The Portland Trail Blazers lost a hard-fought second-round series against the defending champions Golden State Warriors. The latest NBA rumors imply that the Blazers will add players like Jeremy Lin or Jamal Crawford to their roster this offseason.
According to SB Nation, the Blazers have some things to do in order to avoid the same fate that happened to the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee. The Suns and Bucks are two teams that overachieved one season but failed to build upon their success the next year.
Portland proved critics wrong by making the 2016 NBA playoffs as the fifth seed in the Western Conference even though they lost four starters in the offseason. The team was led by All-Star point guard Damian Lillard, Most Improved Player of the Year C.J. McCollum and a handful of young role players.
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The Blazers need a guard who can create scoring opportunities to take some pressure of their two star players, Lillard and McCollum. Some of the available names in free agency are Lin and Crawford, who are two of the premier sixth men in the NBA.
Lin was very impressive in his first season with the Charlotte Hornets as he finished seventh in the Sixth Man of the Year voting. He is set to opt out of his contract this offseason and become a free agent but he would like to stay in Charlotte.
However, Portland has an attractive team and fanbase that could sign Lin to a much better contract. On the other hand, Crawford was named the Sixth Man of the Year for the third time this season.
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“JCrossever” has proven that he is one of the best off the bench players in history, but he is already 36 years old. He is still looking for his first NBA championship, as well as one last big money deal before retirement.
It should be noted that these are all speculations and rumors regarding free agency. Nothing has been confirmed by the team or the players themselves.
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