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April 2, 2015 Updates
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Though he could become one of the most sought-after free agents this summer, the Dallas native has repeatedly intimated that he plans to stay in Portland, which plans to hand the 29-year-old big man a five-year contract in excess of $100 million. Aldridge became the franchise’s all-time leading rebounder earlier this month and is also a beloved figure within the community who appeared in the IFC comedy series, “Portlandia.” “It’s bittersweet,” Aldridge said of his rise. “I think God has a plan for everybody. Maybe my plan wasn’t to be loved right away. My role was a little tougher than other franchise players, but it happens. I think it helped me build character and not take anything for granted. I know that I had to really earn it, so it makes me appreciative. It also makes me wonder how easily they can move on, too.” Washington Post

Aldridge is one of just three players to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in each of the past two seasons — Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are the others — and leads the league in total field goals despite missing eight games. He managed to maintain a level of obscurity despite his consistent production. “I’m used to it. Put me in New York or Chicago, and of course, it would be a bigger deal made of it,” Aldridge said with a shrug. “I think guys who do less definitely get more hype than me at times but I’m used to it. I believe in God and I trust Him. And I just keep working.” Washington Post

Aldridge returned last week to halt the skid in Utah, and the Blazers have won four in a row overall. The remarkable part about Aldridge’s return is that the four-time all-star is averaging more points and rebounds and shooting a better percentage from the field since injuring his left thumb. “I thought my rebounding would suffer having one hand but actually it’s been better,” Aldridge said with a grin. “I think I’m locked in more. I know I can’t get those one-hand rebounds any more. Things aren’t as easy, so I’m just more locked in about everything, my shot and getting rebounds.” Washington Post

March 31, 2015 Updates

Coach Terry Stotts said Tuesday that Frazier will play for the Blazers' at the Las Vegas Summer League in July and be invited to participate in training camp next fall for the start of the 2015-16 NBA season. Frazier was scheduled to arrive into Portland Tuesday evening and will be in uniform for the Blazers' Wednesday night home game against the Los Angeles Clippers. "I have not seen him play, but from what I've been told, he's a good point guard, he's a good defender," Stotts said. "He's the kind of guy you would want in your program." Oregonian

Frazier, 24, is not expected to play -- barring an injury, he will be inactive against the Clippers -- but he will practice, giving the Blazers an extra guard during 4-on-4 and 3-on-3 drills and scrimmages. He will be eligible to play in the postseason. "Moving forward, I think it's in the best interest of the franchise," Stotts said. "This is not a playoff move. This is a moving forward move." Oregonian

March 30, 2015 Updates

The Portland Trail Blazers have signed guard Tim Frazier for the remainder of the season, President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Frazier, 24, signed two 10-day contracts with the Philadelphia 76ers last month, averaging 5.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 1.00 steal in six games (three starts). NBA.com

Mike Tokito: Because Frazier's time with 76ers was on 10-day contracts that expired, he is eligible to be on #Blazers' playoff roster. A player whose last 10-day deal expired before March 23, then signs a rest-of-season deal, is playoff eligible. Twitter @mtokito

March 28, 2015 Updates
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March 25, 2015 Updates

Warriors star Stephen Curry had his nickname playfully besmirched by a fan at Portland, and the Trail Blazers made sure the sign that was held up was for all to see. Appearing on the video scoreboard late in the game was the fan holding up a sign that read, “Steph is a girl name.” By that point, Curry was well on his way to a night in which he racked up 33 points and 10 assists as the Warriors would capture their first division championship in 39 years. Contra Costa Times

March 24, 2015 Updates

Damian Lillard admonished a shoe-seller on Tuesday after he spotted a pair of his shoes — with his signature — for more than twice the retail value on an online marketplace. “Good deed gone bad?” he asked the alleged salesman on Twitter (though the Twitter account linked to the seller hasn’t been active for years.) In the Facebook group, Portland Sole Society, where the shoes were listed, the seller defended himself, writing that he didn’t think Lillard did such a huge favor for him. “Damian still acting like he gave them to me and not Adidas. Maybe he should’ve said what’s up to some people instead of jetting out the back after the 21st signature was signed,” he wrote. “But who cares, he increased the value of the shoe and everyone outside the state of Oregon who saw this thinks its a non issue. Only people its an issue for are you sour Portland fans. Grow up.” For The Win


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