The NBA trade market is open for business and the Portland Trail Blazers have made it known that they are open to offers. The team’s starting center missed a game due to ice and snow, leading to speculation about the team’s rebuilding efforts. Deandre Ayton was unable to participate in a game because he couldn’t navigate the ice around his house, which may or may not have been an honest mistake. The team’s general manager, Joe Cronin, appears content with losing games as long as it results in more draft assets and an indefinite reign over the front office.
The Trail Blazers have a history of making trades that have not worked out in their favor, and they currently have multiple draft picks but lack the success of other franchises that have tried to rebuild in a similar manner. The team’s current players are not performing like desirable assets, and there is uncertainty surrounding the starting lineup and game plan. The head coach, Chauncey Billups, is not winning or developing talent, and his relationship with the GM appears to be the only thing keeping him employed.
The team’s approach to rebuilding has drawn criticism, with many pointing out that their situation is not normal. The ongoing issues have raised concerns about the team’s direction and decision-making. Ayton’s absence from a game due to ice and snow has also sparked discussion and criticism of the team’s handling of the situation.