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5 Questions The Portland Trail Blazers Must Answer This Offseason

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5 Questions the Portland Trail Blazers Must Answer This Offseason

LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers
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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.

5. Is It Time To Shop Robin Lopez?

Robin Lopez, Portland Trail Blazers
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5. Is It Time To Shop Robin Lopez?

Robin Lopez, Portland Trail Blazers
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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.

4. WIll Thomas Robison Develop Into A Starting Center?

Thomas Robinson, Portland Trail Blazers
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4. WIll Thomas Robinson Develop Into A Starting Center?

Thomas Robinson, Portland Trail Blazers
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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.

3. Can Wesley Matthews Develop Into A Second-Tier Shooting Guard?

Wesley Matthews, Portland Trail Blazers
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3. Can Wesley Matthews Develop Into A Second-Tier Shooting Guard?

Wesley Matthews, Portland Trail Blazers
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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.

2. Can The Blazers Keep Damian Lillard In Rip City Long-Term?

Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
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2. Can The Blazers Keep Damian Lillard In Rip City Long-Term?

Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
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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.

1. Can The Blazers Upgrade Their Bench?

Mo WIliams, Portland Trail Blazers
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1. Can The Blazers Upgrade Their Bench?

Mo WIliams, Portland Trail Blazers
Troy Taormina-USA Today Sports

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.