The Portland Trail Blazers have had one of there best starts since 2015. They sit at 6th in the west at 25-16 despite losing two if their starters for a good portion of the season, not to mention a spate of other injuries.
Star Damian Lillard has held the team together with super human performances game after game and in true MVP styke willed his team to victory after victory. With CJ McCollum already back, and Jusuf Nurkic’s return inevitable, the Blazers could conceivably just stand pat.
They could also look to improve an already deep roster. They might not be able to afford Gary Trent Jr next season. Rodney Hood’s unguaranteed $10 million contract could be part of a package to bring in a larger salary player.
The Blazers could also look to sign players off the buyout market as rebuilding teams extricate themselves from costly veterans no longer in their future plans in order to make salary space.
Here are some trade scenarios at the deadline for the Blazers at the deadline.
Future 1st rnd pick (protected)
Blazers sign LaMarcus Aldridge on Vet min after the Spurs buy him out.
Future 1st rnd pick
Sign Aldridge or another player with Vet min
Gary Trent Jr
Larry Nance Jr
Future 1st rnd Pick
Sign a guard on the buyout market
Jones Jr/ Melo/Little
CJ McCollum (To NYK)
Jusuf Nurkic (To Minn)
Anfernee Simons (NYK)
Future 1st (Minn)
Future 1st (NYK)
Future 2nd (NYK)
Karl-Anthony Towns (Portland)
Julius Randle (Minn)
Immanuel Quickley (POR)
Frank Ntikikina (POR)
Fill out roster with players off the buyout market for vet mins.