3 Trail Blazers who earned untouchable status, 2 who should be cut loose this summer

A trio of players proved they belong in Portland for the long haul. Two more, not so much.
Deandre Ayton (left), Portland Trail Blazers
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Matisse Thybulle

The Blazers matched a three-year, $33 million offer sheet Thybulle received from the Dallas Mavericks last summer. Like the deal for Williams, it made sense: The 26-year-old guard, already one of the best perimeter defenders in the league, seemed to have finally found a consistent jumper after shooting almost 39 percent from three in Portland.

Thybulle has fallen back to Earth offensively, though, and coupled with the team's desire to give more minutes to young players, so have his minutes. 'Tisse has only started 19 games this season and is averaging only 22.9 minutes per.


Suppose his role moving forward is going to be a bench option used most often for defensive purposes in certain matchups. In that case, it makes more sense for the Blazers to move on and let a player with more upside such as Rayan Rupert try to develop into that player.