HoopsHype Paul Allen rumors

October 1, 2013 Updates

Trail Blazer owner Paul Allen showed up for the season’s first practice Tuesday and brought a message of optimism and excitement about the upcoming year. “There are going to be a lot of great stories this year,” he said. “We have turned the page and gone into a new era here. “Seeing all the new players blend in, seeing the defense improve -- that’s going to translate into many more wins than we had last year.” CSNNW.com

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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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