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October 1, 2014 Updates

Wesley Matthews, the Trail Blazers' starting shooting guard, was forced to leave the team's practice on Wednesday because of an illness. Matthews participated the first half of the roughly three-hour-long workout at the practice facility in Tualatin, when he became too sick to keep playing. Matthews left the court and did not return as the Blazers scrimmaged over the second-half of practice. Oregonian

But will he? Asked about the possibility of taking more shots behind the arc this season, Aldridge -- who made three All-Star Games with no three-point game to speak of -- didn't give a firm yes, but admitted he did prepare for the possibility. "This summer, I worked on it a lot more, so we'll see this season," he said, later adding, "If it's there, I'll take it. I'm not going to force it at all." Oregonian

September 30, 2014 Updates

Q: It was reported this summer that you went to Los Angeles this summer to present a contract extension to LaMarcus Aldridge. Can you talk about why you did that? Paul Allen: I just thought it was very important that we have a direct discussion with LA. It went great. We presented him with a couple of options and obviously he thinks the option of being unrestricted next season and of course looking at a very long extension is the one he chose to pursue. We understand that, but we thought we should talk through all those things. It was just great to be able to sit down with LA and get a chance to really understand his thinking about the team. He’s very excited about the team. You guys talked to him at media day yesterday and I hope you got that sense, too. Forward Center

Aldridge, a free agent after this season, reiterated his vow made after last season that he will sign a new deal with the Blazers next summer. He will then be eligible for a larger, longer-term contract with Larry Bird Rights. "Me not re-signing (last summer) wasn't a sign I didn't want to be here," he said. "It didn't make (financial) sense on my end. I'm not trying to hide from it. I just don't want that to be the focus. I want our focus to be to get better, to try to advance further than last year." Portland Tribune

Aldridge turned down a chance to play with the U.S. national team, and it wasn't the first time. This time, he said, he wanted to make he didn't suffer an injury -- as happened with Indiana's Paul George -- that might keep him from achieving his goal of helping the Blazers go deep in the playoffs. "It was about my personal preference," Aldridge said. "Having a big season coming up, I didn't want to risk anything crazy out there. "I was disappointed to not be in that group. I wanted to be a part of that group for a long time. Things keep coming up. This time, the major part was me and my agent and (officials from) my team sat down, and we felt like we didn't want to take that risk right now." Portland Tribune

September 29, 2014 Updates
September 27, 2014 Updates

Two respected members of the front office used the Blazers' recent success as a springboard to land promotions in the Eastern Conference. Chad Buchanan, the Blazers' director of college scouting, was named an assistant general manager in Charlotte, where he work for GM Rich Cho. Similarly, Ben Falk, the Blazers' analytics guru who had a hand in shaping coach Terry Stotts' on-court strategies, left for the No. 2 job in Philadelphia under GM San Hinkie. Oregonian

September 26, 2014 Updates
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September 23, 2014 Updates

Caldwell "Pops" Jones, who played six seasons in Philadelphia and helped the 76ers reach the NBA Finals in 1977, '80 and '82, died Sunday from a heart attack. He was 64. The 6-foot-11 center and forward averaged 7.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game over his 17-year pro career, which also included stints in the ABA and with the Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls, Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs. USA Today Sports

September 15, 2014 Updates

For the 10th consecutive season, each singly-affiliated NBA team will have one NBA D-League team to which it may assign its players. The Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the lone independent NBA D-League Team, will be affiliated with the remaining 13 NBA teams (Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Bobcats, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards). To accommodate assignments to Fort Wayne, a flexible assignment system will be utilized when an independent NBA team assigns a player at a time when the Mad Ants already have either the maximum of four NBA players on assignment or two assigned players at the position of the NBA player who is being assigned. In either event, the NBA D-League will identify to the assigning NBA team any singly-affiliated NBA D-League team that is willing to accept the assigned player, and the independent NBA team assigning the player will choose a team from among those teams to assign the player. If no singly-affiliated NBA D-League team is willing to accept the assigned player, he will be assigned to one of the non-NBA-owned single affiliate teams pursuant to a lottery. NBA.com

September 14, 2014 Updates

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN TRAIL BLAZERS HISTORY

Only four Hall of Famers, but plenty of fantastic names in the Top 50 of the storied franchise.

   

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