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CJ gives advice to rookies

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With all the free agency mayhem I missed this article. My apologies if this has already been posted. Great read. I wish the kid the best!

I want that too, LMA.

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Very nice to read. I think he can do it too.

This is the type of trade the Blazers should explore!

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3 way trade with Houston, 76ers, and Portland. This trade worked in the ESPN trade machine yesterday but today the tool isn't showing contract years or dollar amounts. Portland gets: Jeremy Lin and Terrence Jones. 76ers get: Freeland, D. Wright, and T-Rob. They also get a future 1st round draft pick from Houston and a future 1st round pick from Portland. Houston: Does not get anything back in the trade except clearing about 10 million dollars to be able to sign Chris Bosh to a max contract. Why Portland does this: Freeland and wright would be gone after next season anyway with very little chance of re-signing them. Jeremy Lin only has one year left and we could probably sign him to a Mid Level Exception if things worked out or we could let him walk. He would also be a very valuable expiring contract around the All-Star break next season. Terrence Jones is an upgrade at backup PF and brings scoring to our bench. His defense is still developing but he is very athletic. Jones has 2 years left on his contract with a very low dollar amount so it would hamper us from re-signing Aldridge and he would grow with our young core. Why 76ers do it: There have already been rumors of Jeremy Lin going to the 76ers along with a draft pick for nothing to create space to sign bosh. 76ers are in asset acquiring mode, why wouldn't they want two 1st rounders. If we sent them wright, T-rob, and Freeland that is the same salary as Lin and they all expire at the same time. We could sign Earl Watson for little to nothing and use our Bi-annual exception on a Small Forward. Why Houston does it: They desperately want Bosh. Jones will get hardly any playing time behind Bosh. They will also be at the salary cap so a first rounder next year might not make sense. We could sweeten the pot by sending them a future 2nd rounder if needed. What do you guys think?

Lillard In the Finals for ESPY's BEST PLAY

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Let's all vote and try to get Lillard this win!

Portland's own Mike James for final roster spot?

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Can't say I'm excited about retread options like blake or hinrich. Why not go for young with upside?

Downtown Breakdown from Yahoo Sports

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Interesting charts on NBA teams with most efficient on offensive. See where your Blazers are. Includes breakdown of PNR, fastbreak, iso, etc.

If Mo leaves? I know we have no cap space, but somehow?

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https://twitter.com/WojYahooNBA/status/485467685858193408

Lillard does impromptu Q & A on Twitter

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Some pretty entertaining stuff, including his favorite restaurant being benihanas, favorite hobby is roller skating, and D Wright is funniest on the team.

Brooklyns Insane Financial Loss

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According to Zach Lowe of Grantland, the Nets lost $144 million in 2013-14 -- $131 million more than the next team, the Washington Wizards. So, just how did the Nets lose 11 times as much money as the next team? The majority of that $144 million comes from the team's luxury tax payments for its extravagant payroll. The additions of Kevin Garnett, Jason Terry and Paul Pierce bumped the Nets' payroll to more than $100 million. That was the highest ever by an NBA team and it triggered a $90 million luxury tax. The previous high for an NBA team's luxury tax was the $51.97 million paid by Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen in 2002-03.

ESPN player movement tracker

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Only one team with no players lost or added via draft, trade or free agency. Any guesses? Talk about staying patient, choosing your moment -- I like it, but can't wait to see some names up there.

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