Portland Trail Blazers Rumors
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.
Colangelo: I understand his disappointment. He’s a great player. For whatever reason, the times he’s been with us he just hasn’t played as well as he’s capable of playing. That happens to be at a position where we are overloaded. There is no question about that. And so that’s not a knock on him. I have a great respect for him as a player and through the course of an NBA season, he shows how great he is. The fact that he wasn’t selected really hurt him. He was extended an invitation, but I don’t think he’s coming.