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Blazers’ Modest Offseason Receives a Passing Grade, Barely

CBS Sports contributor Colin Ward-Henninger awarded the Trail Blazers with a less-than-ideal grade for their work this summer.

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Las Vegas Summer League is nearing its conclusion and the entire NBA is preparing to enter a few quiet weeks before the ramp up to the 2021-22 season begins. With the majority of the offseason transactions on the books, summer grades are trickling out. On that front, the Trail Blazers received a modest mark from CBS Sports contributor Colin Ward-Henninger.

Ward-Henninger dished out a C- grade to the Blazers. Portland’s trio of veteran additions did not move the needle for Ward-Henninger.

If Damian Lillard wanted to see meaningful change to the Blazers roster this offseason, he can’t be happy with what he’s looking at right now. Powell’s four-year, $90 million contract is fine, and Portland could still have a move or two to make, but as it stands, McLemore, Zeller and Snell don’t exactly make this a championship contender, and Brown wasn’t considered NBA-ready heading into the draft. It’s going to be a tense couple of months waiting to see how Lillard proceeds.

You can read Ward-Henninger’s league-wide analysis at CBS Sports.