5 Key Portland Trail Blazers that definitely shouldn’t return next season

Despite all playing significant roles this season, the Blazers need to move on from these five key contributors this summer.
Mar 13, 2024; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers center Deandre Ayton (2)
Mar 13, 2024; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers center Deandre Ayton (2) / Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports
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5. Matisse Thybulle

The Blazers matched the Mavericks' offer sheet for Thybulle last summer, which was a three-year, $33 million deal. Like Brogdon, there are also a few reasons for the Blazers to keep Thybulle around.

Thybulle is only now entering his prime at 27 years old. He fits in with the Blazers' rebuilding timeline as someone who could be a veteran piece by the time their young core develops. He also fills a need for Portland as a two-way wing. Thybulle is a two-time All-Defensive Second-Team forward. He's improved his shooting throughout his career and isn't quite the liability he once was. Thybulle connected on 34.6 percent from three this season.

However, teams would likely be willing to trade a somewhat significant asset, such as a late first-round pick or multiple second-round picks, to obtain Thybulle. He is the type of player playoff teams want to add as someone who can make life difficult for the other ball-dominant wing superstars like Jayson Tatum or Luka Doncic. He's also on an extremely reasonable contract.

With the Blazers emphasizing patience in their rebuild, it still makes sense to be open to trading Thybulle in exchange for more draft compensation. Especially now that they have another version of Thybulle in rookie Toumani Camara.