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Trail Blazers won the offseason with key moves, signings

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The Trail Blazers roster is most likely complete.

And it happened in the blink of an eye. 

Now that Portland has reportedly added young big man Harry Giles the roster stands at 14. 

The Blazers are under the luxury tax by 600k with 14 players. And since we’ve seen in recent years that the Trail Blazers like to have an open roster spot in order to be flexible during the season they will most likely keep the roster at 14.

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Here are the 14 players now on the Trail Blazers roster, shown alphabetically (Note: not all moves or signings have been made official) 

  • Carmelo Anthony
  • Zach Collins
  • Robert Covington
  • CJ Elleby
  • Harry Giles III
  • Rodney Hood
  • Derrick Jones Jr.
  • Enes Kanter
  • Damian Lillard
  • Nassir Little
  • CJ McCollum
  • Jusuf Nurkic
  • Anfernee Simons
  • Gary Trent Jr.

Covington was acquired on November 16th for Trevor Ariza and Portland's 2020 and 2021 (protected) first round picks.

The Blazers Drafted Elleby with the No. 46 pick on November 18th. 

Rodney Hood opted out of his contract only to return to the Trail Blazers with a new deal worth considerably more money on November 20th.

 

Portland acquired Enes Kanter from the Celtics in a three-team deal  on the 20th, as well. 

The Trail Blazers then agreed to a two-year, $19M deal with forward Derrick Jones Jr. on the same day.

Future Hall of Famer Carmelo Anthony re-signed with the Trail Blazers to a one-year minimum deal Saturday. 

And big man Harry Giles signed Sunday morning. 

Trail Blazers president of basketball operations Neil Olshey's roster building this offseason has caught the attention of many in his ability to mastermind his way around the intricacies of the salary cap and the team's limited spending capabilities.

So, with the Trail Blazers roster at 14, and a bi-annual exception at their disposal, will they use it? 

Some have suggested the need for a more established back-up to Damian Lillard. Although, Olshey and the Blazers have managed the load with Anfernee Simons, whom the team remains confident in, and with CJ McCollum seeing backup PG minutes as well. 

As the roster stands right now, Lillard and McCollum will most likely see staggered minutes in order to be Portland’s primary ball handlers. That’s nothing new.

With that in mind, it’s not as if the Blazers will need to or absolutely should go after a backup point guard to fill their final roster spot. And they probably won't.

And what about Hassan Whiteside? The window of his return is all but closed, as well, unless he plans to take a dramatic pay cut. 

Should the Trail Blazers choose to fill the final roster spot, they can offer league minimums or their $3.6M bi-annual exception.

Who could it go to? 

 

Maybe a familiar face in Nic Batum, who was just waived by the Hornets, or what about Evan Turner, who is looking for his next home in the league?

Shabazz Napier, perhaps? Napier is a free agent, who last played for the Wizards averaging 11.6 points and 3.8 assists in 20 games and 10 starts.  

And then there’s backup point guard and free agent Shaquille Harrison who at 6’4” averaged 4.9 points while shooting 46.7 percent from the floor and 38.1 percent from three last season with the Bulls while playing in 43 games.

Whatever the Blazers decide to do, with their final roster spot, if anything, there's no doubt that Portland has had a very successful offseason both defensively and with greater depth.