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December 20, 2014 Updates

Prior to the Trail Blazers’ game versus the Pelicans Saturday night in New Orleans, Lopez addressed the rumor linking the 7-0 center to the 5-10 television personality from Calabasas, CA. Lopez said that, while he cant divine Khloe’s desires, he can understand why the tabloids would float their names as a potential item. “You know, I’m not exactly certain of the veracity of those rumors,” said Lopez. “But what I can comment on, I suppose, is the fabrication of that power couple by the press. Obviously they were looking for two people with a lot of influence on popular culture, on the youth, and they were looking for two movers and shakers. Frankly, I’m not surprised they came up with my name.” Forward Center

Though Lopez knows there’s a downside to being a budding superhunk. There’s a potential for British-invasion, teen girl pandemonium breaking out in ever city RoLo travels to. Despite the dangers, Lopez says it’s his duty to give the world as much Lopez as they can handle, for the sake of humanity. “In the end, the Beatles went down in history, didn’t they?,” said Lopez. “I think the four men of the Beatles are an apt comparison for one Robin Lopez.” Forward Center

December 19, 2014 Updates

Paul Garcia: Hearing Nicolas Batum will be out tonight. Wasn't at Stotts' session, but heard from one who was. Twitter @PaulGarciaPS

The Trail Blazers' starting small forward did not practice Thursday night, when the team went through a brief workout at the AT&T Center, and is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the San Antonio Spurs. His availability will be determined Friday night after -- and if -- Batum tests his ailing body during the Blazers' pregame warmup. If Thursday offered any indication, it's hard to envision Batum stepping on the court any time soon. He has a bruised left knee and a bruised right wrist and he said Thursday he couldn't bend his knee or move his wrist, byproducts of that nasty Wednesday night tumble. "Better," Batum said, when asked how he was feeling. "My head is better. I land on my face, but I'm OK. My left knee, my right wrist are the most painful spots." Oregonian

December 18, 2014 Updates

Batum looks around the league, hears everyone already discussing the free agency of Kevin Durant. They’ll both fall in 2016, yet Batum believes he and Durant are made of the same disposition with different external temperaments. Durant’s been swarmed with questions about his future with the Oklahoma City Thunder. For Batum, the case is simple: Why leave Portland? “I still have time and I like low key so there’s no reason to think yet, but why not stay in Portland?” Batum told RealGM. “I’ve been here for seven years now, so why not?” RealGM

And so Batum went for 35 and 27 points in the final two games of the World Cup to give France the bronze medal, and he noticed his Portland teammates urging him in training camp: Shoot, Nic. Shoot. “I try to do everything on the court, but I know I got to be more aggressive,” Batum told RealGM. “The team needs it. Everybody’s pushing me here. When Tony Parker didn’t play with us this summer, Boris Diaw and I had to step up our games. That was a cool learning experience for me. Here, we’re all young and I would like to be the guy for LaMarcus and Damian. I would like that a lot. But I know I need to be aggressive, and it is coming.” RealGM

After all, when you have been where he has, being unsure whether you will start or not doesn't even register on the drama scale. His NBA journey to this point? "If I wanted to complain about it, I would say it's been unfair,'' Robinson said. "If I stick to me and not complain about it, I would say I've just had a tough road.'' Oregonian

December 17, 2014 Updates

Every summer, his old French buddies return to their native country for the national team’s training camp and words of the practices in San Antonio, of the culture and free-flowing system, fascinate Batum. Tony Parker, Boris Diaw and San Antonio gave Batum and the Portland Trail Blazers a clinic in the Western Conference semifinal playoff series last season, and Batum pondered how he could play for those Spurs amid all the connected passes for wide-open shots, all the cuts and drives born of the sport’s fundamentals. As Batum thought aloud, “Yeah, maybe I could. Maybe.” Batum wasn’t looking outside Portland, but rather gauged his fit on a champion, any title winner, really. RealGM

Where the Pistons put themselves in this position was by not trading him. Although Monroe couldn't get a max offer sheet from another team, he did receive substantial interest — and Portland and Atlanta tried to facilitate trades for him. Detroit News

Robinson could have a bigger spot in the rotation in the coming weeks as starting center Robin Lopez will be sidelined six to seven weeks with a fractured right hand. Below is a full transcript of Robinson's interview with reporters at Blazers practice on Tuesday after Robinson's surprise inclusion the in the lineup. Do you have an idea how you might be used going forward? Coach didn't say anything. He said it's a game day decision. Right now I just got to do what I've been doing: staying ready so when I am on the floor I make something happen. That's all I can go off of right now; the rest is up to people above me. Oregonian

December 16, 2014 Updates

The idyllic fit for the Cavaliers to fill their void for toughness, shooting and defensive tenacity resides in the Pacific Northwest: Wesley Matthews of Portland Trail Blazers. Cleveland has adored Matthews for quite some time and its quest of him has been repeatedly vetoed, league sources told Northeast Ohio Media Group. Cleveland Plain Dealer

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