Portland Trail Blazers Player News: All Positions

News: Collins (ankle) was cleared for contact workouts Monday, Jason Quick of the Athletic reports.
Impact: While all signs are pointing toward Collins being ready for training camp, the 21-year-old is missing out on some important development time. He could be in store for a big season, as the Blazers moved on from most of their stable frontcourt options during the offseason. Collins figures to play at both center and power forward and could realistically approach minutes in the mid-to-upper 20s.
News: Collins suffered a grade 2 right ankle sprain and a torn ligament during a recent workout, Dwight Jaynes of NBC Sports reports. He is expected to be healthy by training camp.
Impact: The injury did not require surgery, though Collins has been using crutches and a walking boot. While the situation will prevent Collins from continuing important offseason development work, the fact that he'll be healthy by the start of camp is a great sign. He'll be entering his age 21 season and seems to be primed for a workload increase while playing both power forward and center.
News: McCollum agreed to a three-year, $100 million contract extension with the Trail Blazers on Tuesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: McCollum is just two years into his last extension, which was for $106 million over four years, but the organization appears to not want to waste any time in locking up their star backcourt duo. Damian Lillard already signed his supermax deal back at the start of free agency, and now, with McCollum locked in, the pairing will be under contract in Portland for at least the next five seasons. McCollum has averaged at least 20 points per game in each of the last four seasons and has emerged as one of the league's better isolation scoring guards in the process.
News: A Trail Blazers executive said the team did not make Simons available in potential trades this summer, RealGM reports. "There was a reason we told teams to stop asking about him in trades," the executive said. "You want to see second-year guys dominate here (Summer League) and he did that. He's been one of the best players here. The kid just works."
Impact: Obviously, the Blazers have a vested interest in propping up Simons' value, but the second-year guard looked impressive in Las Vegas, and the hype continues to build, despite the fact that Simons played in only 20 NBA games as a rookie. The 6-4 guard, who turned 20 last month, will likely play a more integral role in Year 2, but with a veteran backcourt in place, it's unclear just how much opportunity he'll be afforded on a night-to-night basis. Chances are, Simons will open the season as the backup to Damian Lillard, though it remains to be seen whether that will be enough to vault him into fantasy relevancy in traditional fantasy formats. "Last year he was so young and in over his head, but he was never scared," the executive said. "That matters. The best part is that he fits with Dame (Lillard) or C.J. (McCollum) or both at the same time. We're fortunate to have him."
News: Gasol (ankle) signed a one-year contract with the Trail Blazers on Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Entering his age-39 season, Gasol likely doesn't have much left in the tank, though he is just two years removed from starting 63 games and averaging 23.5 minutes per contest for the Spurs. Gasol split last season between San Antonio and Milwaukee, but he appeared in only three games for the Bucks -- partially due to foot and ankle issues. The veteran underwent a procedure on his left foot in May, and he's optimistic that he'll be cleared for basketball activities sometime in August.
News: Trent provided 28 points (11-24 FG, 4-12 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, one assist and one steal across 30 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 99-84 win over the Bucks during a Las Vegas Summer League consolation game Friday.
Impact: Trent offered a fitting cap on his strong body of work in Las Vegas, comfortably pacing both squads in scoring and rebounds. The promising 20-year-old finished summer league play with averages of 20.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.4 steals across five games, positioning himself for what should be an extended audition during training camp and preseason for a reserve backcourt role.
News: Little will not play in Friday's summer league game against the Bucks due to a left shoulder injury, Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest reports.
Impact: The Trail Blazers will exercise caution with Little in their final game in Vegas. The next time we will see the No. 25 pick will be once the preseason commences.
News: Stokes amassed 17 points (8-8 FG, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds and one assist across 20 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 92-87 loss to the Thunder in a Las Vegas Summer League game Thursday.
Impact: The big man stepped up with his best all-around performance of summer league play. Stokes is now averaging 8.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 block across 20.5 minutes over four games in Las Vegas as he looks to make a case for a training camp invite. The 2014 second-round pick of the Grizzlies has 28 games of NBA experience under his belt, but he last saw regular-season action with the Nuggets back in the 2016-17 campaign.
News: Trent totaled 22 points (8-24 FG, 2-14 3Pt, 4-7 FT), eight rebounds, one assist and two steals across 34 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 92-87 loss to the Thunder in a Las Vegas Summer League game Thursday.
Impact: Trent exploded for a team-high scoring tally despite his shooting struggles, and he's now averaging 18.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals across 28.0 minutes over four games in Las Vegas. The 2018 second-round pick has made a solid case for an extended look during training camp and preseason games.
News: Little finished with four points (2-7 FG, 0-4 3Pt), five rebounds and one assist across 22 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 97-93 loss to the Jazz in a Las Vegas Summer League game Tuesday.
Impact: The 25th overall pick in this year's draft, Little hasn't made much of an impact through three summer tilts while averaging 22.0 minutes per contest. Tuesday's production brought his averages in Las Vegas to 4.3 points and 4.3 rebounds, and he's particularly struggled with his shot (6-18 FG) thus far. He'll likely continue seeing a decent amount of playing time for what remains of the tournament but isn't projected for a sizable role once the regular season begins.
News: Clavell contributed 11 points (4-11 FG, 3-7 3Pt), two rebounds and two assists across 20 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 97-93 loss to the Jazz in a Las Vegas Summer League game Tuesday.
Impact: The third-year pro stepped up with his best performance yet in Las Vegas, serving as an effective complement to the efforts of Anfernee Simons and Gary Trent, Jr. Clavell turned in a solid campaign overseas earlier this year, and he'll look to continue building a case for a chance to join the Trail Blazers in training camp this fall.
News: Trent managed 12 points (4-15 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, five assists and two steals across 31 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 97-93 loss to the Jazz in a Las Vegas Summer League game Tuesday.
Impact: Trent's shot was a bit off, but he still put together a strong final line with the help of solid work on the boards and as a facilitator. The 2018 second-round pick has acquitted himself very well thus far in Las Vegas, as he was coming off a spectacular 31-point tally against the Rockets on Sunday.
News: Simons suffered a Grade 1 right ankle sprain during Tuesday's summer league loss to the Jazz, Peter Socotch of NBC Sports Northwest reports. He finished the game with 35 points (13-18 FG, 6-7 3Pt, 3-3 FT), six rebounds, two assists and two steals across 30 minutes.
Impact: Simons already had X-rays come back negative, so he appears to have avoided a more serious ankle injury. The 20-year-old has no official timetable for his return, but the team is likely to remain cautious with their 2018 first-round pick.
News: Simons registered 16 points (6-11 FG, 4-6 3Pt), four rebounds and two assists across 25 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 97-87 win over the Rockets in a Las Vegas Summer League game Sunday.
Impact: The 2018 first-round pick put together a solid outing while tying Gary Trent, Jr. for the team lead in minutes. Simons is off to a strong start in Las Vegas, averaging 15.5 points (on 44.0 percent shooting), 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists across 24.5 minutes. Simons is poised for a boost in the 7.1 minutes he averaged during his rookie campaign, and he'll look to continue gaining valuable seasoning during the balance of his time in the desert.
News: Trent managed 31 points (10-12 FG, 7-8 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six rebounds, five assists and two steals across 25 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 97-87 win over the Rockets in a Las Vegas Summer League game Sunday.
Impact: The 2018 second-round pick only saw action in 15 games last season, but he made a particularly strong impression in the regular-season finale against the Kings with 19 points while paying all 48 minutes. Trent is already averaging 20.5 points (on 54.0 percent shooting), 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steal over his first two games in Las Vegas, and he has the opportunity to position himself for a considerably larger role this coming season if he can keep up a similar caliber of play.
News: Robinson recorded 14 points (3-5 FG, 8-9 FT), 10 rebounds, two blocks, and one assist in 20 minutes during Saturday's 93-73 loss to the Pistons.
Impact: Robinson compiled a double-double, attacking the rim and earning a bunch of free throws while hauling down boards galore. Portland has a need for two-way players along the wing, and while it's unclear whether Robinson is a capable enough shooter, he's at least a player who could earn a training camp invite if all goes well.
News: Little managed two points (1-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and three rebounds in 22 minutes during Saturday's 93-73 loss to the Pistons.
Impact: Little failed to make an impact in the summer league opener. Regardless of whether this becomes the norm or not, the rookie forward isn't likely to carve out a consistent role on a contending team that has historically opted to develop most of their younger prospects in the G League.
News: Labissiere is nursing an injured shoulder and it's not clear if he'll be available for the Blazers' first summer league game on Saturday, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
Impact: Labissiere suffered the injury a few weeks back during a minicamp scrimmage. While it doesn't seem to be serious, it's possible he'll miss summer league action.
News: Tolliver and the Trial Blazers have agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million deal, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Tolliver will provided Portland with some outside shooting at either forward spot after the team parted ways with last season's starters at those spots -- Al-Farouq Aminu and Maurice Harkless -- in trades within the past two days. The veteran could get the opportunity to compete for a starting role, but he's unlikely to see a high volume of touches or major minutes in any scenario. The 34-year-old averaged 5.0 points and 2.7 rebounds in 16.6 minutes per game over 65 appearances with the Timberwolves in 2018-19, shooting 38.2 percent from the field and 37.7 percent from distance.
News: Whiteside was traded to Portland on Monday in exchange for Moe Harkless and Meyers Leonard, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Heading into free agency, Whiteside opted into his $27.1 million player option, but the Heat will send him to Portland, where he'll likely slide in as the starting center while Jusuf Nurkic recovers from a serious lower-leg injury. Whiteside's fantasy value has been all on a gradual decline over the last three seasons, but it's mostly been due to dwindling opportunity. Last season, Whiteside averaged just 23.3 minutes per contest but still managed to post 12.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game.
News: Lillard and the Trail Blazers reached agreement Sunday on a four-year, $196 million supermax extension, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: Word surfaced shortly after Portland was eliminated from the postseason in May that Lillard was working toward a long-term extension, so it comes as little surprise that player and team were able to find common ground on a new deal on the first day of the new league year. The extension will keep Lillard on the books through the 2024-25 campaign, assuming he accepts his $54.3 million player option for that season. Lillard, who has made four consecutive all-NBA teams, should make for a comfortable late-first-round or early-second-round selection in fantasy drafts after averaging 25.8 points, 6.9 assists, 4.6 boards, 3.0 triples and 1.1 steals per game in 2018-19 while shooting 44.4 percent from the floor and 91.2 percent from the charity stripe.
News: Hezonja and the Trail Blazers agreed to a one-year contract Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Hezonja struggled with his shot throughout the 2018-2019 campaign in New York, converting on 41.2 percent of his field goals after shooting 44.2 percent a season ago while with Orlando. He'll have an opportunity for a fresh start with Portland, where he figures to serve as depth off the bench.
News: Hood and the Trail Blazers came to terms Sunday on a two-year, $16 million contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPn reports.
Impact: Hood found a home in Portland following a rough stint with the Cavaliers, and he emerged as a valued piece off the bench in the postseason. Hood should play a similar role in 2019-20, though he'll have to contend with fellow new addition Kent Bazemore for minutes on the wing.
News: Porter (knee) has signed a contract with the Trail Blazers, Alex Schiffer of the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Portland seems to be interested in bringing Porter in for some deep frontcourt depth. That said, he won't be able to play for a few months, as he's recovering from his second ACL tear since November. In 2017-18, as a freshman at Mizzou, he won SEC Sixth-Man of the Year by averaging 9.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.7 blocks across 24.5 minutes.
News: The Trail Blazers extended a qualifying offer to Layman on Tuesday, making him an restricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Layman is coming off his most productive NBA season in 2018-19, posting career-bests across the board. Layman will have the opportunity to see what kind of value the market has him set at, and if he signs an offer sheet with another team, Portland will have three days to match. Given how much the league values versatile wings like Layman, there will surely be a market for him once free agency begins.
News: Bazemore was traded to the Trail Blazers on Monday in exchange for Evan Turner, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Unsurprisingly, Bazemore picked up his $19.2 million player option for the 2019-20 season, but the rebuilding Hawks will ship him to Portland, where he'll have a much better chance to contribute for a playoff-caliber team. The 29-year-old is coming off of a season in which he averaged 11.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 67 games (24.5 MPG), but he shot just 40.2 percent from the field, including 32.0 percent from three -- his lowest mark since his rookie year in 2012-13. In Portland, Bazemore will add depth on the wing, and he could be set to replace Rodney Hood, who enters unrestricted free agency next week.
News: Whitehead agreed Sunday to join the Trail Blazers for summer league, Michael Scotto of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Whitehead has not appeared in an NBA game since 2017-18 and spent majority of last season with the G League's Grand Rapids Drive. He will try to make enough of an impression in the summer league to earn an invitation to an NBA training camp later in the offseason.
News: Hoard signed a two-way contract with the Trail Blazers on Friday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: While he didn't find much team success in his lone year at Wake Forest, Hoard put together a pretty impressive freshman season with the Demon Deacons on his way to becoming the first one-and-done player in the school's history. He averaged 13.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game but will need to improve his outside shot immensely after hitting just 22.6 percent of his threes last year. He'll be allowed to spend up to 45 days with the Blazers this season under his two-way contract.
News: Little was selected by the Trail Blazers with the No. 25 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Impact: Little was projected by many to go much higher than pick 25 and could be a quality pickup for Portland. He averaged 9.8 points and 4.6 rebounds (47.8 FG%, 26.9 3PT%, 77.0 FT%) in 18.2 minutes per game while coming off the bench for North Carolina as a freshman this past year. He'll slot in as a depth shooting guard and small forward this coming season.