Andrew Sharp of Grantland.com gives the Portland Trail Blazers an A- grade for their 2013 offseason.
The Blazers added a collection of solid, undervalued young players to fill out their starting lineup and bench. They drafted C.J. McCollum and Allen Crabbe as weapons to throw into the backcourt off the bench, added Dorell Wright for $6 million over two years to back up Nicolas Batum, stole Robin Lopez to play center next to LaMarcus Aldridge, AND wound up landing Thomas Robinson for basically nothing as Houston tried to clear space for Dwight Howard. Instead of tearing things down and selling off half its roster to get ready for 2014 draft, Portland became one of the most interesting young teams in the league. Everything it did made sense the past few weeks. This is the opposite of crashing your helicopter during a recent excursion to Antarctica.
PS Thanks to Jakob for the tip and also to ponderguy in the FanShots.
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