Blazers free agency need No. 3: Reliable veteran depth
The Blazers seem committed to contending with Lillard on their roster. Their selection of Murray, a 22-year-old forward, was one example of their desire to win immediately. Another way they can show this is through retaining key free agents such as Grant and Thybulle.
However, they still need more experienced veterans if they truly want to contend while Lillard is in his prime. The Blazers have a promising young core in Henderson, Shaedon Sharpe, Anfernee Simons, and Murray, but they’re too young and inexperienced to be considered players Portland can rely on for a deep playoff run.
There are a handful of potential free agents who fit the criteria. Green is the main option that stands out with his two-way talent and championship pedigree. Another viable candidate is NBA champion Jeff Green, a versatile forward with experience and scoring capabilities. Jae Crowder, valued for his toughness and three-point shooting, could also be a great addition.
Additionally, Kevin Love, a skilled big man with rebounding and shooting skills, presents an intriguing possibility. Lastly, Joe Ingles, known for his high basketball IQ and three-point shooting, offers a combination of shooting and playmaking.
These free agents provide a range of skills and attributes that could enhance Portland’s roster and help them immediately.