The Portland Trail Blazers could be missing something despite making some good moves in the offseason, and Bleacher Report suggests that the team look at Tyus Jones of the Memphis Grizzlies to fill a perceived gap in the backup point guard slot. While the team has insisted Anfernee Simons is the backup point guard, that answer is apparently not good enough.
The Trail Blazers are coming off a solid offseason, bringing in Robert Covington, Enes Kanter, Harry Giles and Derrick Jones Jr. Carmelo Anthony and Rodney Hood re-signed, and the team may have enough to fight for a top-four seed in the Western Conference.
If they have a weakness, it’s at the point guard spot behind Damian Lillard. Anfernee Simons is a talented, young scorer, but the Blazers could use someone like Tyus Jones.
If the Blazers are willing to part with Nassir Little and Hood, maybe the Pistons will give the Grizzlies a savvy playoff veteran like Derrick Rose, with Jones routed to Portland.
Meanwhile, Bleacher Report says the Indiana Pacers should target CJ McCollum.
A midwestern kid growing up, McCollum could thrive as the No. 1 offensive option with the Pacers.
With Victor Oladipo entering the final year of his contract, the Pacers should pursue some sort of McCollum-Oladipo swap that would end in more long-term security for the small-market franchise.
McCollum, 29, won’t be a free agent until 2024, giving the Pacers a core of he, Malcolm Brogdon, Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis all under contract for at least the next three seasons.
Averaging 22.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists this past season as a No. 2 offensive option, McCollum could take as many shots as he pleased with the Pacers while showing off his playmaking chops as well.
If Indiana has doubts about Oladipo re-signing, McCollum would be a perfect replacement.
You can read all of the suggested trades here.