Brandon Roy's return to the NBA would cost the Trail Blazers 17 million

Brandon Roy's return to the NBA would cost the Trail Blazers 17 million

By DWIGHT JAYNES (@dwightjaynes)

Former Trail Blazer all-star Brandon Roy has already announced that he's going to sign a contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves, whom he chose over at least four other teams negotiating for his services after the Trail Blazers used the amnesty clause on him last season.

Roy still hasn't signed and right now, there is a question about Minnesota's cap room to sign him.

But if it turns out that Roy plays again in the NBA -- for anybody -- it's going to be very costly for his former team, which still must pay Roy his full previous contract. Without benefit of even partial insurance.

When the Trail Blazers gave Roy his max deal, they were apparently able to insure only a fraction of it because of the condition of his knees. But, sources say, they were able to get a limited amount of permanent disability insurance on him that would cover 17 million of the amount owed the player.

As long as he was "permanently" disabled.

If and when Roy plays again, Portland apparently will not be able to collect that 17 million, none of which has been paid to date.

Yes, Paul Allen is a billionaire. But I would guess even Allen would not be happy about losing 17 million.

Ducks working on potential top 20 recruiting class

Ducks working on potential top 20 recruiting class

Oregon's 2017 recruiting class is starting an upward climb in the national rankings that could land in the teens come signing day. 

The Ducks' class has jumped from No. 55 to No. 44 in the nation according to Rivals.com's rankings thanks to three huge gets in the past 10 days. 

Four-star linebacker Sampson Niu and four-star defensive back Deommodore Lenoir committed to Oregon last Thursday giving the Ducks four four-star commits among the eight players total that have said they will attend UO in 2017.  Oregon also received a commit from three-star tight end Moses Robinson-Carr on Monday. 

The program's 2016 recruiting class included just five four-star recruits out of 18 signees. There is reason to believe that Oregon could end up with closer to the eight four-star recruits signed to the 2015 class, which ranked 17th in the nation. 

According to A.J. Jacobson of DuckSportsAuthority, Oregon is in a strong position with several other four-star recruits that could commit soon. Jacobson has routinely said that although Oregon's class started out low in numbers, it was not because the Ducks were striking out with targeted players, but that said players had yet to make decisions. Several have made decisions lately, thus the influx of committments flowing Oregon's way. 

The program has historically (save for this year) closed strongly, so expect some big time commitments in January, weeks before signing day. 

 

 

Celtics, Hawks secure one-on-one meetings with Howard

Celtics, Hawks secure one-on-one meetings with Howard

It's been reported that free-agent center Dwight Howard has already set up meetings with the Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks.  Howard is believed to be a possible target for the Trail Blazers. Negotiations can begin Friday with free agents and their representatives.

The Trail Blazers, of course, like to operate behind the scenes and their history under Neil Olshey is to keep their free-agent recruiting underground. This year's free-agent moratorium has been shortened from its previous eight-day period to five days. From July 1-6 teams can negotiate with players but not sign them.

Howard opted out of his contract in Houston, a deal that would have paid him $23.2 million for the coming season.

 

 

Trail Blazers extend qualifying offers to Leonard, Harkless, Crabbe

Trail Blazers extend qualifying offers to Leonard, Harkless, Crabbe

The Trail Blazers on Tuesday extended qualifying offers to Meyers Leonard, Maurice Harkless and Allen Crabbe, ensuring the three players will be restricted free agents beginning July 1.

By extending the qualifying offers, the Blazers reserve the right to match any offer the players receive on the free agent market, which begins July 1. A qualifying offer is 125%  of the players’ previous salary.

Leonard, a 7-foot-1 forward/center, received a $4.2 million qualifying offer after averaging 8.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in 22 minutes a game. He played in 61 games, missing the final month of the season and playoffs to have surgery on his left shoulder.

Harkless received a $4.0 million qualifying offer after a strong finish to the season, when he became a starter at small forward. The fourth-year forward averaged 6.4 points and 3.6 rebounds during the season and 11.0 points and 5.1 rebounds in 11 playoff games.

Crabbe received a $2.7 million offer – larger than the projected $1.8 million offer because he played more than 2,000 minutes – after averaging 10.3 points and 2.7 rebounds in 26 minutes a game.

The players can still negotiate with other teams and the Blazers for a higher salary, but teams have until June 30 to extend the one-year offer in order to maintain the ability to match offers from other teams. 

Timbers to begin 2016-17 CONCACAF play August 3 against CD Dragón

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Timbers to begin 2016-17 CONCACAF play August 3 against CD Dragón

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) unveiled today the group phase schedule for the 2016/17 edition of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, the region’s elite club competition.

The Portland Timbers, making their tournament return, will host El Salvador’s CD Dragon on Aug. 3, 2016 at Providence Park. 

Twenty-four teams are set to participate in this season’s continental championship, of which seven will debut. 

September will feature two more rounds of play, with the Timbers traveling to Costa Rica on Sept. 14, 2016 to play Deportivo Saprissa and then to El Salvador on Sept. 27, 2016 to take on CD Dragon. The group phase wraps up with a final game on Oct. 19, 2016 as the Timbers host Saprissa at Providence Park.

The top club from each of the eight three-team groups will advance to the knockout round. The quarterfinal, semifinal and finals will be played between February and April, 2017. 

Ticket information will be shared at a later dare.

Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League 2016/17 Schedule 

*Listed in PST

Wednesday, 3 August, 2016
7:00 p.m. Portland Timbers (USA) v CD Dragon (SLV) – Providence Park, Portland, OR, USA

Wednesday, 14 September, 2016
7:00 p.m. Deportivo Saprissa (CRC) v Portland Timbers (USA) – Estadio Ricardo Saprissa, San Jose, Costa Rica

Tuesday, 27 September, 2016
7:00 p.m. CD Dragon (SLV) v Portland Timbers (USA) – Estadio Atletico Las Delicias, Santa Tecla, El Salvador

Wednesday, 19 October, 2016
7:00 p.m. Portland Timbers (USA) v Deportivo Saprissa (CRC) – Providence Park, Portland, OR, USA

Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League Group B Home Stadiums

CD Dragon (SLV) – Estadio Atletico Las Delicias, Santa Tecla, El Salvador
Deportivo Saprissa (CRC) – Estadio Ricardo Saprissa, San Jose, Costa Rica
Portland Timbers (USA) – Providence Park, Portland, OR, US

Very strong month for Oregon football recruiting

Very strong month for Oregon football recruiting

It's been a very strong June for Oregon Football's 2017 recruiting class. The Ducks have eight total commits, six of which committed in June.

The most impressive part? Four of those commits are ranked as 4-star athletes. For a more in-depth look into Oregon's commits, check out the video above. 

[RELATED: Oregon recruiting bolstered by commitment from LB Sampson Niu

A projection of the Eagles' 53-man roster includes ProDuck Joe Walker

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A projection of the Eagles' 53-man roster includes ProDuck Joe Walker

From CSNPhilly, a projection of the Eagles' 53-man roster includes ProDuck linebacker Joe Walker, who was drafted by Philadelphia in the 7th round:

We won't have a true sense of what the Eagles' roster will look like until we see the team on the field this summer at training camp in full pads. But we've at least seen some football since the last projection, enough to change a few things. 

Because football never sleeps — and because things are a little slow right now, cut me a break — here is the latest Eagles 53-man roster projection: 

QB (3): Sam Bradford, Chase Daniel, Carson Wentz
No changes here. All three had pretty good performances this spring, but Bradford clearly separated himself. For now, he's the best quarterback on the roster. There wasn't anything these three could do this spring on the field to change the roster at this position. 

RB (4): Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood, Kenjon Barner
No changes here either. The team would probably like to keep an extra spot here, but it's hard to cut any one of these players. If anyone went, it would probably be Kenjon Barner, but with Mathews' injury history, keeping four backs makes sense. 

WR (5): Nelson Agholor, Rueben Randle, Jordan Matthews, Josh Huff, Chris Givens
This is the same too. (I promise there will be some changes.) A little light at wideout, but who else would you keep? Maybe T.J. Graham? I wouldn't be too shocked to see him make the team over Huff, but for now, these are the five on the squad. I thought Givens had a really good spring. 

TE (4): Zach Ertz, Brent Celek, Trey Burton, Chris Pantale
It's hard to tell if a player can be a good fullback in spring practices, but the Eagles made it pretty clear they're at least going to take a long, hard look at Pantale for the position. The first three are set, but Pantale is an addition on this roster projection. He got first-team reps at fullback during the spring and if he looks good in pads, will make the team. 

OL (10): Jason Peters, Allen Barbre, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, Lane Johnson, Dennis Kelly, Stefen Wisniewski, Isaac Seumalo, Matt Tobin, Big V
The only spot changed here from the last projection is that Tobin is now in for Andrew Gardner. This is just a change made after watching the way the team practiced this spring. I liked Gardner early last season, but he seems to be behind Tobin in order. I still think both draft picks make the team. 

DE (5): Connor Barwin, Vinny Curry, Brandon Graham, Bryan Braman, Marcus Smith
In the last projection, I had the team taking six defensive ends. Now, I think that might be too high of a number, so rookie Alex McCalister is gone; I think the team can keep him on the practice squad and work with him more this season. I don't think Smith is going anywhere, by the way. 

DT (4): Fletcher Cox, Bennie Logan, Mike Martin, Destiny Vaeao
Big changes from the last two spots. In the previous projection, I had Beau Allen and Aziz Shittu making the team. Last time, I left off Martin because I wasn't convinced, but the team thought enough of him to put him in Cox's spot while he was away. Martin doesn't just seem like a lock to make the roster, he seems like the first guy off the bench at DT. And Shittu, the undrafted DT from Stanford, has a shot but missed the spring because of the NCAA graduation rule. During that time, Vaeao impressed the coaching staff. Allen and Taylor Hart just don't seem like scheme fits. 

LB (5): Jordan Hicks, Nigel Bradham, Mychal Kendricks, Najee Goode, Joe Walker
No changes at linebacker, but the positional depth here is troubling for sure. Walker got a ton of reps this spring, which only convinced me more that the seventh-round pick will be on the roster. 

 

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CJ McCollum plays reporter, interviews NBA Commissioner Adam Silver

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CJ McCollum plays reporter, interviews NBA Commissioner Adam Silver

It is no secret that Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum has long wanted to become a journalist one day. He graduated from Lehigh with a degree in journalism, has his own radio show in Portland, and has even launched a high school journalism program to help foster the next generation of sports journalist. This offseason CJ has devoted a lot of time to his post basketball goals, and all this practice paid off with the interview of a lifetime; A one-on-one with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. Check it out in the video below.

Winterhawks announce 2016-17 regular season schedule

Winterhawks announce 2016-17 regular season schedule

The Western Hockey League has released the 2016-17 schedule, and the Portland Winterhawks will open the season hosting their long-time I-5 rivals, the Seattle Thunderbirds, on Saturday, September 24.

The team will play 30 of its 36 home games on weekends: eight Friday home games, 12 Saturdayhome games and 10 Sunday home games.  

The Seattle Thunderbirds will also be back for the annual New Year’s Eve tilt between the two teams. A full promotional calendar will be released closer to the season, and the venues for all games will be finalized later this summer after the Portland Trail Blazers’ schedule is released.

The longest road trip of the season will come early, as the team embarks on an eight-game trip fromOctober 1 – 15. They open the trip in Seattle, then head out for six games in the East Division, then take on Spokane on the way back. During the trip, the Hawks will take on the defending WHL champion Brandon Wheat Kings on October 11.

While the team is gone much of October, they will play just three road games in November. The team will be home for eight straight games from November 6 – 27. That stretch is one of six where the team has a homestand of at least three games (Sept. 24 – 30, Oct. 25 – 30, Nov. 6 – 27, Dec. 3 – 10, Dec. 31 – Jan. 14, Mar. 3 – 8).

Once again this season, all 72 games will be heard live on News Talk 860 KPAM. Todd Vrooman will have the play-by-play while Andy Kemper will provide commentary. A television schedule will be announced at a later date.

Timbers score three second half goals to beat Houston Dynamo

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Timbers score three second half goals to beat Houston Dynamo

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers scored three second-half goals to erase a two-goal deficit and defeat the Houston Dynamo 3-2 before a sold-out crowd of 21,144 fans at Providence Park on Sunday. Midfielder Diego Valeri recorded a brace and an assist, while midfielder Lucas Melano scored for a second consecutive game, as the Timbers extended their unbeaten streak to five games in league play and six games across all competitions.

The come-from-behind victory marked the first time the Timbers (6-6-5, 23pts) erased a two-goal deficit to win a match in regulation across all eras in club history (since 1975). With the win, the Timbers are unbeaten in four consecutive games against the Dynamo at Providence Park, dating back to Aug. 6, 2013, producing a 3-1-1 all-time home record against Houston since 2011.

Trailing 2-0 at halftime, the Timbers outshot Houston 11-5 in the second half – including a 6-1 edge in shots on target – and battled back with three goals in the final 27 minutes of the game. In the 63rd minute, the Timbers pulled a goal back when Melano made a well-timed diagonal run in behind the Dynamo defense, running on to a carefully placed pass from Valeri before tucking his effort past Houston goalkeeper Joe Willis and into the back of the net. The finish marked Melano’s second goal of the season and Valeri’s fifth assist in 2016, which is tied for sixth-most assists in the league, as Portland extended its goal-scoring streak to 20 consecutive regular-season games dating back to the 2015 season.

Less than 20 minutes later, the Timbers equalized after being awarded a penalty kick for handball inside the box in the 82nd minute of play. Valeri stepped up to the spot, blasting his attempt into the top left corner to record his sixth goal of the season. Eight minutes later, Valeri notched his second goal of the game from the penalty spot after Melano was brought down by Willis inside the area, with the midfielder chipping his effort down the middle from 12 yards away to give the Timbers a one-goal lead in the final moments of the match.

With the finish, Valeri’s seventh goal in 2016, the Timbers are the only team in MLS to have multiple players ranked in the top eight for goals scored in 2016, with forward Fanendo Adi ranked second in the league for goals (9). Additionally, Portland's nine shots on target were the most by the club this season.

Despite the Timbers creating several chances early in the first half, Houston (3-8-5, 14pts) managed to open the scoring in the 28th minute, finishing against the run of play when forward Andrew Wenger slotted his shot into the back of the net from the right side of the box. Two minutes later, Houston doubled its lead when forward Will Bruin latched on to forward Boniek Garcia’s pass into the area, tucking his effort inside the near post.

Next up, the Timbers return to U.S. Open Cup play on Wednesday, June 29, taking on the LA Galaxy in the Round of 16 at Providence Park, beginning at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific). The Timbers will return to MLS play on Monday, July 4, when they travel to face the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The match against the Rapids will feature a live broadcast on ROOT SPORTS with local radio broadcasts on 750 AM/102.9 FM The Game (English) and La GranD 1150 AM/93.5 FM (Spanish).

Portland Timbers (6-6-5, 23pts) vs. Houston Dynamo (3-8-5, 14pts) 
June 26, 2016 – Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)

Goals by Half                1          2          F
Houston Dynamo          2           0          2
Portland Timbers           0          3          3

Scoring Summary:
HOU: Wenger (Garcia), 28
HOU: Bruin (Garcia), 30
POR: Melano (Valeri), 63
POR: Valeri (penalty kick), 82’
POR: Valeri (penalty kick) 90+1

Misconduct Summary: 
HOU: Horst (Caution), 42
HOU: Alex (Caution), 90+2
POR: Adi (Caution), 90+4

Lineups & Stats:
POR: GK Gleeson, D Powell (Valentin, 66), D Borchers, D Ridgewell ©, D Taylor, M Chara, M Zemanski, M Melano, M Valeri, M Mattocks (McInerney, 70), F Adi

Substitutes Not Used: GK Hamilton, M Jewsbury, M Grabavoy, M Barmby, M Asprilla

TOTAL SHOTS: 18 (Valeri, 7); SHOTS ON GOAL: 9 (Valeri, 4); FOULS: 16 (Chara, 5); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 6; SAVES: 4

HOU: GK Deric (Willis, 46), D Jalil Anibaba, D David Horst, D DaMarcus Beasley ©, D Rodriguez, M Clark, M Warner, M Alex, F Garcia, F Bruin (Manotas, 83), F Wenger (Maidana, 76)

Substitutes Not Used: D Agus, D Williams, M Rocha, M Miranda

TOTAL SHOTS: 15 (Bruin, 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 9 (Bruin, 2); FOULS: 11 (Rodriguez, 3); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 6

Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Assistant Referees: James Conlee, Anthony Vasoli
4th Official: Baboucarr Jallow
Attendance: 21,144
Weather: Clear, 87 degrees

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial

Thorns unbeaten streak remains intact with 2-1 win over Orlando

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Thorns unbeaten streak remains intact with 2-1 win over Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. – Playing their second game in five days, Portland Thorns FC rallied in the final 10 minutes with a pair of goals from midfielders Dagny Brynjarsdottir and Lindsey Horan to remain unbeaten through their first 11 games this season, earning a 2-1 win against the Orlando Pride in front of 7,143 fans Sunday evening at Camping World Stadium.

Taking to the road for the seventh time – the most of any team in the league this season through their first 11 games – Thorns FC (6-0-5, 23pts) kept their unbeaten streak intact, making it the second-longest unbeaten streak in NWSL history. In addition, Portland is now unbeaten in seven consecutive road games (3-0-4), setting a new club record for the longest road-unbeaten streak in Thorns FC history.

Portland registered its third straight win and handed Orlando (5-6-0, 15pts) its first loss of the season at home, battling back to score the equalizer after forward Jasmyne Spencer sent a powerful strike from distance into the top left corner of the goal in the 67th minute. Just nine minutes after entering the match as a substitute, Brynjarsdottir tallied her third goal of the season in the 80th minute to tie the game at 1-1.

Building from the back, defender Emily Sonnett delivered a pinpoint long-range pass to the head of forward Christine Sinclair, who flicked the ball on for Brynjarsdottir running towards the edge of the box. Brynjarsdottir was able to beat the Orlando defender to the ball and calmly chipped it past Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris inside the right post.

With both teams pushing for the game-winning goal late in the match, Sinclair quickly switched the point of attack, finding forward Hayley Raso racing down the left side of the field. Raso dribbled into the box and cut back towards the middle, sending a short pass to the feet of Horan, who placed her shot perfectly into the right side of the net in the 90th minute for her team-leading fourth goal of the season to put Thorns FC in front 2-1.

Defensively, Portland remains the only team in the NWSL this season that has not conceded multiple goals in a match. Goalkeeper Michelle Betos made three critical saves, including a double save in the 28th minute as she made a kick save on a point-blank range attempt from midfielder Dani Weatherholt and sprung back to her feet to make a diving stop on Spencer’s shot off the rebound.

Thorns FC return to the Rose City for back-to-back home matches, starting with a game against Sky Blue FC on Saturday, July 2, at Providence Park. Saturday’s match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific) with a live web stream at www.thornsfc.com.   

Notes:

  • Portland’s 11-game unbeaten streak is the second-longest unbeaten streak in league history, while the club also set a new record for the longest-road unbeaten streak in Thorns FC history (7 games).
  • Two of Lindsey Horan’s four goals this season have come against Orlando – both were game-winners that came after the 80th minute.
  • Dagny Brynjarsdottir and Horan scored in both regular-season matches against Orlando this season.
  • Portland has scored six goals in the final 15 minutes of matches this season.
  • Horan’s 90th-minute goal was the latest regular-season game-winner in Thorns FC history.
  • Midfielder Hayley Raso recorded her first career NWSL assist and point in the match.
  • Thorns FC have outscored their opponents 8-4 on the road this season.
  • Portland improved to 5-0-0 all-time against expansions sides in their inaugural seasons. Posting a record of 2-0-0 against Orlando this season and a mark of 3-0-0 against the Houston Dash in their first season (2014).
  • Defender Katherine Reynolds made her 70th career NWSL appearance in the match.
  • Defender Emily Menges earned her 50th career start in the match, becoming only the third player in club history to reach this milestone along with Christine Sinclair and Allie Long.
  • Forward Christine Sinclair has tallied a point in four consecutive matches (June 12-June 26)

Portland Thorns FC (6-0-5, 23pts) at Orlando Pride (5-6-0, 15pts) 
June 26, 2016 – Camping World Stadium (Orlando, Fla.)

Goals by Half                            1         2          F
Portland Thorns FC                   0         2          2
Orlando Pride                            0         1          1

Scoring Summary
ORL: Spencer, 67
POR: Brynjarsdottir (Sinclair), 80
POR: Horan (Raso), 90

Misconduct Summary
ORL: Alleway (Caution), 43
POR: Raso (Caution), 90+2

Lineups & Stats
POR: GK Betos, D Reynolds, D Sonnett, D Menges, D Klingenberg, M Henry (Weber, 90+2), M Horan, M Long, M Heath (Raso, 62), F Nadim (Brynjarsdottir, 71), F Sinclair ©

Substitutes Not Used: GK Franch, M Boureille

TOTAL SHOTS: 7 (Heath, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Heath, 2); FOULS: 8 (Heath, Henry, 2); OFFSIDES: 6; CORNER KICKS: 1; SAVES: 3

ORL: GK Harris, D Bélanger, D Monica, D Alleway, D Catley, M Weatherholt (Witteman, 89), M Kyle (Edwards, 87), M Edmonds, F Spencer, F Morgan ©, F Burkenroad (Fields, 58)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Dorsey, D Pressley, M Evans, F Hagen

TOTAL SHOTS: 9 (Morgan, Spencer, 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Spencer, 2); FOULS: 9 (Kyle, Spencer, 2); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 7; SAVES: 3

Referee: Ekaterina Koroleva
Assistant Referees: Nick Uranga, Hayden Oscanoa
4th Official: Janessa Gunn
Attendance: 7,143
Weather: Partly cloudy, 93 degrees

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial.