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Blazer's Edge 11 hours ago
The Blazers are Finally Free of the Disastrous Summer of 2016

The Blazers are Finally Free of the Disastrous Summer of 2016

Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports Four years ago, the Blazers had plenty of money. Here’s how they spent it. The 2016 NBA offseason will not be easily forgotten by Portland Trail Blazers fans. That summer the Blazers doled out hefty contracts to three young, unproven players, a journeyman wing, and then a more modest amount to an injury-prone big man who never played a game for the team. Over the next three years, Blazers President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey gradually jettisoned each player to lower the burden on the team’s burgeoning player payroll. But the price of that...
Blazer's Edge 15 hours ago
Draft Profile: RJ Hampton Possesses Dynamic Upside

Draft Profile: RJ Hampton Possesses Dynamic Upside

Photo by Mark Brake/ RJ Hampton, a talented 19-year-old guard who played in the NBL last season, is a boom-or-bust prospect that could capture the Blazers’ attention. The Trail Blazers’ 2019-20 season is firmly in the rearview mirror and the 2020 NBA Draft is now on the horizon. As of now, the draft is scheduled for November 18. Unlike last year, the Blazers enter the process with two picks at their disposal. Portland currently owns the No. 16 pick in the first round and the No. 46 pick in the second round. Today’s profile focuses on guard RJ Hampton, a prospect that bypassed...
Rip City Project Oct 22, 2020

Portland Trail Blazers: What should we know about potential JUCO prospect Jay Scrubb?

Per HoopsHype’s Bryan Kalbrosky, the Portland Trail Blazers have been in talks with JUCO Player of the Year Jay Scrubb as a potential 2020 NBA Draft target. What should we know about him? There’s an often-used saying attached to the scouting of prospects: if you’re good, the right eyes will find you. Such could potentially […] Portland Trail Blazers: What should we know about potential JUCO prospect Jay Scrubb? - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Rip City Project Oct 22, 2020

Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard, teammates react to his NBA 2K21 rating

NBA 2K21 officially released the overall rating of Portland Trail Blazers superstar Damian Lillard earlier today. Here’s how he and his teammates reacted. It figures to be quite some time before basketball fans are able to see real-life action on an NBA court. In the meantime, they will have the virtual experience of 2K Sports’ […] Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard, teammates react to his NBA 2K21 rating - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Blazer's Edge Oct 22, 2020
Lillard Named Finalist for PBWA’s Magic Johnson Award

Lillard Named Finalist for PBWA’s Magic Johnson Award

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Lillard previously won the award during the 2016-17 season. Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard has been named a finalist for the Magic Johnson Award, it was announced Thursday. The award, which “honors the player who best combines excellence on the basketball court with cooperation and dignity in dealing with the media and the public,” is given out annually by the Professional Basketball Writers Association: The PBWA created the Magic Johnson Award in 2001. The association’s members continue to regard Earvin “Magic” Johnson of the Los...
Blazer's Edge Oct 22, 2020
Lillard Rated 95 Overall in NBA 2K21

Lillard Rated 95 Overall in NBA 2K21

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Lillard is one of the highest-ranked players in the upcoming basketball video game. Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard has received an overall rating of 95 in the basketball video game NBA 2K21, the franchise announced Thursday. Lillard was previously rated 94 overall, but the video game is updating its ratings for its upcoming next-gen console release. 2K21 cover star @Dame_Lillard earns a leap to 95 OVR this year #2KRatings pic.twitter.com/CrP4CYNXjh— NBA 2K21 (@NBA2K) October 22, 2020 Los Angeles Lakers star and reigning NBA Finals MVP...
Blazer's Edge Oct 22, 2020
Draft Rumors: Blazers Linked to Prospect Jay Scrubb

Draft Rumors: Blazers Linked to Prospect Jay Scrubb

Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports Bryan Kalbrosky of USA Today Sports Media Group reports that Scrubb has had multiple interviews with the team. The Portland Trail Blazers will enter the 2020 NBA Draft with a pick in the first (No. 16) and second (No. 46) rounds. Portland could package those picks in a potential trade, or simply use them to bring in new talent. According to Bryan Kalbrosky of USA Today Sports Media Group, the Blazers have had multiple interviews with guard prospect Jay Scrubb, including a one-on-one between Scrub and president of basketball operations Neil Olshey: Jay...
Blazer's Edge Oct 22, 2020
Draft Profile: Tillman Fits the “Sleeper” Mold

Draft Profile: Tillman Fits the “Sleeper” Mold

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports Crafty big man Xavier Tillman fits the bill of a draft-night sleeper. The Trail Blazers’ 2019-20 season is firmly in the rearview mirror and the 2020 NBA Draft is now on the horizon. As of now, the draft is scheduled for November 18. Unlike last year, the Blazers enter the process with two picks at their disposal. Portland currently owns the No. 16 pick in the first round and the No. 46 pick in the second round. Today’s profile focuses on Xavier Tillman, a big man from Michigan State who has the size, smarts, and skills to stick in the NBA. Xavier...
Rip City Project Oct 22, 2020

Portland Trail Blazers: How will Carmelo Anthony’s career end?

Portland Trail Blazers fans everywhere had reservations, probably, about bringing in Carmelo Anthony. I was one of those fans saying that he wouldn’t fit and that he brought a limited skillset. We all know how that worked out, and I have made endless apologies for all that I’ve said. Carmelo Anthony was pushed into a […] Portland Trail Blazers: How will Carmelo Anthony’s career end? - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Rip City Project Oct 21, 2020

Portland Trail Blazers should sign the Memphis Grizzlies Josh Jackson

The Portland Trail Blazers need to sign a forward in free agency. They should take this opportunity to sign Josh Jackson of the Memphis Grizzlies. The 2020 Free Agent Class is one of the weaker ones in recent memory. But there are one or two options that the Portland Trail Blazers could sign – Josh […] Portland Trail Blazers should sign the Memphis Grizzlies Josh Jackson - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Blazer's Edge Oct 21, 2020
Anonymous Agent: Blazers are ‘Squandering’ the Damian Lillard Era

Anonymous Agent: Blazers are ‘Squandering’ the Damian Lillard Era

Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via One agent believes the Blazers need to make moves in order to take advantage of Lillard’s talent. The Portland Trail Blazers suffered another first-round exit during the NBA Playoffs, despite the heroic efforts by MVP contender Damian Lillard. The star point guard, now 30 years old, is in his prime and coming off a career year, but his eventual decline is coming at some point. Questions have been raised as to if the Blazers will compete for a title during the Lillard era, which is a clear goal that the star has. One anonymous agent told The...
Blazer's Edge Oct 21, 2020
B/R Proposes Draft Night Trade for Blazers to Get a Top-10 Pick

B/R Proposes Draft Night Trade for Blazers to Get a Top-10 Pick

Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman offers a trade that could land Portland the No. 7 overall pick The Portland Trail Blazers will have two picks at their disposal come NBA Draft Night 2020, possessing a selection in the first round (pick No. 16) and second round (pick No. 46). Being in the middle of the draft board means Portland will have to wait and see if their top prospect falls to them. However, the Blazers could attempt to trade up on draft night if there’s a player they have their eye on, like they did in 2017 to land Zach Collins. In his...
Blazer's Edge Oct 21, 2020
Candidates to Fill the Blazers’ Small Forward Position

Candidates to Fill the Blazers’ Small Forward Position

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports Portland still needs a good three. These prospects could plug the gap. With the offseason looming, the Blazers need to clean up the small forward position. Trevor Ariza and Rodney Hood are the main options at the three, but they need more depth. Ariza can still defend at a high level and shoot from deep at a high clip (40% while with the Blazers last season), but he’s playing on a non-guaranteed, one-year contract. Hood is still coming off of a torn Achilles injury and nobody knows if he’ll be the same. He’s also on a single-year deal. Here are some...
Blazer's Edge Oct 21, 2020
Draft Profile: Sharpshooter Aaron Nesmith

Draft Profile: Sharpshooter Aaron Nesmith

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports Vanderbilt forward Aaron Nesmith’s efficient shooting from distance should warrant interest first-round interest from the Trail Blazers. The Trail Blazers’ 2019-20 season is firmly in the rearview mirror and the 2020 NBA Draft is now on the horizon. As of now, the draft is scheduled for November 18. Unlike last year, the Blazers enter the process with two picks at their disposal. Portland currently owns the No. 16 pick in the first round and the No. 46 pick in the second round. Aaron Nesmith is among the batch of wings that might be available...
Rip City Project Oct 20, 2020

Portland Trail Blazers: Bill Simmons, Zach Lowe advocate for NBA to continue Play-In Game

The Portland Trail Blazers were headliners in the first-ever NBA Play-In Tournament. Given its excitement, experts are pushing for it to return in 2021. Now that the dust has settled and the NBA proved it could orchestrate a season in the middle of a pandemic, is it too early to declare the Orlando bubble as […] Portland Trail Blazers: Bill Simmons, Zach Lowe advocate for NBA to continue Play-In Game - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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