WITH A SUPPORTING cast 10 (!) wins below replacement level -- the NBA's second-worst bench in three decades -- Portland was trailing more often than blazing last season. So GM Neil Olshey signed Mo Williams and traded for Robin Lopez to shore up the 26th-ranked D and hopefully persuade All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge, a free agent after the 2014-15 season, to stay. His answer will determine how steep the trail back to relevance will be.
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