Grantland: Where Refurbished Roster Can Take Blazers

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Grantland: Where Refurbished Roster Can Take Blazers
Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

This is NBA team-building as a game of Twister: take a mediocre team and make it great without becoming bad enough to land at the top of the draft or clogging your long-term cap sheet with overpaid veterans. The Rockets and Pacers have pulled it off to varying degrees, and the Blazers are in the thick of it now — with a roster competitive enough to satisfy the "never rebuild" edict of Paul Allen, the team's über-rich owner, but also one with an asset-rich young core and potential max-level cap room in the summer of 2015.

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