Earlier this week there was a bombshell article from Shams Charania and Sam Amick of The Athletic detailing some of the things going on with the Portland Trail Blazers. They could look a lot different in the coming weeks and months as the NBA trade deadline approaches following the dismissal of general manager and president of basketball operations, Neil Olshey.
Olshey was fired after an investigation into the workplace environment. The findings were conclusive enough that he lost his job, potentially changing the course of the franchise in the process.
He believed that he had done enough to make a contending roster in Portland. It was clear that was not the case, as they had fallen short year after year in the postseason with Terry Stotts at the helm. With Olshey no longer running the show, could this be when we see some drastic changes in Portland?
Star point guard Damian Lillard certainly hopes so. In the same piece from The Athletic, they reported that Lillard is becoming frustrated with the organization and wants to see significant changes to the roster. One of those significant changes, if it were up to Lillard, would include acquiring Ben Simmons from the Philadelphia 76ers.