While they did make some additions to their roster this offseason, the Portland Trail Blazers were definitely one of the biggest losers of the 2021 NBA offseason because of the rumors surrounding Damian Lillard.
As of right now, Dame is committed to staying in Portland and trying to win with the Blazers, but there was heavy speculation back in June and July that he could look to request a trade in order to go to a team that has a chance to win a championship.
Since entering the league in 2012, Portland has always seemed to find their way into the playoffs, but they have advanced to the Western Conference Finals just once in 2019, only to get swept by the Golden State Warriors.
The Trail Blazers really have not had a team that could contend for a title, which is why Damian Lillard could be frustrated with the Trail Blazers front office.
If they do not improve this year and be more of a contender than they have been in previous years, Damian Lillard could look to move elsewhere in the offseason, which is why Neil Olshey and this Blazers front office needs to add some more talent to their roster.
Cody Zeller, Tony Snell, Ben McLemore, and Larry Nance Jr. are all solid additions this offseason, but the Blazers could still use some more bench options to make their second-unit stronger.
Portland is already $1.3M over the tax line for this season and they do not have many tradable assets, so going after another big name player is likely off-the-table unless they give up CJ McCollum, but here are three other key bench players they could look to add for more depth.
Cam Reddish – Atlanta Hawks
For some reason, the Atlanta Hawks made Cam Reddish available in trade talks this offseason and while they did not move him around the NBA Draft like they looked to do, he could still be available for another young talent and a draft pick.
Drafted 10th overall in 2019, Reddish has not lived up to the hype of being a reliable three-point shooter, but given his length and athleticism, he still has the potential to be a key scorer in any contending team’s second-unit.
Atlanta would most likely want a really solid return for Cam Reddish, something Portland cannot really give them without surrendering Anfernee Simons or Nassir Little, but he would fit in quite nicely with the Trail Blazers seeing as he is an athletic wing who can play well on both ends of the floor.