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.
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.
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.
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.
NWSB Insider Steve Lee breaks down former Washington Husky Nate Robinson’s most recent move. He’s played for historic NBA franchises, such as the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors and even the Oklahoma City Thunder. Now he’s on his way to play for Brian Shaw and the Denver Nuggets alongside former Knicks Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari.
NWSB Insider breaks down what Thomas Robinson brings to the Portland Trail Blazers following the trade that sent him to Rip City from the Houston Rockets. Houston was looking to clear cap space for Dwight Howard, and as a result, Portland added depth behind LaMarcus Aldridge, toughness and potential to go along with CJ McCollum, Jeff Withey and Allen Crabbe. The team also made it possible to explore Omer Asik at center.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers’ blogger Jason Hartzog details how Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge are the building blocks of Portland’s future. Portland needs to give Lillard and Aldridge players who will compliment their styles. Should they choose to do so, they will see success in the near future. One thing Jason liked, was the move to try and get Roy Hibbert last off-season. That could have pushed them to the playoffs this season.
NWSB Writer Jonathan Irwin debates whether or not Nicholas Batum is the solution to all of Portland’s woes or if they should think about trading him. Nicolas Batum—the current incumbent—is sitting on a four year, $45-$50 million, offer from Minnesota. Portland seems fully prepared to match. However, Minnesota is determined, reportedly exploring multiple sign-and-trade opportunities.
NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson talks about the recent news that the ex-Blazer Jamal Crawford will be playing for the Los Angeles Clippers next season. Opting out of his second year with the Blazers, Crawford became a free-agent and per a report by the LA Times will sign with the Clippers once the NBA moratorium on free agent signings is lifted. Despite being from around the area, Crawford would like another change of scenery.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Bryant Knox grades and analyzes the draft night by the Portland Trailblazers and Neil Olshey. The team took away 3 players in the 2 rounds. Welcome in the new RIP City ballers. Damian Liliard, Meyers Leonard, and Will Barton. The Blazers came in with two glaring holes in their rotation, and they left with two very solid players. Grade B.
Portland Trailblazers blogger Jason Green reports the Blazers signed veteran center Kurt Thomas as he and the team agreed to terms on a two-year contract on Sunday. Thomas, who is the league’s oldest player at 39, will provide depth considering Greg Oden’s chronic knee problems. Veteran Marcus Camby is also in the mix in Portland. Brandon Roy has retired.
Q reports Greg Oden is returning to the Portland Trail Blazers sometime in 2012. The center who is a free agent will reportedly sign a one-year offer with the Blazers. He turns 24 in January, and will be paid $8.9 million this season. He missed all of last season after undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee on Nov. 19. Greg Oden hopes to join Brandon Roy et al in late January or early February.