Trail Blazers free agency: Players to target at each position

Patrick Beverley, Chicago Bulls, Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski - USA TODAY Sports
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Kelly Oubre Jr., Charlotte Hornets
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Offensive and defensive threats at the three spot

Both Reddish and Thybulle are restricted free agents. As a result, small forward is arguably the Blazers’ most prominent position of need.

There are rumors of the Blazers trading their first-round pick to attain a veteran to help them win now, and a small forward would be an excellent position for them to bolster.

However, they could also address their wing needs via free agency. The following players should be targeted as good two-way options.

Kelly Oubre Jr.

Oubre Jr. quietly had a good season for the Hornets, averaging 20.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.4 steals on 43/32/76 shooting splits. His 7-foot-2 wingspan allows him to create havoc defensively, as evidenced by his steal count.

While Oubre Jr. needs to improve his shooting to be considered a true three-and-D player, his length and athleticism would help make up for the undersized guard duo of Lillard and Simons on defense.

Jae Crowder

Crowder’s price tag may be too steep if Portland retains Grant, but he makes the list nonetheless as an ideal three-and-D candidate. For his career, Crowder averages 1 steal a game and shoots 34.8 percent from deep.

In addition, he’s a veteran who would provide the missing defensive toughness and identity this current Blazers roster needs.