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    July 12 Video: Trail Blazers Rookies: Behind-The-Scenes Video: July 11th Summer League Practice

    Trail Blazers: Haynes: RFA Nicolas Batum Signs Offer Sheet With Minnesota
    "A source close to the situation has indicated Nic Batum has just signed a Minnesota offer sheet. The contract is for 4 years, $46.5 million. The Blazers now have 72 hours to match the offer."

    Trail Blazers: Wojnarowski: Trail Blazers Sign Hickson
    "Many assumed J.J. Hickson's brief stint with the Trail Blazers was over after the team declined to extend a the qualifying offer prior to the start of free agency. But it sounds like Hickson will be back on the bench for at least the 2012-13 season after, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, he signed a one-year deal Wednesday afternoon"

    LaMarcus Aldridge: Back To Workouts
    "Rehab is going great. I'm able to workout now. I can start jumping today and will be able to do full workouts. I'm about a couple of weeks away from being released to play 5 on 5 and go up and down the court. "

    Trail Blazers: Fan Of The Week: petro4three
    "I would say the time my friend won the "playoff ticket lottery" the team used to have and we went to Game 2 of the 1990 Western Conference finals, and sat on the wooden boards they called "seats" in the corner of the Coliseum. The Blazers came back from 21 points down to win by 1 point. Jerome Kersey had 29 points and Terry Porter had 28 points, going 4-7 from three-point land. Clyde had 20."

    Oregon Live: Point guard competition between Damian Lillard and Nolan Smith poised to heat up in Vegas
    "He can play," Smith said of Lillard. "He can definitely shoot the ball -- I mean, shoot the lights out, for real. He's very aggressive; got into the paint really well. And he's just all-around solid on offense. He can go. He makes a lot of winning plays, which is good to see."

    Oregon Live: Blazers add Victor Claver and J.J. Hickson, but Nicolas Batum's future in limbo
    "Claver, who is a member of Spain's national team, is expected to be a backup small forward. The 23-year-old averaged 8.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 26 minutes a game for Valencia in the Spanish ACB League, widely regarded as the world's second best professional league behind the NBA. He signed a three-year deal worth a total of $4 million."

    Oregon Live: NBA High-5: What the Trail Blazers' re-signing of J.J. Hickson tells us
    "The Hickson deal tells us a few things. First, there were probably not a lot of other options for him. Golden State -- which planned to sign Hickson in March after he was waived by Sacramento, but saw Portland swoop in and get him via a last-minute waiver claim -- was reportedly interested in Hickson. However, the Warriors are over the cap and got within $3 million of the luxury tax threshold yesterday by acquiring former Blazers point guard Jarrett Jack in a three-team trade, Bay Area News Group's Marcus Thompson reports."

    Oregon Live: Greg Oden 'open to playing this season,' his agent tells Fox Sports
    “(Oden) called me, and he was kind of excited,’’ Conley said Thursday in a phone interview with FOX Sports Florida. “I think he’s motivated …. He wants to play. He had said he wanted to take this season off, but he’s backed off from that …. He’s open to playing this season. I think he will play this season.’’

    Columbian: Blazer notes: Blazers add former first-round pick
    "Why?" Claver responded. "I was waiting for this moment. I think it's good to take this step."

    Portland Tribune: Will Blazers go back to future for a coach?
    "And by the way: I wonder if Olshey has Dunleavy on his list. They were said to have a good relationship when they worked together in the Clippers’ front office. Dunleavy, in fact, gave Olshey his first job in the NBA with the Clippers in 2004-05. Dunleavy, 58, was the NBA’s coach of the year in 1998-99 with Portland and took the Blazers to consecutive Western Conference finals, swept by San Antonio and losing in seven games to the Lakers."

    CSNNW: Summer League Roster: A Look At The Guards
    "Diebler was drafted by the Blazers in the second round (51st overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft. During the lockout he played in Panionios, Greece. Diebler started every game for Ohio State after his sophomore year. In Greece, Diebler averaged 10.8 points per game. Diebler will play the 2 position for the Blazers during Summer League."

    CSNNW: Source: Nicolas Batum Signs Timberwolves' Offer Sheet
    "A source close to the situation has indicated Nic Batum has just signed a Minnesota offer sheet. The contract is for 4 years, $46.5 million. "

    Blazersedge via ESPN Dallas: Caplan: UFA C Chris Kaman Picked Mavericks Over Blazers
    "The last three days I’ve been going back and forth between Portland and Dallas and I know (Portland general manager) Neil Olshey up there pretty well," Kaman said Thursday morning when he joined Chuck Cooperstein and Tim MacMahon on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM. "The offers were both very close, so it was just kind of a call where I felt a little more comfortable and I really like Dallas the city. The organization does a great job taking care of their players and their people and I’m excited for the chance to see what I can do there."

    Ball Don't Lie: Brook Lopez is probably worth the big contract the Brooklyn Nets just gave him
    ''He's a 24-year-old 7-footer that has averaged close to 20 points per game over his last three seasons, and he's making the same sort of money we had absolutely no issue with handing Roy Hibbert earlier this month. So why do we feel so dodgy about the Brooklyn Nets paying Brook Lopez nearly $61 million over the next four years? Why turn our nose at this, when saying all sorts of wonderful things about Hibbert's career marks of 11 points and6.5 boards over 24 minutes of play?'

    Ball Don't Lie Earl Barron discusses the 2012 World Series of Poker (VIDEO)
    "The competition is fierce, but I write you today with great joy, for I have already outlasted hundreds of ousted participants in the main event. This contest demands great patience and determination in the heart of the competitor, and those are the very traits I have had to display during my trials and tribulations as a basketballer."

    Ball Don't Lie: Indiana strangely decides to deal Darren Collison and Dahntay Jones to Dallas for Ian Mahinmi
    "After a fabulous rookie season, point guard Darren Collison has disappointed a bit. He's regressed, in fact, with his shooting percentages, assist rates, and overall effectiveness heading downward each season since 2009-10. But has he fallen so far that the Indiana Pacers would trade him and defensive-minded wing Dahntay Jones to the Dallas Mavericks (as first reported by Draft Express' Jonathan Givony) for the right to hand big man Ian Mahinmi $16 million over four seasons to act as Roy Hibbert's backup? Even considering all the flowery things we churned out about needing to pay a premium for centers, is Mahinmi really worth a point guard still boasting potential, and your spot-on wing defender?"

    DIME: Blake Griffin Hurt His Knee In A Team USA Scrimmage, Anthony Davis Set To Join The Team
    "Adrian Wojnarowksi of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Blake Griffin twisted his left knee in a Team USA scrimmage on Wednesday, and is now on his way back to Los Angeles to be evaluated by team doctors. It is the same knee that Griffin hurt during the Clippers’ playoff run. Griffin’s potential loss is a big blow for the Team USA squad, which is already lacking in size. The severity of the injury is not known as of yet, and Griffin is scheduled to receive an MRI."

    DIME: Report: Charlotte Finalizing Deal For Ramon Sessions
    "Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports the Bobcats are finalizing a deal to sign Sessions. Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer confirms this report, and says it’ll be official once Sessions, who is traveling, signs it. L.A. and Sessions never really began negotiations this summer after the point guard opted out of a deal that would’ve paid him $4.55 million next year. Then, the Lakers picked up Steve Nash, and virtually everyone in California showed their former “savior” point guard the door immediately. Reportedly, Sessions initially wanted to hunt for long-term security but is now, upon looking at the landscape, content for flexibility depending on the situation."

    SLAM: Undrafted But Not Forgotten
    “No, haven’t heard anything yet,” he says. “I’m just waiting now. Just waiting.” The Queens native knows it’s going to be a night of just that. The waiting, though, doesn’t bother him. “It’s been a crazy week,” he says. “I don’t really care. I just want to be able to play somewhere in the NBA.”

    SLAM via Yahoo!: DJ Augustin Agreed to 1-Year, $3.5 Million Deal With Indiana Pacers
    “Pacers have agreed to a 1 year deal with DJ Augustin, according to a source. [...] Contract is worth $3.5 million, source says.”

    ESPN: OKC tops future 'Big 3' teams
    "You'd like to see Jordan replaced as the third guy, but even so, the Clippers have the pieces to go places you never thought this franchise would go. The question: Can they stop themselves from messing this up?"

    ESPN: Michael Jordan: Dream Team Better
    "For him to make that comparison, it's one of those things where it creates conversation," Jordan said. "I guess we'll never know. I'd like to think that we had 11 Hall of Famers on that team, and whenever they get 11 Hall of Famers, you call and ask me who had the better Dream Team. Remember now, they learned from us. We didn't learn from them."

    Sports Illustrated: Griffin injury may reopen debate about need for NBA Dream Team
    "Griffin suffered an injury to his left knee at practice here Wednesday, the day after he had passed a team physical and signed a five-year, $95 million extension with the Clippers. He had undergone season-ending surgery on his left knee in 2010 that postponed his rookie year, and during the first round of the NBA playoffs in May he suffered a sprain of the same knee."

    Sports Illustrated: Love poised for Olympic stardom
    "The U.S. plans to create a variety of lineups in its pursuit of the gold medal. But the most painful twist may be generated by Love, whose size is needed by the U.S., and whose skill-set is perfect for the FIBA games that he and his teammates are about to play. Twenty years ago, basketball fans around the world were surprised by the talent of Charles Barkley. One month from now, they're going to be expressing similar surprise over Kevin Love."


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