June 10, 2020, 5:51 pmDamian LillardPG, Portland Trail Blazers
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the NBA and NBPA are expected to agree on a deal that would not require players to attend Orlando to finish the 2019-20 campaign.
The only ramification for players who will choose not to participate would be a loss of a portion of their salary for the games missed. Several players have discussed the idea on conference calls over the last day but it remains to be seen which players would opt out for the remainder of the season.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
May 26, 2020, 8:47 pmDamian LillardPG, Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard announced on Tuesday evening that, in the event of a continuation of the NBA season, he would not be participating if the Blazers are scheduled to play 'meaningless games' with no shot at making the playoffs.
"If we come back and they're just like, 'We're adding a few games to finish the regular season,' and they're throwing us out there for meaningless games and we don't have a true opportunity to get into the playoffs, I'm going to be with my team because I'm a part of the team. But I'm not going to be participating," Lillard told Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday morning. It's hard to blame him, as it is quite easy to see the potential situation from his point of view. There have been countless scenarios tossed around by the league office during the pandemic period, but nothing is set in stone so far. Lillard, for his part, is only interested in returning to action if there exists a legitimate shot for his Blazers to reach the NBA Finals. Fair enough.
Source: Yahoo! Sports
May 12, 2020, 8:40 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
On Tuesday afternoon, NBA commissioner Adam Silver participated in a video conference call initiated by Players' Association President Chris Paul to discuss the league's next steps as far as a return to play, resulting in a 'united front' by the players to resume the current season.
Other NBA superstars including LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, and Giannis Antetokounmpo participated in the video call. From what we've gathered recently and what has been reported from the call, the players want to continue the season, which was put on an abrupt pause two months ago due to the COVID-19 outbreak across the globe. The rumblings from around the league aside from the active players, including Shaquille O'Neal, have indicated that it may be best to "scrap" the current season and start strong for the 2020-21 campaign. Silver, for his part, has not explicitly stated a desire to cancel the remainder of the season. He seems quite open to taking the players' input into account, and it seems as though the players resoundingly want to finish what they started. Fans are dearly missing sports after two months without them, and a return of any kind would be celebrated.
Source: Yahoo! Sports
May 6, 2020, 7:54 pmDamian LillardPG, Portland Trail Blazers
Marc Stein reported that the Blazers, Nuggets and Cavs confirmed that they plan to open their practice facilities for voluntary, individual workouts.
The league sent a memo to teams on Tuesday night that Friday was the first allowable day to open facilities in states with eased shelter-in-place restrictions. According to the league's guidelines, teams must limit the facilities to four players at any given time and there can only be one player per basket. In addition, head coaches, assistants and front-office staff are prevented from participating in these workouts. Players on these teams may have a slight advantage if the NBA returns because they can access the facilities sooner. However, given the limitations its still far away from playing live basketball and teams will likely still need time to workout and practice together before playing games again.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
March 11, 2020, 12:40 amDamian LillardPG, Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard put up his best game since returning from his right groin strain, leading the Blazrs to a 121-105 win over the Suns on Tuesday with 25 points on 8-of-17 shooting and a full stat line.
Lillard hit 5-of-10 shots from 3-point range and aded five rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocks to the box in 40 minutes. Top-10 Lillard is officially back and ready to rock it ROS.
March 8, 2020, 12:38 amCJ McCollumSG, Portland Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum scored 19 points with four rebounds, six assists and two steals in a 123-111 loss to the Kings on Saturday.
McCollum attempted to carry the scoring load with Damian Lillard slumping (12 points on 4-of-15 shooting), but the Blazers still fell to the Kings. McCollum and Lillard will be locked and loaded for big minutes and heavy usage as the Blazers fight for the final playoff spot in the West.
March 7, 2020, 12:17 amCJ McCollumSG, Portland Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum scored 25 points (10-for-20 FG, 3-for-8 3PT) to go along with eight assists, three rebounds, three triples, one steal and one block across 39 minutes on Friday.
McCollum led the Blazers in scoring by one over Damian Lillard who finished with 24 points, six assists, three rebounds and three triples. Look for these two to get heavy minutes down the stretch as the Blazers fight for a playoff spot.
March 5, 2020, 12:46 amDamian LillardPG, Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard did a bit of everything in his return to action on Wednesday night, picking up 22 points (6-12 FG, 4-7 3PT), four rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block.
Lillard picked up where he left off, putting up elite production as a top fantasy option. He's been a top-5 player over the last two months and didn't skip a beat in his first game back. Backcourt mate C.J. McCollum also had 22 points with six rebounds, five assists and block tonight.
March 4, 2020, 8:29 pmDamian LillardPG, Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard (right groin strain) will play Wednesday vs. the Wizards with no minutes restriction.
Lillard hasn't played since the All-Star break but is coming back in full force to help the Blazers fight for the last playoff spot in the West. He should have a big night vs. the 30th ranked defense in the NBA even if he is rusty. Make sure he is in your lineups.
Source: Jamie Hudson on Twitter
March 3, 2020, 7:57 pmDamian LillardPG, Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard (right groin strain) is probable and on track to make his return to the starting lineup for the Blazers on Wednesday against the Wizards.
Lillard has been sidelined since the All-Star break and his return has been highly anticipated, both for the Blazers and for fantasy owners. They continue to battle with the Grizzlies and Pelicans for the final playoff spot in the West. Plug him back into your lineups as long as there are no further updates indicating that he will remain sidelined for longer.
Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter
March 2, 2020, 9:30 pmCJ McCollumSG, Portland Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum was on fire on Monday in Orlando, leading the Blazers to an easy 130-107 win over the Magic on Monday with 41 points (14-of-24 FGs, 7-of-7 FTs), six 3-pointers, five rebounds, five assists and a steal in 36 minutes.
Damian Lillard (right groin strain) is targeting a return from a six-game absence in the Blazers' next game, which is on Wednesday, so the party is likely over for those that roster McCollum. He's been on an incredible tear over that six-game stretch, easily putting up early-round value. It may lead his owners to dream of a Blazers' backcourt breakup, something Lillard fans wouldn't mind either. However, the pair is probably sticking together for quite a while.
March 2, 2020, 3:37 pmDamian LillardPG, Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard (right groin strain) is aiming to return to the lineup on Wednesday, per Shams Charania.
The Blazers are in the thick of a fight for their playoff lives and Dame's return would be a massive boost to the team. He's been sidelined since the All-Star break but is pretty much on track with the initial expectation of 1-2 weeks missed.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
February 29, 2020, 6:48 pmDamian LillardPG, Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard (groin strain) will not play on Monday.
That means Lillard will miss at least one more game beyond tonight. Luckily for him and the Blazers, the Grizzlies have slowed down a bit and Portland is well within striking distance for the final playoff spot in the West. Lillard might be dicey for next week but he should hopefully be returning relatively soon.
Source: Jason Quick on Twitter
February 27, 2020, 10:55 pmCJ McCollumSG, Portland Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum's 28 points on 11-of-27 shooting and eight assists wasn't enough as the Blazers' rally came up short on Thursday night.
McCollum is the primary scorer for this team without Damian Lillard, and he's going to continue to shoot at high volume. We like the scoring numbers, assists and the three triples, but 27 shots is a few too many to be comfortable with. Hopefully Lillard returns soon to take some pressure off of McCollum in these upcoming must-win games.
February 26, 2020, 2:59 pmDamian LillardPG, Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard (right groin strain) will not travel with the Blazers to face the Pacers on Thursday.
This isn't a major surprise, as he was already expected to miss the next couple of games. However, he could rejoin the team later on the road trip. C.J. McCollum owners should have some big numbers on the way while Lillard is out.
Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter