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If playoff hopes become more and more distant as the season passes by, Portland should look onto the future. They have their duo of Aldridge and Roy signed up until 2014, and if they resign Oden, will have their big three, but only as long as Oden is healthy.
If Oden continues to become injured, many teams will bite at the offers for Oden, as they know the risk may be worth it. Oden should attract some nice offers.
Also, this draft can decide Portland's future.
If they become a lottery team and snag a pick in the top 10, they have the chance at four players they can pick from that will help them substantially.
Perry Jones and Harrison Barnes wouldn't help them that much, as they already have Batum and Matthews playing the three, and their additions may take away from Roy's production.
The four potential life-savers they can pick are Kyrie Irving, Enes Kanter, Brandon Knight and even Lucas Nogueira.
Irving and Knight are both extremely talented point guards. They can take over Miller's job and lead the team by example. Knight is the better defender, while Irving has a more NBA ready game, is a better passer, and is more athletic, including his lightning quick speed. Both could help Portland.
Kanter and Nogueira are both talented international big men. Kanter is a more polished player, having a variety of post moves that can help him get easy buckets. He also has a deadly jump shot and is a good rebounder.
Nogueira is more athletic and a big time shot blocker. He is not as good as Kanter in the post and isn't as efficient of a rebounder. His attitude may also become a problem, and he has a bad work ethic.
Kanter is the obvious choice if they want a big man. Either Irving or Knight would be a nice addition at the point, while Irving is more preferred due to the offensive skills he brings to the table.