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NBA rumors: Trail Blazers active at 2021 NBA trade deadline, could pursue Victor Oladipo or Norman Powell

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The NBA trade deadline is less than a day away, and it looks like the Portland Trail Blazers could be ready to make a move. Or at least, they could be trying to.

With the team sitting at 25-18 on the season and in sixth place in the Western Conference, the team could use a little bit of extra help to bolster their team and make them a true contender.

That's why the Blazers are being "very active" in trade discussions, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Woj also mentioned two players that the Blazers could pursue on his pre-trade deadline show with Zach Lowe: Rockets guard Victor Oladipo and Raptors guard Norman Powell.

It may seem surprising to hear that the Blazers are after two more guards given that the strength of their team is the backcourt tandem of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. That said, there's no denying that Oladipo and Powell would add some extra talent to the team and would create some more scoring options to pair with Portland's other top options.

Oladipo is the bigger name of the two players connected to Portland. The 28-year-old veteran is a two-time All-Star who is averaging 20.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game this year. He began the campaign with the Indiana Pacers before being dealt to the Houston Rockets as part of the James Harden/Caris LeVert trade.

Over the past few years, Oladipo has had trouble staying healthy, but when the 6-foot-4 guard is on the court, he can be a dynamic do-it-all player. He's a slasher and a scorer, and while he likes to have the ball in his hands, the team could surely find a way to play him alongside Lillard and McCollum -- or they could use him as a superb sixth man.

 

As for Powell, 27, he is averaging a career-high 19.5 points per game along with 3.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. He's more of a pure scorer, and he's shooting nearly 50 percent from the field and over 43 percent from behind the arc.

Powell is 6-foot-4 like Oladipo, but he could play some small forward and hold up well enough. Fit-wise, he might be better than Oladipo because Powell doesn't need the ball in his hands to make plays, but either player would certainly be an upgrade for Portland.

Of course, the question is, what would the Blazers have to give up to land either of these players? Well, according to Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports, the team is dangling picks along with Zach Collins and Rodney Hood to facilitate a deal. NBCSNW has confirmed Smith’s report.

Collins remains on the mend from an ankle procedure in December and may not play this season. He will be a restricted free agent this offseason. Hood signed a two-year deal with Portland this past offseason, with the second year being a team option.

The Blazers have also been listed among the favorites to land Aaron Gordon, though Woj reported that the Boston Celtics are aggressively pursuing him. If Portland wants to be bold, they'll have options as to who they can acquire.

It's just about whether or not they can get a deal done in time. Or whether they want to get one done at all.