Grade the Trade: Mavs finally land third star in blockbuster proposal with Blazers

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Grading the trade for the Portland Trail Blazers

With this deal, the Portland Trail Blazers would be giving up one of the best players in Jerami Grant, but they'd be doing this to go all-in with their core of Scoot Henderson, Shaedon Sharpe, Anfernee Simons, and Deandre Ayton. Dalano Banton also had an excellent stretch toward the end of the year for Portland, and considering Grant's age, he doesn't match up the best with the group around him.

Grant is already 30 years old, and with this move, the Blazers would be acquiring Tim Hardaway Jr., Josh Green, and Maxi Kleber. While Kleber and Hardaway Jr. would likely become veteran pieces who are expendable, Green is someone who they could build around.

Green is only 23 years old, and he has a high upside as a shooter and defender. He's a hard worker, and he is set up to be a high-end role player for years to come if he continues to develop.

The Blazers would also acquire two second-round picks in this deal to add to their stash of draft capital. They could push for one of Dallas' tradeable first-round picks in this deal, but the Mavs are doing the Blazers a favor by taking on Grant's contract.

While the Blazers could decide to let Hardaway Jr. to walk in free agency after next season or move him right away, Kleber is someone who could stick. Kleber is a defender who can switch and knock down open shots, and at his best, he is an elite role player.

Potential starting lineup: Scoot Henderson, Anfernee Simons, Shaedon Sharpe, Jabari Walker, Deandre Ayton

Portland gets a B for this trade as they land Green and Kleber along with Hardaway Jr.'s expiring contract and some draft capital. It seems like a first-round pick would be involved in this deal, but maybe teams around the league view Grant's contract as a negative.

blazers grade. B. Land two rotation players in Green and Kleber along with Hardaway Jr.'s expiring contract. Two second-round picks and no first-round picks is iffy. Portland Trail Blazers