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Vecenie: Malcolm Brogdon Ranks High in Value Among Expected Trade Targets

The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie discusses market and value for the trade season.

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The Feb. 8 NBA Trade Deadline is less than a month away. Trade talks are becoming more tangible and some deals have already bee completed.

With trade season kicking into full swing, Sam Vecenie of The Athletic (subscription required) took the onus to rank the values of players from around the league who are rumored to be available on the market.

Unsurprisingly, Portland Trail Blazers veteran guard Malcolm Brogdon appeared on the countdown at a pretty high spot. Among 35 players on the board, Vecenie ranked Brogdon at No. 11 in terms of trade value.

Similar to previous reports, Vecenie said Brogdon should net a late first-round pick in a fair deal. According to Vecenie, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year should be an appealing player for teams looking to boost their offense, including the Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic and Miami Heat, among others.

There is every indication last season’s Sixth Man of the Year can go out and help teams that need backcourt help — especially those seeking real offensive punch.

Brogdon’s contract isn’t for an overly aggressive amount if he continues to produce as a bigger lead guard. Teams like the Lakers and Magic, who could use a bit of shooting and backcourt punch, make a ton of sense for Brogdon if they don’t want to shell out premium assets for other players.

Brogdon’s injury history is worth considering, as he hasn’t played more than 67 games since his rookie season in 2016-17. That’ll probably keep his price point to something in the ballpark of a late first-round pick.

Brogdon ranked above Washington Wizards guard Tyus Jones at No. 12 and just below Wizards big man Daniel Gafford at No. 10.

Now, you may be wondering, where is Jerami Grant? Vecenie mentioned Grant in the piece, but chose not to include him on the big board. Here was his reasoning:

It was a bit tough to gauge the Portland Trail Blazers’ willingness to move [Grant], as well as how other teams value his five-year, $160 million contract.

As of today, Grant officially became eligible to be traded, along with Portland forward Matisse Thybulle and a host of other players.