Trail Blazers pushing hard for Nuggets wing players, according to report – SB Nation
The Blazers have Wilson Chandler and Arron Afflalo on their radar in advance of the trade deadline.
The Portland Trail Blazers could use some help on the wing, and Blazers general manager Neil Olshey is looking hard at Wilson Chandler and Arron Afflalo, according to Jabari Young of CSN Northwest.
The Denver Nuggets have made no bones about the availability of Chandler and Afflalo, although the asking price is currently high. Grantland’s Zach Lowe says the Nuggets are looking for multiple first-round picks for each player, as Denver is emboldened by the return they got for Timofey Mozgov.
Young reports Chandler is the more coveted target of the two for Portland, who “will not hesitate” to send a combination of Thomas Robinson, another player and a first-round pick in order to acquire the Nuggets forward.
However, if a trade for Chandler can’t be agreed upon, the Blazers still could try and swing a deal for Afflalo. Again, the price would have to be right, but don’t rule anything out.
Why Blazers will get Chandler or Afflalo
While Denver is asking for quite the ransom for these players, Portland’s reported package for Chandler is fair given his ability and injury history. Chandler is a nice role player, but he’s a career 34 percent three-point shooter and has had issues staying healthy.
At the least, the Blazers’ package is a good starting point, and a little negotiation could lead to a deal. Chandler would add some nice scoring punch off the bench in Portland, and he would be some insurance if Nicolas Batum gets hurt again or continues to struggle offensively. Even if things didn’t work out with Chandler, his contract is only guaranteed for $2 million next season.
If a Chandler deal falls through, the Blazers could make a similar offer for Afflalo. The 29-year-old is having a down year, but he’s a season removed from a career year. If Afflalo could regain that form, he’d be a nice acquisition.
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Why Blazers won’t get Chandler or Afflalo
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