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Following the latest from Portland and around the NBA.

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Blazers News and Rumors

Wednesday, 12:08 pm: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has reported that following the San Antonio Spurs' meeting with free agent LaMarcus Aldridge, they remain the front-runners to sign him.

Wednesday, 11:57 am: Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN has reported that Portland is a team to keep an eye on in the chase for free agent forward Greg Monroe.

Wednesday, 11:08 am: Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today has reported that the Toronto Raptors are trying to convince Wesley Matthews to accept a deal worth less than his desired $15 million per year.

Wednesday, 10:49 am: USA Today's Sam Amick has reported that guard DeMar DeRozan has had a heavy influence in the signing of guard DeMarre Carroll and the pursuit of guard Wesley Matthews.

Wednesday, 10:33 am: USAToday's Jeff Zillgitt reports that Wesley Matthews and the Toronto Raptors will meet to discuss options.

Wednesday, 9:21 am: Grantland's Zach Lowe has reported that many executives believe LaMarcus Aldridge going to the San Antonio Spurs is a done deal. He also reports that the Dallas Mavericks are currently the front-runners to sign Wesley Matthews.

Wednesday, 8:55 am: Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the San Antonio Spurs and LaMarcus Aldridge have started their meeting.

Wednesday, 8:49 am: Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the San Antonio Spurs have traded center Tiago Splitter to the Atlanta Hawks. The move is in likely anticipation of clearing enough salary cap space to sign a max-level contract, including for LaMarcus Aldridge.

Wednesday, 8:45 am: ESPN's Tim MacMahon believes that Wesley Matthews and the Dallas Mavericks will get a deal done.

Wednesday, 12:12 am: ESPN's Ramona Shelburne has reported that the Los Angeles Lakers are feeling more optimistic following the LaMarcus Aldridge meeting than they were after their meetings with Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard in previous years.

Tuesday, 11:20 pm: ESPN's Ramona Shelburne has reported that the meeting between the Los Angeles Lakers and LaMarcus Aldridge went well.

Tuesday, 11:15 pm: Sam Amick of USA Today has reported that the meeting between free agent forward LaMarcus Aldridge and the Los Angeles Lakers has ended.

Tuesday, 10:58 pm: USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt has reported that Portland may be interested in free agent big man Enes Kanter, who most recently played for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Tuesday, 10:40 pm: USA Today's Sam Amick has reported that Wesley Matthews and the Dallas Mavericks have come to an impasse regarding terms of a potential contract.

Tuesday, 9:35 pm: Free agent guard Wesley Matthews is currently meeting with the Dallas Mavericks, per ESPN's Marc Stein.

Tuesday, 9:29 pm: The Trail Blazers have come to an agreement with free agent forward Al-Farouq Aminu for a four-year deal worth $30 million.

Tuesday, 8:08 pm: Broussard is at it again, this time reporting that the Los Angeles Lakers will meet with free agent Greg Monroe on Wednesday, and that they are also intrigued by Blazers center Robin Lopez. The Lakers are the fourth team rumored to have expressed interest in Lopez, joining the New Orleans Pelicans, Milwaukee Bucks, and New York Knicks.

Tuesday, 7:45 pm: Chris Broussard of ESPN reports that James Harden will headline the list of Houston Rockets personnel on hand at the team's meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge. Also in the building will be head coach Kevin McHale, general manager Daryl Morey, and executive vice president Gersson Rosas. The Rockets will be the second team to meet with Aldridge, following the Los Angeles Lakers.

Tuesday, 5:36 pm: As reported by ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, the Los Angeles Lakers have conjured up "something special" for their upcoming meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge. If the Lakers hope to vault to the top of the Aldridge's list, it better be truly special indeed. Any ideas about what the surprise could be?

Tuesday, 4:54 pm: RealGM's Shams Charania has reported that the New Orleans Pelicans, Milwaukee Bucks, and New York Knicks are all interested in Blazers center Robin Lopez. Lopez has already had one stint in New Orleans, and was coached by Alvin Gentry, the current Pelicans head coach, during his four seasons in Phoenix, so there are clear motivations for the Pelicans in this situation.

Tuesday, 4:18 pm: USA Today Sports' Sam Amick reports that Kobe Bryant will be attending LaMarcus Aldridge's meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers tonight. He will be joined by Lakers president Jeanie Buss, head coach Byron Scott, general manager Mitch Kupchak, and James Worthy (UPDATE: Add Lakers executive Jim Buss to the long list of Lakers management that will be there). We'll see what persuasive recruiting strategies Bryant and company have prepared.

Tuesday, 3:59 pm: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports that the Los Angeles Lakers are attempting to clear cap space as part of their effort to sign both LaMarcus Aldridge and DeAndre Jordan.

Tuesday, 12:30 pm: Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express-News has reported that the San Antonio Spurs are reportedly interested in trading for and waiving Brendan Haywood, which would allow them to sign Portland free agent LaMarcus Aldridge to a max contract. However, Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon-Journal says that conversation never took place.

Rumors Around the NBA

Wednesday, 11:50 am: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has reported that the Phoenix Suns have agreed to a contract extension with restricted free agent Brandon Knight.

Wednesday, 11:38 am: Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports has reported that the Washington Wizards offered free agent forward Paul Pierce a short-term contract.

Wednesday, 11:33 am: In a piece published in the Players' Tribune, Kevin Love has confirmed that he will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Wednesday, 11:30 am: ESPN's Marc Stein has reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers have come to an agreement with restricted free agent Tristan Thompson.

Wednesday, 11:26 am: Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report has reported that Memphis is close to signing guard Mo Williams, although the terms of the deal have not been set yet.

Wednesday, 11:20 am: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has reported that Jimmy Butler has re-signed with the Chicago Bulls on a long-term deal.

Wednesday, 11:00 am: ESPN's Marc Stein has reported that the New Orleans Pelicans have re-signed free agent forward Alexis Ajinca.

Wednesday, 10:45 am: RealGM's Shams Charania has reported that the Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics are leaders in pursuit of free agent forward Jae Crowder. Dallas traded Crowder earlier last season in a deal that brough them guard Rajon Rondo.

Wednesday, 9:17 am: ESPN's Royce Young has reported that the Houston Rockets, New Orleans Pelicans, and New York Knicks have all expressed interest in free agent big man Kendrick Perkins.

Wednesday, 9:90 am: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has reported that DeMarre Carroll's deal with the Toronto Raptors will net him $60 million over the span of four years.

Wednesday, 9:06 am: DeMarre Carroll has signed with the Toronto Raptors, per his own Twitter account.

Wednesday, 8:30 am: ESPN's Chris Broussard reports that Danny Green and the San Antonio Spurs agreed to a four-year, $45 million deal.

Wednesday, 7:33 am: NBA.com's David Aldridge reports that the Marc Gasol and the Grizzlies are close to a contract extension that he will sign either today or tomorrow.

Wednesday, 7:15 am: ESPN's Marc Stein tweets he is "hearing" that Chicago free agent Jimmy Butler is leaning towards taking a five-year extension from the Bulls instead of a shorter-term deal.

Wednesday, 7:10 am: Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Mike Dunleavy Jr. signed a three-year, $14.4 million contract to stay with the Chicago Bulls.

Wednesday, 7:08 am: ESPN's Chris Broussard reports that the Orlando Magic offered Paul Millsap a four-year, $80 million contract. Millsap will reportedly decided between staying in Atlanta and leaving for Orlando.

Wednesday, 7:05 am: Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski cites sources that Goran Dragic has agreed to a five-year, $90 million contract to stay with the Miami Heat. The fifth year of the contract will include a player option.

Wednesday, 12:24 am: Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that unrestricted free agent Gary Neal is garnering a considerable amount of interest from around the league.

Wednesday, 12:08 am: As reported by Shams Charania of RealGM, the Los Angeles Lakers elected to exercise center Robert Sacre's team option, keeping him a Laker for 2015-16.

Wednesday, 12:08 am: Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Los Angeles Lakers called unrestricted free agent Ed Davis tonight, but that a number of other teams are still in the mix.

Wednesday, 12:05 am: ESPN's Tim MacMahon reports that the Mavericks contacted restricted free agent Nick Calathes tonight.

Wednesday: 12:00 am: ESPN's Marc Stein reports that the Milwaukee Bucks and Khris Middleton are nearing completion on a deal that would be worth five years, $70 million.

UPDATE: Middleton and the Bucks have agreed to a five-year, $70 million deal.

Tuesday, 11:41pm: After meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge to kick off free agency, the Lakers will meet with free agent centers Greg Monroe and DeAndre Jordan tomorrow, per the Orange County Register's Bill Oram. Lakers executives are already flying to Washington, D.C. for the meeting with Monroe, according to Oram.

Tuesday, 11:30 pm: According to Fox Sports' Mike Fisher, the Dallas Mavericks' meeting with DeAndre Jordan tonight was just a setup for their official meeting with the Clippers' center, which will occur tomorrow morning.

Tuesday, 11:20 pm: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has reported that free agent guard Corey Brewer, who most recently played for the Houston Rockets, had phone conversations with the Rockets, Boston Celtics, and New York Knicks tonight.

Tuesday, 10:30 pm: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has reported that free agent guard Monta Ellis has gained traction in contract talks with the Indiana Pacers (UPDATE: Larry Bird is determined to close a deal, and Ellis will visit the Pacers on Wednesday with his family, according to Wojnarowski).

Tuesday, 10:27 pm: ESPN's Ramona Shelburne has reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, and New York Knicks have all called restricted free agent Patrick Beverley. The Rockets hold the right to match any contract offer he receives if they choose to.

Tuesday, 10:19 pm: ESPN's Ramona Shelburne has reported that the San Antonio Spurs have reached out to free agent forward Tayshaun Prince.

Tuesday, 10:00 pm: Marc Stein of ESPN has reported that the Brooklyn Nets are nearing agreements to re-sign free agents Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young.

Tuesday, 9:55 pm: The Washington Wizards consider free agent Paul Pierce their top priority, per Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

Tuesday, 9:25 pm: Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports has reported that free agent forward Greg Monroe is meeting with the New York Knicks tonight in the nation's capital.

Tuesday, 9:09 pm: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has reported that the San Antonio Spurs have agreed to a contract extension with Kawhi Leonard worth upwards of $90 million.

Tuesday, 9:00 pm: Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that Anthony Davis will sign a $145 million extension with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Tuesday, 8:15 pm: ESPN's Chris Broussard has reported that the Los Angeles Lakers will meet with free agent forward Kevin Love later this week.

Tuesday, 7:55 pm: With free agency just over an hour away, Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix reports that Boston has its eyes on both Toronto Raptors forward Amir Johnson and Phoenix Suns guard Gerald Green.

Tuesday, 6:57 pm: Here's some more news on the Rondo-Kings relationship. Sean Cunningham of News10 Sacramento confirms that both parties are interested and that there may be a meeting held tonight.

Tuesday, 6:43 pm: Unrestricted free agent Jeremy Lin is being linked with the Sacramento Kings, according to Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix. This comes after ESPN's Marc Stein reported earlier today that Kings small forward Rudy Gay is intent on convincing Rajon Rondo to make Sacramento his new home.

Tuesday, 6:21 pm: Paul Millsap is on the Knicks' radar, but they might not be able to afford him, per Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops.

Tuesday, 5:43 pm: More news on the Tyson Chandler front: CBSSports.com's Ken Berger has heard from sources that Milwaukee could be a possible landing spot for Chandler.

Tuesday, 5:01 pm: ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reports that if DeAndre Jordan were to sign with the Dallas Mavericks, the Los Angeles Clippers would try to pull off a sign-and-trade for Mavs center Tyson Chandler.

Tuesday, 4:11 pm: It appears that three-point specialist Jared Dudley is going to re-sign with the Milwaukee Bucks, per TNT's David Aldridge.

Tuesday, 1:31 pm: Multiple teams are hoping to woo Marco Belinelli once free agency begins tonight. Yahoo Sports' Marc J. Spears reports that Belinelli has caught the attention of the defending champion Golden State Warriors, and Adrian Wojnarowski, also of Yahoo Sports, reports that the Charlotte Hornets plan to make a pitch to the Italian shooting guard.

The rumors are already flying around like crazy today across the NBA!

So, let's get this started. This is the first of many rumor/chat posts for the NBA's 2015 Free Agency. Here are the important dates when it comes to the Blazers:

-- June 30th (today!): Last day of 2014-15 NBA year. Chris Kaman's contract must be picked up by the Blazers or he'll be an unrestricted free agent (UPDATE: The Blazers did not waive Kaman by the 2:00pm deadline, according to CSNNW.com's Jabari Young. This means that Kaman will make the entire $5 million in the second year of his two-year deal, and that, barring a trade, he will remain a Blazer for the upcoming season).

-- July 1st EDT (9pm tonight, PDT): NBA Free Agency begins with the Moratorium. Teams can talk to any player they wish, but cannot formally reach agreement and sign contracts. Informal agreements are very common during this period.

-- July 8th EDT (9pm, Jul 7, PDT): Moratorium ends. Teams are able to immediately sign players to contracts.

Over the next week, Hayden Gehr, Sagar Trika and I will be constantly updating about not only the Blazers, but any major NBA news and rumors as well. Everyone is invited to hang out in the comments and chat about hopes, fears, expectations, rumors, and news. When Blazer news arrives, talk about it here until Blazer's Edge has a fresh article live.

While we'll update this post regularly, sometimes late-breaking rumors haven't been added yet. If you do not see any recent updates, scroll down to the comments and join the discussion! The latest rumors will be at the bottom.

For better or worse, try to have fun! -- Tim