5 Players Blazers could swap Jerami Grant for to keep tanking hopes alive

Jerami Grant, Portland Trail Blazers. (Photo by Amanda Loman/Getty Images)
Jerami Grant, Portland Trail Blazers. (Photo by Amanda Loman/Getty Images) /
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The Blazers could take a huge swing in trading Jerami Grant for Rudy Gobert.
Rudy Gobert, Minnesota Timberwolves (Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images) /

Option No. 5: Rudy Gobert, Minnesota Timberwolves

Minnesota’s argument for making this type of deal was covered earlier – except sending away Gobert rather than Conley or Towns would be massively more appealing.

The organization decided to swing for the fences and trade way too many assets for a player making way too much money. The Wolves would surely be willing to let Gobert leave and recoup as many assets as possible – probably any assets at all, really.

But why would the Blazers take on someone else’s problem?

For starters, Portland could possibly coax out a draft pick or two out of Minnesota to take on its unwanted, expensive baggage.

As onerous as Gobert’s contract is (he signed a five-year, $205 million deal with the Utah Jazz), it expires in 2025-26, assuming he picks up a player option for $47 million, which can be written in stone already.

That means the Blazers would get a bigger chunk of salary off the books and do so two years earlier than they would with Grant.

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And hey, there’s a chance The Stifel Tower brings his shot blocking to Rip City as the rim-protector Portland needs behind its defensively challenged guards. In three years, the Blazers could be ready to make a real playoff run, in which case Gobert’s skill set may actually be valuable in the final year of his deal.

Stranger things have happened…right?