On Monday, Portland Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey shared that the team is absolutely bringing back the majority of its starting lineup for next season.
“We've got 80% of our starting lineup under contract and returning absolutely.” – Neil Olshey said today. That's Lillard, Nurkic, McCollum and Covington. #RipCity
— Aaron J. Fentress (@AaronJFentress) June 7, 2021
The Blazers got squashed by the Denver Nuggets in six games in the first round of the 2021 playoffs.
Although the Nuggets were without sharpshooter Jamal Murray, they were able to take down the star duo of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Nuggets superstar Nikola Jokic dominated the first round series by collecting 33.0 points, 10.5 boards and 4.5 assists per game.
The crushing first-round loss led to a split between the Blazers and head coach Terry Stotts, who has been the scapegoat.
Both McCollum and Lillard have played for the Trail Blazers for their entire careers in the NBA.