The Portland Trail Blazers were a surprise to many with their blockbuster trade to acquire Kevin Durant and they’re looking to take advantage of the rest of the league with their first-round pick.
The Blazers have the best odds of landing Durant because of their proximity to Golden State and the fact that they have the NBA’s most impressive record (10-4).
Portland was one of the teams that were able to get Durant.
The Warriors made a run at him, but the Trail Blazers, who are currently a half-game behind Golden State in the West, had to make a big splash to get him.
Portland got him at the deadline by acquiring Brandon Bass from New Orleans and a pair of second-round picks in the 2016 draft.
Portland also received a 2019 first-rounder in return.
The Trail Blazers could use some help at the shooting guard position, especially with Damian Lillard and Nicolas Batum both out.
They’ll have to look elsewhere if they are to find a way to get a guard with the size and shooting ability they covet.
Portland has one of NBA’s best shooting teams, and they will be a major factor if Durant opts out of his contract.
They already have four All-Stars in LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews, and LaMarcus Johnson.
The Trail Blazers will also need help at shooting guard if they want to take the next step and become a contender.