The Blazers need more firepower. That much was made clear by barely reaching the playoffs as an eight-seed and then getting swept at the hands of the Golden State Warriors in the first round. The backcourt of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum can only do so much and, even when they put up incredible scoring performances, it isn’t enough to beat the best.
Lillard and McCollum need help in the form of someone else that can take some pressure off of them to carry the scoring load. The Blazers don’t have any open cap space to make an addition this offseason after handing out big money last offseason to keep their group together and add Evan Turner, so the only real option is to make a trade.
McCollum is hoping that the Blazers set their sights on the best player expected to be available via trade this offseason, Paul George.