HoopsHype Luke Babbitt rumors

March 26, 2012 Updates
January 11, 2012 Updates

The Portland Trail Blazers have recalled forward Luke Babbitt from the NBA Development League’s Idaho Stampede. In three games (all starts) with the Stampede, Babbitt averaged 21.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He notched his season-high of 35 points, to go with 11 rebounds and six assists, in a 114-104 victory against the Bakersfield Jam on Jan. 7. Salem Statesman Journal

January 5, 2012 Updates

The Portland Trail Blazers, with little practice times in a cramped season, have sent second-year players Luke Babbitt and Armon Johnson to the Idaho Stampede, the team's affiliate in the NBA Development League. Although the team did not specify how long the assignment would last, the move brings the Blazers down to 12 players available for Thursday's game against the Lakers. NBA teams are allowed to activate 13 players per game until Feb. 6, a temporary measure the league instituted to help teams deal with the shortened, compacted season. Sending Babbitt and Johnson to Idaho leaves them with 12 healthy players and Greg Oden. Oregonian

December 18, 2011 Updates

Aldridge planted the seed for the transaction on Wednesday night, when he called Babbitt to lobby on Crawford’s behalf. “He called me and said Jamal was looking at signing with us and that he’s worn 11 almost his whole career,” Babbitt said. “He was wondering what it would take to get it and said (Crawford) was willing to offer some money.” Babbitt told Aldridge he was open to a change and would think it over. The next morning, Crawford reached out to Babbitt in a text message and the two exchanged figures in a series of back-and-forth bargaining sessions. “He low-balled me,” Babbitt said, laughing. “So I came back with something and we met in the middle.” Oregonian

December 7, 2011 Updates

When Babbitt needed basketball, he fled to China and it helped him survive the darkest moments of the NBA lockout. But for all the trip provided, he couldn’t be happier to have the NBA back. Turns out Chinese food didn’t suit him so much. “That’s why I came back after three weeks,” Babbitt said, laughing. “I drink a lot of milk. They don’t do dairy over there. I don’t know what it is. They have milk, but it’s a different kind of milk. And it’s just nasty. So I had to get out of there.” Oregonian

June 25, 2011 Updates
May 26, 2011 Updates

Last year’s signing of Matthews was an unqualified success. The draft results are another matter. The Blazers’ three selections – first-rounders Luke Babbitt (16) and Elliot Williams (22) and second-rounder Armon Johnson (34) – didn’t get a lot done on the court this season. Williams missed the entire season after surgery on both knees. Babbitt – acquired from Minnesota in the trade that sent Martell Webster to the Timberwolves – drew little playing time. Johnson got a shot early, then was beaten out by Patty Mills for the backup point-guard spot. “It’s hard to judge a rookie after one year, especially a rookie who comes to a playoff team,” Buchanan says. “All three of those guys are developing players who are learning their position, our league, our system and their teammates. “We believe in them long-term. I’m expecting all three to come back hungry to contribute. It’s still way too early to make a determination on whether those guys are successes or failures.” Portland Tribune

December 21, 2010 Updates

Wendell Maxey: teams can send down a player(s) to the d-league for three stints, and blazers have already discussed babbitt getting some more run in boise. Twitter

December 8, 2010 Updates

The Trail Blazers are in a long stretch in which they have no more than one day between games, making it a tough time for their young players to get enough court time to develop. That’s the main reason the team sent rookie forward Luke Babbitt to the Idaho Stampede, Portland’s NBA Development League affiliate, on Wednesday. “He was on the inactive list, and he’s working hard in practice,” Blazers coach Nate McMillan said. “But with our schedule and really not practicing a lot, we felt like he needed to play. We’re in December and he hasn’t gotten a lot of time on the floor.” Oregonian

The Idaho Stampede are quickly becoming the Miami Heat of the NBA D-League. And according to two league sources, the 0-7 team's recent stockpiling of well-known talent is about to continue with the addition of small forward Luke Babbitt. The Portland Trail Blazers rookie taken 16th overall by Minnesota out of the University of Nevada-Reno in June is, according to the sources, expected to be in uniform when the Stampede host Dakota on Wednesday night. He will join three-time All-Star Antoine Walker in his debut, as the 34-year-old who last played in the NBA in the 2007-08 season with Minnesota signed with the club on Friday and is looking to take the long road back to the NBA. Former NBA draft picks Luke Jackson (10th overall in 2004) and Salim Stoudamire (31st overall in 2005) already play for the Stampede. FanHouse.com

July 7, 2010 Updates

The Blazers signed rookie forward Luke Babbitt on Tuesday. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “We are extremely excited to officially call Luke a Trail Blazer, and feel like he will be a valuable member of our team and the Portland community,” said Chad Buchanan, Blazers director of college scouting. “He personifies what we value most in our players: hard work, unselfishness and character.” Columbian

June 25, 2010 Updates

With predraft rumors swirling that the Blazers were poised to trade Rudy Fernandez, Pritchard instead dealt the Blazers’ second-longest tenured player, Martell Webster, in a move with the Minnesota Timberwolves. In exchange for Webster, the Blazers received veteran forward Ryan Gomes and the draft rights to Nevada small forward Luke Babbitt, who was selected No. 16 overall. Oregonian

June 24, 2010 Updates

The Trail Blazers have traded Martell Webster to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Ryan Gomes and the draft rights to Luke Babbitt, a source told the The Oregonian. In Babbitt, a sophomore from Nevada, the Blazers will fulfill their stated desire to add perimeter shooting. Babbitt averaged 21.9 points and 8.9 rebounds per game last season and shot 50 percent from the field — including 41.6 percent from three-point range. Oregonian

Of the players who figure to be available for the 13th pick, the Toronto Raptors appear to like Kentucky forward Patrick Patterson the best, league sources said. Nevada forward Luke Babbitt, Kansas guard Xavier Henry and Fresno State guard Paul George are also on the Raptors’ short list. Yahoo! Sports

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