The Summer of 2016 Without getting too much into how good or bad Neil is as a GM, especially when it comes to offering or signing FAs, I wanted to look back at the complete fallout and butterfly effect of that Summer where the Blazers spent a fortune on players that, well, to be honest, haven't worked out very well. Allen Crabbe - Signed for 4 years/$76,000,000. The following year was traded for Andrew Nicholson and a large TPE. The Blazers will be paying for Nicholson's 'stretched salary till 2024. Evan Turner - Signed for 4 years/$70,000,000. Played for the Blazers for 3 years before being traded to the Atlanta Hawks for Kent Bazemore. Bazemore was subsequently traded for Ariza. (assuming the smaller parts were traded for each other) Ariza is nearing 35 years old and has a non-guaranteed salary of $12,800,000 for next year. Maurice Harkless - Signed for 4 years/$40,000,000 after Blazers had already signed Turner and Crabbe. Meyers Leonard - Signed for 4 years/$41,000,000. Later combined with Maurice Harkless to acquire Hassan Whiteside. So in total, Crabbe, Turner, Harkless and Leonard were signed for a grand total of $227,000,000. In addition, they will be paying Andrew Nicholson's contract at a rate of $2,844,429 for the next 5 years. To be fair, they were able to unload Crabbe for basically nothing at the cost of paying off Nicholson. So some money was saved there but still a waste of that money to begin with. Out of all of that money spent, Portland is left with a nearing 35 year old Trevor Ariza and Hassan Whiteside. Ariza is a nice piece but isn't in anyone's long term plans, and it remains to be seen if Portland can resign Whiteside to a much lower amount that he is currently making or S&T him this Summer for another asset. They could possibly just let him go which would give Portland a little cap room this Summer.....but we've seen how that Cap Room money works out in the past. In the meantime, this roster has ben Cap-strapped with the consequences of those contracts while Dame's prime years have been passing by. Injuries hurt this year, but those were terrible contracts to marginal players to begin with and Portland is still left dealing with the fallout.