NBA fans have many thanks to give after the players and owners struck a new collective bargaining agreement early Saturday morning. The tentative deal broke a lockout that lasted nearly five months, salvaging 66 games of the season and tipping the season off on Christmas day.
With the Brave New NBA around the corner, certain teams will have to rethink the way they do business. A much more restrictive cap leaves less wiggle room for teams that have done things a particular way in the past. One team that comes to mind is the Portland Trail Blazers and their tendency to outspend competitors.
They've (foolishly) been through two GM's in the past two seasons, even though both have been stockpiling talent during that period and have yet to find a successor.
As the search to replace Richard Cho continues, the new GM will have to wade through a talented but plagued roster if they hope to avoid that new steep luxury tax.
In the wake of another injury-plagued and underwhelming season, the Trail Blazers appear to have their work cut out for them.