3 free agent small forwards who can help the Blazers fill a major need

Dillon Brooks, Memphis Grizzlies (left), LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports
Dillon Brooks, Memphis Grizzlies (left), LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports /
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Matisse Thybulle, Portland Trailblazers
Matisse Thybulle, Portland Trailblazers, Photo by: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports /

Free agent small forward option 3: Matisse Thybulle

The Blazers have extended a qualifying offer to Thybulle and should do everything they can to match any offers he receives.

Matisse Thybulle is an exceptional defender who has quickly won over Portland fans. His defensive prowess and ability to disrupt passing lanes make him a nightmare for opposing players. Thybulle’s quick hands and instincts allow him to generate steals and create transition opportunities for his team.

With the Blazers last season, his defensive abilities greatly improved the team’s overall defensive performance, providing an added layer of intensity and disruption.

Offensively, Thybulle has also shown promise. In his limited playing time with the Blazers, he averaged 7.4 points per game while shooting 38.8 percent from 3-point range and 43.8 percent from the field.

While he may not be a primary scoring option, Thybulle’s ability to hit threes and contribute on offense adds value to his overall game. His shooting provides spacing for Lillard and co., allowing them to operate more effectively on the offensive end.

Thybulle’s willingness to embrace his role as a three-and-D wing and his positive experience playing for the Blazers make him an attractive option for the team. His defensive impact, combined with his shooting ability, make him a strong fit for a Blazers team looking to improve its defensive consistency and add another threat from beyond the arc.

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These three small forwards—Brooks, Ingles, and Thybulle—each brings unique skills and attributes that can help the Trail Blazers fill their major need at the position. Whether it’s Brooks’ defensive tenacity, Ingles’ veteran leadership and 3-point shooting, or Thybulle’s elite defense and 3-point shooting, each player has the potential to make a significant impact and contribute to the Blazers’ quest for a title.