Ranking every Trail Blazers player by trade likelihood

Malcolm Brogdon (left), Jerami Grant; Portland Trail Blazers
Malcolm Brogdon (left), Jerami Grant; Portland Trail Blazers / Mark Blinch/GettyImages
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Deandre Ayton

Deandre Ayton hasn't fully hit his stride yet since arriving in Portland, but as the team's most significant return piece of the Lillard trade, he isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

Head coach Chauncey Billups continues to tinker with different offensive sets and rotations as he attempts to discover how to best utilize the former No. 1 pick. Ayton's size, mobility and skill level all point to a center who should be one of the best in the league; he has yet to live up to that potential, though, in Phoenix or now with the Blazers.

The 25-year-old is still owed about $70 million through the 2025-26 season, though, so the likelihood of another team taking on that deal is slim. Portland won't be in any kind of a hurry to move on from a center that's still young and has the physical ability to become one of the best big men in the league.

Jabari Walker

Jabari Walker is in the Camara mold as a second-round pick who's surprisingly become a key piece of the Blazers' future. Despite being in his second NBA season, he's still younger than Toumani and is the offensive yin to Camara's defensive yang.

His size, sneaky strength and playmaking give Billups an option he doesn't have on his second unit right now. Walker is a good fit as a small-ball center who plays with effort and has a knack for rebounding and being in the right spot at the right time on both ends of the floor.