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The Trail Blazers have yet to make that one big offseason splash fans were hoping to see.

It might not be coming.

Instead, the team has made a series of smaller solid moves that could set it up well for the future, if not immediately. And the next few days, in particular, could reveal a lot about what else we might expect from new GM Neil Olshey this summer.

For starters, the Minnesota Timberwolves submitted the $46 million offer sheet signed by Nicolas Batum, giving the Blazers three days to match or else let Batum walk. Olshey has maintained almost since he came on board in early June that Batum wasn't going anywhere, and that Portland would match any offer made to the restricted free agent.

The 'Wolves think Olshey was bluffing. We'll see soon enough.

I've maintained that letting Batum go at this point would be a mistake. At 23 and with a ton of yet-unrealized potential, he's exactly the type of player the Blazers are currently seeking, so letting him slip away would seem to run counter to the current plan.

Not counter to that plan was getting rid of point guard Raymond Felton, who fell out of favor with fans this past season. The point guard is close to being gone, with Portland closing in on a sign-and-trade deal with the New York Knicks that would reportedly bring back center Dan Gadzuric, forward Jared Jeffries and a 2016 second-round pick, according to The Oregonian newspaper.

Kurt Thomas, who will turn 40 in October, is also expected to be heading to New York in that deal, so the Blazers are jettisoning two players they never really planned to keep, anyway. Jeffries is a 30-year-old, 6-foot-11 forward, and Gadzuric is 34 and also 6-11.

In addition to these personnel moves, Olshey has been interviewing coaching candidates during the Las Vegas Summer League, so it's possible we'll hear any day now whether Portland finally has a coach for next season.

In all, the Blazers are in the midst of one of their more active offseasons in recent memory, and the only thing that's certain right now is that they're far from done.


Timberwolves submit offer sheet for Blazers' Batum

Blazers-Knicks trade details still being worked out


Adam Sparks has followed the Portland Trail Blazers since the early 1980s, and has written about the team as a freelancer since 2009.

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