The Portland Trail Blazers are only three-and-a-half games out of the eighth seed in the Western Conference, but realistically, it's time to start looking forward to next season. The Blazers aren't consistent enough to make a final push, but they have great pieces going forward.
Damian Lillard's incredible rookie season has pushed the Blazers from rebuilding mode to the border of competing. With Lillard alongside LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum, the Blazers have a strong core of talent to build around.
Here are some of the current pieces that don't fit with what the Blazers' future plans.