BlazersBroncos wrote:I just cant buy in on Brooks. He has talent, but he takes shots that are far above his talent level. He takes some MarShon Brooks level chucks.
...which would be far more valuable right now that Caleb Swannigan. Nobody is saying he's an all-star or expecting that level of player from the 26th pick.
Epicurus wrote:When folks talk about being a WCF last season and lowlier this season, often ignored is that this is not remotely the same squad. I think only 6 players were at the beginning of the year from that squad. At that Trent wasn't on the playoff squad, SKal got traded away during this season, Collins and Hood were hurt early for the season, ANt was very marginal both then and now. The 7 who disappeared this season from the WCF squad were replaced with inferior contributors. Only Lillard and McC were contributors then and now. My point: NO deconstructed a winner (maybe for valid reasons, maybe not) and replaced the losses with wishful thinking. Ouch!
which has been discussed before. the lack of continuity was always going to hurt. FWIW I thought Olshey did a good job last off-season given the limitations he had, but then the reason why he was so hamstrung was because of the moves he made in 2016.
at the time, you pick Nassir Little - the consensus BPA in the draft who also fills a position of need.
you lose Aminu because of salary cap issues from 2016.
you have the tax MLE and free agents without bird rights in Hood, Kanter, and Curry. at the time, you pick Rodney Hood over Enes Kanter, especially given the team's offense and how much harder finding shooters is than bigs. you pick Hood over Curry because a healthy Hood is simply the better player.
so now you need a big until Nurkić returns and your cap exceptions are fairly limited. Whiteside is on the trading block. so you trade Harkless and fan-punching-bag Leonard.
Turner was solid as a ball handler and a defender, but never fit Stotts shot-heavy offense. Bazemore is available in a straight swap. That made total sense at the time.
Trading Layman made no sense, but if he wanted out (per reports), he wanted out.
Tolliver and Hezonja were not ideal signings, but they were minimum contracts that weren't supposed to play meaningful minutes. Both were supposedly decent shooters. you also sign Pau Gasol to fill that "10 minute a night" role should anyone get injured in hopes that he can provide some veteran leadership.
Not the best roster, but solid given what he had to work with, which again still falls on him. there was no way to see during the off-season that Gasol would immediately retire, Hood and Collins would get injured, Bazemore would never fit in, Simons would sophomore slump, Labissière would get injured, Hezonja and Tolliver would consistently play meaningful minutes, etc.
Signing Carmelo mid-season salvaged the playoffs. Bazemore, Tolliver, and future 2nds for Ariza, Gabriel, and Swanigan 2 - Electric Boogaloo was a solid move, especially if Gabriel pans out - which he has shown flashes of being able to do. Ariza would be a huge help right now. Not that Portland could have predicted a global pandemic, postponed season with a bubble play-in, etc.
Will be interesting to see what he comes up with this off-season as Dame and CJ continue to take up more of the cap.