The Portland Trail Blazers entered the 2016 offseason with substantial cap space and are now a capped-out team.
The Blazers re-signed Allen Crabbe, Meyers Leonard and Moe Harkless, extended C.J. McCollum and also signed Evan Turner as a free agent.
"Good players on favorable contracts are more valuable to us than cap room," Neil Olshey said. "Especially in an era where all 30 teams have cap room -- or the ability to get it." The Blazers don't have as much time to wait as you might think; Lillard and McCollum are 26 and 24, squarely in their primes. "With our interest in extending C.J., we weren't going to be a cap room team next year, anyway," Olshey said.
"We are probably not going to make the quantum leap the salaries might indicate," said Terry Stotts. "As a coach, you take the money out of it. We just want to grow."