Portland Trail Blazers Offseason Preview, Part II: Free Agency

May 19th, 2010 by Sean Highkin Leave a reply »
Last week, I previewed the Portland Trail Blazers' offseason possibilities and ran down which players were and weren't likely to be dealt, as well as a few potential trade targets.

For the second part of my offseason preview, I'm going to take a look at potential free agents for the Blazers to pursue.

Portland's payroll for the 2010-11 season will be around $70 million, now that Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge move from their rookie contracts to the major extensions they signed last summer.

This puts the Blazers well over the salary cap, making any talk of a run at LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, or any other big-name free agent strictly wishful thinking.

Since the Blazers are over the cap, they are limited to signing players either through sign-and-trade or with the mid-level exception (around $5.5 million the last few years).

The Blazers' primary needs, as I stated in part one of the offseason preview, are in the areas of backup point guard, backup shooting guard, and backup power forward.

With that in mind, here are some potential free agent targets for the Blazers:



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