It’s safe to say that the Portland Trail Blazers are done in free agency. After using the mid-level exception on Chris Kaman and the bi-annual exception on Steve Blake, the Blazers are hard-capped and over the salary-cap line.
Here's what Damian Lillard told Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com: "I like our team with the new pieces. We’re better because of it. Chris Kaman and Steve Blake filled some holes and now we have to put it all together. I’m excited for next season."
If Portland did want to venture into free agency for another player, the team would be limited to the minimum salary.
That’s not necessarily a hindrance in and of itself, but the Blazers' crowded roster is. Portland has 15 guaranteed salaries already on the roster, and it’s hard to believe general manager Neil Olshey would let go of a young player to add someone who probably won’t get any playing time.
With all that being said, you can never rule out the possibility that Olshey will find a value in free agency that’s too good to pass up.
If a young player doesn’t develop like he should in the offseason, or if a production gap needs to be filled, the Blazers could potentially look at the following five players as bargain-bin signings in free agency.