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Jul 26 2016

Maurice Harkless

Update: N/A

Analysis: After going underutilized for much of the first half of the season, Harkless took over as the Blazers' starting power forward in February and made a positive impression. In his 14 regular-season starts, Harkless averaged 11.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 block in 26.9 minutes per game. He came close to maintaining those averages during the Blazers' 11-game postseason run, but it's uncertain if he'll continue to work as a starter in 2016-17. The Blazers' brain trust has already indicated that the team intends to play Al-Farouq Aminu more frequently at power forward this season, and with Evan Turner and Allen Crabbe in the mix to see playing time at the other forward spot, Harkless could see his minutes tail off a bit.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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Jul 21 2016

Noah Vonleh

Update: N/A

Analysis: Vonleh opted to jump ship to the NBA after one season at Indiana which, in retrospect, may not have been the best decision for his growth as a player. In two professional seasons, Vonleh has posted 3.6 points and 3.8 boards per game. However, it seems as though the former lottery pick may finally be projecting into the player scouts once thought he would become. Vonleh led Portland in the rebounding column and proved to be one of the team's most reliable offensive options this summer. Despite the emergence of Mason Plumlee, the Trail Blazers still haven't completely filled the void left from LaMarcus Aldridge's departure last season. In a perfect world, Vonleh would step up and surface as a solid contributor. However, whether or not the 20-year-old has the ability to cement his presence in the rotation remains to be seen.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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Jul 21 2016

Pat Connaughton

Update: N/A

Analysis: There really isn't anything this guy can't do as an athlete. The former baseball and football standout has chosen to pursue a basketball career and it seems to be paying dividends. Connaughton finished summer league play as Portland's second-leading scorer and buried a game winning three-pointer in overtime to beat the Jazz on July 12. Last season, the 6-foot-5 guard averaged 1.1 points and 0.9 rebounds per game. As for right now, Connaughton will presumably be stuck behind the likes of C.J. McCollum and Allen Crabbe in the rotation. However, he could end up pushing Gerald Henderson for minutes as the season progresses.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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Jul 10 2016

Allen Crabbe

Update: N/A

Analysis: Crabbe become a pivotal part of the Trail Blazers rotation last season, averaging 10.3 points, 1.2 assists and 2.7 rebounds while shooting an extremely solid 39.4 percent from three point range. While Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum have solidify the Trail Blazers' starting backcourt for next season, Crabbe will almost certainly be one of the key reserves and will likely see plenty of minutes, making him an intriguing fantasy option.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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Jul 10 2016

Meyers Leonard

Update: N/A

Analysis: Leonard, who has drafted with the 11th overall pick by Portland back in the 2012 NBA Draft, will remain in Rip City for at least four more seasons. The 7-foot-1 center had his best season last year, achieving season-high averages in points (8.4 per game), rebounds (5.1 per game), and assists (1.5 per game). The 24-year-old will join a crowded frontcourt next season as he will compete for major minutes with the likes of Ed Davis, Mason Plumlee, and Festus Ezeli, which could lead to a decrease in fantasy production.

Injury: YES

Injury Status: Day-to-Day

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Jul 09 2016

Cliff Alexander

Update: N/A

Analysis: After being waived by the club earlier in the week to create cap space, Alexander will join up with Portland's Summer League team in Las Vegas beginning on Sunday. The former Kansas Jayhawk would likely have to put together a huge showing during summer league to get a training camp invite. He appeared in just eight games with the Trail Blazers last season, averaging 1.3 points and .8 rebounds over 4.5 minutes of work.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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Jun 23 2016

Damian Lillard

Update: N/A

Analysis: Lillard first succumbed to the plantar fasciitis in late December, and missed a handful of games before returning to action. It seems as though he never fully healed, however, and the injury may have explained why his efficiency fell off a cliff in March and April. With a full regimen of rest and rehab on tap this summer, Lillard should be 100 percent healthy by training camp and will look to build on what was still his best season in the NBA.

Injury: YES

Injury Status: Day-to-Day

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May 18 2016

Meyers Leonard

Update: N/A

Analysis: Leonard underwent surgery to repair his left shoulder in late March and is expected to be sidelined through training camp, if not the start of the regular season. He still has a long ways to go in the rehab process, so while getting the sling removed is encouraging, we can't assume Leonard is ahead of schedule in his recovery.

Injury: YES

Injury Status: Day-to-Day

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May 12 2016

Ed Davis

Update: N/A

Analysis: Davis uncharacteristically came up empty from the field, but was able to cash in on his opportunities from the free-throw line to offer some offensive assistance off the bench. Any scoring contributions the Blazers get from Davis is often gravy, as he's primarily tasked with hitting the glass hard and providing energy off the bench. He was able to do that for much of the postseason, finishing the Blazers' 11-game playoff run with averages of 5.5 points, 6.8 boards, 1.3 assists and 0.6 blocks across 18.7 minutes per game.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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May 12 2016

Al-Farouq Aminu

Update: N/A

Analysis: Aminu frustrated fantasy owners with his game-to-game inconsistency during the regular season, but he was a reliable secondary source of scoring for the Blazers for most of the postseason, tallying double-digit points in seven of the team's last eight playoff games. During that stretch, he averaged 16.6 points on an impressive 49.5 percent shooting from the field, 8.3 rebounds, 3.0 three-pointers, 1.8 assists and 1.1 blocks across 34.3 minutes per game. The forward was signed to a team-friendly four-year contract extension last summer, so he should be back in the fold in a starting role in 2016-17.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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