The Portland Trail Blazers had some key decisions to make this offseason.
Not only did they hire Chauncey Billups to take over as the team's new head coach, but they re-signed Norman Powell and picked up several players in free agency.
The Trail Blazers open the regular season on Oct. 20 with a matchup against the Sacramento Kings.
|PG||Damian Lillard||Anfernee Simons||Dennis Smith Jr.|
|SG||CJ McCollum||Ben McLemore|
|SF||Norman Powell||Tony Snell||Nassir Little||CJ Elleby|
|PF||Robert Covington||Larry Nance Jr.||Patrick Patterson||Greg Brown III|
|C||Jusuf Nurkic||Cody Zeller||Marquese Chriss|
Key additions and subtractions
Portland's core remains the same but it made some changes to its second unit.
The most notable? Acquiring the defensive-minded Larry Nance Jr. in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Additionally, the Trail Blazers signed Ben McLemore, Tony Snell and Cody Zeller in free agency.
The Trail Blazers saw Carmelo Anthony, Enes Kanter and Zach Collins walk in free agency. Derrick Jones Jr., meanwhile, was included in the deal that landed them Nance Jr.
The forward position is the most competitive for the Trail Blazers. Norman Powell and Robert Covington will likely start at small forward and power forward, respectively, but Tony Snell, Nassir Little and Patrick Patterson will be competing for minutes.
Nance Jr. also figures to play a lot of power forward, though Billups will have the option of playing him at center when Jusuf Nurkic isn't on the court.
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