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Chris Haynes joins CSN for next three seasons

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Chris Haynes joins CSN for next three seasons

COMCAST SPORTSNET PRESS RELEASE:

Portland,OR (June 8, 2012) ComcastSportsNet Northwest, home for Northwest sports, today announced the addition ofTrail Blazer and NBA Insider, Chris Haynes, with the signing of a three-yearcontract. Haynes, entering his second season with Comcast SportsNet, willcontinue to expand the role he began during the 2011-2012 Trail Blazers seasonon the network and on CSNNW.com breaking news and providing reliable insideinformation alongside CSNNW.coms senior editor Dwight Jaynes. His contract iseffective as of Sunday, July 1st.

Duringthe 2011-12 season, Haynes was the only member of Portland media to attend allTrail Blazers games, home and away. He will continue to be present at everygame, at practices, at shoot-arounds, at press conferences and at major NBAevents bringing exclusive videos, interviews and information to CSNNW.com.Additionally, Haynes will continue his popular Insider Blog on CSNNW.com and hewill be a regular on Comcast SportsNet programs Rip City Live and TalkinBall.

Lastseason, Haynes broke many stories that were continuously picked up by nationaloutlets such as Yahoo, ESPN, Sports Illustrated and HoopsHype. Those storiesincluded Greg Odens issues with blood clots in his ankle, Batums intent tosign his first offer this summer, Jamal Crawfords decision to opt out andSteve Kerr turning down the GM position.

Priorto joining Comcast SportsNet, Haynes wrote for SLAM Magazine andProBasketballNews.com and worked for Fox Sports Radio in Fresno, CA. Haynes hascovered a variety of major sports that include the NBA Finals, the World Seriesand the NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament. He is a member of the Pro BasketballWriters Association and the National Association of Black Journalists.

Weare thrilled to have Chris Haynes join our team here at Comcast SportsNet,providing year round coverage of the Trail Blazers for the TV network andCSNNW.com, said Director of Digital Media Kevin Berry. Senior Digital Editorand TV Host Dwight Jaynes said, We believe that Chris tireless work ethic andconnections throughout the NBA with players, coaches, agents and generalmanagers, combined with my decades of experience in covering the league willreinforce the fact that Comcast SportsNet and CSNNW.com are the premieredestinations in the Northwest for fans to find breaking news, unbiased analysisand year-round coverage of the Trail Blazers and NBA.

ReadChris blog at CSNNW.com and follow him on Twitter @ChrisBHaynes.

Former Trail Blazer Brandon Roy to coach High School basketball in Seattle

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Former Trail Blazer Brandon Roy to coach High School basketball in Seattle

Former Trail Blazers All-Star Brandon Roy will coach high school basketball in his hometown of Seattle, Wash. Roy will take over the head coaching position at Nathan Hale High School, according to Chris Fetters, editor of dawgman.com and Seattle Sports Radio 950 KJR contributor. 

Update: Chad Johnson (Ochocinco) will not play summer league for Miami

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Update: Chad Johnson (Ochocinco) will not play summer league for Miami

Update: 

Original Story:

Former NFL wide receiver and Oregon State Beaver, Chad Johnson (Ochocinco) will play summer league for the Miami Heat. 

Yep, you read that right. A spokesman for the Miami Heat has announced Johnson is on the Heat's summer league roster.

Johnson finished his NFL career with 766 catches for 11,059 yards and 67 touchdowns.

What do you think? Will you watch to see if his athleticism will transfer to the basketball court?

Trail Blazers, Olshey get their target: Maryland's Jake Layman

Trail Blazers, Olshey get their target: Maryland's Jake Layman

Shortly after the college basketball season had ended this spring, Neil Olshey had targeted his player for the 2016 NBA Draft: Jake Layman, a sharp shooting wing from Maryland who could defend and play multiple positions.

“Neil and I have been talking about Jake for the past two months,’’ agent Mark Bartelstein said. “He was a guy Neil really targeted. He told me if he could trade into the second round, he was a guy they would really go after.’’

On Thursday, Olshey did just that in the second round of the NBA Draft, trading with Orlando for the 47th overall pick to select the 6-foot-9 forward.

Olshey gave up $1.2 million and a 2019 second round pick to get his guy.

“Jake is a high character young man with a skill set we value on both ends of the floor,’’ Olshey said in a release from the team. “His ability to defend multiple positions and shoot the ball from range will be positive additions to our roster.’’

Layman, 22, played four years at Maryland where he had career averages of 10.2 points and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 44.5 percent from the field and 36.2 percent from three-point range.

But Bartelstein, a long time power agent in the NBA, said there is much more to Layman.

“He’s one of those rare seniors with gigantic upside to his game,’’ Bartelstein said. “He’s kind of a late bloomer. His strength is coming and he has gotten better and better each year, and even late this season. So I think he’s a fascinating guy because he has so much upside. I think he will be a terrific player.’’

Layman on Friday said he can see similarities between his game and that of Utah wing Gordon Hayward.

“I’m not saying I’m him right now, but a guy who I can (model his game after) is Gordon Hayward,’’ Layman said.

He comes from Wrentham, Mass., a town of less than 11,000 located about 35 miles south of Boston and is the son of athletic parents: his dad played baseball and his mother basketball for the University of Maine.

It was in Wrentham where he watched Thursday’s draft, finally getting a call from Bartelstein who told him “It’s a home run!’” before he even mentioned which team had selected him.

“To finally hear my name called … it was a big sigh of relief,’’ Layman said. “I was very excited, especially to be picked up by the Blazers. I think their style fits me well.’’

Bartelstein said he told his client getting picked by Portland was a home run for two reasons: it’s always big to be a team’s only selection in a draft; and it’s important to be a targeted player, not just someone who is picked because they are available.

“It’s really important to come into the league and know a team wanted you enough to get the rights to get your pick,’’ Bartelstein said. “I know how much time Neil spent scouting and watching him, how much he focused on him, and to me, that says a lot.’’

Layman said he will arrive in Portland next week for the start of training camp for the Blazers’ Summer League entrant. The Blazers’ first game in Las Vegas will be July 9.

Gonzaga's Domantas Sabonis selected 11th, becomes second highest draft pick in program history

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Gonzaga's Domantas Sabonis selected 11th, becomes second highest draft pick in program history

Orlando selected Gonzaga sophomore Domantas Sabonis with the 11th pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, making Sabonis the second highest draft pick in Bulldog program history (behind Adam Morrison, taken third by Charlotte in 2006).   

The Magic immediately traded his rights along with Victor Oladipo and Ersan Ilyasova to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Serge Ibaka.

The 6-foot-10 forward averaged 17.6 points and 11.8 rebounds. In his two seasons as a Bulldog, he helped lead Gonzaga to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2001.

Sabonis was named to the All-WCC first team in 2015-16 and was a second-team selection as a freshman.

Gonzaga's Kyle Wiltjer agrees to deal with Houston Rockets

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Gonzaga's Kyle Wiltjer agrees to deal with Houston Rockets

After going undrafted, Gonzaga foward Kyle Wiltjer agreed to three-year deal with Houston. He will play on Rockets' summer league team.

In his senior season at Gonzaga, Wiltjer averaged 20.4 points and 6.3 rebounds, while shooting 49.1 percent from the floor and 43.7 percent from beyond the arc. 

Wiltjer spent his first two seasons at the University of Kentucky; his freshman year, UK won the National Championship, and as a sophomore he was named Southeastern Conference Sixth Man of the Year after averaging 10.2 points ad 4.2 rebounds per game for the Wildcats. 

The Portland, Ore. native then elected to transfer to Gonzaga. He was named to the All-West Coast Conference first team both seasons as a bulldog. 

Golf, 1.2 million, and a phone call: How Jake Layman became a Trail Blazer on NBA Draft Night

Golf, 1.2 million, and a phone call: How Jake Layman became a Trail Blazer on NBA Draft Night

Despite having no picks in the NBA Draft last night, Neil Olshey and Paul Allen found a way to wheel and deal their way into the draft by making a trade with the Orlando Magic for the #47 overall pick and used that selection on Maryland's Jake Layman. Daniel Martin of CSNMidAtlantic.com spoke to Layman last night on a conference call who said, “Honestly, going into it I was confident that I was going to get picked no matter what round it was or when. I found out that Portland traded in to get that pick and I’m their only pick, so that’s a good sign.”

Read more about Layman's draft day experience which started on a golf course and ended with him being drafted by a team he didn't even work out for

 

 

Thunder trade Serge Ibaka to Magic for Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis, Ersan Ilyasova

Thunder trade Serge Ibaka to Magic for Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis, Ersan Ilyasova

A team that reached the Western Conference finals traded a veteran star with one season left on his contract to an Eastern Conference team that didn’t even make the playoffs.

This deal is a little backward.

Serge Ibaka is headed to the Magic with Victor Oladipo, No. 11 pick Domantas Sabonis and Ersan Ilyasova going to the Thunder.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

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Thunder trade Serge Ibaka to Magic for Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis, Ersan Ilyasova

Thunder trade Serge Ibaka to Magic for Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis, Ersan Ilyasova

A team that reached the Western Conference finals traded a veteran star with one season left on his contract to an Eastern Conference team that didn’t even make the playoffs.

This deal is a little backward.

Serge Ibaka is headed to the Magic with Victor Oladipo, No. 11 pick Domantas Sabonis and Ersan Ilyasova going to the Thunder.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

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Gary Payton II goes undrafted, set to sign with Houston Rockets

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Gary Payton II goes undrafted, set to sign with Houston Rockets

Oregon State point guard Gary Payton II went undrafted during Thursday's NBA Draft, though it appears he quickly found an NBA suitor. 

From Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

Payton, 6'3", 175 lbs.,  was originally projected as a 2nd round pick. The two-time defensive player of the year averaged 16.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 2.5 steals in 34.3 minutes last season for the Beavers.

 

Trail Blazers select forward Jake Layman with 47th overall pick

Trail Blazers select forward Jake Layman with 47th overall pick

The Trail Blazers drafted Maryland forward Jake Layman with the 47th overall pick on Thursday after acquiring the second round pick in a trade with the Orlando Magic, according to The Vertical.

The Blazers paid Orlando $1.2 million and sent their 2019 second round pick, according to The Vertical.

[WATCH: Jake Layman highlight reel]

Layman is a 6-foot-9 forward who played small forward his senior season at Maryland but is probably best suited as a stretch four.  He is considered a good leaper and impressed with his shooting at the Chicago Combine in May. Weaknesses include his ball handling and ability to create his shot.

The Blazers entered the 2016 Draft without a pick, but secured the athletic forward midway through the second round. Layman averaged 11.7 points and 5.3 rebounds his senior season and scored 27 points in the Terrapins’ opening round game in the NCAA Tournament.  As a senior, he shot 39.6 percent from three-point range and 50 percent from the field.