With a record of 21-18, the Trail Blazers are in a peculiar spot. While still squarely in the playoff picture, there’s no denying a sense of unease about the current makeup of the roster (something Paul Allen reportedly looked into). The elite scoring duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum can keep Portland competitive in any game. Yet, the rest of the team still leaves much to be desired if the end goal is championship contention. In an article written by The Oregonian/OregonLive, 16 players were highlighted as possible targets for the Blazers.
The NBA trade deadline is just around the corner, so let’s look at some of the most intriguing suggestions:
Tyreke Evans, Memphis Grizzlies
[Tyreke Evans] is on a one-year deal with the Grizzlies and coach J.B. Bickerstaff admits he’s on a mission “and not a personal mission.” Which means Evans is ready to help wherever he lands. He’s averaging 19.1 points per game and has been called “an ideal bench scorer,” which might be a perfect fit for the Blazers.
Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies
Attach the word “blockbuster” to any deal involving Marc Gasol, which might take the Blazers right out of the market. But a Gasol-to-Portland move would be splashy and light up a team mired in a moribund season. Gasol, 33, has two years and $50 million (including a player option in the final year) left on his contract after this season. A move now likely is better than later. He’s not getting any younger.
Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat
If the Blazers are really in the trade market for a big man, they could take a long look at Hassan Whiteside. While he’s been out for the Heat due to injury, Bam Adebayo has worked his way into Miami’s rotation and the rookie continues to progress. Whiteside, 28, has been a bit fragile, but the Blazers could use a guy with a competitive attitude who led the league in blocked shots in 2015-16 and in rebounding last season.
DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers
DeAndre Jordan will be a free agent this summer and trade talk was heating up earlier in the season...Jordan, who has spent his entire 10-year career with the Clippers, is averaging 11.1 points and 15.1 rebounds. He definitely could help the Blazers in the middle and would look pretty good catching lobs from Lillard and/or McCollum.
Here are the other players mentioned by The Oregonian: Tyson Chandler, Nikola Mirotic, Marco Belinelli, Lou Williams, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, Javale McGee, Jared Dudley, Jabari Parker, DeMarcus Cousins, Dario Saric, and Anthony Davis.
For analysis of each potential target, check out the entire article here.
Would you like to see any of these players come to Rip City? If not, who else would you suggest? Let us know in the comments.