Northwest Notes: Blazers, Roberson, Thunder, Dozier

With Trevor Ariza unavailable for the NBA’s restart this summer, Damian Lillard thinks the Trail Blazers could opt for a big starting lineup that features Carmelo Anthony at the three (Twitter link via Royce Young of ESPN).

As Jason Quick of The Athletic writes, Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts confirmed that returning center Jusuf Nurkic will reenter the starting lineup alongside Lillard, Anthony, and CJ McCollum. That leaves one starting spot up for grabs, and if Portland goes big, Zach Collins or even Hassan Whiteside could occupy that last spot.

“I haven’t ruled out starting Hassan and Nurk together,” Stotts said when discussing the Trail Blazers’ lineup. “Why not? … It gives you something to write about.”

Stotts, who referred to Ariza as the Trail Blazers’ top perimeter defender, suggested that the team will fill that hole in its rotation with a “by-committee” approach. As Quick details, Anthony, Gary Trent Jr., Mario Hezonja, and Nassir Little could all play a role in that committee.

Here’s more from around the Northwest:

  • Thunder forward Andre Roberson, who hasn’t played in an NBA game in two-and-a-half years, has been participating in individual workouts at the club’s practice facility, head coach Billy Donovan told reporters on Wednesday (link via Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman). Roberson’s availability for the restart will be determined after the team sees him in action in five-on-five workouts.
  • Chesapeake Energy Corporation, the company that owns the naming rights for the Thunder‘s arena, filed for bankruptcy on Sunday, as Royce Young of ESPN writes. Chesapeake’s agreement with the Thunder runs through the 2022/23 season — it’s not clear how that deal will be affected by the company’s bankruptcy.
  • PJ Dozier‘s new deal with the Nuggets is a three-year pact that was completed the team’s using mid-level exception, as Jeff Siegel of Early Bird Rights notes (via Twitter). It features minimum salaries in all three seasons, including about $183K this season and a partial guarantee of $1.2MM in 2020/21, for a total guarantee in the neighborhood of $1.4MM.
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14 thoughts on “Northwest Notes: Blazers, Roberson, Thunder, Dozier

  1. Sillivan

    I checked Thunder next 3 years draft picks
    Thunder draft picks have little value
    They have total of 8 picks 3 years
    2020 Thunder has 27th pick
    2021 and 2022 Heat and Clippers picks
    They have traded their own two Firsts to other teams

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      Not to mention the fact that both of the picks they get from Houston will be late first rounders in 2024 and 2026. This is why they need to stop trying to win so much now, they’re just delaying the start of their re-build.

      OKC is stuck with Paul for 2 more years, unless they give up assets to move him like the Rockets did. Gallo and Roberson’s deals expire freeing up over $33M so they can start signing players to go with SGA and the other young guys on their squad.

      • x%sure

        So far OKC has been stuck with being a winner and have improved at PG. Westbrook is good but not best as a team player. With Houston he looks better as a 2G.

        Late firsts are not a bad thing!

        • harden-westbrook-mvps

          OKC has improved at PG? How exactly replacing a player who averaged 27.5 PPG, 8 RPG, and 7 APG with a guy who averaged 17.7 PPG, 5 RPG, and 6.8 APG this season an improvement? Not to mention the fact that CP3’s hamstrings are being held together with glue and it’s only a matter of time before his next injury.

          • x%sure

            Depth and BB quarterbacking. OKC could play 3 PGs at once and still have enough size. Westbrook is amazing but he went stale… he can focus on his amazing parts better in Houston as a wild card instead of a leader.

  2. Sillivan

    Thunder next 3 years
    First round + second round = Total of 8 picks

    If Gallo walks for nothing offseason, Knicks have better future than Thunder.

    Total future picks next 3 years
    Warriors 10
    Knicks 9
    Thunder 8

  3. El Don

    Why would Stotts put Nurk in the starting line up when Whiteside has played an absolutely historically great season?!?!? Beats me sometimes what HC’s think… no wonder POR won’t make it to the playoffs!

    • slund24

      Because Nurkic is much much much better than Whiteside. I hope you are joking that Whiteside has been historically great. He is awful defensively and doesnt offer much offensively. He gets rebounds and blocks but can’t guard anyone. Portland did everything they could to trade his expiring contract at the deadline but had no takers.

  4. KnickerbockerAl

    CP3 I can’t see him going anywhere. The only place it could happen is. Philly, they could offer Harris. Move Simmons to the 3. They’re a better team. They can draft picks too. Gallinari is leaving. Sixers can afford to go over cap. If they are contending. With Chris they can win East. At least one title. It’s the only place it could happen. Embiid ain’t getting any younger. With picks Sixers can load up for when Chris leaves, 2yrs.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      Joel Embiid is only 26, almost 10 years younger than Chris Paul.

  5. harden-westbrook-mvps

    Mbah a Moute has a better chance of playing than Roberson does.

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