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GM Neil Olshey thinks Blazers have ‘most competitive’ roster of his tenure

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Portland Trail Blazers president of basketball operations Neil Olshey believes the 2019-20 roster is “the most competitive” one he’s been around since he joined the franchise back in 2012.

The Blazers, who lost to the Golden State Warriors in the 2019 Western Conference Finals in four games, made some valuable additions this summer which Olshey thinks will propel the team to new heights next season.

The Blazers acquired Hassan Whiteside from the Miami Heat and Kent Bazemore from the Atlanta Hawks. Portland also signed Pau Gasol, Mario Hezonja and Anthony Tolliver in free agency.

The Blazers gave Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum extensions and re-signed Rodney Hood. It’s clear Portland is going for a title run next season.

In a loaded Western Conference, pundits — as usual — are sleeping on the Blazers. The Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets and Utah Jazz have been getting a lot of love this offseason after the moves each team made. The Blazers, though, are content with staying under the radar.

As is the case every season, Portland is going to go as far as Lillard and McCollum can take them. The two guards are eager to show the world last season wasn’t just a fluke.

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