By Kareem Gantt on April 23, 2014
The Portland Trail Blazers are on the cusp of being NBA title contenders again, with youthful talent to go along with some experience veterans. What must the Blazers do in the offseason to finally join the short list of Western Conference elite? Let's find out.
Robin Lopez has been a decent center for the Blazers this season, which also means that his trade value is a little higher. The front office might explore the option of trading Lopez to upgrade the center position.
If Thomas Robinson can develop into a starting center or power forward, that will make Lopez even more expendable. The Blazers are hoping Robinson can make the leap.
Another player the Blazers are hoping to make the leap into a threat is guard Wesley Matthews. A big 2014-15 season from Matthews could lead to a big payday for the sometimes inconsistent forward.
It would benefit the Blazers if the team can lock up Damian Lillard long term. The guard has already proven that he deserves a big payday, and if the Blazers want to take the next step, they must deliver him that big payday.
The Blazers were supposed to have a better bench this season, but that was not always the case. If the Blazers expect to be title contenders, a stronger bench will be needed to make the next leap.
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