PORTLAND, Ore. — The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 10. According to NBA pundits, the Portland Trail Blazers have been active leading up to the deadline. Through Feb. 10, this article will be updated regularly whenever the Blazers are mentioned in trade rumors by reputable NBA reporters (think Shams Charania and Sam Amick of The Athletic, Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst of ESPN, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Jake Fischer and Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report, Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer, Marc Stein of Substack, Michael Scotto of HoopsHype and local reporters like Jason Quick of The Athletic).
Here’s a look at some players who have been mentioned in trade reports involving the Blazers:
- Jerami Grant: Detroit Pistons forward is 27 years old (he turns 28 on March 12). The 6-foot-8, 210-pound power forward (he can also play small forward) is averaging 19.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.1 blocks per game in 32.7 minutes per game this season. Developed a reputation as a 3-and-D forward with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Denver Nuggets before taking on a larger role on offense the past two seasons in Detroit.
- Ben Simmons: Philadelphia 76ers forward is 25 years old (he turns 26 on July 20). The 6-11, 240-pound forward (he has also played guard for much of his career) has not played a game this season after demanding a trade. Last season, he averaged 14.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game. During his career, he has averaged 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.6 steals in 275 career games.
- Myles Turner: Indiana Pacers center is 25 years old (he turns 26 on March 24). The 6-11, 250-pound big man leads the NBA in blocks this season at 2.8 per game. He has averaged 2.3 blocks over his seven seasons in the league, leading the NBA in blocks in 2018-19 and 2020-21. He is also a solid outside shooter for a center, making 34.9% of his attempts over his career. This season, Turner is averaging 12.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in 29.4 minutes per game.
Here's a look at the latest reports involving Portland. Check back as this story will be updated often between now and Feb. 10:
Blazers in the mix for Ben Simmons this summer? (Feb. 8)
Amick reported that after the trades the Blazers have made the past few days, "Portland now has a plausible path to room for Ben Simmons this summer, too (as a way to make room for James Harden in Philly). As we reported in December, Damian Lillard is a fan of Simmons," Amick tweeted.
Blazers still engaged in trade conversations about Jerami Grant (Feb. 8)
Fischer reported that the Blazers remain interested in trading for Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant. "Having already moved Norm Powell and CJ McCollum, Portland is still engaged in conversations with Detroit on acquiring forward Jerami Grant, sources said," Fischer tweeted.
TRADE! Blazers trade CJ McCollum to the Pelicans (Feb. 8)
The Portland Trail Blazers are trading CJ McCollum, Larry Nance Jr. and Tony Snell to the New Orleans Pelicans, and will receive Josh Hart, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Tomas Satoransky, Didi Louzada, a first-round pick and two second-round picks, according to Wojnarowski and Charania. Read full report
Woj: Blazers 'very much engaged in talks' about McCollum (Feb. 7)
Wojnarowski talked about the Blazers on NBA Today on ESPN on Monday. Here's a full transcript of his comments: "CJ McCollum in Portland, I think a couple teams have been fairly aggressive in their pursuit: New Orleans, the New York Knicks. Listen, McCollum has a lot of value around this league. You know what you're getting with him. This is a player who adds a lot of maturity to any locker room he's in, certainly a dynamic offensive player. And so I think for Portland, you saw them get off significant salary with the Norman Powell trade and moving Robert Covington out. So I think right now, they can wait and see what is the package they would want to get back for McCollum. But they're very much engaged in talks. I think by the end of the trade deadline, it's going to be a very different looking Portland Trail Blazers roster." Watch the clip
Knicks 'emerging as legitimate trade suitor' for McCollum (Feb. 7)
Multiple reports indicate that the New York Knicks are interested in trading for CJ McCollum. Stein first reported that two rival teams told him that "the Knicks are emerging as a legitimate trade suitor for Portland's CJ McCollum. Ian Begley of SportsNet New York confirmed that report, writing that "opposing teams expect the Knicks to have interest in trading for Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, SNY sources confirm." Read full reports: Stein | Begley
Hawks the latest team to show interest in trading for McCollum (Feb. 7)
Chris Kirschner, the Atlanta Hawks beat writer for The Athletic, reported that "another player who I've heard the Hawks have interest in is [CJ] McCollum." Read full report (subscription required)
Blazers among teams to show 'the most interest' in trading for Pistons' Grant (Feb. 7)
James L. Edwards, the Detroit Pistons beat writer for The Athletic, reported that the "Wizards, Kings and Trail Blazers have shown the most interest in ... two-way wing [Jerami Grant], sources tell the Athletic. Read full report (subscription required)
Blazers, Kings talked about trade for Kings forward Marvin Bagley (Feb. 6)
Add Mavericks to list of teams interested in trading for McCollum (Feb. 5)
Scotto reported that "rival executives around the league believe the Trail Blazers will move CJ McCollum by the trade deadline or this offseason. ... Several teams, including the New Orleans Pelicans, Dallas Mavericks, and others, are expected to have interest in trading for McCollum." Read full report
Raptors have expressed interest in trading for Nurkic (Feb. 5)
Scotto reported that the Toronto Raptors "have searched for a center on the market and expressed interest in trading for several centers, including Jakob Poeltl, Myles Turner, Robert Williams, Nicolas Claxton and Jusuf Nurkic. Read full report
After trade with Clippers, Blazers aren't done trying to make deals (Feb. 4)
Wojnarowski reported in his article on ESPN.com about the Powell-Covington trade to the Clippers that the Blazers aren't done making moves. "[The] Blazers are both expected to continue to make deals over the next week. The Blazers' plan is to continue to reshape the roster around All-NBA guard Damian Lillard." Read full report
TRADE! Blazers trade Powell, Covington to Clippers (Feb. 4)
Wojnarowski reported that the Blazers are trading Norman Powell and Robert Covington to the Los Angeles Clippers. In return, the Clippers are sending Eric Bledsoe, Justise Winslow, Keon Johnson and a 2025 second-round pick via the Detroit Pistons to the Blazers. More details on the trade | Trade analysis
Pelicans have talked to the Blazers about trading for McCollum (Feb. 4)
On Friday's episode of Brian Windhorst and The Hoop Collective podcast, Windhorst reported that the Pelicans have been inquiring with multiple teams about trading for a shooting guard, including the Blazers and CJ McCollum. "They have talked to the Blazers about CJ McCollum, they have talked to the Kings about DeAaron Fox, they have talked to the Rockets about Eric Gordon, they have talked to the Hawks about Kevin Huerter. ... Obviously the offers for these players wouldn't be the same, but the Pelicans are buying." Listen to the pull podcast
Covington is the Blazers player most likely to be traded before Feb. 10 (Feb. 2)
Fischer reported that "among Portland's trade candidates, Robert Covington has recently been described as the most likely Trail Blazer dealt before Feb. 10." Fischer also reported that sources said Blazers guard "Ben McLemore's name has emerged in recent conversations." Read full report
Limited trade talk around Nurkic (Feb. 1)
Stein answered a question Tuesday during a Spotify Greenroom about Jusuf Nurkic and said he hasn't heard Nurkic's name mentioned often in trade talks. "I think that people look at Portland and assume that Nurkic is on the move. I haven't heard his name mentioned a ton, to be honest, in recent weeks, talking to other teams. I don't sense that there's a huge amount of interest in him. ... I really haven't heard Nurkic brought up a ton, to be honest, so I don't know if we're going to see him moved." On Wednesday morning, Fischer reported that "momentum has seemed to stall on any Jusuf Nurkic trade."
Pelicans view McCollum as 'ideal veteran scorer and leader' to add to core (Jan. 31)
Pincus, following up on Fischer's Jan. 27 report, wrote that "according to sources close to the Pelicans, the team is heading into the deadline as a buyer focusing on the 2022-23 campaign" and "the team apparently views [CJ] McCollum as the ideal veteran scorer and leader to play alongside Brandon Ingram and [Zion] Williamson." Pincus wrote that the Pelicans could include Tomas Satoransky, who has an expiring $10 million contract, and young big man Jaxson Hayes in a deal for McCollum, but that the Pelicans would then need to include one of Jonas Valanciunas, Josh Hart or Devonte Graham. In addition to Hayes, the Pelicans also have prospects like guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Naji Marshall. New Orleans also has several first-round draft picks they can offer in trade, including two each from the Lakers and Bucks. Read full report
Speculation that Blazers are ready to break up Lillard-McCollum partnership (Jan. 28)
Stein reported (subscription required) that Anfernee Simons' breakout this month has sparked "some of the loudest speculation yet in the Pacific Northwest that the Trail Blazers are finally ready to break up the [Damian] Lillard/CJ McCollum partnership that former team president Neil Olshey considered sacred for so long to make room for a re-upped Simons." Read full report
Nurkic says Cronin told him Blazers were going to build around Lillard, McCollum and Nurkic (Jan. 28)
Quick reported (subscription required) that not only does Jusuf Nurkic want to stay in Portland, Nurkic told Quick that Blazers interim general manager Joe Cronin told Nurkic he wasn't going anywhere. Nurkic said Cronin told him, "'You are here to stay. We are going to try and improve the team as much as possible and we are going to build around you, Dame and CJ, and hopefully, we find a way to do that.'" Read full report
Powell could draw interest from Pistons (Jan. 27)
Fischer reported that the Blazers have been mentioned "among the long list of Jerami Grant suitors" and that even though the Detroit Pistons have "conveyed a preference for young talent and draft capital" in return for Grant, a name to keep an eye on is Norman Powell. The Pistons were one of Powell's top free agency options last summer and Detroit head coach Dwayne Casey was a coach in Toronto when Powell played for the Raptors. Read full report
Pelicans linked to McCollum (Jan. 27)
Fischer reported that CJ McCollum has been linked to the New Orleans Pelicans. He wrote that the Pelicans "could sensibly deal Jonas Valanciunas and Josh Hart" in a deal to the Blazers for McCollum, but that "the Pelicans would be more willing to part with Tomas Satoransky and Jaxson Hayes over Valanciunas." Read full report
McCollum, Nurkic, Powell, Covington potentially available for trade (Jan. 27)
Fischer reported that "rival executives have painted all of CJ McCollum, Norman Powell, Jusuf Nurkic and Robert Covington as potential trade candidates. Fischer said McCollum, along with John Collins, Myles Turner and Jerami Grant, are the biggest names regularly mentioned by league personnel as likely trade candidates. Read full report
Jazz, Timberwolves, Cavaliers, Bucks interested in Covington (Jan. 24-27)
Stein reported in his newsletter (subscription required) that league sources say Robert Covington "is a trade target who interests the Jazz given their well-known desire to upgrade defensively on the wing." Fischer followed that up with a note that multiple teams are expected to be interested in Covington, and Michael Scotto of Hoopshype reported that the Minnesota Timberwolves, Cleveland Cavaliers and Milwaukee Bucks are interested in trading for Covington.
76ers may wait until summer to deal Simmons, have sights set on Harden, Lillard, Beal or Brown (Jan. 24)
Charania and Amick reported that the Philadelphia 76ers may hold onto Ben Simmons past the trade deadline in hopes of using him in a deal to acquire Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden in the summer. "Unless Philadelphia is blown away at the deadline by a team that significantly improves its current best offer … the standstill between Simmons and the Sixers will continue past the deadline," the report reads. If the 76ers are unable to land Harden this summer, Charania and Amick report that their plan is to pursue other star players like Portland's Damian Lillard, Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal or Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown. Read full report
Blazers among teams interested in Simmons (Jan. 19)
In a roundtable article, Amick, David Aldridge and John Hollinger of The Athletic, wrote that they believe Ben Simmons will be traded before the deadline. In the article, Amick cited a Jan. 10 report from Charania which listed the Blazers among the suitors for Simmons. The other teams listed included the Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Minnesota Timberwolves and Indiana Pacers. On Dec. 6, Charania and Amick reported that the Blazers, before general manager Neil Olshey was fired, "discussed the framework of a trade for Simmons, moving CJ McCollum, a first-round draft pick and a young player such as Nassir Little or Anfernee Simons to Philadelphia." In the same Dec. 6 article, they reported that "the 76ers, sources said, at one point asked the Trail Blazers for McCollum and multiple draft picks and multiple draft swaps, which Portland rejected." Read full report
Does Turner’s foot injury impact his trade value? (Jan. 18)
Myles Turner suffered a stress reaction in his left foot, according to Charania and Haynes and will be re-examined in two weeks, the Pacers said. Wojnarowski reported that Turner's injury doesn't make a trade impossible, but it certainly could be an obstacle in Pacers getting max value for him at deadline." Wojnarowski said the Pacers could opt to wait until the offseason to trade Turner. Before Turner's injury, Fischer reported that the Pacers' asking price for Turner was "said to include multiple first-round picks." Read full report
Blazers interested in Turner, Grant (Jan. 13)
Myles Turner and Jerami Grant have emerged as potential trade targets for the Portland Trail Blazers, Fischer reports. League sources told Fischer that the Blazers have been "frequently mentioned" as a "strong destination" for Turner and that Grant has "also emerged as a potential Portland target." In a Jan. 10 report, Charania reported that the Blazers, along with the Wizards, Knicks and Lakers, are pursuing Grant in trade. Read full report
Nurkic, Covington available for trade (Jan. 13)
Fischer reports that Damian Lillard's surgery, which will sideline him for much if not all of the rest of this season, "seems to further increase the likelihood of [Trail Blazers center] Jusuf Nurkic and [forward] Robert Covington heading elsewhere." In December, Fischer reported that the Blazers would gauge trade interest in Nurkic and Covington but that rival front offices were showing interest in Larry Nance Jr. Read full report
Trade market for McCollum, Powell (Jan. 13)
According to Fischer, "there’s a sense among rival executives that [Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ] McCollum would have a sizable market at a lower evaluation than [former general manager Neil] Olshey may have held," though Fischer did not specify what level of trade value McCollum has. Fischer also reported that Portland Trail Blazers guard Norman Powell’s five-year, $90 million contract "is considered relatively valuable among several league personnel polled by [Bleacher Report]" and that "there's some belief that Powell would be open to a new destination." Read full report
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