We have 8 players guaranteed for next season. Lillard, Mathews, Barton, Batum, Claver, Aldridge, Freeland and Leonard. Combining around: 43M Altough, Freeland(3M) may be used on a trade+pick for something worth the try...
Some young players and lots of potential to develop. We need to add experience to the roster. In those 8, only 1 has more then 4 years of experience in the Nba, Lamarcus Aldridge! And 5 of the others are rookies! So we have quite enough young talents, and potential to work with.
I think we should add quality and experience to our team, . .. A team needs more then star players! The way i see it, we dont need more star players, we already have Lillard and Aldridge. But if we could get a Player that could carry us to next level just by signing him, off course i wouldnt say no.
So assuming we have the 1st round pick and 1/2 2nd round picks, i dont really know what to do with them, maybe trade/sell them along with Freeland, for a good bench player, is best to we can do. Before any signing i would waive right away N. Smith, E. Williams, L. Babbit, J. Jeffries and S. Pavlovic, In Maynor´s case i would love to keep him but i think we should add some thoughness to our team so i would let him go, finally JJ Hickson, i would say good bye to him, either just let him go or doing a sign and trade.
Now how how I would use around 17M in the signings...
1st The starting Center we missed this season, i would spend most off our cap space in this, up to 10M... But after reading something saying that Olshey could try to trade for a Center isntead of a FA, i dont really know wich way to go... But i would aim to get someone like Javale Mcgee, Varejao, Gortat or Robin Lopez in a trade if they are available. Or in Free agency, a experienced Center like Kaman, Dalembert or even Jeferson. MY choice may be considered risky, but i would give a try to Javale Mcgee! I just dont know if our picks and Freeland are enogh to get anyone worth the starting center spot in a trade. The main thing to retain is that we would have 10M to spend in a Starting Center.... And i think it´s enough....
Pekovic, Bynum and Howard are out of equation cause they will get 15M+ almost for sure...
2nd Sign Delonte West: 2M, he can play hard,he handles the ball very well, he knows how to defend, and he´s experienced, even with the risk of his behavior I think we need a though player like him behind Lillard as our backup PG, he can also play SG.
3rd Sign Anthony Morrow: 3M, a SG that would give us a candidate for 6th man of the year, an offenssive wing, 3pt specialist, that we needed so much this season.
4th Sign Brandan Wright: 2M, a backup PF that can score, rebound and knows how to defend, basically to allow Alridge to rest some time, he can also play center.
5th Just to finish the roster, sign a couple vets (PG and SF, even a PF depending on Freeland) with the room exception if needed.
Cap Limit: 60M
PG: Lillard / (Delonte West: 2M) / ( vet min PG)
SG: Mathews / (A.Morrow: 4M) / Barton
SF: Batum / Claver / (vet min SF)
PF: Aldridge / (Brandan Wright: 2M) / Freeland (if we doesnt get traded/waived)
C: (Javale Mcgee:10M) / Leonard
What do you think blazers fans?
PS: IF we do use the 1st Round Pick, i would draft Gorgui Dieng. if BY MIRACLE we get a top3 pick, i would chose Mclemore or Oladipo