5 Trail Blazers who increased their trade value this season

These Blazers improved their value during the 2023-24 season.
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4. Dalano Banton

Banton was on the verge of being out of the NBA before being traded to the Blazers midseason. The 2021 second-round pick signed a minimum contract with the Celtics at the start of the year. He averaged just over ten minutes per game during his first two NBA seasons and was not part of the rotation in Boston. The Celtics traded him for cash just before the deadline, but it was just the opportunity the 24-year-old guard needed.

He immediately jumped into the rotation and quickly started playing 30-plus minutes every night. Since March 4, Banton is averaging 18.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.0 steal per game over 20 contests. He is shooting just 41.7 percent from the field but has made 35.0 percent of his threes. It has certainly been a breakout (subscription required).

The 6’9 guard has a 0.3 value over replacement player (VORP) since joining the Blazers. He has earned a place in Portland and gives them some needed size in the backcourt. The Trail Blazers should pick up his $2.2 million team option for next season and could look to sign him to a long-term deal.

Banton’s trade value was strictly cash before arriving in Rip City. Now, some teams would trade draft capital to acquire him. The 24-year-old still has room to grow and looks like an NBA role player.