The Portland Trail Blazers were expected to acquire a few draft picks in the Damian Lillard trade. Perhaps one or two future picks from the Miami Heat and another from a third team with Tyler Herro involved. Even if Miami wasn’t Dame’s eventual destination, the Blazers were going to get some future draft capital in a return.
As it turns out, there were two parts to the Lillard trade, which meant more picks coming Portland’s way.
The Trail Blazers got as many as three picks from the Milwaukee Bucks, among other pieces, in exchange for Lillard: a 2029 unprotected first and two potential first-round pick swaps in 2028 and 2030.
Portland then flipped Jrue Holiday, another piece in that deal, to the Boston Celtics, and received a top-four protected first-rounder from the Golden State Warriors and a 2029 unprotected first from Boston.
After being involved in the two most significant trades of the NBA offseason, what kind of draft capital do the Blazers have as they continue to rebuild their roster for the future?
Portland Trail Blazers draft picks from 2024 to 2030 (updated after Damian Lillard trade, Jrue Holiday trade)
The Blazers had two picks in the 2023 NBA Draft. They used the No. 3 selection on point guard Scoot Henderson and the 23rd on forward Kris Murray.
Going forward, Portland owns the following selections after making the Lillard and Holiday trades, per RealGM:
- 2024 first-round pick via Golden State (top-4 protected)
- 2024 second-round pick (via Minnesota or Charlotte)
- 2024 second-round pick (via Atlanta)
- 2025 first-round pick (own)*
- 2025 second round pick via Atlanta (protected 41-59)
- 2026 first-round pick (own)*
- 2026 second-round pick via Memphis (protected 31-42)
- 2027 first-round pick (own)*
- 2028 first-round pick (own)*
- 2028 first-round pick swap via Milwaukee (Portland has the right to swap its 2028 first-round pick, protected for selections 15 to 30, if it has not conveyed a first-round pick to Chicago by 2027, for Milwaukee’s 2028 first-round pick)
- 2028 second-round pick via Golden State
- 2028 second-round pick (own)
- 2029 first-round pick via Milwaukee
- 2029 first-round pick via Boston
- 2029 first-round pick (own)
- 2030 first-round pick via Milwaukee (swap rights)
- 2030 first-round pick (own)
- 2030 second-round pick (own)
*Portland owes a lottery-protected first-round pick to the Chicago Bulls that’s protected through 2028. Under the Stepien Rule, as long as that pick hasn’t conveyed to Chicago, Portland can’t trade away any first-round picks that could belong to the Bulls – which means every first through 2028. Whether or not trading a first-round pick will come into play anytime soon is probably unlikely, but it’s worth noting the situation.
With Scoot Henderson, Shaedon Sharpe and Anfernee Simons holding down the backcourt and Deandre Ayton and Robert Williams III holding down the front court via the Lillard trade and Holiday trade, respectively, the Blazers are set with five core players all age 25 or younger. Add Murray, who’s 23, and it becomes six.
Add to that this list of future draft assets, and the rebuild is already rolling downhill in Portland.