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The Athletic's Portland Trail Blazers podcast with longtime Blazers beat reporter Jason Quick and NBA podcasting extraordinaire Dave DuFour brings you behind-the-scenes access to the team, in-depth interviews, and game analysis. Subscribe to The Athletic to get all episodes ad-free and extra subscriber only episodes.
 
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A journey across the Blazers roster finding a skill for each player to work on improving during the offseason. Trendon Watford's stand still shooting, Nassir Little's help defense, Anfernee Simons' screen navigation and choice for everyone else on the roster rom Damian Lillard to Did Louzada. Music for Locked On Blazers by Drae Slapz. Find more of …
 
May 12, 2022 The playoffs aren't even over and the off season rumors are flying. Is Zach LaVine going to suit up for the Trail Blazers next season? Is Terry Stotts going to coach the Lakers? Dave and Dia give their opinions. Plus, The team names a General Manager, Damian Lillard does good things, Nassir Little has surgery and the playoffs are causi…
 
After six months with the interim tag, Joe Cronin was named the Trail Blazers General Manager on Tuesday, signing a four-year deal to be the team's lead decision. The process to hire Cronin as the permanent GM was messy as there was no interview process with other candidates. That doesn't mean Cronin isn't capable of doing the job, but it sends a m…
 
The Trail Blazers are dreaming big heading into the offseason and are reportedly angling to sign free agent Zach LaVine, according to a report from ESPN's Brian Windhorst. There's so much to unpack on the Blazers pursuit of LaVine. Let's dig deep into how Portland can make the financials works, who they would have to give up in order to land LaVine…
 
It's the latest Mailbag Monday from Locked On Blazers! It's time to answer your questions about the Blazers' draft day trade options and how lottery position could determine the future of the franchise in multiple ways. Plus Damian Lillard's involvement with roster building and how the team build a championship level roster. If you want to ask a qu…
 
We got NBA coaching news with Mike Brown hired by the Sacramento Kings and former Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts interviewing with the Los Angeles Lakers. Plus it's time to take a spin on the Tankathon machine, simulating the NBA draft lottery thrice to see where the Trail Blazers land. Will my comically bad luck continue or did Portland find its…
 
The Clippers signed Robert Covington to a contract extension, a remind of the 3-and-D forward the Trail Blazers decided to trade away at the deadline. With RoCo gone and now inked to stay in LA, who might the Blazers pursue in free agency to fill the role vacated by the veteran forward. We're talking free agents targets with the Trail Blazers mid-l…
 
It's time for more lessons from the NBA playoffs that we can apply to the Portland Trail Blazers. In Miami, Duncan Robinson isn't getting off the bench in the second round of the playoffs. It's a reminder of how shortcomings and particularly shortcoming relative to your teammates are more glaring in the postseason. There are players built for regul…
 
Who are the best fits on the current Trail Blazers roster among the top prospects in the 2022 NBA Draft? Starting at the top of the lottery we take a closer look at Auburn's Jabari Smith Jr., Duke's Paolo Banchero and Gonzaga's Chet Holmgren. Which of the consensus top three prospects would fit best with the Blazers and why that matters for a team …
 
May 4, 2022 The Trail Blazers remain in the off season and talks of what to do now are in full swing. Dave and Dia discuss a few more players and wether or not they should stay, and should the team bring back LaMarcus Aldridge? Plus the big question-- Which direction do the Blazers go from here? Also Dave has some strong opinions on the developing …
 
It's fake trade season and it's venture into the trade machine wilderness and go hunting for transactions that will help the Portland Trail Blazers. What does a Justise Winslow, a large traded player exception and a future first land you on the trade market? How about Jonathan Isaac of the Orlando Magic or Kyle Kuzma of the Washington Wizards? With…
 
How many elite skills do the Trail Blazers have on their roster? A deep dive into the tracking data on NBA.com and bball-index.com gives us a look a the numbers behind the top flight skills currently on Portland's roster. Anfernee Simons and Damian Lillard are both high level pick and roll navigators, but Simons is also an elite spot up shooter and…
 
April 28, 2022 It's the end of he season, and Dia's least favorite game is back--keep or yeet. Dave and Dia break down the team's current roster and who should stay and who and should go. The two also discuss the playoffs thus far and a few more other fun things going on in this week's episode! Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link:…
 
The Portland Trail Blazers want to be competitive right away to begin next season. So with that in mind let's assess the core pieces of their roster to figure out how they go from where they are today to where they intend to be in the fall. Damian Lillard is still going to be a "true beast," as he recently anointed himself on social media. When hea…
 
It's still mock draft season and it's time to check in on which players are projected to go to the Portland Trail Blazers in the latest mock drafts from around the web. Kentucky's Shaedon Sharpe is a common name in Portland's draft range. Is the 6-6 former 5-star recruit worth the risk even if he didn't play a single second of college basketball? W…
 
A Portland Trail Blazers offseason smorgasbord looking at the Most Improved Player award voting and what a win for Ja Morant means for Anfernee Simons chances in 2022-23. Then we take a peak at the Miami Heat and how the Blazers might be able to acquire sharpshooter Duncan Robinson or gritty wing Caleb Martin. The Blazers are going to need to get c…
 
Eric Griffith (@EricG_NBA) of Willamette Week is back on the show to dive deep into the Portland Trail Blazers offseason and how the franchise can improve with the assets they have available. We start with some positivity talking about reasons for optimism around the team and why the midseason salary dumps might end up useful heading into the offse…
 
Our resident cap space consultant Eric Griffith (@EricG_NBA) of Willamette Week joins to all things salary cap in the Portland Trail Blazers offseason. How much salary cap space can the Trail Blazers create? Eric breaks down the path Portland would have to pursue in order to clear space to chase top tier free agents and why this is an unlikely aven…
 
April 21, 2022 The Playoffs have begun, and for the first time in 9 years, the Trail Blazers are not in It. Which means that the off season has begun, and so has speculation of where we go from here. Dave and Dia break down what the existing contracts look like, and what options the team has going forward. The duo also discusses their picks for the…
 
The Trail Blazers are spectators for this year's playoffs but the teams left in the postseason offer some useful lessons for what it takes to be successful this time of year. Versatility is key and in Memphis and Dallas that trait has been on full display with scheme versatility from the Mavericks defense and lineup versatility from the Grizzlies i…
 
Should the Trail Blazers trade the sixth pick in the NBA draft in order to get veteran upgrades to improve the roster in the immediate term? That's the question we explore to open the show. How high is too high to trade a draft pick, what would an enticing package look like for the Blazers and why should they do it or not do it. Plus, we discuss Po…
 
The New Orleans Pelicans beat the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday evening to earn the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. It was bad news for the Portland Trail Blazers who saw their chance at a 2022 lottery pick disappear when New Orleans made the playoffs. It was a bad day to cap off a bad season for the Trail Blazers. Yuck. It's worth u…
 
Anfernee Simons was not on the latest 25 players under 25 list released by ESPN early this week. There's at least one player on the list that Ant is way better than. I'm looking at you John Collins. Did Ant get snubbed or is the league just flush with young talent? And what does not making the list tell us about Simons' free agent future this summe…
 
April 14, 2022 The roller coaster of a season has ended and Dave and Dia are breaking down the players we saw come and go.... all 27 of them. The duo review the season and all it's parts and players in this week's episode. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://cre…
 
The immediate future of the Portland Trail Blazers will shift one way or another based on the outcome of the Los Angeles Clippers-New Orleans Pelicans play-in game on Friday. A Clippers win and Portland is likely sitting on two lottery picks this offseason with real opportunity to retool around the draft with two high picks and some useful trade ch…
 
The Portland Trail Blazers have finally made it to the most important week of their season and they aren't even playing. They're at home watching the play-in round of the Western Conference postseason because the future of the Blazers franchise will be shaped one way or another this week. If the New Orleans Pelicans make the playoffs, the Blazers w…
 
Portland Trail Blazers interim GM Joe Cronin spoke at team's season ending media exit interviews and gave his vision for the franchise's offseason and the next steps for the organization. Cronin didn't reveal anything earth shattering but he shared some important tidbits regarding the core group of veterans he sees as building blocks in Damian Lill…
 
The Trail Blazers season mercifully came to an end on Sunday evening in a 131-80 loss to the Utah Jazz. It was Portland's seventh straight loss and capped a 2-21 close to the season in which the franchise decided to stack losses in hopes of a brighter future. This episode runs through the full timeline of chaotic events that put Portland where it i…
 
April 7, 2022 The Trail Blazer season comes to a close and so does the tank. It's been a season like no other, but as the team finishes out their last few games, Dave and Dia still have a lot to be happy about. Blazers Edge night was a success and both hosts recount their personal experiences of the night. CJ McCollum returns to the Moda center for…
 
The Trail Blazers lost on Thursday. They lose on most days. It's the plan. They're 2-19 since the All-Star Break and are riding a nine-game losing streak after a drubbing in New Orleans against the Pelicans. But let's be positive. This is the 1,000th episode of Locked On Blazers and that milestone deserves some positivity. So let's find some reason…
 
The second ever Locked On Blazers Listener Summit where listeners of show join to discuss Portland's season and what the team should do in the draft and the offseason ahead. First up is listener Scott who shares his thoughts on the Blazers rookies and how Greg Brown, Keon Johnson, Brandon Williams and Trendon Watford have improved throughout their …
 
We're talking about everyone's favorite acronym. Traded Player Exception. That's right it's TPE time, y'all. The Trail Blazers have a roughly $21 million traded player exception that they acquired in the traded that sent CJ McCollum to the New Orleans Pelicans. It's an exception that could allow the Blazers to swing a relatively big trade, one of t…
 
The best basketball players in the world under the age of 19 will be Portland this week taking part in the Nike Hoop Summit at the Moda Center on April 8. Reggie Walker, the promoter and director of the Nike Hoop Summit, joins the show talk about the event which has featured 14 No. 1 NBA draft picks over the years. Prospects to watch to include Der…
 
The Trail Blazers lost a couple games to the San Antonio Spurs over the weekend as they continue their losing streak and pursuit of better draft lottery odds. Plus, is a Utah Jazz tear down coming and could Portland sneak in and take advantage of another team in turmoil? The show kicks off with. a discussion of Portland's two losses in San Antonio …
 
Mark Schindler (@MSchindlerNBA) joins the show to talk about NBA draft prospects for the Trail Blazers to target in the lottery. The show starts with the latest news on which projected first round picks have declared for the draft as Wisconsin's Johnny Davis and Purdue's Jaden Ivey made their plans to head to the NBA official on Thursday. Then we s…
 
It was an emotional night in the Moda Center as CJ McCollum returned to face the Portland Trail Blazers for the first time as a member of an opposing team. The New Orleans Pelicans won by double digits in a game that was probably closer than it should have been, but Wednesday night was less about what happened on the court and more about the man wh…
 
Mark Schindler of BasketballNews.com and other places on the basketball internet joins the program to talk about the Trail Blazers future. We discuss Trendon Watford's growth, where Mark was wrong about Watford coming out of LSU and how he's development in the NBA with a massive late season role with the Blazers. Then we discuss how to assess the B…
 
It's NBA Mock Draft season and it's time to take a look at which prospects the Trail Blazers might target in the 2022 NBA draft. But first there was a game for the ages Monday night in Portland that nobody wanted to win. The Blazers lost a tank off to the Oklahoma City Thunder in overtime in a game in which both teams had just eight available playe…
 
The Portland Trail Blazers loss twice to the Houston Rockets over the weekend, two important losses for Portland's quest for better lottery odds. Losing twice at home against the same team has never felt so good. The Blazers had a late injury scare in Saturday's game as Trendon Watford left with an apparent knee injury and while it looked scary in …
 
It's the latest Special Delivery Mailbag from Locked On Blazers! It's time to answer your questions about how the Trail Blazers might treat their lottery picks. What happens if they get two, what happens if they get the No. 1 overall pick and how scenarios might impact their decision making. Plus, we've got questions about Anfernee Simons' scoring …
 
March 24, 2022 It's another wild week in Rip City and we have Jusuf Nurkic tossing a pesky fan's phone, Damian Lillard getting benched for the remainder of the season, some losses, a win, and Future Blazers' legend Jerami Grant. All of this and even more to discuss on this episode of Dave and Dia. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Li…
 
The Portland Trail Blazers lost by a lot of points to the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night. Just your run of mill 37 point thrashing. It happens. Zach Collins made his return to the Moda Center, which was a nice moment. But overall the game was a mess. The mess is part of plan but also part of the problem. Portland's commitment to being bad on …
 
Andy Patton of Locked On Zags joins the show to talk all things Chet Holmgren. It's a Chet Chat! The Gonzaga big man is a one of the most fascinating and polarizing prospects to enter the NBA draft in years and few have watched him as closely as Andy in his lone collegiate season. What are Holmgren's strengths? Is there more to his game beyond elit…
 
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