Neil Olshey Rumors
The Portland Trail Blazers have been a part of the always-churning rumor mill for weeks, as a swath of Rip City has been pining for an upgrade as the team has underachieved over the first 27 games of the season. But it would be unwise to expect a deal anytime soon. The Blazers, according to rival front office executives, are right to be included in the rumors — they are expected to be active in trade talks leading up to the Feb. 23 NBA trade deadline. But activity doesn’t always translate to action and swinging a deal for a quality frontcourt player, arguably the Blazers’ biggest need, is complicated.
An 8-7 record and the third-highest payroll might make some teams think of an early season overhaul. But the roster general manager Neil Olshey built over the past two summers is one of valued contracts and a young core that has future stability. The offseason free-agent signings limit Portland from any player movement in the next six weeks.
The Blazers have an aggressive front office and more wings (Allen Crabbe, Evan Turner, Moe Harkless) and bigs (Mason Plumlee, Meyers Leonard and Festus Ezeli) than they need. So keep an eye on them. The suspicion among numerous league observers is that the Blazers’ non-stop spending this past offseason was asset collection as much as anything. Scan through all those names again and it’s clear Portland has no shortage of options to thrust itself into all kinds of trade talks as GM Neil Olshey continues to shape the roster around backcourt bedrocks Lillard and C.J. McCollum.
The Portland Trail Blazers have signed guard CJ McCollum to a contract extension to bring him under contract through the 2020-21 season, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.
“CJ is a foundational player and an essential member of the core of this team,” said Neil Olshey. “We are excited about his long term commitment to our organization”