Three fun (but, yet still realistic) Trail Blazer trade rumors
There have been plenty of reports and rumors swirling surrounding the Trail Blazers and Clippers over the last couple of weeks with both teams in talks about Clippers big man DeAndre Jordan. Marc Stein from The New York Times was the first two report this a couple weeks ago.
On a recent podcast, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst gave his prediction that if if Jordan does get traded from LA then he will be in Portland.
Of course, a lot of people are keeping in mind that Jordan was drafted by now Blazers GM Neil Olshey back in 2008.
It would probably take Nurk plus either CJ/Turner or a combination of two other players with appropriate salaries to make this happen.
Blazer fans have shown their excitement on social media about the idea of Kevin Love returning to Portland. ESPN’s Zach Lowe has discussed in one of his most recent posts that the Blazers and Cavalries could be a potential trading partner for CJ McCollum.
BUT, here’s the thing… Lowe has also noted that, “Portland continues to reject any inquires on McCollum and Damian Lillard, sources say.”
Fans out there, might say wait… What? Kyle Anderson? Well, there will be some interest in him when he hits restricted free agency this summer, so there are some out there thinking he could be a less expensive trade piece right now. Anderson is a versatile forward who comes at low cost and is now averaging eight points and nearly six rebounds and three assists (For those wondering, those are overall better names than Maurice Harkless and Evan Turner).
Something else to think about-- According to Yahoo Sports NBA writer Chris Mannix, the Blazers have been shopping some of their big contracts. Mannix is reporting that "both Maurice Harkless and Meyers Leonard are there for the taking."
Leonard is in his second year of a four year, $41 million deal, while Harkless is also in his second year of a four year deal, but his is worth $42 million.