The Portland Trail Blazers shocked the NBA with their 54 wins this past season, but entering the 2014 free-agent period, it's clear that players such as Greg Monroe, Channing Frye and Spencer Hawes would do wonders for these borderline contenders.
When it comes to Portland's current cap situation, The Oregonian's Joe Freeman breaks it down best:
A midlevel exception allowing [general manager Neil Olshey] to spend as much as $5.3 million on a player for up to four years, and a biannual exception that will allow him to spend roughly $2.1 million on a player for up to two years. Beyond that? Don't expect a whole lot of fireworks from the Blazers this summer.
Freeman is right in the sense that Portland won't be shelling out big-time contracts to big-time players. However, this roster comprises one of the most effective starting lineups in the league, leaving backups as the targets during the summer of 2014.
Let's take a look at the players who could be on Portland's radar.