There have been a TON of posts lately about the potential trades and rightfully so with the deadline fast approaching, with some of them hard to really imagine and some of them very intriguing. But why make a trade?
This team is not going to make a major run at anything short of a 1st round playoff exit (be still my heart), and the players are all getting along real well. Why would you want to take a team that is growing and learning in a very supportive environment and shake it up because you can? There are very few players other teams have any interest in giving up that would have a positive impact on this team. Those few teams with tradeable players know what they have and will not sell without handsome compensation.
Zach is a guy that get mentioned a lot. I don't think anybody believes that Zach is the player that will lead the Blazers to banners, but why shove him out the door at a time when he is such a positive guy on the team. He seems to want everybody to do well and looks to have accepted the role of mentor with enthusiasm. Moreover he hasn't decided to mentor JR Rider or Sheed style, he is doing it with support and being almost obnoxious with his support at times. Why trade him when everybody else questions what he will bring to their team.
I just don't see bringing in a new face as a positive on this team unless he is more valuable than the Blazers can get in trade. The chemistry is good, the play is getting better, the grit is there almost every night, and the team seems comfortable and hungry at the same time. I say wait until the end of the season and then do what you can, but for now leave it alone.