The Portland Trail Blazers enter the offseason fresh off of an appearance in the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors. Questions now turn to how the Blazers can improve a roster that made it to the WCF. Dan Favale of Bleacher Report has identified a target for the Blazers in the NBA Draft, free agency, and trade market to bolster the 2019-20 version of the team.
In the draft, Favale likes Tennessee forward Grant Williams:
Absence of size isn’t a deterrent late in the first round. Nor is a lack of upside. (Williams turns 21 at the end of November.) His outside touch is the larger concern, and he’s shown signs of becoming a better shooter. He hit 81.9 percent of his free-throw attempts and knocked down 51.3 percent of his two-point jumpers in his final season at Tennessee, per Hoop-Math.
For free agency, Favale ponders the fit of Trevor Ariza:
Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum would get Ariza better looks [than this last season with Washington], and he did drop in 44.7 percent of his wide-open deep balls. Aminu is the better defender, and the Blazers’ ideal scenario includes having both. But Ariza is an upgrade should they have to choose, if only because he won’t regress into an offensive non-factor in the postseason.
And Favale looks at the possibility of adding Timberwolves forward Robert Covington:
Two first-round picks and Moe Harkless is a doable price for the Blazers. They can flip No. 25 as an actual player and include next year’s selection. And if Minnesota needs more, Portland shouldn’t be opposed to throwing in Anfernee Simons or, more preferably, Skal Labissiere and a 2022 second-rounder.
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