Zach Lowe of Grantland.com includes the Portland Trail Blazers in the "Winners, With Caveats" category of his 2013 NBA offseason breakdown of winners and losers.
It's nothing grand, but this is what you do when you can't lure big free agents (Millsap, Splitter, Roy Hibbert) from other teams: Use your cap space to swipe assets from teams that need to cut money (Thomas Robinson), and/or play the same role to snag something as the third team in what had been a two-team deal (Robin Lopez). Toss in a solid draft and the cheapo signing of Dorell Wright, and Portland projects as a playoff contender with a clean cap sheet after 2014-15.
PS Thanks to Derek @Portland Men on Sports in the FanShots.
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