Ben Simmons at the Blazers? Here’s how it could happen.
Over the next few weeks, the Portland Trail Blazers will be fielding calls and holding plenty of cards ahead of the league’s trade deadline.
The Blazers have seven contracts expiring before this offseason, with CJ McCollum, and could go either way as a buyer or seller with Damian Lillard’s injury and the team sitting on the brink of the tournament and the lottery.
Here’s a trade every Northwest Division team could make with the Blazers:
The nuggets receive: Tony Snell
Trail Blazers receive: Bol Bol, 2024 second-round pick
The Nuggets attempted to complete a similar trade a few days ago with the Detroit Pistons for Rodney McGruder, but it was called off.
Well, why not settle with the Blazers?
Bol is a prospect who would get playing time if the Blazers choose to rebuild for the rest of the season, and it would only cost Tony Snell, who could be a buyout option if the team doesn’t trade him before. the deadline.
Timberwolves host: Cody Zeller
Trail Blazers receive: Naz Reid, 2022 second-round pick
The Minnesota Timberwolves are looking to make the playoffs and need to improve their frontcourt to do so. As of now, Naz Reid is Karl-Anthony Towns’ replacement, and he’s been decent. But it can always be improved!
Zeller’s veteran experience could come in handy for Wolves, while the Blazers get Reid back, a player who can slot right into Zeller’s position and get a run. He also has a cheap contract for next season which can easily be negotiated during the offseason or at the next trade deadline.
As general manager, Cronin wants players who are going to offer flexibility, and Reid is someone who does that for this season and next, on and off the pitch.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Thunder receives: 2024 second-round pick Danny Green (from POR via ATL)
76ers receive: CJ McCollum, Nassir Little, Ty Jerome, 2024 first-round pick (from POR)
Trail Blazers host: Ben Simmons
All of Ben Simmons’ trades are difficult, including this one. But listen to me.
Any trade OKC gets involved in must benefit them beyond the season. They can absorb the salary and will choose as a thank you letter. That makes them an intriguing option as a third team if the Blazers restart talks with Philadelphia over Simmons.
With Nassir Little heading to Philadelphia alongside CJ McCollum, the Thunder grab Danny Green, only to waive him as he heads to the buyout market (likely the Los Angeles Lakers), and OKC can remove Ty Jerome from their crowded backcourt situation and giving time to other promising young prospects like Theo Maledon and Tre Mann.
Jazz receives: Robert Covington
Trail Blazers receive: Joe Ingles, 2025 second-round pick
Jazz forward Joe Ingles has struggled a lot this season, and the team may be looking to buy their longtime three-point specialist. Ingles is poised to hit free agency this offseason and isn’t shooting 45 percent from downtown like he was a year ago.
Keeping him down is good if he shoots three, but when he’s not, it’s a negative. That’s why injecting Robert Covington in his place could give the Jazz bench unit more life.
While Covington has also struggled this season, he would be a defensive upgrade in the frontcourt and second unit. And maybe a change of scenery would jump-start Covington’s season and give him some value for a contender.
Ingles could become the team’s sixth man and provide that shot off the bench alongside Ben McLemore.
Rip City, what do you think of these business ideas? Say it in the comments section below and create your own exchanges!