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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5. Jordan Hawkins

The New Orleans Pelicans are another team that needs to consider their roster construction and trade options after their first-round playoff exit. If he's made available, Sharpshooter Jordan Hawkins is the player Portland should target. It's worth taking a flyer on someone who was the No. 14 overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft.

The Blazers must address their three-point woes this offseason. Hawkins could be a piece that would fit their needs and should have a reasonable asking price. The Pelicans guard averaged 7.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.0 assists per game on 38/37/84 shooting splits as a rookie. His floor spacing alone would help Portland's starters get more room to orchestrate the offense. However, only a rookie, Hawkins could also take another leap himself as an offensive initiator.

While his 6-foot-5, 190-pound frame could be concerning on the defensive end alongside Simons or Henderson, the main priority currently for Porltand should be finding shooting. If the Pelicans decide they want to enter more of a win-now mode and seek a piece to help push them over the top to become legitimate contenders, Hawkins could be someone they would be open to moving. If that's the case, the Blazers should try to get Hawkins, as his offensive skill set and youth make him an attractive trade target for Portland as they continue their rebuild.