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Report: Portland Trail Blazers emerge as strong suitors for a Jarred Vanderbilt trade

Vanderbilt has been a name on the trade market for some time and it makes sense to put him on the Blazers

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According to Shams Charania, the “Portland Trail Blazers have emerged as a strong suitor for Jarred Vanderbilt.”

This makes a lot of sense for both teams. For the Jazz they’ve seen the rise of Walker Kessler this season and his play has demanded more minutes to the point where he’s supplanted Vanderbilt in the starting roster. Although that’s not because of poor play from Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt has been a big part of the Jazz’s success this season from the beginning. Vanderbilt is a swiss army knife type of player that rebounds, defends, passes and can handle the ball. That skill set would work great with the Blazers who could use another plus defender that isn’t worried about taking too many shots on offense. If this trade goes through it’s easy to see Vanderbilt succeeding with the Blazers by having someone that can get the ball to their dynamic shooters, Damian Lillard, Jerami Grant, and Anfernee Simons.

The other interesting thing about this is that Damian Lillard has talked about his interest in playing with Jarred Vanderbilt.

If Dame is a driving force behind this, it’s easy to see the Blazers making a big push for Vanderbilt to take advantage of the season he’s having.

We’ll see if this happens but it certainly feels like a strong possibility with the NBA trade deadline just a few days away.