Category Archives: Portland Trail Blazers

Nets Offer Max Contract to Brook Lopez

Brook Lopez

Brook Lopez

The Nets have offered Brook Lopez a fully guaranteed maximum deal of $58 million.

Brooklyn and Lopez are discussing the fifth years.

The Nets have made this offer to prevent Lopez from seeking an offer sheet with a rival team as they are keeping hope of trading for Dwight Howard.

Marc Stein reports that both the Blazers and Bobcats are prepared to sign Lopez to a four-year maximum offer sheet.

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Blazers Deny Brandon Roy Comeback Report

Brandon Roy

Brandon Roy

Nate McMillan heard about a report Brandon Roy is considering a comeback fro reporters at Portland’s practice on Tuesday.

“I haven’t seen that, I haven’t heard that,” McMillan said. “But that would be surprising.”

Crawford saw Roy in Seattle over the All-Star break, but the recently retired former All-Star did not mention the possibility.

“I read it on HoopsHype like everybody else,” Crawford said. “It caught me off guard, too.”

Roy is not eligible to return to the Blazers until his current contract, which the team used their amnesty clause on, expires in 2015.

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Nicolas Batum Disappointed with Blazers’ Final Offer

Nicolas Batum

Nicolas Batum

After weeks of negotiations, the Blazers and Nicolas Batum’s agent, Bouna Ndiaye, could not find middle ground, guaranteeing that Batum will become a free agent after this season. Ndiaye says Batum will explore every available opportunity on the market.

“They say they love him but they didn’t offer him something fair, so that’s it,” Ndiaye said.

“We tried and there’s no deal. On July 1 we’re going to look at the market first before we come back to the Blazers. That’s for sure.”

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Brandon Roy to Announce Retirement Today

Brandon Roy

Brandon Roy

Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy is expected to announce his retirement due to degenerative knees, perhaps as soon as Friday, sources have told ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard.

The Blazers had said earlier in the week they were expecting Roy to be ready for training camp Friday.

Roy, who has had trouble with his knees, met with team executives Monday to discuss his future. He told them he felt great and wanted to help the team in any way he could.

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Miami Heat Interested in Greg Oden

Greg Oden

Greg Oden

Because of their limited spending power and the multiple areas of their roster that need shored up, the Miami Heat might have to get a little creative in free agency.

That could be part of their plan to address the center position. The Heat are considering making a run at restricted free agent Greg Oden, league sources said.

Oden, who has not played in nearly two years after suffering two different knee injuries, has a key doctor’s examination this week when he could be cleared to resume contact practices.

Oden has a one-year qualifying offer from the Portland Trail Blazers for $8.9 million on his plate at the moment. The most the Heat could offer is the bulk of the $5 million mid-level exception.

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Warriors Interested in Brandon Roy

Brandon Roy

Brandon Roy

The Warriors would be interested in signing Brandon Roy if he is waived by the Blazers, according to sources.

Roy’s former agent, Bob Myers, is now the assistant GM for the Warriors. Roy would also prefer to stay on the West Coast. Golden State would prefer to sign a big man, but Roy makes sense for them to add depth as a playmaker.

The Oregonian reported on Monday that the Blazers intend to use their amnesty clause on Roy immediately.

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Marcus Camby Arrested for Marijuana Charge

Marcus Camby was arrested on Monday on a marijuana possession charge. Camby was initially pulled over for what police called an equipment violation.

Marcus Camby

Marcus Camby

Camby and another person inside, Kendal Johnson, were arrested and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana in a drug-free zone because the arrest occurred near a school. Both were released on individual $2,000 bonds.

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