This was not a good season to be a Blazers fan. They went into the season as a dark horse contender and ended it as a team that is rebuilding from the front office to the roster.
Owner Paul Allen admitted in an open letter to fans it was his toughest year of the 24 he owned the team.
In the letter, Allen talks about a few things, but one he makes clear is that he’s not selling the team.
Let me be clear and repeat what I’ve said before: The team is not for sale. I’m working hard to get this team back on track. No offers have been made to buy the team and none have been solicited. As I told reporters in the Rose Garden in December, there could come a time when I decide to sell the Trail Blazers. Many factors would go into that decision, including my health, the team’s economics, and the progress I can see on the court. (On the first item: I’m feeling good these days and have remained in remission for two years.)
Allen then walks through the decisions to reshape the team from earlier this year — the firing of Nate McMillan, the search for a GM and how they move the team forward.
Going into next season, it’s a priority for us to improve defensively, to play better and more consistently, and to win on the road.
One thing we are not going to do is to spend money like there is no tomorrow, and calls to do so just don’t make sense. I’ve tried that path before — it doesn’t work and is not sustainable. We will follow a judicious and sustainable path going forward.
The Blazers are well positioned to move forward — they have LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum, a number of picks, cap space and room to maneuver. Flexibility is a good thing, but doing something good with it is another issue. Questions remain about what is the road map for the future and who is drawing it?
Allen doesn’t give us any great insights in the letter, but Blazers fans may want to read it to see where his mind is. It’s a nice look at the past. The thing that matters more is future actions.