The Portland Trail Blazers have been the third seed in the Western Conference in each of the past two seasons and made it to the conference finals last season But the Blazers have won only five of their first 17 games and own the second-worst record in the West. FiveThirtyEight's projections are very pessimistic, giving Portland only a 9% chance to make the postseason.
The Trail Blazers have already generated a lot of buzz by signing Carmelo Anthony and bringing him back to the NBA after a one-year layoff. But if that was not enough to help get their season jump-started, should they do something bigger to get back into contention? Or should they go the other way and start the rebuilding process, trading away their productive veterans for draft picks and future considerations?