Commissioner Adam Silver has a compromise for those wanting to change the NBA playoffs format.
The league has experienced an imbalance of power in recent years, with more good teams in the Western Conference. That has prompted some to suggest the playoffs should take the 16 best NBA teams, regardless of conference.
There are always whispers and rumblings, and Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum is aware of them. In the two years before this one, Portland has carved out an identity as a pretty good offensive team and a so-so defensive team, and the results have been predictable. The Trail Blazers won 41 games last year on their way to a postseason spot, and 44 games in 2015-16, when they slipped into the second round of the playoffs by knocking off an injury-battered Clippers team.
That’s led to speculation that Portland, over the salary cap and sitting on two years of hefty contracts for Evan Turner, Meyers Leonard and Maurice Harkless ($39 million for the trio next year, and $41 million in 2019-20), would eventually have to deal either McCollum or fellow star guard Damian Lillard in order to diversify the roster.
The pair is signed through 2021, slated to make $50-60 million per year combined. It’s not easy to build a true contender with half the available cap space spent on guards, but it’s where the Blazers are now.
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Boston has been the best team in the East for most of the year, with LeBron James and Cleveland still looming, Toronto only two games back of first place and teams like Miami and Philadelphia making pushes to add veterans — like Williams and Evans. There’s an NBA Finals opportunity here for Boston, and securing the bench might be the key to taking advantage of it.