Trail Blazers Outsiders Contest


Trail Blazers Outsiders Contest

A unique opportunity, the contest allows Portland Trail Blazers fans the chance to appear on the Trail Blazers Outsiders.

Trail Blazers Outsiders is a 30-minute live show with buddies and fellow diehard Blazers fans, Joe Simons, Shain Brenden, and Dan Marang, that provides a fresh fan take on the game with insightful analysis and interactive discussion.

Here's how it works:
- Submit a video on the theme “Why I should appear on Trail Blazers Outsiders” 
- Video should showcase personality, ability to articulate, and Trail Blazers knowledge
- Video should be 90-seconds or less

Entry methods:
- Twitter video tagging @NBCSNorthwest and use #BlazersOutsidersContest
- Use the entry form below

Selection Process:
- 3 finalists will be selected from the entries
- 1 winner will be selected from public vote

- Winner will appear on Trail Blazers Outsiders

Click for official rules


NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Legal residents of the Oregon or Washington who are 21 or older. Begins March 5, 2018 at 8:00 A.M. PT and ends on March 18, 2018 at  11:59 P.M. PT. Limit 1 entry per person. To enter, and for Official Rules, odds, and prize details, Sponsors: NBCS Northwest and NBCUniversal Media, LLC.

Woj: Blazers trade picks for Gary Trent Jr.

Woj: Blazers trade picks for Gary Trent Jr.

The Trail Blazers Draft night might not be over:

Gary Trent Jr. is a 6'6'' guard out of Duke. Read his DRAFT PROFILE

Just after 9:30pm Thursday night, owner Paul Allen tweeted about the trade

The Trail Blazers spent the #24 pick on teenager Anferee Simons from IMG Academy earlier in the evening.

Trail Blazers go young, select Anfernee Simons with 24th overall pick

Trail Blazers go young, select Anfernee Simons with 24th overall pick

One of the NBA's youngest rosters became even younger on Thursday.

The Trail Blazers drafted 19-year-old guard Anfernee Simons with the 24th overall pick on Thursday, a move that perhaps signaled earlier in the week when the Blazers flew him into Portland for a second workout. 

Simons, who last season attended the renowned IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., instead of  Louisville, is a 6-foot-4, 180-pound guard who is known for his shooting. 

Simons, who turned 19 on June 8, was taken over French guard Elie Okobo, who impressed with his shooting at his Blazers workout, and wings Khyri Thomas, Keita Bates-Diop, Jacob Evans and Dzanan Musa. 

Depth at guard was among the Blazers’ needs entering the draft. After starters Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, the Blazers have Wade Baldwin, and soon-to-be free agents Shabazz Napier and Pat Connaughton. 

The biggest question mark about Simons is his build. He is slight and in his second workout in Portland he was backed down by bigger, older guards. But Simons said he thinks he can contribute right away with his scoring. Besides guard depth, the Blazers also need shooting, and Simons is regarded as a good shooter. He made 45 percent of his three-pointers while playing for IMG Academy. 

He was originally slated to attend Louisville, but withdrew in September of 2017 after then-coach Rick Pitino was placed on administrative leave. 

He first worked out for the Blazers on June 4, then again on Tuesday. He was originally scheduled to workout for Memphis on Tuesday, but the Blazers made a late call and expressed interest. Memphis owned the 32ndpick, and the chance to workout for a first-round team swayed Simons. 

The Blazers entered the draft with the NBA's second youngest roster. 


2018 NBA Draft News and Updates

USA Today

2018 NBA Draft News and Updates

The 2018 NBA Draft is here. Who will go number one? What will the Blazers do at 24? We will update you with all the latest information here, and be sure to follow us on Twitter for all the latest from the Trail Blazers practice facility. 

First Round

1. Phoenix - Deandre Ayton, 7'1", 250lb Center, Arizona

2. Sacramento - Marvin Bagley III, 6'11", 234lb Forward, Duke

3. Atlanta (Traded to Dallas) - Luka Doncic, 6'7", 218lb Guard/Forward, Real Madrid (Spain)

4. Memphis - Jaren Jackson Jr, 6'11", 242 lb Forward, Michigan State 

5. Dallas (Traded to Atlanta) - Trae Young, 6'2", 180lb Guard, Oklahoma

6. Orlando - Mohamed Bamba, 6'11", 225 Center, Texas

7. Chicago - Wendell Carter Jr, 6'10", 259 lb Forward, Duke 

8. Cleveland  (from Brooklyn via Boston) - Collin Sexton, 6'3", 190lb Guard, Alabama

9. New York - Kevin Knox, 6'9", 215lb Forward, Kentucky 

10. Philadelphia (from Los Angeles Lakers via Phoenix, the pick was later traded to the Suns) - Mikal Bridges, 6'7", 210lb Guard, Villanova 

11. Charlotte (Traded to the Clippers) - Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, 6'6", 180lb Guard, Kentucky

Shai Gilgeous Alexander: athletic runs in his blood 

12. LA Clippers (from Detroit, traded to Charlotte) - Miles Bridges, 6'7", 225lbs Guard/Forward, Michigan State

Miles Bridges compared to former Blazer Jerome Kersey 

13. LA Clippers - Jerome Robinson, 6'6", 191lb Guard, Boston College 

BC's Jerome Robinson

14. Denver - Michael Porter Jr, 6'10", 215lb Forward, Missouri

15. Washington - Troy Brown, 6'7", 235lb Forward, Oregon

- Draft Profile - Troy Brown (6'7" F, Oregon)

- Empire - Oregon's Troy Brown

16. Phoenix (from Miami, traded to the 76ers) - Zhaire Smith, 6'5", 195lb Guard, Texas Tech

- Draft Profile - Zhaire Smith: a defensive minded guard 

17. Milwaukee - Donte DiVincenzo, 6'5", 205lb Guard, Villanova

- Draft Profile - Donte DiVincenzo (6'5'' Guard, Villanova)

- Empire - Donte DiVincenzo

18. San Antonio - Lonnie Walker, 6'5", 204lb Guard, Miami 

- Empire - Miami's Lonnie Walker

19. Atlanta (from Minnesota) - Kevin Huerter, 6'7", 190lb Guard, Maryland

- Draft Profile - 6'7 SG Kevin Huerter: A very versatile playmaker 

20. Minnesota (from Oklahoma City via Utah) - Josh Okogie, 6'4", 213lb Guard, Georgia Tech 

- Draft Profile - Josh Okogie (6'4" G, Georgia Tech)

- Draft Profile Video - Josh Okogie: 6'4" Guard, Georgia Tech

- Empire - Georgia Tech's Josh Okogie

21. Utah - Grayson Allen, 6'5", 205lb Guard, Duke

22. Chicago (from New Orleans)- Chandler Hutchison, 6'7", 197lb Guard, Boise State 

- Profile - Chandler Hutchison had been linked to Blazers even before the Combine 

23. Indiana - Aaron Holiday, 6'1", 185lb Guard, UCLA

- Draft Profile - Aaron Holiday (6'1'' PG, UCLA)

- Draft Profile Video - Aaron Holiday: It runs in the family 

-Empire - Aaron Holiday

24. Portland - Anfernee Simons, 6'4", 180lb Guard, IMG Academy 

- Draft Profile - Anfernee Simons (6'3'' Guard, IMG Academy)

- Draft Profile Video - Anfernee Simons,

- Blazers Empire - IMG Academy Anfernee Simons

25. Los Angeles Lakers (from Cleveland)
26. Philadelphia
27. Boston
28. Golden State
29. Brooklyn (from Toronto)
30. Atlanta (from Houston via LA Clippers)

Second Round

31. Phoenix
32. Memphis
33. Dallas
34. Atlanta
35. Orlando
36. New York (from Chicago via Oklahoma City)
37. Sacramento
38. Philadelphia (from Brooklyn)
39. Philadelphia (from New York)
40. Brooklyn (from Los Angeles Lakers via Toronto and Orlando)
41. Orlando (from Charlotte via Phoenix and Memphis)
42. Detroit
43. Denver (from LA Clippers via New York and Philadelphia)
44. Washington
45. Brooklyn (from Milwaukee)
46. Houston (from Miami via Memphis)
47. Los Angeles Lakers (from Denver via Chicago and Utah)
48. Minnesota
49. San Antonio
50. Indiana
51. New Orleans
52. Utah
53. Oklahoma City
54. Dallas (from Portland via Denver)
55. Charlotte (from Cleveland via Brooklyn and Philadelphia)
56. Philadelphia
57. Oklahoma City (from Boston)
58. Denver (from Golden State)
59. Phoenix (from Toronto)
60. Philadelphia (from Houston)


Watch: Neil Olshey post-draft press conference

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Watch: Neil Olshey post-draft press conference

Watch as Neil Olshey addresses the media following the Trail Blazers 2018 NBA Draft. 

Neil Olshey Draft Press Conference

Posted by Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday, June 21, 2018


Blazers finish pre-draft process with some buzz by inviting Anfernee Simons for second workout

Blazers finish pre-draft process with some buzz by inviting Anfernee Simons for second workout

The Trail Blazers on Tuesday finished their predraft workouts, but not before creating a stir with their final group.

Highlighting an otherwise non-descript group were two 19 year olds – guard Anfernee Simons, and Bosnian wing Dzanan Musa. 

The buzz was mostly created by Simons, the 19-year-old high-flying, slick-shooting guard, who cancelled a scheduled workout with Memphis in order to accept a second workout with the Blazers on Tuesday. 

“I feel like (Portland) wanted me more,’’ Simons said in explaining why he made the late switch. 

Of the 30 prospects the Blazers looked at this month, Simons is the only player to perform a second workout. The 6-foot-4 Florida native committed to Louisville, but bypassed college last season and trained at the renowned IMG Academy in Bradenton.

Simons (pronounced SIGH-Mons) said the Blazers join the Lakers (25thpick) and Orlando (35thpick) as the only teams to ask for a second workout. 

Meanwhile, Musa – a 6-foot-8 wing who played two seasons on the Bosnian national team with Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic – made the last of his six workouts on Tuesday. He says he can play both guard positions and small forward and possesses a level of passion that few, if any, prospects can claim.

Musa left his family at age 11 to attend a basketball academy for four years.. He later played professionally for four seasons.

“I have sacrificed almost everything for basketball,’’ Musa said. “I have that passion that I don’t think anyone has in my country or in this draft.’’

Musa has worked out for Denver (14thpick), San Antonio (18th), Utah (21), Indiana (23) and Brooklyn (29). The Blazers own the 24thpick.

But it was Simons’ return to Portland that created the most intrigue. 

He said the Blazers told him they liked him and wanted to see more of him, and judging from the limited availability of Tuesday’s workout, it appeared the Blazers wanted to see how he could handle himself against more physical guards. 

In his first workout on June 4, Simons went mostly against Kentucky’s Hamidou Diallo and Duke’s Trevon Duval, both fellow teenagers who are also of slight build (Simons is 6-4, 180).

On Tuesday, Simons went mostly against Arkansas senior Jaylen Barford, who at 6-3, 202 is stronger and plays more physical than what Simons went against in the first workout. 

On one play, Barford was able to back down Simons into the key before Simons caromed off his body and out of bounds as Barford scored uncontested.

“The guard play was much better, a lot more physical,’’ Simons said. “So that was kind of a challenge.’’

Simons, who turned 19 earlier in June, said he knows his strength will be an issue, but he figures that will come with time.

“Obviously, I need to get stronger, and it’s going to take time to get stronger,’’ he said. “But I felt I held my own pretty well.’’

Well enough to earn the Blazers’ trust with the 24thpick? That will be the question come Thursday. If anything, he said the Blazers showed more interest than any other team.

“A couple of teams expressed lot of interest, but (the Blazers) are different,’’ Simons said. “They interacted with me more and tried to learn more about me off the court.’’

The Final Pre-Draft Workouts!


The Final Pre-Draft Workouts!

It's the final round of pre-draft workouts for the Trail Blazers and here's the rundown on who's at the practice facility today...

Jaylen Barford, 6'3'' Guard, Arkansas

Jacobi Boykins, 6'6'' Guard, Louisiana Tech

Brandon McCoy, 7'0'' Center, UNLV

Dzanan Musa, 6'8'' G/F, Cedevita Zagreb (Croatia)

Anfernee Simons, 6'4'' Guard, IMG Academy

Thomas Welsh, 7'0'' Center, UCLA


A look at players who have already worked out for Portland

A look at players who have already worked out for Portland

We are just days away from the 2018 NBA draft.  Are you ready? The Portland Trail Blazers are gearing up with its No. 24 pick. Here’s a quick look at who people are saying could be the best bet for the Blazers when Portland is on the clock on Thursday night.

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The Blazers have held a total of four predraft workouts and have schedule the fifth and final workout for Tuesday, June 19th.

Here’s a roundup of all the players that have been brought into the Blazer practice facility to showcase their talents and see if they could be a good fit for the Blazers organization.

Portland had its first predraft workout on Friday, June 1st with the following players:

Keita Bates-Diop

Written Draft Profile


Jalen Brunson

Written Draft Profile

Video Draft Profile

Melvin Frazier

Written Draft Profile

Could Frazier help build the Blazers Empire? 


Aaron Holiday

Written Draft Profile

UCLA’s Aaron Holiday looks up to Damian Lillard, looking for right fit

Can Holiday help build the Blazers Empire?


Raymond Spalding

Written Draft Profile


Gary Trent Jr.

Written Draft Profile

Could Trent Jr. help build the Blazers Empire?


The following day on June 2nd, the Blazers brought in several guards…

Bruce Brown

Written Draft Profile

Miami guard Bruce Brown heads to Blazers workout fueled by a memory

Could Brown help build the Blazers Empire?


Donte DiVincenzo

Written Draft Profile

Could DiVincenzo help build the Blazers Empire?


Jacob Evans

Written Draft Profile

Video Draft Profile

Trail Blazers eyeing Jacob Evans, who models game after Butler, Pippen

Could Evans help build the Blazers Empire?


Ben Lammers

Could Lammers help build the Blazers Empire?


Chimezie Metu

Written Draft Profile


Elie Okobo

Written Draft Profile


For the Blazers next workouts on Monday, June 4th … Portland brought in:

Hamidou Diallo

Could Diallo help build the Blazers Empire?


Trevon Duval

Written Draft Profile


Jairus Lyles

UMBC coach Odom on Jairus Lyles: “He understands his role.”


Shake Milton

Could Milton help build the Blazers Empire?


Victor Sanders

Written Draft Profile  


Anfernee Simons

Written Draft Profile

Video Draft Profile

Can Simons help build the Blazers Empire?


The next predraft workout participants were in Portland for the Blazers fourth round of workouts on Thursday, June 14th.


Troy Brown Jr.

Written Draft Profile

Could Brown help buld the Blazers Empire?


MiKyle McIntosh

Written Draft Profile


De’Anthony Melton

Could Melton help build the Blazers Empire?


Josh Okogie

Written Draft Profile

Video Draft Profile

Could Okogie help build the Blazers Empire?


Billy Preston

Written Draft Profile


Landry Shamet

Written Draft Profile

Could Shamet help build the Blazers Empire?


Khyri Thomas

Written Draft Profile

Could Thomas help build the Blazers Empire?


The Blazers have Tuesday, June 19th scheduled for its fifth and final predraft workout at 10am.  We will have you covered with all the participants draft profiles.

Key dates for the NBA and Trail Blazers in June and July


Key dates for the NBA and Trail Blazers in June and July

There's a lot happening around the NBA over the course of the next several weeks! We've got contract related deadlines, the NBA Draft, Free Agency and Summer League. Here's a quick rundown of the key dates coming up in the NBA:

June 21st
- NBA Draft 
For the Trail Blazers: They currently hold the #24 pick in the first round. They do no thave any picks in the second round.
(Full coverage at and on TV with Trail Blazers Courtside and Blazers Outsiders)

June 24th
- Last day for restricted free agents to excercise player options
For the Trail Blazers: They do not have any restricted free agents with player options. 

June 29th
- Last day for player, team, and early termination options (unless contracts specificy otherwise).
For the Trail Blazers: They do not have any termination options.

June 30th
- Last day of the '17-'18 Year.
- Last day for teams to make qualifying offers to restricted free agents.
For the Trail Blazers: This year's restricted free agents are Jusuf Nurkic, Shabaaz Napier, and Pat Connaughton

July 1st
- Free Agents can beging making verbal agreements with teams
- Restricted free agents can sign offer sheets
- Teams can start signing players to rookie scale, minimum salary, and two-way contracts. 
For the Trail Blazers: Nurkic, Napier, and Connaughton will hit the open market as restricted free agents. Ed Davis is un-restrcited. If the Blazers use their draft pick they can start trying to sign him. 

July 6th
- Moratroium ends and teams can start officially signing free agents (9am Pacific time)
- Contract extensions and trades are now also allowed.
- The two-day waiting period for any restricted free-agent who signed an offer sheet now begins. 
- NBA Summer League in Las Vegas starts (Runs through July 17th)
For the Trail Blazers: If Nurk, Napier or Connaughton get offer sheets, Portland will now be on the clock to match. Plus, the Blazers can start signing other free agents. 

July 7th 
Trail Blazers Summer League Game vs. Utah at 12pm. (Full coverage from NBCS NW and Jason Quick)

July 8th
Trail Blazers Summer League Game vs. Atlanta at 2:30pm. (Full coverage from NBCS NW and Jason Quick)

July 10th
Trail Blazers Summer League Game vs. San Antonio at 1:00pm. (Full coverage from NBCS NW and Jason Quick)

July 11th-July 17th
Trail Blazers in the NBA Summer League Tournament (Full coverage from NBCS NW and Jamie Hudson throughout the tournament)

July 15th
Last day to tender offers to unsigned 1st round picks
For the Trail Blazers: If they use the #24 pick, he will need to be signed by this date or become a free agent


How the Blazers can trade for Kawhi Leonard

How the Blazers can trade for Kawhi Leonard

NBA Twitter was on fire Friday morning when news broke that Spurs superstar Kawhi Leonard reportedly wants out of San Antonio. There isn’t a team in the NBA that wouldn't want to add Leonard to their roster, but trades are always easier said than done. That being said, let’s see how the Portland Trail Blazers can trade for Kawhi Leonard:

Two things to keep in mind before we lay this out: The Seven Year Rule and the Stepien Rule.

  • The Seven Year Rule states that teams can trade future first-round draft picks up to seven years in advance. Since it is still technically the 2017-2018 season, the Blazers can trade their first-round picks from now through 2024.
  • The Stepien Rule states that teams cannot trade future first-round picks in consecutive years. For example, if the Blazers trade the 2018 first-round pick right now, they cannot trade their 2019 first-round pick.

Now that these two rules are out of the way, let's break down how the Blazers can land Leonard.

Option 1 – Evan Turner + Picks in exchange for Kawhi Leonard.

  • This option is unlikely, but we suggest it because it is the simplest trade financially. Turner makes $17.1 million, while Leonard makes $18.9 million. This works within the NBA’s 125% rule for taxpaying teams. Since the return on talent to San Antonio isn’t high, Portland would likely have to throw in every pick they can – following the Seven Year Rule and the Stepien Rule, Portland tosses in multiple first-round picks to San Antonio. 
  • Blazers get Kawhi Leonard
  • Spurs get Evan Turner and the Blazers first-round picks in multiple years (maximum four 1st rounders).

Option 2 – Any two-player package of Meyers Leonard/Maurice Harkless/ Al-Farouq Aminu + Picks in exchange for Kawhi Leonard.

  • Financially, any pairing of those three Blazers would work to get Kawhi Leonard. However, for what the Spurs would need talent wise the best package would be Aminu and Harkless. Sending away Kawhi would leave a void at small forward that both Harkless and Aminu could fill. But still, like the Turner trade, the Spurs would need more to sweeten the pot. This is where the picks come into play. This deal may be able to get done by adding two future first-round picks, but if you want to leave zero doubt you might have to add more.
  • Blazers get Kawhi Leonard
  • Spurs get Maurice Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu, and multiple first-round picks

Option 3 – CJ McCollum + 2019 1st Rounder for Kawhi Leonard and Derrick White (As suggested by ESPN)

  • For the Spurs to realistically part with Leonard they are going to need a substantial amount of talent in return. Enter CJ McCollum. McCollum is the most talented player the Blazers have outside of Damian Lillard and could be an attractive piece for any team on the trade market. However, it is a tough trade to work out financially with the current cap holds and impending free agents each team has. So, in this scenario, the Spurs send Derrick White to make the financials work. The Spurs get a a ball-dominant guard in McCollum to run the offense. The Spurs core could be McCollum, Danny Green (if he picks up his player-option), LaMarcus Aldridge, and Pau Gasol. That's really not bad considering they are losing Kawhi Leonard. Portland may still have to add picks in this trade, but would probably try to keep the No.24 pick to draft a guard.
  • Blazers get Kawhi Leonard and Derrick White
  • Spurs get CJ McCollum and the Blazers 2019 first round draft pick.

Isn't summer fun?