What do Blazers do next: Compete with Mavericks or trade Damian Lillard?
Portland may not be done clearing out their roster before the Feb. 10 trade deadline. They plan on keeping Lillard, but can they find the pieces to return to contention quickly? Dame turns 32 years old this summer, and the six-time All-Star will not want to be part of a rebuild.
The Blazers want to compete with the Dallas Mavericks and the best teams in the Western Conference, but they have much roster work to do to achieve that goal. If they cannot make it happen, will Lillard request a trade? There were rumblings of his unhappiness during the 2021 offseason, and they could return this summer if moves are not made quickly.
The Dallas Mavericks have passed the Trail Blazers in the Western Conference pecking order, and it will be difficult for Portland to surpass Luka Doncic and company. Dallas wants to upgrade their roster and jump into title contention. They are much closer than the Blazers, and fans should expect it to stay that way.
The Portland Trail Blazers are a team to watch before the start of the 2022-2023 season. They have much roster work to do and will need to be aggressive to keep superstar Damian Lillard happy. Stay tuned to see what their front office can make happen.