.8 points (45.5% FG, 40.1% 3-PT, 83.9% FT), 3.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 0.87 steals in 411 games (314 starts) over six seasons with the Trail Blazers. The 12th leading scorer in franchise history (7,328 points), McCollum ranks seventh among franchise leaders in three-point shooting percentage, eighth in free throw percentage and third in three-pointers made (823).

Selected with the 10th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft out of Lehigh, McCollum is one of just six Trail Blazers to average at least 20.0 points in four NBA seasons. Winner of the NBA Most Improved Player Award in 2015-16, McCollum scored a career-high 50 points vs. Chicago on Jan. 31, 2018, making him one of seven Trail Blazers to reach the 50-point mark in franchise history.

In six consecutive trips to the playoffs that culminated in last season’s run to the Western Conference Finals, McCollum has averaged 19.6 points (43.9% FG, 39.4% 3-PT, 78.8% FT), 3.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 0.83 steals in 46 games (36 starts).

Official: Trail Blazers acquire Hassan Whiteside from Miami in multi-team deal

Official: Trail Blazers acquire Hassan Whiteside from Miami in multi-team deal

The Portland Trail Blazers have acquired center Hassan Whiteside from the Miami Heat in a four-team deal that will send forward Maurice Harkless to the LA Clippers and center Meyers Leonardto the Heat, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.  

"Acquiring Hassan is an impact move for our roster,” said Olshey. “He is an elite shot blocker, rebounder and paint presence on both ends of the floor. We have pursued Hassan through multiple avenues at various times in his career and are ecstatic to be adding him to our organization”.

Whiteside, 30, averaged 12.3 points (57.1% FG, 44.9% FT), 11.3 rebounds, 1.89 blocks and 23.3 minutes in 72 games (53 starts) for Miami during the 2018-19 season.  

A seven-year NBA veteran, Whiteside (7-0, 265) holds career averages of 13.4 points (57.4% FG, 59.3% FT), 11.4 rebounds, 2.33 blocks and 26.0 minutes in 343 games (259 starts) with Miami and Sacramento. Originally selected by Sacramento with the 33rd overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft, Whiteside played two seasons for the Kings and has spent the last five seasons with the Heat. He led the NBA in blocks per game during the 2015-16 season (3.68) and rebounds per game during the 2016-17 season (14.1).

The trade also sends Jimmy Butler from Philadelphia to Miami, Josh Richardson from Miami to Philadelphia and a future first round draft pick goes from Miami to the Clippers.

In four seasons with the Trail Blazers, Harkless averaged 7.7 points (49.1% FG, 33.0% 3-PT, 64.6% FT), 3.8 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 0.91 steal and 23.2 minutes in 274 games (172 starts). He was acquired by Portland in a trade with Orlando on July 14, 2015.

Leonard was selected by the Trail Blazers with the 11th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. He appeared in 393 games (42 starts) over seven seasons in Portland, posting averages of 5.6 points (47.9% FG, 38.5% 3-PT, 82.8% FT), 3.7 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 15.5 minutes.

Trail Blazers officially sign Damian Lillard to multi-year contract extension

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Trail Blazers officially sign Damian Lillard to multi-year contract extension

The Portland Trail Blazers have signed guard Damian Lillard to a multi-year contract extension, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.

The four-year extension keeps Lillard under contract through the 2023-24 season with a player option for 2024-25.

“Since the day we drafted Damian he has exemplified every quality an organization could hope for in a franchise player,” said Olshey. “His perpetual leadership, willingness to embrace responsibility for outcome on the floor and ability to set a cultural standard illustrates what it means to be a Portland Trail Blazer and makes us ecstatic he has chosen to extend his contract at the first opportunity”.

An All-NBA Second Team member last season, Lillard, 28, joins Clyde Drexler as one of two Trail Blazers to receive All-NBA honors four times. He is one of three players in NBA history to record at least 1,500 points and 400 assists in each of his first seven NBA seasons (Oscar Robertson, LeBron James), and in 2018-19 he became the first player in Trail Blazers history to tally at least 2,000 points and 500 assists in a season. When he was named All-NBA First Team in 2017-18, he joined Drexler and Bill Walton as the only Trail Blazers to achieve the honor.

Winner of the 2018-19 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, Lillard (6-3, 195) holds career averages of 23.5 points (43.4% FG, 36.8% 3-PT, 88.9% FT), 4.2 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 0.97 steals in 549 games (all starts) over seven seasons with the Trail Blazers.

Selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft out of Weber State, the 2013 NBA Rookie of the Year and four-time NBA All-Star has led the Trail Blazers to six consecutive playoff appearances, including last season’s run to the Western Conference Finals. He holds career playoff averages of 24.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 5.9 assists, and has hit two series-clinching shots in his postseason career.

Among all-time franchise leaders, Lillard ranks second in scoring (12,909), first in three-pointers (1,506), third in assists (3,479), third in field goals made (4,277), second in free throws made (2,849), fifth in minutes (19,907), ninth in steals (533) and 10th in games played (549). 

Official: Trail Blazers re-sign guard/forward Rodney Hood

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Official: Trail Blazers re-sign guard/forward Rodney Hood

The Portland Trail Blazers have re-signed guard/forward Rodney Hood, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.

“Rodney became an impact player for us as soon as he joined the team and played a critical role in our regular and post season success,” said Olshey. “We are fortunate he chose to return to Portland”.

Hood, 26, averaged 9.6 points (45.2% FG, 34.5% 3-PT, 80.5% FT), 1.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 24.4 minutes in 27 games (four starts) after being acquired by the Trail Blazers in a trade with Cleveland on February 4, 2019.

During Portland’s run to the 2019 Western Conference Finals, Hood (6-8, 205) averaged 9.9 points (46.8% FG, 35.3% 3-PT, 81.8% FT), 2.3 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 23.3 minutes in 16 games. He was Portland’s third-leading scorer against Denver in the Western Conference Semifinals, averaging 14.7 points per game while shooting 57.6% from the field and 50.0% from the three-point line during the seven-game series.

In five NBA seasons with Utah, Cleveland and Portland, Hood holds career averages of 12.6 points (42.2% FG, 36.7% 3-PT, 84.1%FT), 2.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 27.2 minutes.

Hood was originally selected by Utah with the 23rd overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft out of Duke. He was traded from Utah to Cleveland on February 8, 2018.

Trail Blazers make signing of Mario Hezonja official

Trail Blazers make signing of Mario Hezonja official

PORTLAND, Ore. (July 3, 2019) – The Portland Trail Blazers have signed free agent forward Mario Hezonja, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.

 

Hezonja (heh-ZONE-yuh), 24, holds career averages of 7.3 points (41.7% FG, 32.1% 3-PT, 81.1% FT), 3.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 18.9 minutes in 277 games (65 starts) over four seasons with Orlando and New York.

 

“Mario is a prodigiously talented player with a high ceiling and a bright future,” said Olshey. “He will have a chance to contribute immediately while we work to accelerate his development”. 

 

Selected by the Magic with the fifth overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft, Hezonja (6-8, 225) spent three seasons in Orlando before playing the 2018-19 season in New York. In 58 appearances (24 starts) for the Knicks last season, Hezonja averaged 8.8 points (41.2% FG, 27.6% 3-PT, 76.3% FT), 4.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.98 steals and 20.8 minutes

 

A Croatian national, Hezonja played for FC Barcelona before entering the 2015 NBA Draft.  

 

He will wear No. 44 for the Trail Blazers.

OFFICIAL: Trail Blazers sign Anthony Tolliver

OFFICIAL: Trail Blazers sign Anthony Tolliver

The Portland Trail Blazers have signed free agent forward Anthony Tolliver, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.

 

Tolliver, 34, spent the 2018-19 season with Minnesota, posting averages of 5.0 points (38.2% FG, 37.7% 3-PT, 78.3% FT), 2.7 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 16.6 minutes in 65 games. He previously played two games for the Trail Blazers during the 2009-10 season.

 

“Anthony is a consummate professional with an elite skill that will translate immediately into our system while providing leadership in our locker room,” said Olshey.

 

An 11-year NBA veteran, Tolliver (6-8, 250) holds career averages of 6.4 points (41.8% FG, 37.6% 3-PT, 77.2% FT), 3.4 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 19.9 minutes in 664 games (92 starts). In addition to Minnesota and Portland, he has played for Detroit, Sacramento, Phoenix, Charlotte, Atlanta, Golden State and San Antonio

 

He will wear No. 43 for the Trail Blazers.

Trail Blazers officially sign Jaylen Hoard to two-way contract

Trail Blazers officially sign Jaylen Hoard to two-way contract

PORTLAND, Ore. (July 1, 2019) – The Portland Trail Blazers have signed forward Jaylen Hoard to a two-way contract, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.

Hoard, 20, went undrafted out of Wake Forest, where he led the Demon Deacons in rebounding and ranked second in scoring during his freshman 2018-19 season. He finished the year with averages of 13.1 points (45.8% FG, 22.6% 3-PT, 71.7% FT), 7.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 31 games, including seven double-doubles.

A French national, Hoard (6-8, 215) played in the 2018 Nike Hoop Summit at Moda Center, finishing with 11 points, 15 rebounds and two assists for the World Select Team. 

Two-way contract players may spend up to 45 days on an NBA roster and the remaining time on an NBA G League roster. Hoard’s G League assignment has yet to be determined.

He will wear No. 6 for the Trail Blazers.