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PORTLAND, Ore. — With Portland nonetheless basking within the glow of CJ McCollum’s 50-level efficiency on Wednesday night time, it is time to examine in on the Blazers with one other version of three-on-three, a weekly KGW function.
This week’s questions concentrate on the upcoming commerce deadline, accidents within the Western Convention and predictions for the subsequent three video games.
1. We’re only a week away from the commerce deadline and the rumors are positive to warmth up. Some groups have sat gamers they’ll probably transfer and we’ve already seen one blockbuster deal involving an All-Star. However exercise on the Blazers entrance seems to be fairly quiet. Do you assume Portland will make any strikes earlier than the deadline? In that case, who’s on their means out and who’s becoming a member of Rip Metropolis?
Orlando: It’s been fairly quiet in Portland, however that doesn’t imply the Blazers and Common Supervisor Neil Olshey aren’t making an attempt to make a transfer earlier than the February eight commerce deadline. The Blazers brass often retains issues near the vest, so don’t be stunned if issues escalate shortly. Earlier than the season began, most of us believed the Blazers “Massive three” have been untouchable, however that is probably not the case (for gamers not named Damian Lillard). I do assume it might take one thing particular to interrupt up the band and I don’t assume that exists proper now, however I feel they’re recreation to make a deal. Particularly if reviews like Marc Stein’s are true that the Blazers have been making an attempt to interact in commerce talks for Clippers massive man DeAndre Jordan. One thing extra practical for the Blazers in all probability doesn’t contain a blockbuster deal, however with Portland’s position gamers. Keep in mind this time final yr? The Blazers traded Mason Plumlee for Jusuf Nurkic. Portland’s current success does make it really feel like a commerce is much less more likely to occur, however every week is a very long time to go.
Nate: I do not see the Blazers making any main strikes earlier than the deadline. Based mostly on the Griffin and Mirotic offers, it is clear the Blazers do not have the belongings to make a serious deal and are hesitant to offer away a primary-spherical decide. That is sensible contemplating the one approach the Blazers will in all probability be capable of eliminate the contracts of Evan Turner, Maurice Harkless or Meyers Leonard is to connect a primary-spherical decide with them in a deal. With all that stated, I feel the Blazes will make a minor deal to maneuver Ed Davis or Noah Vonleh. Proper now, the Blazers are $three million over the posh tax line. In the event that they have been capable of commerce a type of gamers,…