Maddison has kindly put together a look back at the 2011-12 Blazers. As we head into draft night it’s a reminder of how bad things got last season and a glimmer of hope that it can’t get much worse than this lineup we see here.
Artwork by Maddison Bond. Click for the full size image. Masochists can download as wallpaper.
Only six players are technically on the books for 2012-13: LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews, Luke Babbitt, Kurt Thomas, Elliot Williams, and Nolan Smith.
The Blazers have made a qualifying offer to Nicolas Batum who is presumed to return to Portland next season, but we won’t know the exact numbers for another couple of weeks at the earliest. JJ Hickson is also a RFA, but no qualifying offer has been made yet. Shawne Williams and Jamal Crawford both have player options for next season. Crawford’s deadline to pick up the option came and went this past Friday, with both sides agreeing to extend the deadline to the 29th which preserves Crawford’s Bird rights in a potential draft day trade. Crawford has said he will opt out if he’s not traded.
The rest is up in the air. It’s up to new GM Neil Olshey to put together Aldridge’s supporting cast for 2012-13.
This concludes the Raymond Felton era.
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