On this episode of The Breakdown, Danny Marang looks at five free agent wings that the Portland Trail Blazers could target in the offseason. The Blazers haven’t had effective wing depth in years — playing the game between offense and defense, while never landing someone capable of both outside of the starting lineup (sometimes not even IN the starting lineup).
With multiple options available, the Blazers could focus on utility players like Nicolas Batum or a defensive-minded Torrey Craig. On paper, they can explore each option without having to break the bank, which is an important consideration for the Blazers.
Which way the Blazers go will likely be influenced by new coach Chauncey Billups. The Los Angeles Clippers featured wing options unrivaled by most teams in the NBA, one of which Billups knows firsthand in Batum. Will that impact how hard the Blazers chase or will Neil Olshey decide he’s seen that one before?