Naz Reid presents an interesting option for the Blazers, with his ability to stretch the floor as a big man. Averaging 11.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game last season, Reid showcased his scoring potential in limited minutes.
As a stretch big, he would provide valuable spacing, opening up driving lanes for Lillard.
Reid’s versatility and scoring prowess make him a valuable bench option, capable of providing an offensive spark when needed. While securing Reid might require utilizing the full MLE, his potential as a scoring threat off the bench makes him an enticing option for the Blazers.
Portland recognizes the need for reinforcement at the center position to complement Nurkic and improve the team’s overall depth. Wood offers scoring and versatility, Powell offers a strong pick-and-roll setup and low post defense, Eubanks provides shot-blocking and familiarity with the system, and Reid brings a stretch-big element to the team.
Each player presents unique attributes that could greatly benefit the Blazers. While financial constraints limit the team’s ability to sign star players, the available resources, such as the full MLE, minimum contracts, or the bi-annual exception, provide avenues to address the center position and strengthen the team’s chances of contending in the competitive NBA landscape.