Jake Layman SF
The Trail Blazers were one of the more surprising teams this season as they made the playoffs after a complete team makeover. They retooled well on the fly and brought in Al Farouqu Aminu, Ed Davis and traded for Mo Harkless, Noah Vonleh, Gerald Henderson, and Mason Plumlee. Head coach Terry Stotts is one of the better coaches in the league and has maximized his teams potential. Second year player C.J. McCollum exploded this year and won the Most Improved Player award. The Blazers are young and talented, and while they don't have any picks, they could look to add to their youth by signing some undrafted players. Allen Crabbe is a perfect example of how the Blazers have found undrafted talent. The Blazers will have a lot of cap space to play will and must decide whether or not to match offers on their restricted free agents The Blazers could use some help at the SG spot as Gerald Henderson and Allen Crabbe will both be free agents, along with PG depth and interior scoring.
(Updated 7/17/16) The Blazers came into the draft without a pick, but managed to acquire the 47th pick from the Orlando Magic. With the 47th pick they selected Maryland SF Jake Layman. Layman is a great athlete and possesses size and length. At 47 he is a good value pick and will at the very least add depth to the SF position. The Blazers matched the 4 year $75 million dollar offer from the Nets to Allen Crabbe and re-signed Meyers Leonard to a 4 year $41 million dollar deal. The Blazers also signed Festus Ezeli to a 2 year $16 million dollar deal (great price). It seems like Mo Harkless may be the odd man out, which means Layman may have more of an impact his rookie season.
Draft Grade: B+
Estimated Cap Space
Gerald Henderson SG, Chris Kaman C, and Brian Roberts
Allen Crabbe SG, Maurice Harkless SF and Meyers Leonard C