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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Ryan Rupert

Another second-round pick, Rupert hasn't gotten a chance to show off his skill set at the NBA level, but his potential as a tall, rangy three-and-D wing is tantalizing and the reason he's less likely to be traded than some bigger names on this list.

The Frenchman's best skill right now is his defense. He's 6-foot-6 but uber athletic and with a 7-3 wingspan. He plays hard, and the combination of all those traits makes him a pesky and potentially shut-down defender.

His shooting needs to come around for him to make an impact at the NBA level, but he's hitting better than 40 percent of his threes with the Rip City Remix in the G League.

Kris Murray

Presumably, Kris Murray would be less likely to be dealt than Rupert as Portland's first-round pick last June. He was projected to be a plug-and-play forward after a three-year career at Iowa, but he's had a difficult time cracking the Blazers' rotation. He was supposed to land in the NBA as a ready-made three-and-D wing, but the "three" part of that equation has yet to show itself.

Murray still needs to get stronger defensively to bang against bigger forwards, but he's shooting less than 30 percent from deep with the Remix, which is much more concerning. He lacks the upside of Rupert, who is competing with the former Hawkeye to fill the same role in Portland.