The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 10 and the Portland Trail Blazers have been mentioned in plenty of trade rumors. KGW's Orlando Sanchez and Jared Cowley got together on Thursday to talk about the Blazers and what to expect at this year's trade deadline.
Portland Trail Blazers interim general manager Joe Cronin made a positive impression on the team's fanbase during a conversation (don't call it a press conference) with media on Thursday. He gave off a warm, positive vibe, answered questions with confidence and provided the impression he'll be given the autonomy to make major moves with the team's roster.
This week was also full of drama surrounding Blazers superstar guard Damian Lillard and national media, first with a report from The Athletic's Shams Charania and Sam Amick and then with an article by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that many suspected used former Blazers general manager Neil Olshey as a main source. Lillard was critical of both pieces and then spoke out during shootaround this week, saying he wanted to stay in Portland and wasn't demanding a trade.
On this week's episode of KGW's 3-on-3 Blazers podcast, Orlando Sanchez and Jared Cowley share their first impressions of Cronin, discuss the articles that were written about Lillard and the Blazers this week and whether Lillard's reaction to them was justified, and assess the current state of the Blazers on the court.
Meet the 3-on-3 Blazers team
Orlando Sanchez is the sports anchor and report for KGW News, Sports Sunday and Friday Night Flights. Orlando has covered multiple NBA Finals, NCAA basketball tournaments and World Series. Jared Cowley is the digital executive producer for KGW News. He writes about the Blazers and other topics for kgw.com. Jared has written about the Utah Jazz and Golden State Warriors as a sports editor at two daily newspaper.
KGW sports anchor Orlando Sanchez and digital executive producer Jared Cowley talk about Neil Olshey, Larry Nance Jr. and potential lineup changes in this week's episode of KGW's 3-on-3 Blazers podcast.
3:15 — Neil Olshey
41:37 — Impact of Larry Nance Jr.
48:03 — Nurk vs. Nance
54:40 — Nas vs. RoCo
1:01:03 — Home vs. road
The Trail Blazers are coming off an 0-3 road trip and Damian Lillard's season-opening slump has reached 8 games. Are the Blazers a bad team or is their poor play mostly a product of Lillard's lack of production? KGW's Orlando Sanchez and Jared Cowley discuss Lillard's slump, the Blazers' road woes, the new four-guard lineup, and then make predictions for the next four games.
KGW's Orlando Sanchez and Jared Cowley discuss their impression of the Blazers after the first four games of the season. How does the defense look? Who has impressed so far (hello, CJ McCollum and Anfernee Simons!). Should we be worried about Damian Lillard's slump? They also look ahead to the next four games against the Clippers, Hornets, 76ers and Cavaliers and make a few predictions.
It’s that time of year again! The Portland Trail Blazers play their first regular season game in less than a week, so KGW’s Orlando Sanchez and Jared Cowley got together to make a bunch of predictions for KGW's 3-on-3 Blazers annual season preview. They predict the Blazers win total, Portland’s playoff seed, which players will exceed expectations and which ones will fall short of expectations. They also make NBA picks for order of finish in the Western Conference, NBA champion, MVP, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player and Sixth Man of the Year.
KGW’s Orlando Sanchez and Jared Cowley discuss the report by Shams Charania of The Athletic about trade discussions between the Blazers and 76ers, centered around Ben Simmons, presumably CJ McCollum and a whole heap of Blazers draft picks. Then they discuss the challenge for Blazers fans trying to find Blazers games on ROOT Sports if they don’t have cable or DirecTV. And finally, they play "Buy or Sell?" for the big training camp storylines for the Blazers: Anfernee Simons the point guard, Nassir Little ready to break out, Jusuf Nurkic’s happiness and a new defensive scheme.
On this week's episode, KGW's Orlando Sanchez and Jared Cowley talk about a potential trade that would bring Ben Simmons to Portland. They also discuss the Larry Nance Jr. trade and LaMarcus Aldridge's return to the NBA.
The Blazers bring back Norman Powell on a five-year, $90 million deal and sign Cody Zeller, Ben McLemore and Tony Snell to shore up the bench, while saying goodbye to Carmelo Anthony, Enes Kanter and Zach Collins. Now, all of Blazers nation waits to see if Neil Olshey will make a big move to improve the team in a way that appeals to Damian Lillard. Plus, the 76ers hire someone really, really close to Dame. What's the concern level for the Blazers with a move like that?
After another first-round exit, Damian Lillard is questioning his future with the Portland Trail Blazers. He wants a championship roster built around him this offseason. How likely is Lillard to leave if the roster can't be improved to that level? Would it be in the Blazers' best interest to trade Lillard now? What kind of moves can Neil Olshey make this offseason, in the draft, during free agency and with trades? Is Olshey capable of making the big move or moves needed to keep Lillard happy? We talk about all this and more on the latest episode of KGW's 3-on-3 Blazers podcast with KGW sports anchor Orlando Sanchez, senior digital producer Jared Cowley and special guest Nate Hanson, in his triumphant return to the podcast! We also say goodbye to good friend, co-host and Rip It! creator Max Barr, who is pursuing an exciting new career.