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5 Post-Draft Moves the Portland Trail Blazers Should Make

Portland Trail Blazers: 5 Post-Draft Moves to Make

LaMarcus Aldridge
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Although the Portland Trail Blazers didn’t have a pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the organization has been busy this offseason. Both Steve Blake and Chris Kaman were signed relatively quickly in an effort to shore up two of their weakest positions in terms of depth. These moves should be just the beginning, especially if the Trail Blazers want to contend for a title. Here are five post-draft moves the team needs to consider.

5. Re-sign Moe Williams

Moe Williams
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5. Re-sign Moe Williams

Moe Williams
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Many are saying the signing of Steve Blake is Moe Williams’ official ticket out of Portland, but I disagree. Williams was the Trail Blazers' leading scorer off the bench last season, and with such a lack of depth at that position, keeping Williams, even with Blake in tow, has to be main priority. Williams is one of the few players on that roster who can create his own offense with or without the ball in his hands. That is a commodity in the NBA.

4. Sign A Veteran Player Like Vince Carter

Vince Carter
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4. Sign A Veteran Player Like Vince Carter

Vince Carter
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With such a young roster, having the guiding hand of a veteran can be the difference between representing your conference in the NBA Finals and another quick first round exit. Vince Carter would be an ideal addition alongside the Trail Blazers' young backcourt of Damien Lillard, Will Barton and CJ McCollum. Carter still has plenty of game left in him, so he would also be a huge spark off the bench offensively.

3. Improve the Bench

Portland Trailblazers Bench
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3. Improve the Bench

Portland Trailblazers Bench
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One of the Trail Blazers' biggest weaknesses in the 2014 NBA Playoffs was their bench. With the way the league is moving in terms of acquiring young players, this free agency period could be the perfect opportunity for the Trail Blazers to trade some of their young talented players for more experienced veterans on the market or even a borderline superstar to help the secondary unit.

2. Trade CJ McCollum and Will Barton for A Backup Point Guard

Will Barton
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2. Trade CJ McCollum and Will Barton for A Backup Point Guard

Will Barton
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Although Portland recently acquired Steve Blake, their roster is still mightily thin at point guard and stacked at shooting guard. With how underwhelming CJ McCollum and Will Barton were last season, now would be the time to couple both contracts in a trade for a more reliable guard to backup Damien Lillard. Point guards like Mario Chalmers, Jameer Nelson or Isaiah Thomas are all available and would be instant contributors.

1. Convince LaMarcus Aldridge to Sign A Contract Extension This Season

LaMarcus Aldridge
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1. Convince LaMarcus Aldridge to Sign A Contract Extension This Season

LaMarcus Aldridge
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LeBron James has put the Miami Heat in free agent purgatory this summer by not giving a decisive answer, and the Trail Blazers need to avoid any scenario like this with LaMarcus Aldridge next summer. The Trail Blazers need to push for that extension this season; otherwise they could lose out on Aldridge, even if he has expressed his interest in returning.