Ok. Here’s the thing about the Portland Trailblazers: If you’re expecting the Trailblazers to come out…blazing, well, sorry, but you’re probably going to be disappointed. I say this because everyone, and I mean everyone, is ‘meh’ about the team’s offseason moves. Take for example NBC’s Dan Feldman who noted that the team made enough moves to “keep problems from compounding” but certainly not enough to really make a name for themselves. Sure, Portland ended last season with one of the best backcourts in the league, a backcourt that got them to the playoffs (which did end badly, but that’s another story), but after watching some footage from their preseason games thus far, well, I’m going to say Feldman is probably right. The Trail Blazers look ok…just ok.
On to Those Mediocre Moves
Seth Curry. After sitting out all of last season with a leg injury, Steph Curry’s little brother entered the offseason as a free agent, signing a two-year, $5.6 million deal with the Trail Blazers in July. Curry is expected to join Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum in the backcourt. Prior to his injury last season, Curry was averaging 4.6 three-pointers per game. However, Curry is injury prone (he hurt his shoulder towards the end of the 16-17 season, hence why he was available to the Trail Blazer at a reasonable price.
Jusuf Nurkic. Nurkic was resigned to a four-year deal worth $48 million. That contract may seem like a fortune (I mean, it is…), but it is a rather reasonable deal for the team when considering it locks him in for the next four seasons.
The Draft. Portland’s moves in the draft were ok, but nothing to call home about. Oh, right, who did they draft? Gary Trent Jr. and Anfernee Simons. Feldman called Trent a “superb shooter” and Simons as a “de facto high schooler.” :/
The ‘Bye Felicias’. Also known as the players the team let walk this offseason. Ed Davis and Shabazz Napier are two players who the team let go (both went to Brooklyn) and foolishly, everyone seems to want to add. Both are superb rebounders.
So, what do you think? Does Portland stand a chance this season?
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