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Casey Holdahl Talks NBA Trade Deadline, Trail Blazers

The Blazer’s Edge Podcast welcomes Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers to chat about the team’s prospects and all the finer points of NBA basketball.

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On this week’s episode of the Blazer’s Edge podcast, Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang are joined by the OG of Blazer’s Edge and current Trail Blazers Beat Reporter- Casey Holdahl. Together they discuss the Blazer’s game vs the Utah Jazz, Meyers Leonard’s impact, past trade deadline stories, what the Blazers could do leading up to the deadline (Casey and Dan have a bet on the outcome), the Lakers’ train-wreck offer for Anthony Davis, the surprise move of Kristaps Porzingis and more!


  • 1:39 Journey from blogspot blog to Blazers Edge
  • 3:36 How did you explain to people what blogging is??
  • 4:54 What was it like when you went from making all of your own stuff to doing stuff with OregonLive?
  • 6:26 The old days of forums on OregonLive
  • 8:45 Transition from Oregonian to Trail Blazers. Right after Oden draft. The Trail Blazers were going to be good and they wanted to really dive into digital content.
  • 11:30 and other innovations by the Blazers.
  • 12:40 Blazers were ready for social media.
  • 16:00 the case for letting guys fight.
  • 16:15 Team Mom was ready to punch Greyson Allen.
  • 18:15 Utah game and Meyers Leonard stepping up!
  • 19:45 This was the Meyers Leonard everyone has been waiting for .
  • 21:55 Dame and Meyers played some of their best pick and roll coverage. Meyers and Dame’s defense was impressive.
  • 22:58 Zach Collins was robbed of a block.
  • 23:40 should Seth have grabbed Damian’s rebound?
  • 24:20 What change did Terry Stotts make defensively from the first two Utah games to the last two?
  • 26:05 Tara: Waiting to announce that Nurkic was out was a masterful move
  • 27:17 Trail Blazers history of being cagey about injuries might be bad for fantasy sports players but really pays off for the teams in cases like this.
  • 29:05 What was with the Nik Stauskas tribute video during the Utah game?
  • 30:21 Who turns to conspiracy theories whenever someone sits out?
  • 32:34 This team has always held everything very close to the vest.
  • 35:10 When you look at rumors about Portland, who benefits the most?
  • 36:55 What is trade deadline like when you work for the organization?
  • 39:05 When you work for a team you have to be more cautious about what you put out there as a representative of a team.
  • 40:09 Even guys like Peter Vescey get rumors wrong.
  • 41:20 More bets by Dan that the Blazers will be under the Luxury Tax line.
  • 42:04 Casey: if they can do it without losing a key piece, but more likely they will be trying to add.
  • 44:50 Dan is on TV, Casey is not, Dan is going to have Casey on the show when their schedules allow.
  • 46:05 Knicks/Mavericks trade
  • 50:01 Has anyone ever dove so enthusiastically into the tank as the New York Knicks right now?
  • 51:27 For the Knicks sake, Kevin Durant better be coming to New York.
  • 52:46 The whole situation is wonderfully Knicks.
  • 53:05 Neither Casey nor Dan think AD will be moved before the deadline.
  • 55:24 Why this matters.
  • 56:27 Laker’s everything--is it really anything?
  • 57:46 Tara: you guys are so boring!
  • 1:00:07 Pelicans will sit Anthony Davis for the rest of the year.
  • 1:01:46 Will Wesley Matthews end up back in Portland?
  • 1:06:05 Melo: why won’t national media stop talking about Melo coming to Portland?
  • 1:10:15 Outro.