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NBA Rumors: Blazers, Kings ‘Widely Expected’ to Entertain Win-Now Trades at Draft

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The Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers are “widely expected” to consider dealing their respective draft lottery picks to make “win-now” moves, per longtime NBA reporter Marc Stein on Substack.

“A rare NBA Draft rumble from your infamously draft-shy correspondent: Both Sacramento and Portland are widely expected to give serious consideration to trading the No. 4 and No. 7 overall picks, respectively, if they can concoct appealing win-now swaps. And now I’m told Washington is another top-10 team (drafting 10th overall) said to be weighing the same possibility.”

The talk on the Blazers mirrors a report from Michael Scotto of HoopsHype, who spoke with an executive that believes Portland is in win-now mode.

“Rival NBA executives who spoke with HoopsHype believe the Trail Blazers will dangle the No. 7 overall pick in trade talks for an immediate roster upgrade to maximize the prime of Damian Lillard, who was on hand for a workout with a projected lottery pick, AJ Griffin,” Scotto wrote.

The Kings, who finished 30-52 last season, are looking to make the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

The Blazers, who ended 27-55 last year, made the postseason for eight straight years before missing out in 2021-22.

This article will be updated soon to provide more information and analysis.

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