3 Malcolm Brogdon trades that make sense for the Trail Blazers

The veteran guard is the most likely Portland player to be moved at this year's trade deadline. What kind of return might the Blazers expect?

Malcolm Brogdon, Portland Trail Blazers
Malcolm Brogdon, Portland Trail Blazers / Sarah Stier/GettyImages
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Blazers trade Malcolm Brogdon to the New York Knicks

Brogdon Knicks trade 1/16/24

This deal, or a similar iteration of it, just makes too much sense not to be the most likely outcome if Portland moves on from Brogdon.

A swap for Fournier is an easy salary match, and if the Blazers' combo guard really is worth a late first-round pick, a lottery-protected one in a potentially loaded 2025 draft class would work for Portland.

As the Knicks are getting someone who will play valuable playoff minutes while the Blazers get a washed-up two-guard who will serve as bench depth, at best, a future second-rounder serves as a sweetener.

Brogdon is a perfect fit for New York. He can play next to the smaller Jalen Brunson and defend the bigger guards Brunson can't while operating as a spot-up shooter, secondary ball handler or lead guard when Brunson sits.

Knicks Head Coach Tom Thibodeau would immediately fall in love with Brogdon, an intelligent, selfless veteran with postseason experience.