The Portland Trail Blazers have had one busy and tumultuous offseason.
It started in the best way, with the team acquiring Scoot Henderson in the NBA draft.
But then things got awfully complicated as Damian Lillard demanded a trade, which led to months of drama, rumors, speculation, and confusion.
He ultimately was sent to the Bucks and now the team is ready to move on without him.
The Blazers released a video on Twitter showing the new-look team working together on the practice court.
They look ready to play when the new season begins.
✨💤🏀 sweet dreams, enjoy 🏀💤✨ pic.twitter.com/buBGFNpB8P
— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) October 6, 2023
You can catch glimpses of a few of the new players in the video.
There are moments of both Robert Williams and Deandre Ayton with the ball.
There are also shots of the rest of the team’s core.
They will have to come together under head coach Chauncey Billups’ leadership in the months ahead.
The Blazers have a lot to prove because most people aren’t expecting a whole lot from them this season.
They were having a hard time making the playoffs with Lillard on the roster and so most believe they will have an even harder time without him.
But there is a chance that the injection of newcomers like Williams, Ayton, and Malcolm Brogdon could give them the boost they need.
Plus, the youthful enthusiasm and energy of players like Henderson, Anfernee Simons, and Shaedon Sharpe could make up for what they lost with Lillard’s exit.
There will be some tough competition but the Trail Blazers look like they are ready to play hard.NEXT: Trail Blazers Veteran Opens Up About Trade Rumors