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.

One team’s trash could be the Trail Blazers treasure

Derek Fisher

NWSB basketball insider and Trail Blazers blogger Steve Lee tells us At the very least, these players could help bridge the transition gap of a once promising lineup as the future Blazers learn the NBA ropes. With the Portland Trail Blazers in full rebuilding mode Leandro Barbosa, Derek Fisher, Michael Redd, Kenyon Martin are all possible players the could bolster the RIP city roster for opening day.

The Trail Blazers will fail to make the Playoffs in 2012/13

Terry Stotts Trail Blazers coach

NWSB Writer Steve Lee gives you his five reasons on why the Portland Trail Blazers will not make the playoffs in the upcoming basketball season. With the ever increasing talent surrounding the teams in the west, Portland lacks the depth, and talent to make a run for the postseason. Plus, there is the injury curse that plagues Rip City. All in all, this Blazers team is just too young and unexperienced to beat out the likes of Dallas for the final playoff spot.

Portland Trail Blazers & Timberwolves 2012/13 matchup analysis

T-Wolves vs. Trail Blazers

NWSB Writer Blair Thomas previews what is sure to be a very interesting matchup between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Portland Trail Blazers in 2013. Both teams look to compete for playoff spots in the Western Conference heading into the upcoming season. Here is a breakdown of how the teams match-up head-to-head in 2012-13. Key players are those such as Damian Lillard and Meyers Leonard.

2012 NBA draft: Portland Trail Blazers mock draft board & predictions

andre drummond

NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Steve Lee chimes in with a wack of guys he thinks the Trail Blazers may pick at the upcoming 2012 NBA Draft. With four picks in the two rounds and good ones at that, the Blazers are sitting pretty to pick up multiple pieces to add to their rebuilding process. Is a steal in the cards? Steve thinks it could be Jae Crowder, Andre Drummond, Kendall Marshall, Draymond Green or Tony Wroten…

Can the Trailblazers make the right moves with picks 6 and 11?

LaMarucs Aldridge, Jamal Crawford

What might Portland do? Greg Oden or Kevin Durant? This question lingered for months leading up to the 2007 NBA Draft where the TrailBlazers overcame a 5% chance at the #1 overall pick in that year’s Draft lottery. The pick, used on Ohio State center Greg Oden, would later come back to haunt the Trail […]

Trail Blazers vs. Jazz blog: love ’em & hate ’em

Blazers vs. Jazz; Love 'em & Hate 'em

NWSB managing editor Q brings us his Love Em & Hate Em recap from Thursday night’s game between the Portland Trail Blazers vs. Utah Jazz. J.J. Hickson and Jonny Flynn ended the season on a good note while Wesley Matthews and Luke Babbitt ended the season on a sour note. With the Blazers season over after this contest, it makes you start pondering offseason decisions.

Playing for jobs in Portland: Future rip city roster spots up for grabs

Nolan Smith

NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Steve Lee weighs in today with a piece on the 2012/13 roster spots that are open for RIP City. He talks about J.J. Hickson, Joel Przybilla, Luke Babbitt, Nolan Smith, and Nic Batum. The future for these five gentlemen is up in the air.  Hickson and Felton have the opportunity to resign.

Jazz vs. Trail Blazers Betting Odds & Handicapping Preview April 18

LaMarucs Aldridge, Jamal Crawford

Jason Green weighs in with his Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday NBA basketball Preview and a free nba prediction to boot. Tonight the spread favors the Jazz by -4. The over/under is set at 198. The Blazers are 10-21 ATS in their last 31 games as an underdog. With playoff hopes dashed, look for rookies Nolan Smith and Luke Babbitt to contribute more to the team while Wesley Matthews and Jamal Crawford will have to continue to play well.

Trade Analysis: Trailblazers & Nets swap bodies on deadline day

Shawne Williams

NWSB insider Steve Lee brings us news of deadline day trade between the Portland Trail Blazers and the New Jersey Nets. The Blazers receive Mehmet Okur, Shawne Williams and the Nets first round pick. The Blazers gave up Gerald Wallace for that, uh, haul. The first rounder is projected to be a lottery pick, does that count for anything?

5 Reasons Why it’s OK to Pay $12,000 for a Jersey Number

Jamal Crawford

Jason Green one of our Portland Trailblazers bloggers reports on why its ok to pay $12,000 for an NBA jersey number. This week the newest Blazer, Jamal Crawford did just that. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard agreed to two-year deal with the Trail Blazers on Thursday. He was introduced at a news conference Friday, along with another Portland free-agent acquisition, forward Craig Smith. He then paid Luke Babbitt 12k for #11…

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