As Damian Lillard Situation Looms, How Will Trail Blazers Complete Their Roster?
Outside of Lillard's status, Portland's roster has many of the same issues as last season.
As Joe Cronin continues to wait out Damian Lillard's trade market, the rest of the Trail Blazers' roster is also in a holding pattern.
Since taking three players on draft night, Portland has made no roster additions. Their only moves of free agency have been re-signing Jerami Grant to a five-year, $160 million deal and matching Dallas' three-year, $33 million offer sheet on Matisse Thybulle.
There is nothing new to report right now when it comes to Lillard. From my understanding, the Blazers still haven’t made any meaningful progress on trade discussions, either with Miami or any other team. At some point, that will change. It could be tomorrow, or closer to training camp, or all the way to the trade deadline. For now, Cronin is slow-playing it, which is the right approach when it comes to maximizing value on the most important trade he'll ever make. But it does complicate the rest of the offseason.
If Cronin is truly prepared to enter the season with Lillard on the roster, which we can only assume that he is based on his assertion that "if it takes months, it takes months," then the rest of the roster he's working with has many of the same size and depth issues as last season. Arguably even more so.