By Matthew Zimmer

The NBA draft was on Wednesday. The season starts in less than a month. It’s time for free agent madness and Twitter alerts from Shams Charnia and Adrian Wojnarowski.

NBA free agency is the most entertaining offseason event of all the major sports. Obviously, it can be less exciting for us in Portland because free agents usually seem apprehensive about coming to the Pacific Northwest.

However, trades have helped the Blazers convince players to stay in the past, Rodney Hood being the most recent example.

Yes, Hood just opted out of his contract with a player option, but I can’t blame him. He could get some serious dough with the lack of players available with his skill set. Personally, I hope Hood returns, but I won’t begrudge him if he leaves.

Eric Griffith, a contributor for Blazer’s Edge (SB Nation’s Trail Blazers page), broke down Portland’s cap situation heading into free agency (before the Blazers traded for Enes Kanter).

After the Kanter trade, the Blazers no longer have the full trade exception, but still have tons of roster spots to fill. Griffith put out another thread (five tweets in total) to explain it. Here’s the first one.

Following the trade, ESPN’s NBA Front Office insider Bobby Marks also explained where the Blazers stand.

If you want to check out the full breakdown of Griffith’s 11-tweet thread, click here.

Potential Blazer Free Agent Targets

So far, the Blazers haven’t been linked to many free agents, outside their own players.

Meaning, Rodney Hood and Carmelo Anthony are the two names floated right now.

However, The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor says the Blazers are expected to have interest in Paul Millsap.

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