The Portland Trail Blazers made a big change at the beginning of the NBA offseason, as Terry Stotts and the organization mutually agreed to part ways. In his place, Chauncey Billups was hired to take over.
That caused some waves, as it was reported that star point guard Damian Lillard wasn’t thrilled with the move and a trade request would be following shortly. Lillard has been on social media straight up denying that a trade request was made or that one will ever be made.
While Lillard sounds like he is in it for the long haul with Portland, they still need to upgrade the roster around him. The Trail Blazers have been eliminated from the postseason in the first round four of the last five years, so something has to change.
The team was able to re-sign Norman Powell this offseason, agreeing to a five-year, $90 million deal. Derrick Jones Jr. exercised his player option, so small additions were the most Portland made this offseason.
The draft rights to Greg Brown were acquired from the New Orleans Pelicans. Tony Snell, Ben McLemore and Cody Zeller were signed to veteran’s minimum deals in free agency.
If the Blazers want to shake up their roster, the fastest way to do that is by trading CJ McCollum. He and Lillard make for a dynamic scoring backcourt, but Portland has been unable to get over the hump consistently, so a change may be best for business.
McCollum would draw a good amount of interest if he were to be put on the trade block. Here are three players that the Trail Blazers could target with a trade of the Lehigh product.