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NBA Executive and Former Coaches on the Trail Blazers' Offseason Spending

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The Trail Blazers dug deep into their pockets to go all-in on the future of their young players this summer.

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Early Thursday morning, Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune penned a piece documenting the Portland Trail Blazers' summer shopping and spending spree.

First, covering the high dollar signings, Eggers highlights the paradigm shift going on within the NBA, where sixth and seventh men in a rotation all of a sudden command $15 million-plus per season, and Damian Lillard has one of the most fruitful contracts in NBA history.

In signing guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum to extensions and locking up five players with free-agent contracts, Portland committed to paying the Swingin' Seven $500 million.

That's a half-billion dollars, folks.

Why, that can buy an NHL expansion team.

The projected numbers:

Lillard: five years, $153 million

McCollum: four years, $106 million

Allen Crabbe: four years, $75 million

Evan Turner: four years, $70 million

Meyers Leonard: four years, $41 million

Moe Harkless: four years, $40 million

Festus Ezeli: two years, $15 million

Even with owner Paul Allen's considerable largesse, that's an awful lot of greenbacks.

No team in NBA history has shelled out that kind of dough to players in an offseason. Not even close.

While you wrap your head around those numbers, Egggers also got some feedback on how Portland is viewed around the league, where an unidentified NBA executive gives his take on the Blazers offseason. In true professional fashion, the executive uses some time at the tee box to break down the offseason.

"They went to the tee thinking birdie, and didn't get one," he says. "They made par, and it's time to go to the next tee. The important thing is, they didn't make a bogey.

"That's where they're at today. They retained their assets, and have chips to throw in the game. They can make all sorts of trades. When your stack of chips gets low, there are not a lot of plays to be made. But when you have a lot of chips, you get to play. They didn't lose pieces. They have a number of them moving forward."

Of course what's a Trail Blazers offseason piece without someone opining on the Blazers ability, or inability as it were, to lure free agents to Portland.

"Certain teams have that lure," (Doug) Collins says. "Players look at the organization and the history of success and the weather and culture of your franchise. Teams with those commodities have the advantage. That's why sometimes a team like Portland does have to overpay.

"And we won't really know if it's worth it until three or four years down the road, when you evaluate the bump-up in wins over that period."

Eggers includes some insights from former NBA coach George Karl, some more feedback from Collins concerning the Blazers' outlook, the acquisition of Turner, and more in the rest of the piece. It's definitely worth reading, and you can do so by clicking here.