Neil Olshey explains the off-season moves
Neil Olshey with Brooke Olzendam
President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey sat down with courtside reporter Brooke Olzendam for a lengthy discussion on all the happenings of the Trail Blazers this off-season.
Click through to read the explanations of the various off-season moves.
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"So, it’s an interesting time in the league because it’s been very dormant in terms of player transactions. And as we make phone calls around the league, teams are really less apt to just do business. They’re really looking to just keep roster continuity, develop their players and look forward going long with guys they believe they can develop to become a long-term piece as opposed to thinking they can buy their way out of trouble with cap room, which, quite honestly, is a fool’s errand in 90% of the markets in the league." - Neil Olshey
The Team Gets Younger
"We identified five wings that all had playoff experience, were veteran wings that we thought we could get for the taxpayer mid-level… they all got more than the taxpayer mid-level. They all got significantly more or they’re in markets where they’ll become early Bird players or they’ll have no state income tax, which adds to the value of the contract. What we realized this year was we were going to go through our list, we attacked each guy, we recruited him as hard as possible when they were able to get compensated at a much higher level than the $5.3 million tax mid-level, then we went with talent." - Neil Olshey the team getting younger wings instead of veterans
The Fit of Curry and Stauskas
“Seth had a great year two years ago. He’s 100% healthy. He’s a big-time shooter. He knows how to play and the key with that position is as we’ve seen with guys in the past whether it’s Mo Williams, Steve Blake, Shabazz last year, they have to be able to play with and behind Dame and CJ equally and we think Seth can do that.” - Neil Olshey on Seth Curry's addition to the team
“We felt like he was one of the better minimum wings on the market. We feel like he’s got the right skill set that can be maximized in Terry’s system.” - Neil Olshey on Nick Stauskas
On Letting Ed Davis leave
“Ed was great… Ed is a veteran. You can’t bring Ed back and ask him to take on a reduced role, but if Ed comes back and plays the same role it sublimates guys on the roster that we think have a higher ceiling and that eventually can bring more to the table. It’s not about developing over winning… We needed to add more shooting, more floor spacing, more playmaking out of that position.” - Neil Olshey on letting Ed Davis leave in free agency
Mid-Level and Trade Exceptions
“We played the taxpayer mid-level market all the way through until about July 5th and we just couldn’t outbid teams. It was a very defined negotiation. We only had $ 5.3... and we got outbid.” - Neil Olshey on the mid-level exception
"We were caught off guard, we thought for sure the Allen Crabbe trade exception would have huge value. Everybody understands they’re going to have to pay the freight this summer for what everybody did back in 2016 and there just wasn’t as many pieces in the marketplace to do the absorption deals we’ve seen in the past…" - Neil Olshey on the recently expired trade exception