The power forward and center positions are two weak spots on the Portland Trail Blazers bench, but GM Neil Olshey might have his hands full trying to address those concerns.
As Storyteller recently noted, the Blazers will be working to add to their roster with their exceptions this summer. That reality limits the type of players that Portland could attempt to lure to the Pacific Northwest, as high-profile big men are likely going to be out of the Blazers' price range.
With that in mind, here's a look at a few of the attainable free-agent big men that I believe would fit best on the Blazers' bench.
Glen Davis, PF: Davis was signed by the Los Angeles Clippers late last season in an attempt to bolster the bench for what the team hoped would be a lengthy playoff run. He played the role of a veteran backup to the Clippers' star frontcourt duo of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, and he did it well. He may be considered overweight or inconsistent, but he undoubtedly would be an improvement for the Portland bench.
Davis was paid the league minimum by the Clippers after he was bought out by the Magic, and he has a $1.2 million player option for next season. Portland can offer Davis, who averaged 9 points and 5 rebounds last season, more than that if he is looking for a change of scenery.
Spencer Hawes, C: Hawes was traded at the deadline by the Philadelphia 76ers to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he was unable to help push the team into the playoffs. Before the trade deadline, many Blazers fans had voiced the idea of trading for Hawes, who would be able to come off the bench behind Robin Lopez for scoring purposes. He may not be a defensive-minded center, but on offense, he is able to space the floor, giving Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge more space to work and allowing the guards to drive into the paint more easily.
The 26-year-old center made $6.6 million last season, which was a fair price as he averaged 13 points and 8 rebounds. It could take a sign-and-trade to make this happen.
Channing Frye, C: Frye was a fan favorite during his first stint in Portland. After sitting out the 2012-13 season due to a heart condition, he played very well off the bench for the Phoenix Suns last year. He stretched the floor, making it hard for teams like Portland to defend. Frye is similar to Hawes in the sense that they would not be great defensive presences, but they would help with spacing on offense with their perimeter shooting skills.
He made $6.4 million last season while averaging 11 points and 5 rebounds, which is good production for the price tag. Frye has a $6.8 million player option but he will likely opt out to get additional years. If he does, Phoenix must decide whether they want him, as they have lots of flexibility this summer. If Frye becomes available, Portland could offer its mid-level exception or try to work out a sign-and-trade deal.
Jordan Hill, PF: Hill is an interesting prospect who had a good contract year with the Lakers last season. The 6-foot-10 forward is known for his rebounding, and he averaged just over 7 rebounds last season while also recording 10 points per game on a career-high 55 percent shooting.
Hill made $3.5 million last year and he's the type of guy who could be right in Portland's price range. I can't see him getting any offers higher than what he got last season. It's possible that the Blazers could sign Hill and still use one of their other exceptions to sign a back-up point guard (that's a whole different topic, so let's not get into that now).
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