Northwest Notes: Blazers, Jazz, Wolves, Thunder

After committing about $340MM to new contracts this offseason, the Trail Blazers are off to a slow start so far, and while that’s no reason to panic, it’s cause for some concern, says Sean Deveney of The Sporting News. As Deveney notes, Portland general manager Neil Olshey has a reputation for being fairly cautious with his personnel, so the team is unlikely to shake things up too significantly anytime soon. Still, the Blazers will definitely be a club to watch prior to this year’s trade deadline, particularly if their middling performance continues.

Here are a few more items from around the Northwest division:

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