When it comes to making the leap from good to great, or even great to elite, most NBA teams are forced to bring in a star.
When it comes to the 2013-14 Portland Trail Blazers, no such move is necessary, as the starting five is as good as it comes across the Association.
With the Feb. 20 trade deadline looming, what Portland needs is depth. We’ve been hearing this since the 2012-13 campaign, and while we thought significant strides were made this past offseason, the team is still one of the worst in terms of second-unit production.
Despite being healthy most of the year, Portland has been hit with the injury bug at an inopportune time. Accord to The Oregonian's Joe Freeman, both LaMarcus Aldridge and Meyers Leonard are expected to miss time following All-Star Weekend, which makes Joel Freeland's MCL sprain from before the break that much worse.
Don’t expect to see a major blowup, as there's no need to panic in Rip City; but if general manager Neil Olshey is smart, he’ll sacrifice a bit of chemistry with a run at a title in mind.
*All rankings, standings and statistics are current as of Feb. 18, 2014.
*All salary information is courtesy of HoopsHype.com.