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September 30, 2014 Updates

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
September 12, 2014 Updates

Microsoft co-founder and Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen has announced he is expanding his efforts to help fight the Ebola outbreak in Africa with a $9 million donation to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Allen's donation Thursday to the CDC Foundation will be used to build and equip emergency operations centers and train staff in the three most affected countries. In August, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation announced a $2.8 million gift to the American Red Cross to provide equipment, train workers and produce education materials in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. His foundation also set up a $100,000 matching grant program through GlobalGiving to encourage others to help stop the virus. Oregonian

It only took three days for Robin Lopez to fall in love with the Philippines, so much so that the American NBA center has presented himself as another naturalization candidate for the country's basketball team. “If the whole Andray Blatche thing doesn’t work out, I’m here for Gilas,” Lopez said on Thursday after conducting a training camp organized by Gatorade and NBA Philippines at the Hoops Center in Mandaluyong. “I don’t wish any harm to come to Dray because obviously he’s played his heart out for that team and he’s a great fit,” the Portland Trail Blazer said, referring to Blatche, who reinforced Gilas as a naturalized Filipino in the recent Fiba World Cup. Sports Interactive Network Philippines

September 11, 2014 Updates
September 9, 2014 Updates

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

   

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