The Portland Trail Blazers stand among several NBA franchises whose off-season plans did not delight their fan base. Grant Hughes of Bleacher Report lists the Blazers—along with the Kings, Wizards, Timberwolves, and Hornets—as worthy of an extra eye roll or shudder.
The real triggering effect happens when teams with a history of a certain kind of misstep—poor drafting, dubious roster-building, insufficient concern for locker room chemistry—make offseason moves that feel ominously familiar.
After talking about Sacramento reaching for Marvin Bagley III in the draft, Minnesota taking another stab at Derrick Rose, and whatever the heck Charlotte is doing, Hughes got to the Trail Blazers:
A surprising third seed in the West last season, Portland’s first-round sweep at the hands of the New Orleans Pelicans revealed it wasn’t ready for the big time. Despite what should have been a wake-up call, the Blazers didn’t substantially change their roster.
GM Neil Olshey let Shabazz Napier and Pat Connaughton walk for minimum deals, opting to replace them with Seth Curry (fine, but a health risk) and Nik Stauskas (inexplicable). Meanwhile, the roster’s most glaring void, forward depth, went unaddressed.
Hughes does offer Portland an out at the end of his analysis.
...the Blazers head into this season primed to disappoint because the front office seems committed to the status quo.
Zach Collins, your unlikely star turn has never been more necessary.
Check out the article for more details on the Blazers and their humble off-season compatriots.