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Should Blazers Trade for Pacers’ Jarace Walker?

Indiana Pacers rookie Jarace Walker could be a trade target for the Portland Trail Blazers.

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The Portland Trail Blazers, along with the rest of the NBA, are about a month away from the NBA trade deadline.

The Blazers could be viewed as one of the league’s few sellers with a 9-23 record. Meanwhile, a team like the Indiana Pacers could be looking to sell and that’s part of the reason why Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley listed rookie Jarace Walker as one of the targets for the Blazers at the trade deadline.

They have a few players who could convince win-now shoppers to part with draft assets. Malcolm Brodgon plays both ends and has five postseason trips under his belt. Jerami Grant can serve as a big-wing defender and be the third or fourth offensive option on a contender. Defense-needy shoppers could have an interest in Matisse Thybulle.

If the Blazers felt that Jerami Grant’s value could be at its apex now, wouldn’t it be best to go out and get a guy like Walker, the No. 8 overall pick in this year’s draft?

Walker, 20, has gotten lost in Rick Carlisle’s rotation and has only made one appearance since Dec. 16. He has seen some run in the G League, where he’s averaged 25 points per game for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

Walker could immediately slot in as the forward of the future and the Blazers may not get a better player ever in return for Grant. The Blazers could prefer picks over players, but given this year’s weaker draft class, taking someone who was considered a high selection in the stacked 2023 rookie crop could add tremendous value for Portland moving forward.