It's never too early to start looking ahead to next season, even when we don't know exactly when the 2020-21 season will begin.
Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts recently discussed how valuable it will be to have a healthy Rodney Hood back on the floor next season as well as adding Trevor Ariza back into the lineup.
But as Lakers radio color commentator and former Trail Blazers center Mychal Thompson pointed out in the latest Talkin’ Blazers Podcast, Portland needs some veteran help in order to not waste Damian Lillard’s prime years.
The Trail Blazers bench currently consists of 21-year-old Gary Trent Jr., 21-year-old Anfernee Simons, 23-year-old Wenyen Gabriel, 25-year-old Mario Hezonja, and starting at power forward when he is healthy is 22-year-old Zach Collins.
Thompson has a lot of confidence in what Collins can develop into in Portland.
But yes, there’s no doubt that the core group of Lillard, McCollum, and Jusuf Nurkic could use some veteran help, especially if Carmelo Anthony isn’t a Trail Blazer next season.
Lillard turned 30 this summer and is coming off yet another stellar season, averaging 30.0 points, 8.0 assists, and 4.2 rebounds per game.
Thompson mentioned that Portland could use a player like Andre Iguodala or Channing Frye, which of course had the Talkin’ Blazers host smiling.
Thompson added, "You just need some guys to come in there with eight, nine years experience [to] come off the bench and help the nucleus that they have there now -- the Blazers will be right back in the top four or five next year."
Check out the entire Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with Mychal Thompson right here.