Despite the changes they made to their coaching staff and front office, the Portland Trail Blazers continue to be one of the most disappointing teams in the NBA this year.
Even with a superstar at the level of Damian Lillard, they are in serious danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in nearly 10 years. Obviously, not ideal for a team that could lose their biggest star soon.
With all the rumors of Lillard wanting out and potentially requesting a trade, Portland should be doing everything in their power to put the best possible team around him.
In the end, that could likely involve trading away Lillard’s co-star, CJ McCollum. What are three NBA trades the Blazers could pull off involving McCollum that would improve their title odds moving forward?
P.s. A Ben Simmons deal will not be included in this article, purely because that’s been brought up a million times.
NBA Trades: 3 CJ McCollum trades to give Portland a boost – New York Knicks
Knicks receive: CJ McCollum, Tony Snell
Trail Blazers receive: Evan Fournier, Derrick Rose, Nerlens Noel
This trade may seem weird, but it could actually end up helping both teams equally. The Knicks clearly need a go-to scorer, and they would get one in CJ McCollum.
McCollum would be an immediate upgrade over Evan Fournier, and while losing Derrick Rose stinks, getting a guy like McCollum would more than make up for it.
Meanwhile, the Trail Blazers would be getting three. quality rotation players to put around Lillard. Star power is important, but with the current duo not working, maybe they should try prioritizing depth.
Fournier and Rose would be guards that could play heavy minutes for Portland. Meanwhile, Nerlens Noel would give the Blazers an elite defensive big man to bring off the bench.