This summer, the Trail Blazers made a series of minor moves in an attempt to tweak their roster for the 2021-22 regular season. Portland’s relatively quiet offseason followed several weeks of growing speculation tied to Damian Lillard’s desire for the Blazers to rise to the level of a true title contender.
This week, The Athletic’s John Hollinger pointed to the Blazers’ lack of urgency as a cause for concern.
Maybe the Blazers are biding their time and waiting to pounce later, but it sure looks like Portland is focused on staying below the tax line and running it back with last year’s group; the Blazers haven’t even used their taxpayer MLE.
Given that this is what Lillard’s entire beef with the organization is about, it feels like a dangerous game to play. The entire league will be watching Portland over the next year for smoke signals about Lillard’s intentions; the Blazers’ offseason to date has only fanned the flames.
On draft night, the Blazers traded into the second round to select Texas forward Greg Brown III. In the opening days of free agency, Portland reached minimum agreements with Cody Zeller, Ben McLemore, and Tony Snell.
You can read Hollinger’s complete story at The Athletic (subscription required).