The Portland Trail Blazers traded for Rodney Hood over the weekend, but they may still make a move at the NBA Trade Deadline. Sean Deveney of SportingNews suggests several targets on Portland’s list, including Nikola Mirotic, Evan Fournier, Jeremy Lin, and JaMychal Green.
Deveney suggests that including forward Zach Collins in a deal would add to Portland’s chances:
How much of a splash the Blazers could make likely will depend on their willingness to include second-year forward Zach Collins in a deal. Portland has resisted inquiries about Collins, who has been developing slowly but steadily.
Maurice Harkless is more likely to become a trade chip, however, though a less-attractive one:
Portland is expected to make Harkless available, according to sources, as well as the team’s first-round pick. Harkless has another year on his contract, at $11.5 million, which would scare off teams looking to protect cap space next summer.
Deveney says the Blazers would ideally grab another perimeter shooter to receive passes from center Jusuf Nurkic, who is becoming increasingly important to their offense.
The 2019 NBA Trade Deadline hits this Thursday.