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The Portland Trail Blazers open their summer league schedule against the Detroit Pistons on Thursday in Las Vegas. It will be the first time Blazers fans get to see rookie Shaedon Sharpe play in a Portland uniform. What should fans anticipate in his summer league debut? What about the rest of the roster players? We run through the rest of the summe…
 
The Trail Blazers summer begins on Thursday and before the balls get to bouncing at the NBA's exhibition showcase in Las Vegas let's talk about everything you need to know. We role through Portland's roster and schedule to set the stage on the two week trip to Vegas. Then a venture through how to watch the games like a scout. Looking for translatab…
 
The offseason is still humming along in the NBA, but after a week of free agency movement and roster changes it's time to ask: What is the Trail Blazers best lineup heading into the 2022-23 season. This episode takes a look at the presumed starting lineup of Damian Lillard, Anfernee Simons, Nassir Little, Jerami Grant and Jusuf Nurkic. Along with t…
 
The Utah Jazz agreed to trade Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday in the what might be the first of several seismic trades that shake up the Western Conference playoff picture. With potential moves coming for Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons in Brooklyn couple with the possibility of Deandre Ayton, Donovan Mitchell and Rus…
 
The Trail Blazers re-signed big man Jusuf Nurkic to a four-year $70 million contract and added Gary Payton II to the roster on a three-year, $28 million. It's a bonus episode looking at the latest signings and where the Portland roster stands after a day and a half of free agency. Music for Locked On Blazers by Drae Slapz. Find more of Drae's work …
 
The Trail Blazers opened the first day of free agency with a couple mild surprises. Anfernee Simons got a four-year $100 million contract and Jusuf Nurkic got nothing, left waiting for a contract agreement after the first official day of negotiations. What doe Simons' big day mean? How did it swell to $100 million and how do we judge Simons now tha…
 
The ideal Trail Blazers offseason from top to bottom from free agent signings to trades to the final 15-man roster. Here's the blueprint for a perfect summer. Spoilers: Anfernee Simons and Jusuf Nurkic are getting paid. The Blazers are swinging a trade for Matisse Thybulle and adding vets to the roster like Isaiah Hartenstein, Damian Jones and Joe …
 
Jalen Brunson is reportedly going to get $110 million when free agency starts. What does a big pay day from the Knicks mean for the Trail Blazers and Anfernee Simons. Well it means a pay day is coming soon for Ant, but he's probably not getting Brunson money. Plus, Ivica Zubac signed a contract extension that could help set the salary floor for Jus…
 
The beginning of the NBA's 2022 free agency period begins June 30 and the Trail Blazers have real needs to upgrade the roster, re-sign important contributors and then scour the trade market. Here's everything you need to know to get you ready for Portland's massively important summer. First the key dates of the offseason, how the free agent morator…
 
Could the Trail Blazers swing a trade for Kevin Durant? Probably not. No. Okay but let's have some fun anyway. Damian Lillard did his part in starting the KD to Portland fantasy so let's wade into the deep waters of the hypothetical and talk about righting a wrong from the 2007 draft. First how did this get started and is Kevin Durant even likely t…
 
The Trail Blazers made their pick at No. 7 in the 2022 NBA draft making a swing for a superstar with the selection of Shaedon Sharpe, a teenager who did not play a minute of college basketball en route to becoming a top ten pick. Sharpe has superstar potential but has a long way to go to fulfill that potential and isn't likely to be a Year 1 contri…
 
The Portland Trail Blazers acquired Jerami Grant from the Detroit Pistons in exchange for a 2025 first round pick and three second rounders the day before the NBA draft. The deal on its face looks like a good. one for Portland as the Blazers didn't have to give up their first round pick in the 2022 draft and still landed their long rumored target. …
 
The latest reporting suggests that the Trail Blazers, after weeks of shopping the 7th pick in the 2022 NBA draft, are content with keeping their draft selection and are eyeing Kentucky's Shaedon Sharpe. How believable is this reporting? Why would this type of news come out on draft week? Is Sharpe worth the gamble? What's even going on here. Plus, …
 
Two days before the NBA draft and I'm calling my shot. The Portland Trail Blazers should draft Arizona's Benn Mathurin with the No, 7 pick in the draft. I walk you through how I landed on Mathurin with my personal Top 12 Big Board, agonizing over AJ Griffin and Dyson Daniels and then finally why Mathurin is the guy for me. It's simple really: Shoot…
 
The Portland Trail Blazers are interested in trading fro Oklahoma City guard Lu Dort according to Jake Fisher of Bleacher Report. Plus some intel on Portland's pursuit of OG Anunoby and Jusuf Nurkic's future in Portland. The Blazers have worked out a bunch of prospects in their draft range at the team's practice facility, including a recent group w…
 
The Ultimate NBA Mock Draft 2022 begins as the Locked On NBA local experts make the pick for their teams. Kainani Stevens is joined by Rafael Barlowe & Richard Stayman from Locked On NBA Big Board to breakdown every pick. Audacy Experts Ryan McDonough, Jimmy Patsos, and more give their analysis along with the Locked On College hosts who covered the…
 
Sean Woodley of Locked On Raptors joins the show to talk all things OG Anunoby and the rumored trade interest from the Portland Trail Blazers. We talk about why or why not the Toronto Raptors might look to trade Anunoby, potential reasons for the Raptors to make a move now and why Portland is motivated to get the 24-year-old wing. And then we talk …
 
The Portland Trail Blazers and Atlanta Hawks have been connected all over the rumor mill with a deal involving Hawks big man John Collins and Portland's No, 7 draft pick. Brad Rowland (@btrowland) of Locked On Hawks joins the show to break down the trade rumor from every angle. Why are the Hawks looking to move Collins and should they be so eager t…
 
It's the latest edition of the Locked On Blazers special delivery mailbag answering listener submitted questions. Today's show features three heaters, including: Will the Blazers move off their plan to chase playoff relevance this offseason and potentially hedge while stocking piling parts for a future rebuild? Could Portland double down on offensi…
 
Duke's AJ Griffin and LSU's Tari Eason each worked out for the Trail Blazers last week. Would they make good targets for Portland in the 2022 NBA draft? Let's talk strengths, weaknesses and fit for two first round forwards. Griffin is a shooter with an NBA frame that comes with some health concerns about his long term athleticism. Eason is a high-m…
 
Krysten Peek (@krystenpeek) of Yahoo Sports joins the program to talk about the latest NBA draft updates and who she has the Trail Blazers selecting in her latest mock draft. How does Dyson Daniels fit with the Blazers core and how has he climbed up draft boards during predraft season. Is Shaedon Sharpe a superstar in waiting or are their concerns …
 
Longtime Portland Trail Blazers video coordinator John Ross spent 15 years working for the team and joins the show to share his insights into how the franchise prepares for the NBA draft and what goes into scouting prospects. John worked with the team from 2008 to 2022 working with five different GMs and has a wealth of knowledge of how the Blazers…
 
The Trail Blazers have a couple key players headed for free agency. So how much will Anfernee Simons and Jusuf Nurkic get paid when they hit the market this summer? The Athletic's John Hollinger has a tool for projecting on-court production as a dollar figure and it sets up some interesting discussion about player value as it relates to Portland's …
 
It's mailbag edition of Locked On Blazers answers listener submitted questions about the latest Trail Blazers rumors heading into draft season and free agency, Is Portland a realistic landing spot for Zach Lavine or Bradley Beal? Why not? And how does parsing through why and where rumors get started help uncover a clearer path of how the Blazers wi…
 
Memphis big man Jalen Duren was in Portland for a solo workout with the Trail Blazers on Monday. Duren flashed impressive athleticism for his and serious defensive potential in his lone college season, making him a likely lottery pick in the 2022 NBA draft. Is his combination of size and defensive impact enough for the Blazers to draft him at No. 7…
 
Arizona's Bennedict Mathurin did a solo workout for the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday as the team continues its pre-draft process looking at possible targets with the No. 7 pick in the NBA draft. The solo workout for Mathurin doesn't mean much other than that his agency wanted a solo setting for a workout. But it does mean that the Blazers are i…
 
Nike founder Phil Knight and Dodger's partial owner Alan Smolinisky made an offer to buy the Portland Trail Blazers, according to multiple reports. The offer is reportedly north of $2 billion and Knight and Smolinisky have already been in contact with the team and with the league office as they pursue purchasing the franchise from the Allen Estate.…
 
It's time to play an NBA draft game and we've enlisted Richard Stayman (@mavsdraft) to play a few rounds of Draft or Pass with potential targets for the Trail Blazers with the No, 7 overall pick in the NBA draft. Richard weighs in on Baylor's Jeremy Sochan, Dyson Daniels of the G League Ignite and former top high school prospect Shaedon Sharpe as w…
 
Rafael Barlowe (@Barlowe500) of Locked On NBA Big Board joins the show to talk about Portland Trail Blazers draft targets and who he likes for Portland at No. 7 and No. 36. At the top of the draft, Rafael likes Duke's AJ Griffin, Iowa's Keegan Murray and Arizona's Bennedict Mathurin as possible targets for Portland with their seventh overall select…
 
The Portland Trail Blazers are reportedly targeting Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby on the trade market. Anunoby would be a near perfect fit on this Blazers roster but how realistic is a trade for the fifth year forward? We talk trade realities, packages, how trade rumor reporting works and OG's glove perfect fit in Portland. Plus, why he's a be…
 
The Portland Trail Blazers front office continues to take shape under Joe Cronin as the team is set to hire Sergi Oliva. This is the third assistant GM Cronin has hired as he fills out his staff with a variety of skill sets. Oliva most recently worked as an assistant coach under Quin Snyder in Utah after six seasons in Philadelphia where he was pro…
 
The Trail Blazers are reportedly hiring ESPN draft analyst Mike Schmitz to fill their newly vacant assistant GM position as Joe Cronin continues to build out his front office staff. We go deep on Schmitz's background from as a blogger for a Phoenix Suns fan site, to a video coordinator in the G League to a decade long career scouting draft prospect…
 
Jake Wells joins us this week wearing a new hat. In addition to being an athlete, business owner, coach, and mentor... He is now a race promoter. We cover Jake's journey through the pandemic and how that birthed Bighorn Gravel, and how you can win a dream gravel weekend courtesy of Outside Magazine and Bighorn Gravel... Learn more about Bighorn Gra…
 
The Trail Blazers are going to have a super active offseason and that means scouring the trade market for possible upgrades. According to Jack Fischer of Bleacher Report, the Blazers are interested in pursuing both Zach LaVine and Deandre Ayton, two soon to be free agents who are likely going to be available on the open market this summer. We discu…
 
Gavin Schall and Alex Wolfe of Locked on Knicks join the program to discuss the parameters of a Portland Trail Blazers trade for New York Knicks forward Julius Randle. We set the stage with some discussion of the Blazers' offseason approach and why the current state of the team means they would be interested in a veteran forward like Randle. Then w…
 
Bryan Kalbrosky of For The Win and USA Today joins the show to talk all things 2022 NBA Draft. We touch on the NBA combine and which players improved their stock plus which players dropped after a week in front of NBA executives. Plus some discussion of how the combine works and why the interview process is a huge part of the pre-draft cycle. Then …
 
The Portland Trail Blazers have the 7th pick in the 2022 NBA draft and a serious need to upgrade the roster. The best path to do so might be trading back in the draft and getting a player and another pick that would help the team now and into the future. Today's show offers five trade back deals where the Blazers at a veteran player that would help…
 
It's mock draft season with the lottery set and it's time to take a spin around the internet to see who the Trail Blazers are projected to pick with the 7th selection in the 2022 NBA draft. There are a few consensus targets with Memphis' Jalen Duren, Arizona's Bennedict Mathurin and Duke's AJ Griffin the most common names pegged to land in Portland…
 
The Portland Trail Blazers dropped one spot in the 2022 NBA Draft Lottery to lan the 7th overall selection. It was a deflating night at the end of a disaster season. Yikes. So what do they do now? Should they keep the pick? If they do, targets could include Baylor's Jeremy Sochan or Arizona's Bennedict Mathurin. Should they attempt to trade back an…
 
The DeAndre Ayton free agency rumors are swirling after the Phoenix Suns were bounced out of the playoffs in the second round. Could the 23-year-old center end up in Portland? How is Damian Lillard involved in this suddenly more realistic rumor? Let's go through the math and the logic of how Portland could land Ayton and why a sign and trade with J…
 
It's draft lottery week in the NBA and the Trail Blazers are rooting for ping pong balls. Before the draft order is finalized on May 17, let's look back at the history of the Blazers in the lottery. How often have they moved up? How often have they fallen back in the order? And who have they selected to get themselves out of the lottery or keep the…
 
A journey across the Blazers roster finding a skill for each player to work on improving during the offseason. Trendon Watford's stand still shooting, Nassir Little's help defense, Anfernee Simons' screen navigation and choice for everyone else on the roster rom Damian Lillard to Did Louzada. Music for Locked On Blazers by Drae Slapz. Find more of …
 
Joining us for another lap in The Gravel Lot today is Tara Seplavy. This week we talk about her new role at Bicycling Magazine and what the current media landscape looks like. We then make a big transition into Traumatic Brain Injuries and have a very candid conversation about looking out for each other. This episode is a can't miss. Photo: Trevor …
 
After six months with the interim tag, Joe Cronin was named the Trail Blazers General Manager on Tuesday, signing a four-year deal to be the team's lead decision. The process to hire Cronin as the permanent GM was messy as there was no interview process with other candidates. That doesn't mean Cronin isn't capable of doing the job, but it sends a m…
 
The Trail Blazers are dreaming big heading into the offseason and are reportedly angling to sign free agent Zach LaVine, according to a report from ESPN's Brian Windhorst. There's so much to unpack on the Blazers pursuit of LaVine. Let's dig deep into how Portland can make the financials works, who they would have to give up in order to land LaVine…
 
It's the latest Mailbag Monday from Locked On Blazers! It's time to answer your questions about the Blazers' draft day trade options and how lottery position could determine the future of the franchise in multiple ways. Plus Damian Lillard's involvement with roster building and how the team build a championship level roster. If you want to ask a qu…
 
We got NBA coaching news with Mike Brown hired by the Sacramento Kings and former Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts interviewing with the Los Angeles Lakers. Plus it's time to take a spin on the Tankathon machine, simulating the NBA draft lottery thrice to see where the Trail Blazers land. Will my comically bad luck continue or did Portland find its…
 
The Clippers signed Robert Covington to a contract extension, a remind of the 3-and-D forward the Trail Blazers decided to trade away at the deadline. With RoCo gone and now inked to stay in LA, who might the Blazers pursue in free agency to fill the role vacated by the veteran forward. We're talking free agents targets with the Trail Blazers mid-l…
 
It's time for more lessons from the NBA playoffs that we can apply to the Portland Trail Blazers. In Miami, Duncan Robinson isn't getting off the bench in the second round of the playoffs. It's a reminder of how shortcomings and particularly shortcoming relative to your teammates are more glaring in the postseason. There are players built for regul…
 
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