The Portland Trail Blazers made a concerted effort this summer to try and improve what was one of the worst bench units in the NBA last season. They worked in the draft and in free agency to add to the depth of their reserves and did a solid job in that. If all their moves work as planned, the Blazers will be far removed from the lack of contribution they got from their bench last season.
One of the results from their improvements this summer is the fact that they have less room for mediocre role players on their roster for the regular season. The days of bringing up guys who belong in the D-League to play consistent minutes are done, for now, in Portland.
Meanwhile, the Blazers are planning to send three training camp signees to the D-League at the start of the season and likely for the duration of it. According to DleagueDigest.com, the Blazers plan to send E.J. Singler, Dee Bost and Richard Howell to the Idaho Stampede when they weed out players to finalize their roster.
Through the first three preseason games for the Blazers, the trio of Portland players hasn’t contributed a great deal. Howell and Singler have both appeared in only one game for the Blazers in the preseason and played limited minutes in their lone appearance. Bost has played in all three games, including playing 23 minutes in their last contest. Though he played well, he didn’t really show anything that would earn him a spot on the final roster.
Ultimately, the fact that the Blazers are able to send these guys to the D-League, even with the C.J. McCollum injury, is a positive for their chances in the upcoming season. In the end, these guys going down to the D-League means that the Blazers have more quality depth on their team this season, which should translate into positive results.