Baldwin will join a Portland franchise that has done a particularly good job developing guards over the years, most notably their star backcourt of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Considering Baldwin’s potential heading into his rookie campaign as a first-round pick last season, it will be interesting to see if the change of scenery serves him well.
Baldwin averaged just 3.2 points per game in limited time on the court last season but spent the summer in competition with Andrew Harrison for a role off the bench in Memphis. In Portland, Baldwin will set out to steal minutes from incumbent backups Shabazz Napier and Isaiah Briscoe.
While Baldwin’s contract will be a two-way deal, the Blazers currently lack a direct G League affiliate so he, like any of the players for any of the four NBA team’s without an affiliate, could find himself suiting up for various G League squads over the course of the season.