Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum are expected to accomplish big things this upcoming season.
After their trip to the Western Conference Finals ended in a clean sweep by the Warriors, they are looking to take the next step on their journey to a title.
But in a Western Conference so deep, do the Blazers really have enough to beat the likes of L.A., Houston, or Denver? They might be better off with at least one more All-Star level player. The return of former Portland big man LaMarcus Aldridge might suffice.
According to Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report, he is one of the potential trade targets for the Trail Blazers this season.
“The Blazers might be a scoring big man away from championship contention. Lillard has blossomed into an MVP candidate since Aldridge’s 2015 exit. CJ McCollum is on the short list of the best active players to not make an All-Star Game. Portland has depth to support its stars, high-upside youth to potentially elevate the outlook and a couple of massive expiring contracts (Hassan Whiteside, Kent Bazemore) to make the money work. The Blazers can stand pat and be really good this season. Swinging for the fences with an Aldridge reunion gives them a shot at greatness.”
Through 2 games, the Blazers have looked solid and are a lock for another postseason appearance. With Aldridge, Lillard, and McCollum, they could go even further.
Not only is Aldridge a fan-favorite in Portland, but his rebounding and mid-range shooting will help bolster their offense and lighten the load of the backcourt stars.
LaMarcus averaged 21.3 points and 9.2 rebounds on 51% shooting last year for the Spurs.