HoopsHype Paul Allen rumors

July 15, 2013 Updates

What are you thoughts on being able to get CJ McCollum at No. 10 in the 2013 Draft? Paul Allen: "Well, with nine picks ahead of us, we were very chaotic. We were gasping. I think for a while there, there was a video that showed the process of the draft. There was a lot of gasping in the room because we were surprised by some of the picks. But in the end we got the player we were hoping we would get in CJ McCollum." TrailBlazers.com

The team also made a move to bring in Thomas Robinson, after which Neil Olshey said his development was one of the team's primary goals. Allen: "We're very excited to have a player of his potential. He's a very good rebounder, he's extremely tough. Obviously he's got some rough edges to improve on his game, but the reason we're so excited is he's got upside and he's really hard-nosed and he rallies the other guys around him. So we're excited to have him as a part of our team." TrailBlazers.com

July 10, 2013 Updates

The Glendale, Ariz., City Council Monday signed a 15-year, $225 million lease agreement with the prospective new owners of the NHL Phoenix Coyotes, keeping the team in that suburb of Phoenix. It was considered a bit of an upset that the agreement was reached and the prevailing wisdom was that the franchise was going to be moved, with Seattle said to be the leading candidate for the relocation. But, according to a highly placed Portland Trail Blazer source, the Blazers were closely monitoring the situation, had been in discussions with the NHL and were ready to make an offer for the franchise in order to move it to Portland's Rose Garden, if the lease in Glendale didn't work out. The interest by the Blazers was considered serious, by the team and the NHL, with much time spent on financial analysis and projections. It is believed the team could consolidate several of its operations to serve both basketball and hockey while adding another full-time tenant for the arena. CSNNW.com

Trail Blazer owner Paul Allen was said to be fully on board with the acquisition of the team, as long as the price and terms made financial sense. The Phoenix team is currently owned by the NHL and is valued somewhere in the neighborhood of $200 million. The Trail Blazer source said, "Allen continues to be very supportive of investing in things that are good for the Portland market." CSNNW.com

June 26, 2013 Updates

It's unclear whether the Trail Blazers would consider signing Pekovic to an offer sheet as retribution for Batum or whether a signing would merely be business in the NBA. At the least, however, Pekovic's free-agent status makes the Wolves vulnerable for payback from Portland, which could make Minnesota overpay considerably to retain their popular 6-foot-11, 290-pounder. I asked Wolves owner Glen Taylor on Tuesday if he's aware of the possibility. "Yep, we think about that," Taylor said. Taylor is a billionaire. Portland owner Paul Allen is a billionaire 15 times over. It's unclear whether Allen is a vindictive sort. "I don't know if they would do that or not," Taylor said of the Trail Blazers. St. Paul Pioneer Press

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The Trail Blazers continued their workouts in preparation for the June 27 NBA draft with their first solo workout of this offseason. The player: Indiana big man Cody Zeller. Zeller, a 7-foot, 240-pound big man, is considered a probable lottery pick who figures to go right in the range of Portland's No. 10 spots. One sign that the Blazers are seriously considering Zeller: Owner Paul Allen is attending the workout. Oregonian

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Microsoft founder and American billionaire Paul Allen will appear in a Botswana court in October for allegedly attempting to smuggle giraffe bones to the US. According to the King County Superior Court, a safari guide was arrested and detained in Maun, Botswanaメs tourism capital, by customs officials after the Microsoft co-founder and current Seahawks owner (Allen) and his sister Jody, tried to sneak home the bones while on safari in Botswana. Court papers charge that a review of the trip to Botswana by the Allens had revealed a pattern of illegality. モThe acts I have witnessed and had to engage in to perform my job to the expectations of my principals leave me with no choice other than to constructively terminate my employment,ヤ reads a statement by one of Allenメs bodyguards. Africa Review

May 4, 2013 Updates

Billionaire Paul Allen may be one of the richest men in the world with top-notch security, but even he isn’t immune from identity theft. A man accused of stealing Allen’s identity and racking up charges on his credit card is set to plead guilty for his crimes, according to federal prosecutors. Allen owns the Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Seahawks and was a co- founder of Microsoft. Brandon Lee Price of Pittsburgh will plead guilty to four counts of bank fraud, according to Margaret Philbin, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney in Pittsburgh. Price is set to change his plea during a court appearance in a few weeks. KATU.com

April 19, 2013 Updates

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