You will find the latest Portland Trail Blazers news posted at the top of this thread, with other happenings from around the NBA stationed below.
To catch up with previous rumors, trades, and free agent signings, here are the earlier rumor threads:
If you're somehow just joining the free agency frenzy, you can also get caught up on everything going on across the NBA here.
Portland Trail Blazers
Friday, 6:05 pm: CBSSports' Ken Berger reports that along with the San Antonio Spurs and the Phoenix Suns, the Portland Trail Blazers have also made the cut on LaMarcus Aldridge's narrowed-down free agency list.
The Spurs, Suns and Blazers have separated themselves in the chase for LaMarcus Aldridge, two people directly involved tell @CBSSports.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 4, 2015
One source stopped short of describing other teams (beyond obvious) as eliminated. But Spurs, Suns, Blazers at top of Aldridge's list.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 4, 2015
Friday, 4:44 pm: It looks like some photos from LaMarcus Aldridge's most recent meeting with the San Antonio Spurs have hit the internet.
...... #Blazers #Spurs pic.twitter.com/lSNV0EnetF— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) July 3, 2015
Friday, 4:28 pm: Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski confirms that the San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns remain at the head of the pack in the LaMarcus Aldridge race.
Spurs and Suns have solidified themselves as frontrunners in pursuit of free agent LaMarcus Aldridge, league sources tell Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 3, 2015
Friday, 3:41 pm: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports notes that the Houston Rockets could still acquire LaMarcus Aldridge through a sign-and-trade, and that they hope that retaining Brewer increased their chances with Aldridge.
Rockets still keep flexibility in LaMarcus Aldridge pursuit, via S-and-T scenarios. Houston hopes Brewer deal strengthens case w/ Aldridge.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 3, 2015
Friday, 9:47 am: NBA.com's Mike Fratello says the Suns have a legitimate shot at LaMarcus Aldridge.
Phoenix? Yep, they have a REALLY legit shot at LaMarcus, says @MikeFratello WATCH: http://t.co/Ptuja77rBX pic.twitter.com/MnrYeJcdWw— NBA.com (@NBAcom) July 3, 2015
Friday, 9:02 am: The Oregonian's John Canzano reports that Gregg Popovich wants another meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich looking for another meeting w LaMarcus Aldridge today or tomorrow, per source.— John Canzano (@johncanzanobft) July 3, 2015
Insiders expect LaMarcus Aldridge decision won’t drag out much longer. Spurs still feel like he’s going to be in San Antonio.— John Canzano (@johncanzanobft) July 3, 2015
Friday, 8:58 am: ESPN's Brian Windhorst reports that rival executives think that Miami's Pat Riley pitched for LaMarcus Aldridge to sign a short-term deal so Miami could sign him next summer.
Rival execs think Pat Riley's message to LaMarcus Aldridge last night was essentially where ever u sign go short & I'll be back next summer.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 3, 2015
Friday, 8:45 am: The Miami Heat have signed Justise Winslow, would could indicate that Miami is officially off the list for LaMarcus Aldridge.
Heat sign Justise Winslow to rookie deal. Safe to assume LaMarcus Aldridge isn't happening for Miami.— RealGM (@RealGM) July 3, 2015
Friday, 8:34 am: Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears reports that LaMarcus Aldridge got some high praise for his meetings from an NBA representative.
A rep on NBA team in LaMarcus sweepstakes said he perhaps asked the best & most intelligent questions of any free agent they ever met with.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 3, 2015
Friday, 8:13 am: Reports are out that LaMarcus Aldridge wasn't "wooed" by Los Angeles in their second meeting.
Sources said Lakers had a" good presentation" with LaMarcus Aldridge Thursday, but Lakers "don't think he was wooed" by it.— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) July 3, 2015
Thursday, 9:55 pm: TNT's David Aldridge has reported that Wesley Matthews has verbally agreed to a contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
Wes Matthews has agreed in principle with the Mavericks on a four-year deal, per source. Turned down huge offer from Sacramento.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 3, 2015
Thursday, 9:39 pm: ESPN's Marc Stein has reported that Wesley Matthews will likely rejected a contract offer from the Sacramento Kings.
Wes Matthews Latest: ESPN sources say Matthews' camp has notified Kings he's unlikely to take their offer, making Dallas even more likely— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 3, 2015
Thursday, 8:27 pm: ESPN's Marc Stein has reported that free agent center Robin Lopez has conditionally agreed to sign with the New York Knicks.
Source close to talks says Robin Lopez has COMMITTED to join Knicks and will do so ... UNLESS DeAndre Jordan chooses Knicks— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 3, 2015
ESPN sources say Robin Lopez has chosen Knicks over Lakers and will join NYK as long as DeAndre Jordan, as expected, chooses Clips or Mavs— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 3, 2015
Thursday, 7:41 pm: ESPN's Marc Stein has reported that the Sacramento Kings made a contract offer to Wesley Matthews that is larger than was previously reported.
Wes Matthews Update: Sacramento offer to free-agent swingman is actually four-year deal at $16 million annually for total of $64 million— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 3, 2015
For news of all the new Blazer signings and major events, such as the signing of Al-Farouq Aminu and Ed Davis, visit the Blazer's Edge front page, where Dave and the crew have analysis of all the moves.
After meeting with him this morning, the Spurs are by far the front runner to sign LaMarcus Aldridge, who seems extremely unlikely to return to Portland. But the Suns signed Tyson Chandler just in time to bring him to their meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge and make their case. Later, reports broke that Aldridge was less than impressed with the Lakers' presentation. LaMarcus is expected to meet with the New York Knicks tomorrow before making a decision. This would make for a great season of a TV show on Netflix. UPDATE: LaMarcus Aldridge is giving the Los Angeles Lakers another change, agreeing to meet with them for a second time. The Miami Heat have also reportedly become a player in the Aldridge hunt, and Aldridge will be dining with Pat Riley tonight in Los Angeles. Furthermore, in a surprising turn of events, Damian Lillard will be flying down to Los Angeles to meet with Aldridge and try to sway him towards re-signing with Portland. UPDATE: Lillard is apparently in Los Angeles, but he did not go there specifically to speak to Aldridge. In fact, the two did not end up meeting in-person, but they did have an "honest" conversation via phone. As far as the progression of Aldridge's decision, the Blazers forward is not currently scheduled to meet with any more teams, and may wait a couple of days before choosing his destination.
The Blazers reportedly showed strong interest in Greg Monroe, and the top executives made him their "midnight visit" last night. Neil Olshey reportedly tried to sell him on a "Plan A": Teaming him with a returning LaMarcus Aldridge. UPDATE: Greg Monroe has signed a three-year, $50 million contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Wesley Matthews is talking to the Dallas Mavericks and Toronto Raptors, but there is a general sense that the Mavs are the front-runners to sign him. There are no reports of discussions with the Blazers. UPDATE: The Sacramento Kings have offered Wesley Matthews a three-year deal worth around $45 million, but ESPN sources maintain that the Blazers guard still prefers the Dallas Mavericks. UPDATE: Matthews turned down Sacramento to sign a four-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks. As it turns out, the Blazers did not make an offer to the arrow-slinging shooting guard.
News is fairly quiet on the Robin Lopez front. He'll meet with the Knicks among other teams. There are no reports of discussions with the Blazers. UPDATE: Lopez is currently negotiating a contract with the New York Knicks that could earn him approximately $12 to $13 million each season, and on top of that, the Los Angeles Lakers have emerged as contenders to land the Blazers center. UPDATE: With DeAndre Jordan's decision to sign with the Dallas Mavericks, Robin Lopez has officially agreed to join the New York Knicks on a four-year, $54 million deal.
Carlos Boozer was linked to the Blazers (among other teams) today. The Blazers have roster space and cap room, and Boozer may not be expensive anymore.
Around the NBA:
Friday, 9:53 pm: ESPN's Marc Stein has reported that the Orlando Magic are close to signing free agent guard C.J. Watson.
Hearing Orlando, after signing and sealing @tobias31 Harris, are closing in on the addition of C.J. Watson to their backcourt— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 4, 2015
Friday, 8:05 pm: ESPN's Ramona Shelburne has reported that after losing free agent DeAndre Jordan in free agency, the Los Angeles Clippers have expressed interest in free agent David West.
Hearing Clippers have interest in David West in light of DeAndre Jordan departure— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 4, 2015
Friday, 7:37 pm: RealGM's Shams Charania has reported that free agent Tobias Harris will re-sign with the Orlando Magic.
Orlando restricted free agent Tobias Harris has reached agreement on a deal to re-sign with the Magic, league sources tell RealGM.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 4, 2015
Tobias Harris agreed on a four-year, $64 million deal with Orlando, league sources tell RealGM.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 4, 2015
Friday, 7:34 pm: Chris Broussard reports on Derrick Williams joining the Knicks.
Sources: Derrick Williams agrees to 2-year, $10 million deal with Knicks. Player option for second year— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 4, 2015
Friday, 7:15 pm: ESPN's Tim MacMahon reports that it is probable that J.J. Barea will be staying with the Dallas Mavericks.
No done deal, but sources are highly optimistic that J.J. Barea will be back in a Mavs uniform next season.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) July 4, 2015
Friday, 4:25 pm: Yahoo Sports' Marc J. Spears adds that Rajon Rondo agreed to a one-year deal in anticipation of the increase in salaries that will come next year.
Rajon Rondo is taking one-year deal with Kings with expectation to cash in on major raise in salaries with TV deal next summer, source said.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 3, 2015
Friday, 4:14 pm: ESPN's Marc Stein reports that Rajon Rondo's one-year deal is worth $9.5 million.
ESPN sources say Kings and Rajon Rondo have a one-year deal at $9.5 million. @SpearsNBAYahoo first reported agreement— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 3, 2015
Friday, 4:11 pm: The Kings have may have lost Beverley, but they quickly signed another point guard, bringing Rajon Rondo to Sacramento on a one-year deal, per Yahoo Sports' Marc J. Spears.
Rondo signs one-year deal with Kings— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 3, 2015
Friday, 4:04 pm: Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that restricted free agent Patrick Beverley will go back to Houston on a four-year, $25 million deal. Beverley joins the rapidly growing list of players who have rejected the Sacramento Kings in free agency.
Patrick Beverley has agreed to a four-year, $25M deal to return to Houston, agent Kevin Bradbury tells Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 3, 2015
Friday, 3:32 pm: Marc Stein of ESPN reports that the Sacramento Kings never made a serious offer to Corey Brewer, and that Brewer had been hoping he would return to Houston.
Sources say Kings/Brewer talks actually broke off BEFORE serious offer stage. Brewer then re-engaged w/Rockets, where he wanted to be along— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 3, 2015
Friday, 3:09 pm: Basketball Insiders' Alex Kennedy reports that Patrick Beverley and the Sacramento Kings are engaged in talks and may be reaching an agreement soon.
Talks between the Sacramento Kings and Patrick Beverley are progressing, according to sources. They may be nearing a deal.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 3, 2015
Friday, 3:04 pm: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports has Corey Brewer returning to the Houston Rockets.
Free agent Corey Brewer has agreed to a three-year, $24 million deal to return to the Houston Rockets, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 3, 2015
Friday, 2:30 pm: Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports reports that the Mavericks have snagged Richard Jefferson.
Free agent Richard Jefferson will receive a one-year, veteran's minimum deal from the Mavs, sources tell Yahoo.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 3, 2015
Friday, 12:41 pm: Marc Stein of ESPN reports that the Dallas Mavericks are about to sign DeAndre Jordan. This is the last step to Robin Lopez joining the New York Knicks.
ESPN sources say DeAndre Jordan is on verge of accepting Mavs' four-year, $80M+ max offer. Dallas firmly in lead and decision likely today— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 3, 2015
The terms are in:
Free agent center DeAndre Jordan will be signing a four-year, $80 million contract with the Mavericks, sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 3, 2015
Friday, 12:18 pm: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports that Gary Neal has signed a cheap, 1-year deal with the Washington Wizards.
Free agent guard Gary Neal has agreed to a one-year, $2.1M deal with Washington, league source tells Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 3, 2015
Friday, 11:39 am: Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles reports that Marco Belinelli has signed with the Kings
Marco Bellinelli will sign with the Kings for three years, $19 million— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 3, 2015
Friday, 8:51 am: ESPN's Chris Broussard reports that the Knicks will bring in free agents Derrick Williams and Corey Brewer Friday.
Sources: Knicks meeting with Corey Brewer and Derrick Williams today in LA. NYK has about $8 mill left to spend....— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 3, 2015
Friday, 8:41 am: Rajon Rondo will be meeting with the Kings through this afternoon.
Free agent guard Rajon Rondo flew into Sacramento yesterday evening and his visit with the Kings is expected to last until this afternoon.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 3, 2015
Friday, 8:29 am: The Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones reports that if the Kings can't secure Rajon Rondo, a trade for Deron Williams might be another possibility for point guard help.
The Kings expressed some interest in Deron Williams last season. If Rondo says no, the Kings could call Brooklyn for PG help.— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) July 3, 2015
Friday, 8:19 am: The Washington Wizards are shopping Nene.
Concurrent with their pursuit of David West, I'm told Wizards continue to shop Nene but clinging to hope they can trade him into cap space— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 3, 2015
Friday, 8:01 am: The Washington Wizards and San Antonio Spurts are making a push for David West.
But San Antonio remains firmly in David West hunt. Hearing Golden State now highly unlikely for D-West; looks like SA or DC are his spots— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 3, 2015
ESPN sources say Wizards pushing hard to land David West. Would be nice rally to get both Jared Dudley and D-West after losing Paul Pierce— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 3, 2015
Friday, 7:17 am: The Sacramento Kings have set their sights on Josh Smith and Lou Williams.
The Sacramento Kings will begin discussions with free agents Josh Smith and Lou Williams today, according to league sources.— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) July 3, 2015
Thursday, 8:51 pm: ESPN's Ramona Shelburne has reported that the Los Angeles Lakers did touch base with free agent guard Rajon Rondo earlier today.
A call is just a call... but heard the Lakers did call Rajon Rondo today to touch base.— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 3, 2015
Thursday, 8:19 pm: Alex Kennedy has reported that many of the mid-tier free agents are waiting for the "stars" to make their decisions before verbally agreeing to contracts of their own.
Text from a free agent: "I'm waiting on the big dogs to sign. They are holding shit up! lol" Middle-tier guys are hating this waiting game.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 3, 2015
Thursday, 7:27 pm: ESPN's Marc Stein has reported that free agent David West will most likely end up with the San Antonio Spurs or the Washington Wizards.
ESPN sources say David West is most likely to wind up with one of two teams after leaving Indiana: San Antonio or Washington— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 3, 2015
Thursday, 7:18 pm: Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears releases the details of free agent Lavoy Allen's deal with the Indiana Pacers.
Lavoy Allen landed a three-year deal paying around $12 million from the Pacers, a source said.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 3, 2015
Thursday, 6:52 pm: Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reveals the members of the Los Angeles Clippers organization that are present at the team's meeting with DeAndre Jordan.
Yahoo Sources: Clippers meeting with free agent DeAndre Jordan includes Doc Rivers, Steve Ballmer and Gillian Zucker. No players.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 3, 2015