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October 15, 2014 Updates

$2.6 billion TV contract deal. What’s your thought on max contracts and things going forward. LaMarcus Aldridge: Yeah, that’s the reason why I didn’t sign this summer. It makes more sense financially to wait one year and play it out and be a free agent and then re-sign here where I can get double the money and it just secures my future here in this organization. So that’s why I didn’t sign. Definitely I want to be looking for that maximum contract. I don’t think I’m going to hit that. I think that money kicks in in 2016, so I’m going to miss it by one year. So, that’s sad to know, but for all the guys in 2016, happy for y’all. Forward Center

LaMarcus Aldridge: I’ve been here my whole career and for one player to be in one organization, that’s rare. I didn’t want to leave like that, but if I didn’t feel like this team would have a chance to win, then that was going to change my mind. Last year definitely made me want to be here, it made me excited to come back. I came back into camp this year really excited about being here and just understanding I have to continue to lead these guys and that anything is possible. Forward Center

LaMarcus Aldridge: I’m definitely going to shoot more threes. Coach has been trying to get me to shoot them for the last two years. I think I’m the last player who didn’t want to shoot threes. I just wanted to wait until I was more comfortable with it. I definitely worked on it this summer and I feel more comfortable with it. Coach has already put me in plays where I’m in the corner more, I can down the three. I think that’s going to be one of the things I bring to the team this year. Forward Center

Trail Blazers' point guard Damian Lillard went through a rigorous workout on Monday to test his gimpy left ankle and pronounced himself 100 percent healthy afterward. "I'm fine," he said, during the Blazers' visit to Boise-Eliot Humboldt School as part of their Make it Better outreach campaign. Oregonian

October 14, 2014 Updates

So shooting a bear is the dream? Chris Kaman: Bear, Alaskan moose would be sweet, a caribou, a musk ox, there’s so many cool hunts you could do. Potentially, like, a lion. That would be awesome, too. It’s so hard with the seasons and the timings. I mean getting tags for something like that is an interesting adventure in itself. I think it’s $60,000 to kill a lion. For The Win

Have you ever taken any teammates fishing with you? Chris Kaman: Nah, I’ve taken some members of the coaching staff and a few other people who work for the team, but none of my teammates have wanted to come on an adventure with me. I mean, most of them don’t know how to swim. They don’t want to go in a boat. For The Win

How did “Exploring Kaman” come into existence? Chris Kaman: I had a fishing boat for years in L.A. when I was playing with the Clippers. The marina was really close, so I could go whenever the season was done for the Clippers. Generally we got done really early, with the exception of that one year. It was always right on down to Mexico with the fishing boat, have myself a good break before I went back at it. Basically, I did it a couple years in a row, didn’t think about filming it or anything, but we’d do a couple Flip videos of fish we caught. But crazy stuff would happen to us in Puerto Vallarta, in Cabo, all sorts of interesting stuff. And we thought it would be cool to film it, so I talked to some buddies back from Grand Rapids, Michigan, where I’m from. They came down and filmed it, and that was probably six years ago, maybe, seven years ago. For the last three years we’ve been editing it, and it got to the point where I’m comfortable with it and I like it. So we made six episodes and we’re going to release them online starting Friday. For The Win

For the second straight season, Matthews dealt with an irregular heartbeat and dealt with it only the way he could, suggesting that maybe another career-year was in order. When he was asked about whether he thought this could be his last season in a Blazers uniform with his contract coming off the books this summer, he was to the point. "Nope." Columbian

While Portland's shooting guard isn't focused on winning NBA honors like being selected to the All-Defensive team, he's certainly not bashful about his place in the league. "I'm never going to be the type that gets gaudy numbers to make an All-Defensive team," said Matthews before getting to his case. "Do I think I'm All-Defense? Absolutely. I think I'm the best two-way two-guard in the NBA. But I feel like we need to be a good defensive team within the scheme of the game. We're not out there gambling, trying to reach and get steals. That would put us in a bind if I don't get it," Matthews said. Columbian

October 13, 2014 Updates

McCollum's senior year at Lehigh ended when he suffered a Jones fracture, which is a broken bone at the base of the small toe. McCollum had surgery, placing a screw in his foot. Then, in training camp with the Blazers last year, McCollum re-broke the foot at the start of training camp. This time, McCollum opted for a non-surgical ultrasound procedure. "There are methods you can do besides getting surgery, but it's his first break, so I'm sure they'll probably recommend surgery," McCollum said. "Either way, it's a tough injury to recover from, depending on if it's broken through all the way, the placement of the screw. There's a lot of things that go into it, but if they say four to six (weeks), it's probably more like eight to 10." Oregonian

Mike Tokito: LaMarcus Aldridge joked that he's glad "Shaqtin a fool" isn't on yet, because his stepping in before inbounding ball would've been on it. Twitter @mtokito

October 12, 2014 Updates

The Blazers also have camp invitees Darius Morris and Diante Garrett, both of whom are point guards and give the team more options in scrimmages. Both players have had stints on NBA rosters, and Morris played the game's final 4:46 Thursday, when the outcome was decided. "That's why they were brought in," Stotts said. "As has been noted, we don't have a prototypical third point guard right now, and so they were brought in to play that position." Portland has 15 players with guaranteed contracts, so for either Morris or Garrett to make the opening-day roster, the Blazers would either have to waive a player or execute a trade that would free up a roster spot. "They're here to try to make the team," Stotts said. Oregonian

October 11, 2014 Updates

Lillard and the Blazers don't regard the injury -- which they are calling a "left foot sprain" after originally listing it as an ankle injury – as serious or a long-term issue. "I would be able to play if it was a regular season game, but it's preseason," Lillard said. "You don't want it to be nagging, ongoing throughout the season. It was more precautionary than anything else. I'm just trying to take care of it right now and get it over with. That's the smartest thing to do." Oregonian

October 9, 2014 Updates

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN TRAIL BLAZERS HISTORY

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

   

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