Break trade!2 for 4, blazers rebuild, lillard may be leaving
Here comes the first deal of 2022!Today, the Blazers suddenly announced that the team sent Norman Powell and Robert Covington to the Clippers for Bledsoe, Winslow and the no. 21 pick in 2021, Keon Johnson, as well as a 2025 second-round pick.The deal came as a surprise because there was no word of it before it was officially sealed.But what was even more surprising was that the Blazers would make such a deal with the Blazers, especially with a great perimeter player like Powell and a 3D player like Covington.So in many people’s eyes, the Trailblazers deal is charity.Look at the chips the Clippers gave away, what their numbers looked like.Bledsoe is averaging 25.2 minutes per game, 9.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.4 blocks, shooting 42.1 percent and 31.3 percent from 3-point range.The kind of player who eats tastelessly and is a pity to discard;Winslow is averaging 4.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 12.9 minutes per game. He is a defensive player who can track down the core of the opposing defense, but the offense is almost impossible to rely on him and has some glass attributes.Johnson, the 21st overall pick in the first round, hasn’t played much this season, averaging 3.5 points, 1.4 rebounds and 0.9 assists in nine minutes per game.And the Portland Trail Blazers sent two pieces of the playoff puzzle that were fine, great supporting pieces to the super bowl.Powell is averaging 18.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and one steal in 33.3 minutes per game.Covington averaged 7.6 points, 1.4 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocked shots in 29.8 minutes per game.The former is a high-scoring wing, while the latter is a 3D forward whose ability cannot be directly explained by statistics.Now that the Blazers have sold covington and Powell, the blazers are literally rebuilding, and it’s probably only a matter of time before Lillard leaves.It’s not clear where Lillard is going, but the trade puts the Blazers’ total payroll below the luxury tax line, which means archie won’t pay taxes.And the trail Blazers interim general manager also revealed in the interview, the reason for the total walk Powell, is for tax avoidance.The Clippers, on the other hand, will have to pay $19 million more in taxes as a result of the move, rather than trying to catch up with kawhi Leonard and George before they return.Powell, 28, is in the prime of his career, shooting 40.6 percent from 3-point range so far this season and signing a five-year, $90 million contract last offseason.But such taxes, for Ballmer, are negligible.He wouldn’t hesitate to part with that money for the team…And to see the clippers, without George and Kawhi Leonard, do just that.By contrast, the lakers were a little embarrassed, which begs the question of why they didn’t get Covington and Powell.Salary expert Bobby Marks was quick to respond: “The Lakers don’t have contracts to match their $27 million salaries.”Indeed, the lakers have little room for improvement at this stage.First, the big three were there, taking up most of the space.Tuck jr. ‘s $10 million, Nunn’ s middle class are hard to give away, and there are very few chips to give away.So lakers fans shouldn’t expect anything big from the team. A playoff berth this season would be considered a good outcome.And the pacers and sixers side of the rumor, really more people look forward to.The clippers/Blazers deal is the starting point, but the real drama is still to come, and the simmons trade will be a sensational multi-party deal.On the pacers side, Turner, Sabonis, Le Vell and others can be traded, excellent immediate combat ability is bound to attract multiple teams.The Blazers and clippers made the first move, and there will be plenty of trade moves to follow.