Many see the Jimmy Butler drama, the Kyrie Irving trade request and the Blake Griffin trade and wonder who is the next star or superstar to get moved?
In my opinion a likely suspect is Damian Lillard of the Portland Trailblazers.
Lillard is an elite PG who is likely top 3 at his position and still in his prime. Why would Portland move him? Simple the rest of their roster is terrible. They are paying CJ McCollum like a star and he rates more as an average starter. They have no starting caliber SF or PF and are already flirting with the luxury tax.
In Moving Lillard the Trailblazers would be accepting a rebuild and some short term pain. However this would make much more sense than expensive roster that really only is a low playoff seed at best.
A package of a young PG with potential, a 1st round pick and likely at least one other young piece would make sense in return.
Some teams who could offer this include the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, LA Clippers, Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks.
CJ McCollum would be moved for young talent and draft assets as well.
The TrailBlazers would have Nurkic, Simons and the return from these two trades as their potential core going forward. The team would be bad or even terrible for a couple seasons but those two high draft choices stand a real chance at giving the team the 2nd star long term it currently lacks.
I think the Portland Trailblazers should hit the reset button, do you? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.