On today’s Lowe Post podcast, ESPN analysts Zach Lowe and Kevin Pelton put the Blazers into the trade machine and came up with a handful of deals involving the Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Lowe: I have some many crazy Portland Trail Blazers trades, all of which are probably non-starters with the Portland Trail Blazers but I don’t really care, I want to have fun.
Pelton puts up the first trade, which involves Josh Hart and Anfernee Simons going to the Chicago Bulls for Demar DeRozan and Alex Caruso with picks to be sorted.
Lowe: I don’t think the Blazers want to trade Anfernee Simons, I think their view of the situation is, “we upended our franchise last season in the CJ McCollum, in part because of the faith we have in homegrown pick Anfernee Simons.”
Despite this, Lowe then suggests Simons, Hart and Jusuf Nurkic to the Bulls for DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic.
Pelton: The interesting thing about it from Portland’s standpoint, is the Blazers’ problem remains defense. You trade for Demar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic, I’m not sure you’re not fixing that, that’s why I like Caruso in there.
Finally, Lowe throws out a wildcard bringing in the Minnesota Timberwolves swapping Nurkic and Simons for Rudy Gobert,
You can hear the discussion here 38 minutes in.