Blazers appear ‘ripe for trade’ for big man

Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum propelled the Blazers past the Magic.

The Portland Trail Blazers have had their issues on defense and may be ready to make a deal, according to a column from ESPN.

Per the ESPN article: “Portland looks ripe for a trade. Neil Olshey, the team’s one-step-ahead GM, chased Hassan Whiteside in free agency, and has a well-documented fondness for old-school low-post brutes like Brook Lopez, Greg Monroe, Nikola Vucevic and others.”

The Blazers are 8-7 entering Wednesday’s game at Cleveland, their up-and-down season largely going the way guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum go.

“The Blazers are smallish, and they’ll probably end up around league-average in defensive rebounding,” ESPN wrote. “Their cautious defensive system naturally yields few turnovers. Those weaknesses are baked into Portland’s structure, and they give the Blazers a small margin for error with everything else.”

So searching for a big man, as ESPN suggests, would only make sense.

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