Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu is expected to miss 2-3 weeks with a sprained right ankle, suffered Wednesday Night against the Jazz, the club has confirmed. Aminu had been off to a pretty nice start to the season, averaging 9.4 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game in the first eight games of the season. He had also been shooting a career-high 43% on threes in that small sample size, which had been a very welcome sign to the Blazers because Aminu has really struggled in the past on outside shooting but him shooting better this year had helped open up the offense.
Where Aminu will really be missed for these few weeks is on the defensive end of the floor. The teams defense is significantly better when Aminu is on the floor because of his length, athleticism and versatility. Noah Vonleh will take over that starting role while Aminu is out and Vonleh might have eventually become the starting four because that was his role late last season and he was just coming back from an injury.
Blazers’ Damian Lillard Wants to Spend Entire Career with Team, Talks Playing with CJ McCollum
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard had been the subject of trade rumors this offseason and will likely to be as the 2018-2019 season get underway, but he would prefer to stay with the Blazers for his entire career, according to The Athletic’s Michael Scotta.
“That would be an honor to be a lifetime Blazer,” Damian Lillard said at the NBA 2K launch in New York.
“Not a lot of guys get to play for one organization for their entire career. Obviously, I love playing for the Blazers. I love living in the city. I feel like I’ve established a connection with the people and the culture of the city just as much as I’ve done on the basketball court, so that’s important. But, as we know, it’s a business and a lot of times organizations have other plans, and sometimes players change their stance on that. But to be a lifetime Blazer, that would be great. I’m all on board for it.”
Lillard also enjoys playing with his close friend and teammate CJ McCollum, and knows that their chemistry to key to the success of the team while also realizing the Blazers need more than that to win.
“I think as far as me and CJ, our friendship is so strong that it allows us to play really well together on the court, and we get our job done every night,” Lillard continued. “But when you talk about winning the championship and competing in the playoffs against teams like Golden State, Houston and San Antonio and all those guys, it’s a group effort. We’ve all got to be able to count on each other to compete at that level. Our team, we’ve got a lot of guys that care and a lot of guys that work hard. We’ve just got to keep improving.”
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Blazers’ Damian Lillard Requests Meeting With Paul Allen
“In fact, Lillard may have already requested a follow-up meeting with owner Paul Allen, the source indicated. Apparently, the source said, Lillard’s agent Aaron Goodwin is whispering as much. If so, great. Because Goodwin might seize on the good news and utilize Thursday’s All-NBA announcement to push that Allen-Lillard meeting into fruition.”
This meeting follows a January meeting between the two in which they discussed the future of the franchise.
“The two-time All-Star made it clear, though, that he has championship aspirations and wanted to fulfill those lofty goals during the remaining years of his prime window” ESPN’s Chris Haynes reported at the time.
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