5 Sleeper trade targets the Portland Trail Blazers should pursue

Depending on their asking price, the Portland Trail Blazers should target these five under-the-radar players in a trade this offseason.
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4. De'Andre Hunter

Even if a player floating around in trade rumors doesn't fit the Blazers' team needs, Portland should look at that team's roster and find another piece that could be a good fit for them, potentially getting involved in another three-team trade. Enter De'Andre Hunter and the Atlanta Hawks' situation with Trae Young and Dejounte Murray.

Hunter isn't necessarily a traditional sleeper. He was the fourth overall pick out of Virginia in the 2019 NBA Draft and signed a four-year, $95 million contract extension with the Hawks in 2022. But he's flown under the radar in many of the Hawks' offseason trade chatter. Given the giant leap Atlanta's Jalen Johnson has taken this season, they now may be more open to moving Hunter.

Hunter averaged 15.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 0.7 steals per game this season on 46/39/85. At times, his role on the Hawks seemed relegated to being a three-and-D player who spaced the floor on offense while Atlanta's guards were the focal points of the offense.

It's apparent when watching the teams in this year's playoffs that the Blazers need more length and physicality to match up with them. Hunter, a versatile 6-foot-8 wing, could be extremely helpful. As is, Hunter is still a very productive role player. But, there may be an untapped aspect of Hunter's game as a shot-creator as he enters his prime at only 26 years old. For Portland, it's worth finding out what Atlanta's asking price for Hunter is.