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Lillard says the pickup of Steve Blake was “big” and added that he’s looking forward to playing alongside him. But he admitted that it was a bit difficult to wrap his mind around the fact that his “brother” wouldn’t be around anymore. “I was disappointed because that’s my brother,” Lillard told CSNNW.com. “He’s always been there for me. When I did something wrong, he was the first one showing showing me how I should have done it. “When I did something good, he was the first person telling me how proud he was of me. When I’m alone on the road, he’s the one that’ll come hang with me. That’s my guy. I thought he would be coming back, but I understand this is a business.” CSNNW.com

July 13, 2014 Updates

Big man Meyers Leonard will sit out when the Blazers play Houston, the second consecutive game he will miss because of a strained left shoulder. "He's not going to play tonight, but he's fine, and he'll be back before you know it," said David Vanterpool, one of the summer league team co-head coaches who will run tonight's game. Leonard injured the shoulder during a practice last week. He will test the shoulder in practice Monday before the team decides if he will play Tuesday in the Blazers' 1 p.m. game against Atlanta. Oregonian

July 12, 2014 Updates

Joel Freeland has decided not to represent Great Britain for the Eurobasket 2015 Qualifiers this summer, opting instead to remain in Portland to workout with the Trailblazers. It comes as a major blow to coach Joe Prunty and the GB side, who are already sweating over the availability of free agent Luol Deng and Byron Mullins, who is expected to be a no show. Speaking to MVP Magazine in January, Freeland, who missed Eurobasket 2013 to focus on his season with Portland, admitted that he missed international duty, saying “I’m definitely excited about getting back involved.” TalkBasket

July 11, 2014 Updates
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But Blake said he does not have any lingering bitterness from being dealt twice, which he said was no deterrent to him from joining a team that made the second round of the Western Conference playoffs last season. "It's part of the business of basketball, it's part of the way things are run," Blake said. "So I never took it too personal. I think it's one of the reasons I can come back. I know it's a different general manager, different coaches, but even when I got traded away, Kevin Pritchard traded me, he brought me back the next year. It's interesting. But as long as you're a good person, you never know what can happen." Oregonian

The Portland Trail Blazers have reached agreement on a two-year, $4 million contract with Steve Blake, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Blake, 34, agreed to take the Blazers' biannual exception, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

Kevin Ding: Blake family loves Portland. RT @Adrian Wojnarowski: Portland has reached an agreement with guard Steve Blake, league source tells Yahoo Sports. Twitter @KevinDing

This addition likely ends the pursuit of free agent Mo Williams, who was the team’s leading scorer off the bench. Williams’ agent told CSNNW.com with the acquisition of Blake, the chances of Mo returning are slimmer, but not completely shut. “There is a strong market for Mo and Portland knows that,” Mark Bartelstein said. They had to protect themselves by picking up Blake. We still have interest but we’re still looking over our options at this time.” CSNNW.com

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