The Blazers have been interested in a big man since last summer, and now, Zach Lowe of ESPN reports they may be looking to make a move soon.
Portland looks ripe for a trade. Neil Olshey, the team’s one-step-ahead GM, chased Hassan Whiteside in free agency, and has a well-documented fondness for old-school low-post brutes like Brook Lopez, Greg Monroe, Nikola Vucevic and others. (It’s tempting to pitch a (Allen) Crabbe/Lopez swap since the Nets lavished Crabbe with a massive offer sheet, but Brooklyn cannot acquire Crabbe until the offseason — at least under current league rules.)
Portland has long been my favorite Vucevic landing spot, though the Magic should probably just stop taking Olshey’s calls after gifting him Harkless for nothing. Just about everyone is overstocked with centers. Portland might call Denver about Jusuf Nurkic, and it wouldn’t stun me if they expressed some interest in Tyson Chandler — even though Chandler is a decade older than some core Blazers, with two years left on a bloated contract….