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May 11, 2015 Updates

If Aldridge chooses to sign elsewhere, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Blazers elect not to re-sign Lopez and instead make a run at Detroit’s Greg Monroe or Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, who has a relationship with Blazers GM Neil Olshey. CSNNW.com

Wesley Matthews did a guest analyst spot on the NBA-TV during the weekend, and he started by revealing some news. Matthews, who had season-ending surgery on March 11 to repair a ruptured Achilles' tendon, said he will discard the walking boot he has been in on Tuesday. "Coming off on Tuesday, that's the plan," he said. "It's ahead of schedule, and I'm excited for that, definitely." Oregonian

May 10, 2015 Updates
May 9, 2015 Updates

The 33-year-old said he wants to play next season, which could be his last, but the Blazers hold a $5 million team option for the 2015-16, which must be decided on by the end of June. When talking about his contract status, Kaman didn’t sound too concerned. “Basically I’ll know June 30th,” he said. “Either they take it or they don’t. … Obviously there is a lot that is going to happen this summer in free agency with this team and all of our players.” CSNNW.com

Depending on the direction the team pursues, it’s a safe bet that Kaman returns for one more season. The Blazers saw firsthand what his presence meant for Leonard, and if the team is serious about contending for a title next season, nothing wrong with having a veteran around for the chase. Kaman even admitted that part of the goal next season will be to continue to help Leonard before he retires. He said the two plan to work out again this summer. CSNNW.com

May 8, 2015 Updates

Yahoo Sports' Marc J. Spears on John Canzano’s Bald-Faced Truth radio show talking about the Trail Blazers: "This is a rumor. Let me say that three times. This is a rumor. This a rumor. This is a rumor. Blake Griffin. Obviously, there’s a connection there with the GM. And you wonder, if LaMarcus is interested in the Clippers, playing with Chris Paul. Could Neil Olshey get his old superstar with the Clippers in Portland? NBCSports.com

Aldridge made strong statements last summer about wanting to be a Blazer for life, but began to take a more measured stance in recent months while speculation grew that he planned on considering other options. Jordan, who the Clippers are expected to make a strong push to keep, made it clear that he's open to exploring other opportunities. "The team is great, the guys are good, we have great camaraderie," he told USA TODAY Sports of the Clippers in mid-March. "But the free agency process is definitely going to be a fun one. I want to experience it, to see what it's like." USA Today Sports

May 7, 2015 Updates
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The Blazers are prepared to pivot another direction if Aldridge leaves — which is 100 percent in play, according to sources across the league. The timing of their contracts isn’t an accident; Portland could be flush with cap space if Aldridge bolts, and if it doesn’t sign-and-trade him, the Blazers could fill that space with youngish free agents on long-term deals — contracts that will age well. Grantland

Will Batum be on the Blazers roster next season to avenge his bad play? He’s scheduled to make around $11.8 million for the 2015-16 season, which is the final of his four-year contract. There have been rumblings the Blazers could look to move Batum this offseason, maybe around draft time, where GM Neil Olshey promised the team would be “very active.” Asked about the possibility of being traded this offseason, Batum said: “If that happens, it happens. That’s the business, I understand that. I mean, I can’t control that. All I can control is what I put on the court. I know what I am going to do this summer is try to get better.” CSNNW.com

His subpar, injury-plagued season be damned, Tony Parker joins Boris Diaw and former Spur Nando De Colo among 24 players named to France’s preliminary roster for EuroBasket 2015. France is the defending champion, with Parker having earned MVP honors in leading Les Bleus to their first major title at the 2013 competition. He, Diaw and fellow NBA standouts Nicolas Batum and Rudy Gobert have all pledged their intent to participate with France among four host nations. San Antonio Express-News

May 2, 2015 Updates

Aside from Aldridge, Matthews, 28, is likely to be the most-pursued of the Blazers' free agents, even as he rehabs from March surgery for a torn Achilles tendon. "As evidenced by our 11-15 record (actually 11-16) without Wesley and a first-round playoff exit for a team we thought had chance to compete for the Western Conference title, we know how important he is," Olshey says. "We know his value to us; we also know he's going to have market value around the league." Portland Tribune

May 1, 2015 Updates

Arron Afflalo, I'm told, intends to go ahead with plans to opt out this summer even though a right shoulder injury obviously prevented him from making the post-trade deadline smash in Portland that he'd hoped. ESPN.com

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