Neil Olshey: Trail Blazers Were ‘A Little Too Conservative’ at Trade Deadline

Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard, left, chats with Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey prior to the start of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, March 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

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Portland Trail Blazers president of basketball operations Neil Olshey said his team was too conservative at the trade deadline this past season, which played a role in Portland’s first-round loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.

Casey Holdahl of shared the comments Olshey made while appearing on ESPN’s broadcast of the 2018 NBA Draft Combine:

“I think probably one of the things we were a little too conservative with this offseason and at the trade deadline was, we were probably far too protective of our draft pick and our trade exceptions and the tools we had to continue to build the roster long term and maybe lost sight of the fact that the first round was going to be more competitive that we expected.” 

He also acknowledged balancing the reality of a potential second-round loss to the Houston Rockets or Golden State Warriors with not wanting to sacrifice long-term assets played into the decision-making process before pointing to the team’s goals moving forward.

Olshey said:

“I think this offseason we shift our focus to playoff-caliber guys, guys that hit the right benchmarks or the body of work that can really perform come April knowing the rebuild got done quicker than we thought and it’s time to start thinking of playoff success over whether or not we can or can’t make the playoff while retooling.”


This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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via Bleacher Report – NBA

May 17, 2018 at 04:50PM


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