Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN.com list the Trail Blazers as one of the five teams
that are "standing at the junction, examining the map and looking at the routes" going into the 2012-13 season:
A creative Terry Stotts will work hard to develop the Lillard-Aldridge tandem to its full potential, and it could be something special. But if the chemistry doesn't translate into a winning combination, and Aldridge grows uncomfortable as Banana No. 1, do you reshuffle the deck? And, if so, is Aldridge an asset you'd discard if the right offer came along? Could you afford not to?
The Trail Blazers don't figure to win much in 2012-13, and will likely have another high pick in June to add more young talent -- as well as some money to throw around -- but it's going to be a painstaking process.
The regular season starts on Wednesday. That's all we know for sure about this season. Everything else, we'll learn on the way.