PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers didn't make any splashy offseason deals but star Damian Lillard believes the team is in a better place heading into a new season. The Blazers' biggest move was parting ways with coach Terry Stotts after nine seasons. Portland replaced him with Chauncey Billups, who has no prior experience as an NBA head coach. The team's nucleus of Lillard, guard CJ McCollum and center Jusuf Nurkic remains intact but Portland shored up the roster with the addition of Larry Nance Jr., Cody Zeller and Ben McLemore.

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