With the NBA Draft approaching this week, there’s much speculation on what could happen.
Will the Blazers enter the draft? Is it likely Damian Lillard and/or CJ McCollum will be dealt? Who on the Blazers is available?
On the latest episode of ‘The Lowe Post,’ some of those topics were discussed.
It’s worth noting the Blazers and Damian Lillard have refuted all trade rumors and left it as mere speculation. As for McCollum, the team isn’t reportedly interested in acquiring picks for him. Which signals their intent to keep Lillard and upgrade over McCollum.
Zach Lowe suggests the trade that makes the most sense is sending McCollum to the Sixers for Ben Simmons. That trade scenario has been speculated for months after the possibility of Simmons being dealt has emerged.
The trade could work both ways. The Sixers get an efficient scoring playmaker but sacrifice Simmons’ defensive versatility. While the Blazers can get a multi-positional defender, as they’ve struggled on defense for multiple seasons.
Just looking at the trade and it seems like the Blazers would suffer the biggest drop-off. They’re losing their No. 2 scorer and playmaker on a team that relies much on the production of Lillard and Simmons.
Lowe hints at the Sixers not having much interest in McCollum, but surely would have interest in acquiring Lillard.
“They look at the other guy who's not available,” Lowe said.
The Blazers rumors are speculation and there doesn’t seem to be much weight to anything reported. Outside of the team wanting to make upgrades; McCollum being dangled for an upgrade; Lillard wanting the team to become legit contenders.
With the draft and free agency approaching, things will surely heat up. Maybe the Blazers finally make a big move. Or maybe they hit the reset button or just stay put. The team has three choices and the decisions of ownership, GM Neil Olshey, and Lillard’s thinking will dictate much of it.