Originally written August 21, 2013 on Oregon Sports News:
The Portland Trail Blazers have had a very active offseason, an offseason that has included trades, the NBA Draft, free agent signings and a renamed stadium. Some of these moves and changes have been more publicized than others. One that I feel has been a little overshadowed has been the signing of Mo Williams. Free agency has been very tough for the Blazers. A lot of people talk about how Portland is too small of a city; there is nothing to drive these young talented basketball players to this city. The Hedo Turkoglu situation was talked about for a long time; he passed on Portland because his wife didn’t want to live here. On the other hand, Jamal Crawford signed a contract with the Blazers a couple years ago as a very established role player and sixth man. Was free agency this year a success? I would say, absolutely yes. I am talking purely the free agency aspect of the offseason. The two big names that signed contracts with Portland are Dorell Wright and Mo William...
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