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Portland Trail Blazers basketball blogs and team news.

Damian Lillard: Face of the NBA?

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NWSB Editor and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger Bryant Knox discusses the meteoric rise Damian Lillard has seen in the marketing world. The NBA star has become a hosuehold name thanks to features in commercials with Adidas, Madden 15, NBA Live 15, Foot Locker and Champ Sports. Lillard is even sharing the screen with greats such as John Wall, Karl Malone, Barry Sanders, Kevin Hart and Dave Franco.

Portland Trail Blazers X-factor in 2014-15 NBA season

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NWSB Editor and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger Bryant Knox takes a look at Rip City’s roster entering the 2014-15 NBA season and chooses an x-factor for the upcoming campaign. While Thomas Robinson is an option, CJ McCollum earns the nod. When players such as Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge go to the bench, scoring is in trouble…That is, unless McCollum can provide the shooting he did in college.

Takeaways from Portland Trail Blazers 2014-15 NBA schedule

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NWSB Editor and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger Bryant Knox takes a look at Rip City’s schedule after the NBA released the 2014-15 regular-season schedule for the entire league. Knox covers the good, the bad and the top games including the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and, of course, LeBron James’ and Kevin Love’s Cleveland Cavaliers.

How Kevin Love trade impacts Portland Trail Blazers

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NWSB Editor and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Bryant Knox breaks down how news of a Kevin Love impacts Rip City. The trade was confirmed by Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski, and it is set to feature Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a future first-round draft pick from the Cleveland Cavaliers, as well as Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Projecting Portland Trail Blazers 2014-15 rotation

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NWSB Editor and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger looks at the roster in Rip City for the 2014-15 NBA season and projects who will be rotation players and who will not. Featured are: LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum, Robin Lopez, Chris Kaman, Joel Freeland, CJ McCollum, Steve Blake, Will Barton, Thomas Robinson, Meyers Leonard, Allen Crabbe, Victor Claver and Will Barton.

How NBA free agency has impacted Portland Trail Blazers

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NWSB Editor and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger Bryant Knox breaks down how a quiet free agency for Rip City signing Chris Kaman and Steve Blake has actually benefited PDX. Featured are: LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Pau Gasol, Chris Bosh, Luol Deng, Isaiah Thomas, the Miami Heat, Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks.

What Chris Kaman signing means for Portland Trail Blazers

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NWSB Editor and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger Bryant Knox recaps the teams free-agent signing of Chris Kaman. The acquisition can be broken down into three themes: bench play, salary and the future. With players such as LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews and Robin Lopez potentially coming off the books, this shrews signing makes sense now and in 2015.

Vince Carter ‘open’ to signing with Portland Trail Blazers?

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NWSB Editor and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger Bryant Knox breaks down a recent report from CSNNW.com’s Chris Haynes that Vince Carter is “open” to signing in Rip City during NBA Free Agency. Carter is also on a short list of free-agent targets that Damian Lillard put together, also comprising Channing Frye, Trevor Ariza, Spencer Hawes and, of course, Mo Williams.

Don’t expect LaMarcus Aldridge to accept max extension just yet

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NWSB Editor and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger Bryant Knox breaks down why we shouldn’t expect to see LaMarcus Aldridge accept a contract extension this summer. Despite following a great season that saw L.A. and Damian Lillard take down Dwight Howard, James Harden and the Houston Rockets in the playoffs, the All-Star would be smart to wait one year before signing a new contract in NBA free agency.

How Meyers Leonard can turn around career for Portland Trail Blazers

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NWSB Editor and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger Bryant Knox breaks down how Meyers Leonard can become an integral part of the Rip City rotation. On defense, the big man must mimic the play of former Blazer Joel Przybilla. On offense, he must step into the paint and become more consistent to earn minutes over Thomas Robinson and Joel Freeland.

2014 NBA draft: No picks, no problem for Portland Trail Blazers

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NWSB Editor and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Bryant Knox tells us why having no picks in the 2014 NBA draft is no problem for Rip City. With LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard leading the way, PDX needs help off the bench. With guys such as Thomas Robinson, Meyers Leonard, Joel Freeland and Will Barton already in the second unit, that help must come from free agency, the draft or internal growth.

Portland Trail Blazers: Free-agent possibilities in 2014 offseason

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NWSB Editor and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger Bryant Knox gives us a handful of NBA free agents who would help the team in 2014-15. Featured are: Thabo Sefolosha, Avery Bradley, Kirk Hinrich, Evan Turner, Elton Brand, C.J. Miles, Emeka Okafor, Spencer Hawes and Jermaine O’Neal.