Lowe: Trail Blazers One Of The 'Winners' In 2013 Free Agency
Zach Lowe, one of the best national NBA writers working today, lists the Portland Trail Blazers in the "Winners, With Caveats" category
in an article on Grantland assessing the 2013 free agency signing period.
It's nothing grand, but this is what you do when you can't lure big free agents (Millsap, Splitter, Roy Hibbert) from other teams: Use your cap space to swipe assets from teams that need to cut money (Thomas Robinson), and/or play the same role to snag something as the third team in what had been a two-team deal (Robin Lopez). Toss in a solid draft and the cheapo signing of Dorell Wright, and Portland projects as a playoff contender with a clean cap sheet after 2014-15.
Even if you weren't particularly enthused with Portland's trades and signings this offseason, it's hard to argue they could have done much better than they did. Picking up two serviceable players and snagging a young player with a ton of upside, all for next-to-nothing and while still maintaining future cap flexibility, is an unqualified success.
The Blazers join the Clippers, Hawks, Cavs, Suns, Raptors and Warriors as "Winners, With Caveats" on Lowe's list. The Rockets are Lowe's "Clear Winners" of free agency, for obvious reasons.