Jason Quick of CSN Northwest:
With Parsons and Howard, Portland would be a major threat in the West — health permitting. That’s the big worry for those talented free agents, but short of landing Kevin Durant, upgrading requires risk. This might be a risk worth taking for the Blazers.
Giving Parsons a max contract would essentially use up all the Trail Blazers’ cap space, but they could clear room for Howard by renouncing Meyers Leonard ($7,689,700) and Maurice Harkless ($8,330,850) and/or trading Ed Davis ($6,666,667). With several team-friendly contracts and plenty of cap space, Portland is flexible.