OG Anunoby trade rumors: Trail Blazers offering No. 7 pick in attempt to acquire Raptors forward, per report


The Portland Trail Blazers are a team to watch ahead of Thursday night’s 2022 NBA Draft. They own the No. 7 overall pick, but are actively looking to trade him for a veteran who could help them win now. A potential target is Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby, according to Chris Haynes.

After Damian Lillard underwent abdominal surgery last season, the Blazers went into full tank mode for the first time in nearly a decade. They traded nearly every notable player on the roster, including CJ McCollum, Larry Nance Jr., Robert Covington and Norman Powell, and went 2-21 to close the season.

But despite all those moves, the Blazers never planned on a long-term rebuild. Not with Lillard still around and heading towards the end of his prime. They saw the writing on the wall and knew that even with a healthy Lillard, the old roster wasn’t good enough to wrestle in the Western Conference. Instead, they hope to retool around Lillard and compete again right away. Better luck in the lottery would have helped in that regard, but the No. 7 pick should still command a solid comeback.

Whether they can actually get Anunoby – they may have to offer more than the No.7 pick – remains to be seen, but there have been rumors the striker hasn’t always been thrilled with his role at Toronto, and the Raptors might be willing to part ways with him given his injury history and plethora of wings.

If the Blazers manage to secure a deal for Anunoby, that would be a great deal. Anunoby is a formidable defender and would be one of the best players the Blazers have had on this side of the ball in recent memory. He would single-handedly improve what has been a porous defense over the years. On offense, he’s become a reliable 3-point shooter and averaged a career-high 17.1 points per game last season.

The only real blow to Anunoby is that he can’t stay on the pitch. He has played 91 games over the past two seasons combined and has only reached the 70 game mark once in his career. But given his age and talent, it was worth the risk if they could get him away from the Raptors.

Regardless of what happens with Anunoby, it’s clear the Blazers are targeting big, versatile wings to pair with Lillard. Wednesday, they made their first big addition of the offseason by trading a 2025 first-round pick to the Detroit Pistons for Jerami Grant.

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