NBA rumors: Blazers need to take advantage of massive Golden State Warriors news ASAP

Portland has a chance to greatly accelerate its rebuild if recent reports are true.
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
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Breaking news from NBA insider Shams Charania has opened a door for the Portland Trail Blazers to make a move - or multiple moves - and kick their franchise rebuild into high gear.

The Blazers have already set their backcourt of the future with Scoot Henderson and Shaedon Sharpe (and possibly Anfernee Simons), but the rest of the long-term roster spots are up for grabs. Portland could already use an upgrade on Deandre Ayton at center. Jerami Grant might not be in Rip City for long. Ditto for Matisse Thybulle and Malcolm Brogdon.

Based on Shams' report, the Blazers may be able to take advantage of the Golden State Warriors' poor season and skip a few steps in the retooling process.

"Everyone but Stephen Curry is on the table" for the Warriors

Per Charania, Golden State's down season and its desperation to remain a title contender as Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green approach the end of their careers means the Warriors are open to just about any move.

The Blazers have some pieces that could be attractive to Golden State. Grant is having a career year, and as a two-way forward who can knock down open shots, would be useful to any contender.

Brogdon is a versatile guard who can handle the ball, shoot, defend multiple positions and has significant playoff experience. Thybulle is one of the league's best perimeter pests and has shot 38 percent from three for nearly a full season now.

The Warriors have a desperate need for size; it may be unlikely, but acquiring Ayton would help their frontcourt significantly.

Trail Blazers could be interested in Golden State's Jonathan Kuminga, among others

Jonathan Kuminga is a 21-year-old forward in his third NBA season. He's an elite athlete at 6-foot-8 and 215 pounds. His strength and explosiveness allow him to guard either forward position or small-ball centers in a pinch. He would add defensive versatility and even more athleticism to a group that already includes Henderson and Sharpe.

Kuminga's offensive game has improved, and he still has plenty of room to develop on that end, especially if he's given the minutes and long leash he would be afforded with the Blazers.

Portland isn't in desperate need of another guard, but 6-5 rookie Brandin Podziemski has shown he can rebound, defend and shoot threes at the NBA level. He would fit in well with head coach Chauncey Billups' aggressive and pesky bench unit.

Moses Moody is a 6-6 guard who's flashed some shot creation and scoring ability at 21 years old. Center Trayce Jackson-Davis would be an ideal fit for the Blazers as a bouncy athlete who can rebound and score around the rim.

The Blazers may need to take on some salary to complete any deal. Chris Paul is on a $31 million expiring contract, but that would be painless for Portland to absorb right now. The Warriors might require Cronin and Co. to take on Andrew Wiggins, who's having an awful season and has three more years left on his deal at about $27 million per, plus a player option for $30 million in 2026-27.


But if the Blazers have a chance to add someone like Kuminga, who's an ideal fit for the future alongside Henderson and Sharpe, they have to kick the tires. If there's a fire sale going on in Golden State, Cronin needs to take advantage, put his foot on the gas, and acquire any available young talent that could propel this rebuild forward quicker than expected.