Blazers owner Jody Allen released a statement to say the team is not for sale, fending off rumors from a couple of months ago.
“As chair of both the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks, my long-term focus is building championship teams that our communities are proud of. Like my brother Paul, I trust and expect our leaders and coaches to build winning teams that deliver results on and off the court and field.
“As we’ve stated before, neither of the teams is for sale and there are no discussions happening.
“A time will come when that changes given Paul’s plans to dedicate the vast majority of his wealth to philanthropy, but estates of this size and complexity can take 10 to 20 years to wind down. There is no pre-ordained timeline by which the teams must be sold.
“Until then, my focus — and that of our teams — is on winning.”
Williamson was the No. 1 overall pick out of Duke in 2019. He has spent an inordinate amount of time on the injured list, but has been wildly productive when he’s played. Last season, he sat out all year with a foot injury. He has since been cleared to return.
On the bright side for Williamson, the Pelicans seem to be on the rise behind the likes of Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum, acquired at the trade deadline. In fact, McCollum may have had his best stretch as a pro after the Pelicans landed him from the Trail Blazers in February.
The idea of Williamson teaming with Ingram and McCollum is something that clearly excites the Pelicans, who qualified for the playoffs via the play-in tournament. They then lost in the first round to the Suns.
He averaged 27.0 points and 7.2 rebounds in 61 games in 2020-21, before suffering the foot injury playing basketball over the summer.
- The two-year contract for forward Taurean Prince was originally reported as worth $16 million, but it actually is a little less than that. Per Luke Adams of Hoops Rumors, Prince’s deal is closer to $14.6 million, with the second year of the deal non-guaranteed.
- While it could help lift the Timberwolves closer to title contention, it may be a while before they know if the Rudy Gobert trade was a winner, wrote Michael Rand of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The deal is a “big swing” for the Wolves, Rand wrote, but the payoff could be well worth it.
- By pairing Gobert with Karl-Anthony Towns, the Timberwolves have decided to go “against the grain in an enormous way,” wrote Chris Herring of Sports Illustrated. They are likely to feature the tallest starting lineup this side of Cleveland (Jarrett Allen, Evan Mobley, Lauri Markkanen).