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Smith: Trail Blazers Willing To Attach Pick In Salary Dump

According to a source close to Keith Smith of RealGM, Portland is willing to part ways with a first round pick in order to move salary.

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Dallas Mavericks Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Trail Blazers are facing an uphill climb in regard to stabilizing their payroll, giving President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey the cumbersome task of finding a trade partner who is willing to absorb a substantial amount of money. According to a source unearthed by RealGM’s Keith Smith, Portland is willing to include one of its three first round selections (15, 20, 26) in the upcoming NBA Draft in a trade that would potentially move an unsavory contract.

It is unclear who Smith’s source is, but it is no secret that Olshey is facing some serious decisions this offseason. The Blazers have already indicated that they will part ways with Festus Ezeli’s partially guaranteed contract in an attempt to save money, but that move alone will not get Portland in position to dodge a hefty luxury tax bill.

Portland’s money predicament isn’t lost on Smith, as he followed up his original tweet with the reasoning behind Olshey’s willingness to include a draft pick in a future trade.

The Blazers have the potential to significantly reshuffle their roster this offseason, and the first step in that process will come on draft night (June 22).