The Portland Trail Blazers were expected to be good – likely a playoff team this season. But few predicted they’d be among the NBA’s elite come the All-Star break.
Given that, it’s not expected the Blazers will be very active (if at all) come the NBA’s trade deadline, this according to SportingNews (via head coach Terry Stotts):
“We can and we need to improve defensively with what we have now, because I don’t anticipate any roster changes,” Stotts said. “Our growth is going to have to come from within. Our young players are going to have to continue to improve, our starters are going to have to continue to remain engaged, and we have shown—we would not have the record that we have if it were not for our defense. We have played very good defense in spots, but we have just not been consistent with it.”
The Blazers don’t exactly have a lot of weaknesses, so there aren’t exactly a lot of holes to fill. Add in that they currently have no coveted expiring contracts and it makes sense things in Portland will be quiet while the rest of the NBA hits the panic button.
The last few seasons have been a rough ride, but enjoy the calm waters while you have them.