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December 18, 2014 Updates

Batum looks around the league, hears everyone already discussing the free agency of Kevin Durant. They’ll both fall in 2016, yet Batum believes he and Durant are made of the same disposition with different external temperaments. Durant’s been swarmed with questions about his future with the Oklahoma City Thunder. For Batum, the case is simple: Why leave Portland? “I still have time and I like low key so there’s no reason to think yet, but why not stay in Portland?” Batum told RealGM. “I’ve been here for seven years now, so why not?” RealGM

And so Batum went for 35 and 27 points in the final two games of the World Cup to give France the bronze medal, and he noticed his Portland teammates urging him in training camp: Shoot, Nic. Shoot. “I try to do everything on the court, but I know I got to be more aggressive,” Batum told RealGM. “The team needs it. Everybody’s pushing me here. When Tony Parker didn’t play with us this summer, Boris Diaw and I had to step up our games. That was a cool learning experience for me. Here, we’re all young and I would like to be the guy for LaMarcus and Damian. I would like that a lot. But I know I need to be aggressive, and it is coming.” RealGM

After all, when you have been where he has, being unsure whether you will start or not doesn't even register on the drama scale. His NBA journey to this point? "If I wanted to complain about it, I would say it's been unfair,'' Robinson said. "If I stick to me and not complain about it, I would say I've just had a tough road.'' Oregonian

December 17, 2014 Updates

Every summer, his old French buddies return to their native country for the national team’s training camp and words of the practices in San Antonio, of the culture and free-flowing system, fascinate Batum. Tony Parker, Boris Diaw and San Antonio gave Batum and the Portland Trail Blazers a clinic in the Western Conference semifinal playoff series last season, and Batum pondered how he could play for those Spurs amid all the connected passes for wide-open shots, all the cuts and drives born of the sport’s fundamentals. As Batum thought aloud, “Yeah, maybe I could. Maybe.” Batum wasn’t looking outside Portland, but rather gauged his fit on a champion, any title winner, really. RealGM

Where the Pistons put themselves in this position was by not trading him. Although Monroe couldn't get a max offer sheet from another team, he did receive substantial interest — and Portland and Atlanta tried to facilitate trades for him. Detroit News

Robinson could have a bigger spot in the rotation in the coming weeks as starting center Robin Lopez will be sidelined six to seven weeks with a fractured right hand. Below is a full transcript of Robinson's interview with reporters at Blazers practice on Tuesday after Robinson's surprise inclusion the in the lineup. Do you have an idea how you might be used going forward? Coach didn't say anything. He said it's a game day decision. Right now I just got to do what I've been doing: staying ready so when I am on the floor I make something happen. That's all I can go off of right now; the rest is up to people above me. Oregonian

December 16, 2014 Updates

The idyllic fit for the Cavaliers to fill their void for toughness, shooting and defensive tenacity resides in the Pacific Northwest: Wesley Matthews of Portland Trail Blazers. Cleveland has adored Matthews for quite some time and its quest of him has been repeatedly vetoed, league sources told Northeast Ohio Media Group. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Portland, at 19-6, is one of the best young teams in the league and is off to its best start in 15 years. Breaking up a sturdy nucleus entrenched in a winning culture isn't in the team's plans. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Portland Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez is expected to miss four weeks with a fractured right hand, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Lopez will meet with a hand specialist on Tuesday in Portland. Lopez suffered the injury pursuing a rebound in the Blazers victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night at the Moda Center. Yahoo! Sports

Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum has been cleared by doctors to return to full-contact activities after a round of x-rays on Monday night, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. McCollum has been out of the Blazers line-up since he broke his right index finger in Nov. 17's win against the New Orleans Pelicans. The finger was broken in three places according to McCollum. The Columbian

December 15, 2014 Updates

Joined by Blaze the Trail Cat, Portland Trail Blazer guard Damian Lillard hosted a holiday party at the Ronald McDonald East House on Sunday. 25 families were treated to a catered dinner followed by Lillard presenting gifts to be used in the two Portland area Ronald McDonald Homes. Trail Blazers players are spreading their holiday spirit all over the city of Portland by hosting several special experiences to area youth in December. Oregonian

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