5 Reasons the Portland Trail Blazers won the Deni Avdija trade

The Blazers got the better end of the surprising Deni Avdija draft day deal.
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3. Malcolm Brogdon's one-year rental

It seems inevitable that the rebuilding Wizards will proceed to flip Malcolm Brogdon for additional draft capital and young assets. If you consider Brogdon someone the Wizards can move for an additional first-round pick, the Trail Blazers essentially gave up three first-round picks for Avdija. While it's certainly a steep price to pay, it makes much more sense from the Blazers' perspective when considering the assets involved.

Due to multiple injuries, Brogdon was limited to 39 games this season with the Blazers. However, he was effective when healthy, averaging 15.7 points, 5.5 assists, and 3.8 rebounds per game on 44/41/82 shooting splits.

While Brogdon is a solid contributor when healthy and a former Sixth Man of the Year, he contributed to Portland's logjam problem in their backcourt. On an expiring deal, it's unlikely to get significant assets in exchange for a one-year rental in Brogdon. If Washington does flip him into an additional pick, it will likely be toward the mid to late first round.

Another notable benefit of moving Brogdon is that it clears a guard spot for Dalano Banton, who was impactful this past year and has a $2.2 million team option for next season. Banton can now slide in as the third-string point guard behind Scoot Henderson and Anfernee Simons.