D’Angelo Russell: All offense, no defense
D’Angelo Russell’s offensive prowess and scoring ability make him an enticing option for several teams.
However, the Blazers, in their pursuit of building a well-rounded roster, should be cautious about adding another guard to their lineup.
With Lillard already assuming the primary guard responsibilities, the team needs players who can contribute in different areas, particularly on the defensive end of the floor.
Unfortunately, Russell has struggled to establish himself as a reliable defender throughout his career.
Even if Russell were able to make the switch to the shooting guard position, acquiring a guard lacking defensive prowess may exacerbate the Blazers’ existing weaknesses in that aspect of the game.
As the Trail Blazers endeavor to build a team capable of contending for an NBA championship alongside Lillard, they must be selective when considering potential free agent signings. Westbrook’s ball-dominant style and potential conflicts with Lillard, Irving’s off-court controversies, Russell’s defensive limitations, Winslow’s injury history, and Oubre Jr.’s inflated price tag all present valid concerns the Blazers should take into account.
By avoiding these free agents and focusing on players who align better with the team’s needs, Portland can enhance its chances of constructing a roster capable of challenging the league’s elite.