On today’s episode of the Premium Hoops Podcast, Mark is joined by Mike Richman to discuss the Portland Trailblazers and Damian Lillard. Mike is the host of Locked on Blazers and covers the team for NBC Sports NorthWest. Major thanks to him for coming on to talk about Portland’s offseason.
Discussed on the Pod:
First, diving into the Blazers’ injury-riddled season and how it impacted their outlook. What could Portland have done with a fully healthy roster?
Then, discussing how the Blazers canb maximize Damian Lillard’s prime. Dame put up gaudy numbers to drag Portland into the eighth-seed. While it’s clear that the roster was banged up, Lillard needs more talent around him to blow open the contention window. Could the Blazers have done things differently this year in making that happen?
In looking at the youth on the roster, Gary Trent Jr. took the step that most expected Anfernee Simons to take this season. Where are both players at in their career’s, roster spot, and marketability? Did the Blazers damn Simons?
The frontcourt was a mess this season. Jusuf Nurkic missed the majority of the ruglar season. Zach Collins played three games pre-hiatus. Also, Rodney Hood dealt with an Achilles injury that led to his season ending. This resulted in signing Carmelo Anthony and eventually trading for Trevor Ariza and Wenyen Gabriel.
Is Carmelo Anthony going to be on the team next year? Can a Collins/Nurkic frontcourt work long term?
Of course, discussing CJ McCollum’s place on the team is a must. Is he the best fit next to Damian Lillard? Does it matter? Would the Blazers even consider moving him or SHOULD they?
Lastly, what is Portland’s dream offseason? In honesty, a perfect offseason is almost impossible, but how can they maximize the roster around Damian Lillard? What is Portland’s outlook headed into next season?
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