Portland just He left with Terry Stotts, the first-team coach. General manager Neil Olshey is definitely on the hot spot after four first-round picks in the last five seasons. Meanwhile, Damian Lillard could question his future in the Pacific Northwest.
What does all this mean? The status quo of Lillard and McCollum acting as blocs in Portland does not work. The latter could be treated. If so, here’s a look at four ideal business scenarios.
- Blazers obtained: Paul George, Terance Mann
- Clippers get: CJ McCollum, Jusuf Nurkic
There’s a lot of horsepower on what’s going on in the NBA playoffs. What we do know is that the current iteration of the Los Angeles Clippers have struggled in the postseason since they added George and Kawhi Leonard to the mix. Assuming Leonard stays with Los Angeles this season, starting with George could make a ton of sense even after he recently signed an extension.
A trade between two rivals in the Western Conference might not make much sense. But it’s something that has been bandied recently.
“A Western Conference executive gave birth to Clippers trade deal Paul George last summer if the team fails to meet expectations. So, a possible McCollum for the Clippers package.” Jabari Young on CNBC noticed recently.
This particular deal pairs Lillard with George while the Blazers try to restructure on the fly. Instead, they have to give up the great talented man Jusuf Nurkic to go with McCollum. It almost makes too much sense for both sides.
- Blazers uttene: Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner
- Pacers receiving: CJ McCollum, Anfernee Simons
We have absolutely no idea if Pacers coach Nate Bjorkgren he will suffer the same fate that Stotts has. What we do know is that President Kevin Pritchard is set to shake things up this summer after a disappointing 2020-21 campaign. That could very well include the trade of both Sabonis and Turner. Instead, Indiana takes a traditional 2-guard to team up with Malcolm Brogdon to form an elite current affairs track.
From the Blazers ’perspective, this is almost too sensible. Sabonis, 25, is a native of Portland. His father, Arvydas, is a legend in the area who adapted for the Blazers from 1995 to 2003. The youngster also averaged 19.4 points, 12.2 rebounds and 5.8 assists from the start. of the 2019-20 season. He will form a great inside game with Lillard. Meanwhile, Turner should have been a defensive player last year’s finalist this past season. That’s exactly what the Blazers need at that end of the court.
- Blazers left: Pascal Siakam, Aron Baynes
- Raptors uttene: CJ McCollum, Derrick Jones Jr.
Like the Pacers, Toronto comes out on top Terribly disappointing season. He may lead Masai Ujiri to the head of the front office by rethinking the idea of building around Pascal Siakam. It’s especially true if Kyle Lowry, stalwart franchise, leaves free agency this summer. With the Raptors also engaged in Fred VanVleet, finding a traditional 2-guard could make the most sense going forward.
Regardless of who the Blazers ’new coach is, they need to get more frontcourt help for Lillard. At just 27 years old, Siakam has averaged 22.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game since the start of the 2019-20 season. He is also a top-level defender and can play all three top-flight positions. Meanwhile, Baynes will give Portland the toughness it currently lacks in the bottom half.
- Blazers won: Khris Middleton, Donte DiVincenzo, first-round pick
- Bucks got: CJ McCollum, Robert Covington
Getting a three-dimensional wing may be the best option for the Blazers in any potential McCollum trade. Not only is Middleton doing this, but he can create his own shot on the perimeter and take advantage of Lillard’s passing abilities. The underrated wing has been absolutely stellar in recent seasons, averaging nearly 20 points to go with 5.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists on 47% shooting from the field since 2018-19. DiVincenzo will also give Portland a scoring option off the bench.
As for the Bucks, it’s pretty simple. They have an excess of defensive-minded players to team up with double NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Why not get another top scorer to team up with the Greek Freak and top scorer Jrue Holiday? This would be a move that would change the franchise, one that could lead to a consistent contestation of the NBA title in Milwaukee.