The Portland Trail Blazers will carry three uniform choices into the 2018-19 regular season, with two new uniform options releasing in November and December. The standard Icon, Association, and Statement jerseys will return, while the new City edition will premier on November 8th (for sale November 9th) and the Earned version on December 25th, available to the public on December 26th. The news comes courtesy of the Trail Blazers’ Casey Holdahl.
While the release of the City versions will be fairly standard, Holdahl reports that there will be a hitch in the unveiling of the Earned unis:
You’ll have to wait quite a bit longer for the debut of the “Earned” uniform option, which won’t be unveiled until Christmas morning. Now, you’re probably thinking to yourself, “That version must be the one they’re going to wear in their Christmas Day game against the Jazz!” And while that’s an eminently reasonable assumption, it actually won’t be the case, as broadcast color restrictions disallow such a move. As in, there isn’t enough contrast between the Trail Blazers’ fifth uniform option and the Jazz’s, which makes it difficult for some fans, particularly those who are color blind, to tell the teams apart.
Holdahl’s article also reveals information about “LockerVision”, an NBA site which reveals which uniforms a team will wear on a given night. He breaks down Portland’s distribution, with the white Association jerseys coming in first (32 total games) and the black Icon Edition finishing second (26 total games). The remaining three jerseys combine for 24 appearances.