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July 11, 2014 Updates
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But Blake said he does not have any lingering bitterness from being dealt twice, which he said was no deterrent to him from joining a team that made the second round of the Western Conference playoffs last season. "It's part of the business of basketball, it's part of the way things are run," Blake said. "So I never took it too personal. I think it's one of the reasons I can come back. I know it's a different general manager, different coaches, but even when I got traded away, Kevin Pritchard traded me, he brought me back the next year. It's interesting. But as long as you're a good person, you never know what can happen." Oregonian

The Portland Trail Blazers have reached agreement on a two-year, $4 million contract with Steve Blake, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Blake, 34, agreed to take the Blazers' biannual exception, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

Kevin Ding: Blake family loves Portland. RT @Adrian Wojnarowski: Portland has reached an agreement with guard Steve Blake, league source tells Yahoo Sports. Twitter @KevinDing

This addition likely ends the pursuit of free agent Mo Williams, who was the team’s leading scorer off the bench. Williams’ agent told CSNNW.com with the acquisition of Blake, the chances of Mo returning are slimmer, but not completely shut. “There is a strong market for Mo and Portland knows that,” Mark Bartelstein said. They had to protect themselves by picking up Blake. We still have interest but we’re still looking over our options at this time.” CSNNW.com

CJ McCollum: For the incoming rookies that were just selected in the 2014 NBA Draft, here is some advice. The NBA is a transition in every aspect of life, but especially from a financial standpoint. Players go from managing scholarship money and grants consisting of $5,000 a semester or less, as was the case for me (since I was on a small-school budget), to being responsible for a multi-million dollar contract over x amount of years. Players instantly become placed in the ever so popular “2% club.” Entry into this club exists when you make $225,000 or more per year in the United States. Second-round picks, and in some rare cases undrafted free agents, are also a part of it. My advice is to check your bank account statements and actually read over your monthly cash flow. Every time you post a picture on Instagram or Twitter, you should probably also take the time to check your accounts online. Basketball Insiders

CJ McCollum: Instead of thinking of reasons why your coach should be playing you, honestly assess reasons as to why he isn’t. The next step is to go work on those things and improve the specific areas you come up with, so there is a change in your play. For me, it was simple. I made a list of what I needed to improve on. Make defense a priority and not an afterthought. Most rookies struggle with the transition of defense. Do a better job of gauging angles. There are more pick-and-rolls and in the league, teams will utilize a play or player over and over again until it is stopped. Basketball Insiders

CJ McCollum: The playoffs are an entirely new brand of basketball. Scouting is more in-depth and each possession means so much, especially down the stretch of games. By the first round of the playoffs, most teams have faced each other so many times that they know each others’ plays and tendencies. That makes execution and hustle plays all the more important. Free throw box-outs, extra passes, transition defense and 50/50 balls are all crucial during the playoffs. We were eventually eliminated by the San Antonio Spurs, who, by no coincidence, were excellent at all those previous things I just mentioned. Their stars sacrificed individual accolades for the betterment of the team, and it paid dividends down the stretch of the playoffs. Experiencing the playoffs is something I will always remember and use as motivation moving forward. Basketball Insiders

July 9, 2014 Updates

It's not clear what kind of market there is for Carter. The Miami Heat and Portland Trail Blazers are among the teams to express interest in him, but they've committed their $5.3 midlevel exceptions to other players. The Toronto Raptors and Oklahoma City Thunder have also been connected to Carter. ESPN.com

July 8, 2014 Updates

Joe Freeman: LaMarcus Aldridge tells The Oregonian he will not sign a contract extension with #Blazers this offseason, but plans to do so next summer. Aldridge said it makes most sense financially to wait because he can sign for more years (5) and make more money ($108 million) next year. Twitter @BlazerFreeman

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