1. 3-Team blockbuster helps Blazers net 2 1sts
The Cavaliers are trying to build a contending roster. They finished fourth in the East last season before being bounced by the Knicks in the first round of the playoffs. They are questioning whether they can win when it matters most with two undersized guards and two big men. The Cavs improved their wing depth in the offseason but may need to make a trade to become true contenders.
Memphis is off to a disastrous start and may not be able to recover. They have won just three of their first 15 contests and lost Steven Adams for the season. If the Grizzlies want to get back on track when Morant returns, they must find a big man. This three-team deal could turn into a win for Portland.
Memphis would likely be willing to give up two first-round picks to get an All-Star center. If Portland is willing to give the Cavaliers a couple of seconds, they might be able to land both of them for Jerami Grant. It means taking on Adams's contract for next season, but the Blazers do not expect to be competitive and can likely flip him when healthy.
This is a bold move, but the Portland Trail Blazers have zero to lose. They are just starting a rebuild and should look to maximize their draft capital. Expect them to explore the market for Jerami Grant, Malcolm Brogdon, and Matisse Thybulle before the deadline. There will be plenty of rumors as February gets closer, so stay tuned.