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Radio play-by-play voice Brian Wheeler to open season on medical leave

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Radio play-by-play voice Brian Wheeler to open season on medical leave

Portland Trail Blazers radio play-by-play voice Brian Wheeler will be on temporary medical leave when the 2018-19 NBA season begins, it was announced by Wheeler and team officials today. Beginning with the September 29 preseason opener against the Toronto Raptors in Vancouver British Columbia, NBC Sports Northwest (NBCSNW) Rip City Radio broadcaster Travis Demers will handle radio play-by-play duties.

“Continuing to steer my health in a positive direction is the top priority for me,” said Wheeler, who will call his 21st season behind the Trail Blazers microphone when he returns to the broadcast team. “I’m looking forward to being back in action as soon as I can.”

Co-host of the daily radio show “The Rip City Drive” alongside Chad Doing, Demers will be paired with color analyst and former Trail Blazers player Michael Holton for home games. For road games, Demers will team-up with Trail Blazers Insider Casey Holdahl. 

Demers has an extensive broadcasting pedigree in the Portland market. Before joining NBCSNW Rip City Radio in 2014, Demers was a host at ESPN Sports Radio 1080 “The Fan” for 10 years. He’s a familiar broadcast voice for University of Portland men’s basketball and baseball; and can also be heard calling high school sports on the Oregon Schools Activities Association (OSAA) Radio Network.  Since 2016, Demers has been a regular fill-in broadcaster for Hillsboro Hops Baseball. Demers has also covered the Trail Blazers, Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers for 15 seasons.

Trail Blazers games are helmed by radio flagship AM-620 NBCSNW Rip City Radio and extend around the region across the 20-stationTrail Blazers Radio Network. 

Trail Blazers welcome 14th annual Fan Fest presented by Wells Fargo

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Trail Blazers welcome 14th annual Fan Fest presented by Wells Fargo

The preseason showcase that Portland Trail Blazersfans eagerly await is back with a new, later 7 p.m. start time. The 14th Annual Trail Blazers FanFest Presented by Wells Fargo is set for Sunday, September 30 at Moda Center featuring new entertainment and fan engagement in the arena’s lower bowl, alongside a first-look scrimmage by the new 2018-19 Trail Blazers roster.

The free event features first-come, first-served general admission seating, with doors opening at 6 p.m. Special front-row seating in select courtside areas will be reserved for kids from community-based organizations. Parking on the Rose Quarter campus will be free, subject to space availability. Fans can download their free digital tickets online at trailblazers.com/fanfest.

Blazers Fan Fest presented by Wells Fargo is the annual chance for fans to get an up-close look at the upcoming Trail Blazers team with four quarters of competitive, intra-squad NBA action. Three-time All-Star and All-NBA point guard Damian Lillard returns for his seventh season with teammates CJ McCollum, Jusuf Nurkic and more. Fans will get to interact with the Trail Blazers television and radio broadcast teams including Kevin Calabro, Lamar Hurd, Brooke Olzendam, Jordan Kent, Brian Wheeler and Michael Holton as they interview players and coaches on the new endzone entertainment stage.

Fans will also see performances by this year’s BlazerDancers and Stunt Team; and have loads of chances at free prizes and other giveaways from team mascot Blaze the Trail Cat. Starting in the second half of the scrimmage, fans will be encouraged to use their mobile devices to choose a Most Valuable Player from the Blazers Fan Fest presented by Wells Fargo scrimmage. Voting for the MVP will be found at the trailblazers.com/fanfest website and in the Trail Blazers Mobile App.    

Trail Blazers television schedule on NBC Sports Northwest released

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Trail Blazers television schedule on NBC Sports Northwest released

NBC Sports Northwest (NBCS NW) will televise 76 of the 82 regular-season Trail Blazers games. The other six games will be broadcast nationally on TNT and ESPN. In addition, NBCS NW will broadcast all three home preseason games as part of the 2018-19 season.

The Trail Blazers regular season starts with a bang at Moda Center as LeBron James makes his much-anticipated debut with his new Los Angeles Lakers squad on Thursday, October 18.  TNT will carry that season-opener nationally beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Along with opening night on TNT, Portland will own the national spotlight five additional times this season with one exclusive game on ESPN November 14 at the LA Lakers; and four more games on TNT, all from Moda Center:

  • November 1 vs. New Orleans
  • February 5 vs. Miami
  • February 7 vs. San Antonio
  • March 7 vs. Oklahoma City

The Trail Blazers entire 2018-19 schedule is available online at trailblazers.com/schedule.

Anchoring Trail Blazers broadcasts on NBCSNW for their third season together will be the trio of veteran play-by-play voice Kevin Calabro, color analyst Lamar Hurd and courtside reporter Brooke Olzendam.  Wraparound programming for Trail Blazers television will again feature host Jordan Kent along with former Trail Blazers player Michael Holton.  Kent will helm the Toyota Pregame Show, McDonald’s Halftime Show and the Postgame Show alongside Holton.

More information on finding Portland’s televised games is available at trailblazers.com/watch.  In addition, NBC Sports Gold’s “Blazers Pass,” NBC Sports Northwest’s direct-to-consumer streaming product, returns this year. The product allows fans residing in Trail Blazers viewing territory to purchase a package of 15 games to watch during the 2018-19 NBA season. Fans can visit http://www.nbcsports.com/blazerspass to learn more. 

Trail Blazers 2018-19 TV Broadcast Schedule                                                                 

Date - Opponent - Game Time (PT) - TV

PRESEASON                                                              

29-Sep-18      Sat.      at        Toronto 7:00 PM     

5-Oct-18         Fri.       at        Phoenix 7:00 PM  

7-Oct-18         Sun.                 Utah 6:00 PM on NBCSNW

10-Oct-18      Wed.                Phoenix 7:00 PM on NBCSNW

12-Oct-18      Fri.                   Sacramento 7:00 PM on NBCSNW

REGULAR SEASON                                                                

18-Oct-18      Wed.                Lakers 7:30 PM on TNT

20-Oct-18      Sat.                   San Antonio 7:00 PM on NBCSNW

22-Oct-18      Mon.                Washington 7:00 PM on NBCSNW

25-Oct-18      Thu.    at         Orlando 4:00 PM on NBCSNW

27-Oct-18      Sat.      at         Miami 5:00 PM on NBCSNW

29-Oct-18      Mon.    at        Indiana 5:00 PM on NBCSNW

30-Oct-18      Tue.     at        Houston 5:00 PM on NBCSNW

1-Nov-17        Thu.                New Orleans 7:30 PM on TNT

3-Nov-18        Sat.                  L.A. Lakers 7:00 PM on NBCSNW

4-Nov-18        Sun.                 Minnesota 6:00 PM on NBCSNW

6-Nov-18        Tue.                 Milwaukee 7:00 PM on NBCSNW

8-Nov-18        Thu.                 L.A.Clippers 7:00 PM on NBCSNW

11-Nov-18     Sun.                  Boston 6:00 PM on NBCSNW

14-Nov-18     Wed.   at          Lakers 7:30 PM on ESPN

16-Nov-18     Fri.       at         Minnesota 5:00 PM on NBCSNW

18-Nov-17     Sun.     at         Washington 3:00 PM on NBCSNW

20-Nov-17     Tue.     at         New York 4:30 PM on NBCSNW

21-Nov-18     Wed.   at          Milwaukee 5:00 PM on NBCSNW

23-Nov-18     Fri.       at         Golden State 7:30 PM on NBCSNW

25-Nov-17     Sun.                  L.A. Clippers 6:00 PM on NBCSNW

28-Nov-18     Wed.                Orlando 7:00 PM on NBCSNW

30-Nov-18     Fri.                    Denver 7:30 PM on NBCSNW / ESPN

2-Dec-18        Sun.     at         San Antonio 5:30 PM on NBCSNW

4-Dec-18        Tue.     at         Dallas  5:30 PM on NBCSNW

6-Dec-18        Thu.                 Phoenix 7:00 PM on NBCSNW

8-Dec-18        Sat.                  Minnesota 7:00 PM on NBCSNW

11-Dec-18      Mon.    at        Houston 5:00 PM on NBCSNW

12-Dec-18      Wed.   at         Memphis 5:00 PM on NBCSNW

14-Dec-18      Fri.                   Toronto 7:00 PM on NBCSNW

17-Dec-18      Mon.    at        L.A. Clippers 7:30 PM on NBCSNW

19-Dec-18      Wed.                Memphis  7:00 PM on NBCSNW

21-Dec-18      Fri.                   Utah 7:00 PM on NBCSNW

23-Dec-18      Sun.                 Dallas  6:00 PM  on NBCSNW

25-Dec-18      Tue.     at        Utah 7:30 PM on NBCSN / ESPN

27-Dec-18      Thu.    at         Golden State 7:30 PM on NBCSNW

29-Dec-18      Sat.                  Golden State 7:00 PM on NBCSNW

30-Dec-18      Sun.                 Philadelphia 6:00 PM on NBCSNW

1-Jan-19         Tue.     at         Sacramento 6:00 PM on NBCSNW

4-Jan-19         Fri.                   Oklahoma City  7:30 PM on NBCSNW / ESPN

5-Jan-19         Sat.                   Houston 7:00 PM on NBCSNW

7-Jan-19         Mon.                New York 7:00 PM on NBCSNW

9-Jan-19         Wed.                Chicago 7:00 PM on NBCSNW

11-Jan-19      Fri.                   Charlotte 7:00 PM on NBCSNW

13-Jan-19      Sun.     at         Denver 5:00 PM  on NBCSNW

14-Jan-19      Mon.    at         Sacramento 7:00 PM on NBCSNW

16-Jan-19      Wed.                Cleveland 7:00 PM on NBCSNW

18-Jan-19      Fri.                    New Orleans 7:30 PM on NBCSNW/ ESPN

21-Jan-19      Mon.    at         Utah 6:00 PM on NBCSNW

22-Jan-19      Tue.     at         Oklahoma City 5:00 PM on NBCSNW

24-Jan-19      Thu.    at          Phoenix 6:00 PM on NBCSNW

26-Jan-19      Sat.                   Atlanta 7:00 PM on NBCSNW

30-Jan-19      Wed.                Utah 7:30 PM on NBCSNW / ESPN

5-Feb-19        Tue.                 Miami 7:30 PM on TNT

7-Feb-19        Thu.                 San Antonio 7:30 PM on TNT

10-Feb-19      Sun.     at        Dallas  4:00 PM on NBCSNW

11-Feb-19      Mon.    at        Oklahoma City 5:00 PM on NBCSNW

13-Feb-19      Wed.                Golden State 7:00 PM on NBCSNW

21-Feb-19      Thu.    at         Brooklyn 4:30 PM on NBCSNW

23-Feb-19      Sat.      at         Philadelphia 10:00 AM on NBCSNW

25-Feb-19      Tue.     at         Cleveland 4:00 PM on NBCSNW

27-Feb-19      Wed.   at         Boston 4:30 PM on NBCSNW

1-Mar-19       Fri.       at         Toronto 4:30 PM on NBCSNW

3-Mar-19       Sun.     at         Charlotte 10:00 AM on NBCSNW

5-Mar-19       Tue.     at         Memphis 5:00 PM on NBCSNW

7-Mar-19       Thu.                 Oklahoma City 7:30 PM on TNT

9-Mar-19       Sat.                   Phoenix 7:00 PM on NBCSNW

12-Mar-19     Tue.     at         L.A. Clippers 7:30 PM on NBCSNW

15-Mar-19     Fri.       at         New Orleans 5:00 PM on NBCSNW

16-Mar-19     Sat.      at         San Antonio  5:30 PM on NBCSNW

18-Mar-19     Mon.                Indiana 7:30 PM on NBCSNW / ESPN

20-Mar-19     Wed.                Dallas  7:00 PM on NBCSNW

23-Mar-19     Sat.                   Detroit 7:00 PM on NBCSNW

25-Mar-19     Mon.                Brooklyn 7:00 PM on NBCSNW

27-Mar-19     Wed.   at         Chicago 5:00 PM on NBCSNW

29-Mar-19     Fri.       at        Atlanta 4:30 PM on NBCSNW

30-Mar-19     Sat.      at         Detroit 4:00 PM on NBCSNW

1-Apr-19        Mon.    at         Minnesota 5:00 PM on NBCSNW

3-Apr-19        Wed.                 Memphis 7:00 PM on NBCSNW

5-Apr-19        Fri.       at         Denver 7:30 PM on NBCSNW / ESPN

7-Apr-19        Sun.                  Denver 6:00 PM on NBCSNW

9-Apr-19        Tue.     at         Lakers 7:30 PM on NBCSNW

10-Apr-19      Wed.                Sacramento 7:30 PM on NBCSNW

                                                                       

                                                                       

                                                                       

 

Trail Blazers officially sign Seth Curry

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Trail Blazers officially sign Seth Curry

PORTLAND, Ore. (July 6, 2018) – The Portland Trail Blazers have signed free agent guard Seth Curry, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.

Curry, 27, joins the Trail Blazers from the Dallas Mavericks, where he averaged 12.8 points (48.1% FG, 42.5% 3-PT, 85.0% FT), 2.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.13 steals and 29.0 minutes in 70 games (42 starts) during the 2016-17 season. He missed the 2017-18 season while recovering from a stress fracture in his lower left leg.

“We expect Seth to be an impactful addition to our backcourt as his skill set will translate immediately,” Olshey said. “He is an elite shooter with the ability to play on or off the ball.”

After going undrafted out of Duke in 2013, Curry (6-2, 185) played in one game each for Memphis and Cleveland during the 2013-14 season, and two games for Phoenix during the 2014-15 season before signing with Sacramento for the 2015-16 season.

For his career, Curry holds averages of 10.2 points (47.3% FG, 43.2% 3-PT, 84.4% FT), 2.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 23.2 minutes in 118 games (51 starts).

He will wear No. 5 for the Trail Blazers. 

Trail Blazers sign rookie Gary Trent. Jr.

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Trail Blazers sign rookie Gary Trent. Jr.

PORTLAND, Ore. (July 6, 2018) – The Portland Trail Blazers have signed guard Gary Trent Jr., it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.

Acquired in a draft day trade with Sacramento, Trent Jr. was the 37th overall pick in the second round of the 2018 NBA Draft.

Trent Jr., 19, averaged 14.5 points (41.5% FG, 40.2% 3-PT, 87.6% FT), 4.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.16 steals and 33.8 minutes in 37 games (all starts) as a freshman at Duke during the 2017-18 season.

Trent Jr. (6-6, 209) was one of 10 finalists for the 2017-18 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award and was named to the 2018 NCAA Tournament All-Midwest Region Team. He finished third in the ACC in three-pointers made (97) and was the fourth freshman in Duke history to lead the team in three-point field goal percentage.

Trail Blazers sign rookie Anfernee Simons

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Trail Blazers sign rookie Anfernee Simons

PORTLAND, Ore. (July 2, 2018)– The Portland Trail Blazers have signed guard Anfernee Simons, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.

The Trail Blazers selected Simons with the 24th overall pick in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft.

Simons, 19, enters the NBA from IMG Academy (Fla.), where he competed as a post-graduate and averaged 22.4 points (54% FG, 45% 3-PT), 6.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 2017-18.

Simons (6-4, 180) played his senior season of high school in 2016-17 at Edgewater High School in Orlando, Fla., where he posted averages of 23.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.8 steals.

He will wear No. 24 for the Trail Blazers.

Al-Farouq Aminu to represent Team Africa in NBA Africa Game 2018

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Al-Farouq Aminu to represent Team Africa in NBA Africa Game 2018

NEW YORK AND JOHANNESBURG, May 31, 2018 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced today that the NBA Africa Game 2018, the NBA’s third game in Africa, will take place Saturday, Aug. 4 at 5:00 pm CAT at Sun Arena at Time Square in Pretoria, South Africa.

The announcement was made today at a press conference in Johannesburg by NBA Vice President and Managing Director for Africa, Amadou Gallo Fall.

The NBA Africa Game 2018 will once again feature a Team Africa vs. Team World format.  Team Africa will be composed of players born in Africa or with direct family ties to the continent, and Team World will be composed of players from the rest of the world. 

Team Africa will include Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2011), Al-Farouq Aminu (Portland Trail Blazers; U.S.; parents from Nigeria), Bismack Biyombo (Orlando Magic; Democratic Republic of the Congo), Cheick Diallo (New Orleans Pelicans; Mali), Evan Fournier (Magic; France; parent from Algeria), Serge Ibaka (Toronto Raptors; Republic of the Congo), Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (76ers; France; parent from Democratic Republic of the Congo), and Pascal Siakam (Raptors; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2012).

Team World will include DeMar DeRozan (Raptors; U.S.), Harrison Barnes (Dallas Mavericks; U.S.), Danilo Gallinari (LA Clippers; Italy; BWB Europe 2003), Rudy Gay (San Antonio Spurs; U.S.), Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks; U.S.), and Hassan Whiteside (Miami Heat; U.S.). 

Full rosters of players, coaches and legends will be announced at a later date. 

Tickets will be available Friday, June 15 by visiting Computicket.com or Computicket’s retail outlets in South Africa.

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.