Portland Trail Blazers: The elephant in the room when talking trades.
John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Portland Trail Blazers have decisions to make coming up to the NBA’s February 9 trade deadline. Evaluating the roster ahead of Deadline Day.

With less than a month left until the NBA trade deadline on February 9, we are now entering the prime point of roster inspection. Who should still be on the Portland Trail Blazers roster post-deadline? Who should be moved? Is there an elephant in the room that nobody is taking about?

Roster keepers

Of course, this list starts with Damian Lillard. He is the Portland Trail Blazers best player and star attraction.

Jerami Grant has outperformed expectations. General Manager Joe Cronin should re-sign him as a long-term cornerstone piece.

Recent defensive struggles have reminded everyone that Shaedon Sharpe is only 19 years old. However, the flashes of potential he shows put him on this short list of near-untouchables.

Justice Winslow’s absence is proving to highlight what a key cog he is coming off the Blazers bench. team’s bench play. If Portland doesn’t have a similar skillset replacement, they better be planning on re-signing him over the summer.

Next: Page 2 – On the Block?

This article first appeared on Pacific Northwest Sports and was syndicated with permission.

More must-reads:

Customize Your Newsletter


Get the latest news and rumors, customized to your favorite sports and teams. Emailed daily. Always free!

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.