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2017 Las Vegas Summer League - Portland Trail Blazers v Boston Celtics Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

On this week’s episode of the Blazer’s Edge podcast, Tara Bowen-Biggs and Steve DeWald join Danny Marang from Las Vegas Summer League to discuss Jusuf Nurkic’s new deal and the Blazer’s free agency period so far, the Summer League Blazers looking great so far, Wade Baldwin wants a deal now please, Zach Collins struggles offensively but growth defensively, listener questions, favorite thing about summer league, life in the college dorms and more!

it has

  • Intro
  • Steve DeWald and Tara Bowen-Biggs live from Las Vegas
  • Opening Comments
  • Jusuf Nurkic signs a 4 year/$48 million deal
  • Seth Curry signs on for a year
  • Restricted free agency offers are few and far between
  • The effect of 2016 on the entire NBA market
  • The Spurs continue to make Spursian choices
  • Summer League basketball is here
  • First reactions to the Top 10 picks
  • Trae Young and his rough start
  • Mo Bamba is really big (also good)
  • Things that happen at Summer League that don’t come through on TV
  • NBA SkyCam- thoughts?
  • Listener questions!
  • Summer League Jake Layman!
  • There are minutes to be had in the frontcourt- who’s going to get them?
  • Probability of the Blazers making a move between now and the trade deadline to change things up at the SF position
  • Thoughts on Zach Collins so far through his second summer league
  • Tempering expectations for his offensive growth
  • What do you think the offensive future for Collins should be- in the paint or on the perimeter?
  • The value of Al-Farouq Aminu
  • The last jack of all trades Blazers, Nic Batum, Wes Matthews, Stacey Augmon
  • Who could replace an Aminu sized hole on this roster?
  • Preparing to fill Aminu’s role if he leaves
  • Can Wade Baldwin follow the Aminu career arc?
  • Things we’ve enjoyed from Summer League so far
  • Anfernee Simons’ jumper is **kisses fingers**
  • Everything Mo Bamba
  • Summer League Jake Layman and Byron Mullens
  • Closing Comments
  • Outro