PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Trail Blazers have three ways to improve the roster for the 2019-20 season: the NBA draft, free agency, and trades.

The Blazers have the No. 25 pick in the first round of the June 20 NBA draft. Portland does not have a second-round selection.

Free agency begins July 1. The Blazers have the taxpayer midlevel exception available to use, which starts at about $5.7 million annually. If Portland trims about $2 million of salary, it would be able to use the full midlevel exception, which starts at about $9.2 million per year.

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If the Blazers want to make a big move this offseason, it will likely be through a trade. Portland has some trade assets, including large expiring contracts and intriguing young talent like Zach Collins and Anfernee Simons.

(Editor's note: For more details about draft and free agency options and rules, scroll to the bottom of this article)

Below, we take a look at free agency fits at forward for the Blazers. While Portland can’t afford any of the top-tier free agents, these are the players Portland could sign using either the taxpayer midlevel exception or the full midlevel exception.

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Each player is categorized by their affordability for the Blazers.

AFFORDABILITY KEY

  • Yes: It’s nearly certain the player would definitely sign for the taxpayer midlevel exception ($5.7 million annually) or less.
  • Likely: It’s possible the player would sign for the taxpayer midlevel exception ($5.7 million annually), though probably not less.
  • Questionable: The player would likely sign for the full midlevel exception ($9.2 million annually), but probably not the taxpayer midlevel exception.
  • Doubtful: There’s a chance the player would sign for the full midlevel exception ($9.2 million annually), though it’s more likely the player will sign for a larger contract.

Small forwards

JEFF GREEN

Height: 6-9

Weight: 235

Age: 32 (turns 33 on August 28)

2018-19 stats: 12.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists in 27.2 minutes per game with the Wizards. Played 77 games (44 starts). Shot 47.5% from the field and 34.7% from the 3-point line.

2018-19 salary: $1.5 million

Can Blazers afford him? Questionable

DEMARRE CARROLL

Height: 6-8

Weight: 215

Age: 32 (turns 33 on July 27)

2018-19 stats: Averaged 11.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists in 25.4 minutes per game with the Nets. Played 67 games (8 starts). Shot 39.5% from the field and 34.2% from the 3-point line.

2018-19 salary: $15.4 million

Can Blazers afford him? Questionable

TREVOR ARIZA

Height: 6-8

Weight: 215

Age: 33 (turns 34 on June 30)

2018-19 stats: Averaged 12.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.3 steals in 34.0 minutes per game with the Suns and Wizards. Shot 39.9% from the field and 33.4% from the 3-point line.

2018-19 salary: $15 million

Can Blazers afford him? Questionable

GERALD GREEN

Height: 6-7

Weight: 205

Age: 33

2018-19 stats: Averaged 9.2 points, 2.5 rebounds in 20.2 minutes per game with the Rockets. Played 73 games (no starts). Shot 40.0% from the field and 35.4% from the 3-point line.

2018-19 salary: $1.5 million

Can Blazers afford him? Likely

THABO SEFOLOSHA

Small forward

Height: 6-7

Weight: 220

Age: 35

2018-19 stats: Averaged 3.8 points, 2.5 rebounds in 12.2 minutes per game with the Jazz. Played in 50 games (2 starts). Shot 47.7% from the field and 43.6% from the 3-point line.

2018-19 salary: $5.3 million

Can Blazers afford him? Yes

LANCE STEPHENSON

Height: 6-6

Weight: 230

Age: 28

2018-19 stats: Averaged 7.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists in 16.5 minutes per game with the Lakers. Shot 42.6% from the field and 37.1% from the 3-point line.

2018-19 salary: $4.4 million

Can Blazers afford him? Yes

WILSON CHANDLER

Height: 6-9

Weight: 225

Age: 32

2018-19 stats: Averaged 6.0 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists in 23.1 minutes per game with the 76ers and Clippers. Played 51 games (33 starts). Shot 41.8% from the field and 37.3% from the 3-point line.

2018-19 salary: $12.8 million

Can Blazers afford him? Yes

MARIO HEZONJA

Height: 6-8

Weight: 225

Age: 24

2018-19 stats: Averaged 8.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists in 20.8 minutes per game with the Knicks. Played in 58 games (24 starts). Shot 41.2% from the field and 27.6% from the 3-point line.

2018-19 salary: $6.5 million

Can Blazers afford him? Yes

JAMES ENNIS

Height: 6-7

Weight: 210

Age: 28 (turns 29 on July 1)

2018-19 stats: Averaged 6.7 points, 3.1 rebounds in 21.2 minutes per game with the Rockets and 76ers. Played 58 games (27 starts). Shot 46.9% from the field and 35.3% from the 3-point line.

2018-19 salary: $1.6 million (has a $1.8 million player option)

Can Blazers afford him? Yes

VINCE CARTER

Height: 6-6

Weight: 220

Age: 42

2018-19 stats: Averaged 7.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists in 17.5 minutes per game for the Hawks. Played in 76 games. Shot 41.9% from the field and 38.9% from the 3-point line.

2018-19 salary: $1.5 million

Can Blazers afford him? Yes

DANUEL HOUSE

Height: 6-7

Weight: 220

Age: 25 (turns 26 on June 7)

2018-19 stats: Averaged 9.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.0 assist in 25.1 minutes per game with the Rockets. Played in 39 games (13 starts). Shots 46.8% from the field and 41.6% from the 3-point line.

2018-19 salary: $247,827 (Houston can make him a restricted free agent by extending him a $1.9 million qualifying offer)

Can Blazers afford him? Yes, but Rockets might match

OMRI CASSPI

Height: 6-9

Weight: 225

Age: 30 (turns 31 on June 22)

2018-19 stats: Averaged 6.3 points, 3.2 rebounds in 36 games with the Grizzlies. Shot 53.4% from the field and 34.9% from the 3-point line. Career 36.8% 3-point shooter.

2018-19 salary: $1.5 million

Can Blazers afford him? Yes

LUOL DENG

Height: 6-9

Weight: 237

Age: 34

2018-19 stats: Averaged 7.1 points, 3.3 rebounds in 17.8 minutes per game with the Timberwolves. Played in 22 games (2 starts). Shot 50.0% from the field and 31.8% from the 3-point line.

2018-19 salary: He was waived and his salary stretched by the Lakers, signed for $1.5 million for the remainder of the season with Minnesota.

Can Blazers afford him? Yes

DARIUS MILLER

Height: 6-8

Weight: 225

Age: 29

2018-19 stats: Averaged 8.2 points, 1.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists in 25.5 minutes per game with the Pelicans. Shot 39.0% from the field and 36.5% from the 3-point line. He's a career 42% field-goal shooter, including 38.2% from the 3-point line.

2018-19 salary: $2.2 million

Can Blazers afford him? Yes

JARED DUDLEY

Height: 6-7

Weight: 237

Age: 33 (turns 34 on July 10)

2018-19 stats: Averaged 4.9 points, 2.6 rebounds in 20.7 minutes per game with the Nets. Played 59 games (25 starts). Shot 42.3% from the field and 35.1% from the 3-point line. Career 39.2% 3-point shooter.

2018-19 salary: $9.5 million

Can Blazers afford him? Yes

Power forwards

MARCUS MORRIS

Height: 6-9

Weight: 235

Age: 29 (turns 30 on Sept. 2)

2018-19 stats: Averaged 13.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists in 27.9 minutes per game with the Celtics. Played 75 games (53 starts). Shot 44.7% from the field and 37.5% from the 3-point line.

2018-19 salary: $5.4 million

Can Blazers afford him? Doubtful

THADDEUS YOUNG

Height: 6-8

Weight: 221

Age: 30 (turns 31 on June 21)

2018-19 stats: Averaged 12.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 steals in 30.7 minutes per game with the Pacers. Played 81 games (81 starts). Shot 52.7% from the field and 34.9% from the 3-point line.

2018-19 salary: $13.8 million

Can Blazers afford him? Doubtful

JAMYCHAL GREEN

Height: 6-9

Weight: 227

Age: 28 (turns 29 on June 21)

2018-19 stats: Averaged 9.4 points, 6.3 rebounds in 21.1 minutes per game with the Grizzlies and Clippers. Played 65 games (6 starts). Shot 48.3% from the field and 40.3% from the 3-point line.

2018-19 salary: $7.7 million

Can Blazers afford him? Doubtful

KENNETH FARIED

Height: 6-8

Weight: 220

Age: 29

2018-19 stats: 10.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, in 19.7 minutes per game with the Nets and Rockets. Played in 37 games (13 starts). Shot 58.9% from the field and 32.0% from the 3-point line. Thrived with the Rockets after mid-season acquisition, averaging 12.9 points, 8.2 rebounds in 24.4 minutes per game, shooting 58.7% from the field and 35.0% from the 3-point line.

2018-19 salary: $13.3 million before he was waived by Nets, signed for $683,661 to finish season with Rockets

Can Blazers afford him? Questionable

TAJ GIBSON

Height: 6-9

Weight: 232

Age: 33 (turns 34 on June 24)

2018-19 stats: Averaged 10.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 24.1 minutes per game with the Timberwolves. Played 70 games (57 starts). Shot 56.6% from the field. Not a 3-point shooter.

2018-19 salary: $14.0 million

Can Blazers afford him? Questionable

NOAH VONLEH

Height: 6-9

Weight: 250

Age: 23 (turns 24 in August)

2018-19 stats: Averaged 8.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists in 25.3 minutes per game with the Knicks. Played in 68 games (57 starts). Shot 47.0% from the field and 33.6% from the 3-point line.

2018-19 salary: $1.5 million

Can Blazers afford him? Questionable

JONAS JEREBKO

Height: 6-10

Weight: 231

Age: 32

2018-19 stats: Averaged 6.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists in 16.7 minutes per game with the Warriors. Shot 45.9% from the field and 36.7% from the 3-point line.

2018-19 salary: $1.5 million

Can Blazers afford him? Likely

MARKIEFF MORRIS

Height: 6-10

Weight: 245

Age: 29

2018-19 stats: Averaged 9.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists in 21.9 minutes per game with the Wizards and Thunder. Played in 58 games (16 starts). Shot 42.1% from the field and 33.5% from the 3-point line.

2018-19 salary: $8.6 million with Wizards, traded to Pelicans, where he was waived immediately, signed for $427,288 to finish season with Thunder

Can Blazers afford him? Likely

ANTHONY TOLLIVER

Height: 6-8

Weight: 250

Age: 33 (turns 34 on June 1)

2018-19 stats: Averaged 5.0 points, 2.7 rebounds in 16.6 minutes per game with the Timberwolves. Played in 65 games (no starts). Shot 38.2% from the field and 37.7% from the 3-point line.

2018-19 salary: $5.8 million

Can Blazers afford him? Yes

MIKE SCOTT

Height: 6-8

Weight: 237

Age: 30 (turns 31 on July 16)

2018-19 stats: Averaged 5.8 points, 3.5 rebounds in 17.7 minutes per game with the Clippers and 76ers. Played 79 games (3 starts). Shot 40.0% from the field and 40.1% from the 3-point line.

2018-19 salary: $4.3 million

Can Blazers afford him? Yes

DRAGAN BENDER

Height: 7-1

Weight: 225

Age: 21

2018-19 stats: Averaged 5.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists in 18.0 minutes per game with the Suns. Played 46 games (27 starts). Shot 44.7% from the field and 21.8% from the 3-point line. Shot 36.6% from 3 in 2017-18.

2018-19 salary: $4.7 million

Can Blazers afford him? Yes

More info on the NBA draft

The Blazers could use the 25th pick in different ways. They could draft a player with the pick, they could package the pick with a player on their roster to shed salary or acquire a better player, they could trade the pick for current or future first- or second-round picks, or they could do a combination of some of the above.

For example, the Blazers could trade their first-round pick and one of their large contracts to a team that has the ability to absorb the contract into cap space or a trade exception, and receive a second-round selection in return.

More info on NBA free agency

Free agency begins on July 1, the first day of the new league year.

The Blazers will need to make a decision on restricted free agent Jake Layman before that date. If they offer him the $1.9 million qualifying offer, he’ll become a restricted free agent. Other teams can sign him to an offer sheet once free agency begins, but the Blazers would have the right to match the offer. If the Blazers don’t give Layman the qualifying offer, he’d become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, which means he could sign with any team, including the Blazers, but Portland wouldn’t have the right to match a contract offer from another team.

Teams can negotiate with players and reach verbal agreements starting on July 1, and they can officially sign free agents starting on July 6.

The Blazers have four unrestricted free agents: Al-Farouq Aminu, Enes Kanter, Rodney Hood and Seth Curry. Before July 1, Portland can sign Aminu to an extension of up to four years and $48 million before July 1. After free agency opens, the Blazers have the right to exceed the salary cap and luxury tax threshold to sign Aminu, because they have Aminu’s Bird rights.

The Blazers don’t have those same Bird rights with Kanter, Hood or Curry, so they’re limited in how much they can offer each player. They can sign each player for a contract that starts at 120% of their previous contract (about $585,000 for Kanter, $3.4 million for Curry, and $4.2 million for Hood). It’s unlikely any of the three players will sign for that little. The Blazers could also sign any of the three players using their taxpayer midlevel exception, which starts at $5.7 million. It is expected that Kanter and Hood will attract offers larger than $5.7 million annually. Curry will likely not entertain offers from the Blazers in free agency. He’s looking for a larger role and more money elsewhere.

The Blazers could free up additional spending money if they shed about $2 million in salary, which would bring them under the luxury tax threshold and open up the full midlevel exception, which starts at about $9.2 million. That would require making a trade that brings back less salary than the Blazers send out, or Portland could waive a player and stretch their salary.

Jared Cowley writes about the Trail Blazers and other topics for KGW.com. He's also the co-host of the 3-on-3 Blazers podcast (listen here). You can reach him on Twitter @jaredcowley.