Portland Trail Blazers Rumors
The Trail Blazers have informed Allen Crabbe his contract will be guaranteed for the 2015-16 season, CSNNW.com has learned. The team had until Saturday to decide on Crabbe’s contract status. The 23-year-old is expected to make more than $900,000 next season. “It’s always good to know that your [contract] is going to be guaranteed so it just makes you focus on continuing to work hard for the rest of the summer and get prepared for training camp,” Crabbe told CSNNW.com on Friday. “I’ve got a clear mind just knowing that I’m going to be on the roster next year.”
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard is the only high-profile player to date to publicly state his intent to skip the minicamp, telling CBS Sports Radio recently that he sees little point in trying to earn a spot on the Rio roster after being omitted from USAB’s 12-man squad at last summer’s inaugural FIBA Basketball World Cup.
The team had until Saturday to decide on Crabbe’s contract status. The 23-year-old is expected to make more than $900,000 next season. In his first two years with the Blazers, Crabbe averaged 3.0 points and 1.2 rebounds in 66 games. He played a career-high 51 games last season, starting nine games replacing Nicolas Batum, who suffered from various injuries.
Aminu is also a descendant from a line of Nigerian kings. “My grandfather and my great grandfather were both kings,” he said. “Last year I was able to go to the city in Nigeria where my Dad is from. And I was able to see the mosque that they built where my grandfather was buried.” During the week the group is doing far more than just basketball related activities like clinics and camps before the game on Saturday. He’s looking forward to visiting an orphanage in Johannesburg and one later in the month when he visits Ethiopia.
The Portland Trail Blazers have waived center Brendan Haywood, it was announced today by President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey. Portland acquired Haywood, guard Mike Miller and two future second round draft picks from the Cleveland Cavaliers on July 27 in exchange for cash considerations.