The Portland Trail Blazers were active in the trade market this summer, adding both Kent Bazemore and Hassan Whiteside through deals with other teams. Each player is on a hefty, expiring contract that could serve as a catalyst for a bigger deal. Scott Rafferty of NBA Canada looked at the possibility of adding Andre Iguodala, who’s on leave from the Memphis Grizzlies, with Bazemore as the focal point:
Bazemore alone won’t get it done, but the Blazers have some interesting young players - Mario Hezonja, Skal Labissiere, Anfernee Simons and Zach Collins to name a few - and draft picks that they could include to sweeten the deal.
There would be some risk in flipping Bazemore for Iguodala, though. Not only is Bazemore younger and less injury prone, he’s a better 3-point shooter. It might ultimately come down to how confident the Blazers are that they can compete this season - some of which will undoubtedly hinge on how Jusuf Nurkic looks when he returns from his injury - because Bazemore would help them more in the regular season, whereas Iguodala would help them more in the playoffs.
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