Trail Blazers offseason and Jason Kidd updates with Michael Scotto and Yossi Gozlan


Gozlan: This workforce goes to get much more costly as we go ahead. The Blazers are about $21 million beneath the luxurious tax. In the event that they re-sign Norman Powell, they’re going to be proper at that tax with about 9 gamers below contract. Going ahead, issues are going to get much more costly in the event that they need to preserve the workforce as a result of Robert Convington and Jusuf Nurkic are going to be expiring this (upcoming) season, they usually’re going to be due for raises as effectively. For those who’re Portland, does possession actually have the urge for food to spend on these starters and this workforce? May they probably make it to the Western Convention Finals? Probably. I feel loads has to go their manner. I simply have some doubts they’re going to need to get actually deep into the luxurious tax two years from now even when this workforce may go to the second spherical.

Scotto: I keep in mind one govt I had spoken to who stated he thought they may use a great shot-blocking heart across the paint to assist them steadiness out that offensive firepower they’ve.

Scotto: Yossi, you touched on a couple of guys in your preview like Nerlens Noel, Robin Lopez, and Daniel Theis as guys that might make sense. With these guys in thoughts, I can let you know somebody I do know round Nerlens advised me that he’s loved his time in New York and clicked with coach Tom Thibodeau, particularly on the defensive facet of the ball. He’s anticipated to attract plenty of curiosity on the free-agent market this summer time. It’s going to be attention-grabbing to see the place his worth is. I don’t have a selected quantity but, however he’s definitely due a pay increase from what he was making ($5 million).

As we touched on beforehand, Theis – from speaking with folks across the league – the anticipated worth I’ve heard from him is that he can command curiosity from groups above the mid-level exception in free company.

Gozlan: One different issue is there’s Derrick Jones Jr., who has a participant choice to determine on. I feel it’s a reasonably good wager he’ll train it. I’m unsure he’ll get near what it’s, $9.7 million on the open market.


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