The Portland Trail Blazers are off to a surprising 6-3 NBA start to the season, picking up wins with plenty of clutch shots (sorry, Phoenix Suns) and lots of good vibes. Given the hot start, Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz has an idea he thinks could turn Portland from a feel-good story into a contender: business rookie Shaedon Sharpe.
Swartz writes the opinion in a recent article that predicts what every NBA team would do if the trade deadline was tomorrow. He thinks Portland should use that strong start as evidence to go all-in for a title run, especially given the timeline of 32-year-old All-Star Damian Lillard. Sharpe, the seventh pick in the NBA Draft in June, is showing incredible promise at 19 and would be one of Portland’s best trading chips to score an impact player.
The Blazers should take advantage of this good start, even if it means making sacrifices in the future.
No. 7 overall pick Shaedon Sharpe is the perfect trade piece to acquire a game-winning assist now, adding to a core of Lillard, Anfernee Simons, Jerami Grant, Jusuf Nurkic and Josh Hart. Young players like Nassir Little and Keon Johnson are also expected to attract interest from rebuilding squads.
Portland may only have a few elite Lillard years left. Now is the time to go all-in.
It almost feels nasty discussing trade ideas ahead of the 10th game of the season, especially one involving such an exciting young player who barely showed up at Rip City – I mean, watch Sharpe blocking Devin Booker on the picture above. Yet Swartz isn’t the only one floating around such an idea. ESPN’s Zach Lowe discussed the possibility of trading Sharpe for generational talent Kevin Durant on his podcast earlier this week.
What do you think of Rip City? Is Sharpe untouchable in trades, or is there a price tag that could drive the prized rookie away from Portland?