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Dan Favale of Bleacher Report examines the options Portland has to land a superstar.

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The Portland Trail Blazers are on the hook for some big contracts over the next few years, including major deals with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, yet they do have some economic flexibility by being willing to part with other pieces. Dan Favale of Bleacher Report examines how the Blazers could put together different packages to secure a player like Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards. One proposal: trade Trevor Ariza, Rodney Hood, Zach Collins, and Anfernee Simons.

Inserting Ariza as the primary salary anchor would force the Blazers to probe four-for-one scenarios. Dangling him, Hood, Zach Collins and Anfernee Simons allows them to take back a little over $33 million. They can futz around with the package if they’re returning less money, but Collins and Simons, together, are non-negotiable inclusions for any blockbuster, and removing Hood would drag their returning-money ceiling down to around $25.6 million.

Favale states that both McCollum and Lillard should not be excluded from thinking about trade deals, while suggesting that Gary Trent Jr.’s performance in Orlando has raised his trade stock.

You can read the piece, which covers the entire NBA, here.