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Knicks Trade Idea Sends Blazers PG Malcolm Brogdon to New York

Malcolm Brogdon trade rumors are heating up as the deadline draws near.

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The Portland Trail Blazers are less than five weeks away from the NBA trade deadline, where they will have to make many big decisions, including one regarding the future of Malcolm Brogdon.

Brogdon, 31, is a supportive veteran for the Blazers, but if Portland can net a strong package for his services, he may be moving out on the right deal.

Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley suggests that the New York Knicks could acquire him for Evan Fournier, a 2024 first-round pick (top-12-protected, via WAS) and a 2024 second-round pick (via UTA or CLE).

Nothing is buzzing on the Brogdon trade front for now, but how much longer can that be the case? The 31-year-old clearly doesn’t have a long-term future with this rebuilding franchise, and Portland could surely fetch more for him now than it would even this offseason, as win-now shoppers could make two playoff trips with him instead of one before he hits free agency in 2025.

If the Blazers move Brogdon, they should be on the hunt for more draft picks. This deal not only delivers two, but the first-rounder could get better, as the protection declines in both 2025 (top 10) and 2026 (top eight). Fournier would be included solely to make the finances work and could wind up being a buyout candidate.

Brogdon is averaging 15.7 points and 5.6 assists for the Blazers, so he shouldn’t be traded for nothing, but if Portland can acquire a first-round pick and then some? That only adds to the Damian Lillard trade tree and stocks the Blazers up well for the long haul.