Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/10/13
You could make a strong case that Portland Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey had the best offseason in the NBA. Sure the Rockets landed Dwight Howard and the Clippers kept Chris Paul while bolstering the supporting cast. But Olshey took a lottery team and plugged as many holes as you could find without losing anything of value. As the dust settles the Blazers' offseason looks like an ambitious plan in which everything went right. The core was maintained: All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge up front Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard at the point and two above-average wings in Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews in between. Center has been an issue in Portland since Aldridge arrived; Robin Lopez might just be the perfect fit in that frontcourt and he was quite nearly free. The team needed a backup ball-handler and more shooters. Olshey nabbed Mo Williams and Dorell Wright in free agency and drafted C.J. McCollum in the lottery. I trust that Kevin Love has long been jealous of Aldridge possibly simply because Love is from Oregon and also because Aldridge has always had more help. Minnesota had an interesting offseason too. But if I'm Love I'm wondering why all of Minnesota's needs weren't addressed like this. And yes I'd be jealous.
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