NBA Predictions: Portland’s opening night roster

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NWSB insider and Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down his take on four players with a tough road to making Portland’s opening night roster. The Blazer’s have taken on a lot of talent this offseason, which leaves plenty of names to shave before fall. Topping Jon’s list are names like Wesley Matthews and Thomas Robinson.

Predicting which Trail Blazers will be gone in 2013

JJ Hickson

Bryant Knox breaks down his predictions on which Portland Trail Blazers will be gone for the 2012-13 season. Portland’s year was filled with ups and downs. Players such as Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge excelled, but others can’t quite say the same. The likely candidates to be gone are Luke Babbitt, Nolan Smith and Jared Jeffries. The more questionable ones are JJ Hickson, Elliot Williams and Eric Maynor.

Portland Trail Blazers decline options on Williams, Smith & Babbitt

Luke Babbitt Oregonian

NWSB Writer Bryant Knox recaps the Portland Trail Blazers’ most recent roster moves. Nearly 24 hours before the team’s season opener, the Blazers opted to decline team options on Elliot Williams, Luke Babbitt and Nolan Smith for the 2013-14 season. All three players have the potential to make a roster next season, but at this point, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be in PDX.

Current Portland Trail Blazers not in the long-term plan

Luke Babbitt Oregonian

NWSB Writer Bryant Knox previews which Portland Trail Blazers may not be with the team beyond the rebuilding phase. The team has seen quite a bit of turnover the past few seasons, and with the current rebuilding process just getting under way, there are a handful of players who could disappear if the team can’t return to prominence this year. Wesley Matthews, J.J. Hickson, Luke Babbitt, Elliot Williams and Victor Claver make the list.

Portland Trail Blazers in desperate need of backup depth

Joel Freeland

Resident NBA blogger and Portland Trail Blazers writer Steve Lee tells us today when you look at the Blazers backups, here’s hoping that those who hear their name announced at the beginning of the night have eaten their Wheaties! Joel Freeland, Myers Leonard, Luke Babbitt, Victor Claver, Sasha Pavlovic, Elliot Williams, Nolan Smith and Ronnie Price have their work cut out for them in the 2012 NBA season around the corner.

Five things we need to see in Trail Blazers training camp

LaMarcus Aldridge

NWSB Writer Bryant Knox talks about the Portland Trail Blazers training camp as we approach the 2012/2013 NBA season. Last season was one of the more disappointing years in franchise history, but with the 2012 youth movement in full effect, there are some things we should look for as Rip City gets ready to go back to work. IN the news J.J. Hickson has been named the starting center. LaMarcus Aldridge is coming off of season-ending hip surgery.

Predicting the Portland Trail Blazers’ 2012 starting lineup

LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Blazers

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Byrant Knox gives us his 2012 projections and predictions for the Blazers starting lineup in the fall. Unless the Blazers pick up a big man in free agency, expect the youngsters to make starting debuts. The stating center spot in Portland goes to Meyers Leonard, Wesley Matthews at SG, LaMarcus Aldridge at PF, Rookie Damian Lillard at PG, and Nicolas Batum at SF.

Portland Trail Blazers 2011/12 final season player grades

LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Blazers

NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers writer Steve Lee has grades for the 2011/12 Blazers. RIP City finished the season 8 games out of a playoff spot. Jamal Crawford’s return to the Northwest did not end with as much fanfare as it start with. There wasn’t much that LaMarcus Aldridge did that could be classified as negative this season. Raymond Felton’s report card was a blueprint of a roller coaster.

Rajon Rondo rumored to be that pot of gold for the Trail Blazers

Rajon Rondo

NWSB insider and Trail Blazers blogger Blair Thomas brings us the latest NBA trade rumor coming out of Rip City. Rajon Rondo in a Blazers uni? Hey it could happen one day. The Blazers need a jolt in the worst way possible. Blair discussed how the shadow of Brandon Roy still lingers at One Center Court and Rondo’s arrival at PDX would give the fan base something positive to talk about.

Portland Trailblazers Mid Season Player Grades

JCrossover has stepped up lately for Portland

NWSB insider and Trail Blazers blogger Blair Thomas brings us his 2011-2012 Portland Blazers report card. He looks at positives like being on the Clippers heels at the top of the West and the re-emergence Jamal Crawford. He looks at concerns like the team’s inconsistency and Raymond Felton’s poor performance as of late. He also hands out his mid-season awards.

State Of The Trailblazers: Weekly Notebook | February 23rd

Nate McMillan

State of the Portland Trail Blazers. Steve Lee our man with his pulse on the Trailblazers NBA Hoops beat is back with another edition of the Notebook. The February 23rd, 2012 edition. Nice win over the Spurs minus their stars, and big news Greg Oden was undergoing a minor procedure on February 20th to clean out debris in his left knee, when the surgeon determined that there was additional damage. Surprise.

Charlotte Bobcats vs. Trail Blazers blog: Love’ em & Hate’ em

Gerald Wallace

Portland Trailblazers fan and blogger Q weighs in with his Love’Em & Hate’Em column for the Bobcats vs. Trail Blazers game on Wednesday night. Blowout doesn’t begin to describe this one. It was nice to see guys like Craig Smith, Elliot Williams, Armon Johnson, Luke Babbit, and Nolan Smith get some extended minutes last night.

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