2.) Anfernee Simons
Simons feels like a more realistic target for San Antonio. The 23-year-old is an underrated facilitator who has functioned as a sidekick for Damian Lillard. Though he can create for himself off the dribble, this role has forced him to play off-ball and left him out of the spotlight. Anfernee has been efficient for the Trail Blazers, but they have underutilized his abilities. When Portland allowed him to operate as their lead guard, he often averaged more than six assists per game.
The fifth-year spark plug averaged 27.9 points and 5.7 assists per game when Dame was on the sidelines last season. He still has room to grow, but this kid is special. He could excel with this young Spurs group, and San Antonio has enough assets to entice a Blazers franchise entering a rebuilding stage. Not only would Portland value draft picks, but they also have redundancy in their backcourt after taking Scoot Henderson.
The Blazers also seem high on Shaedon Sharpe, who flashed high-volume scoring upside at shooting guard during his rookie season. With Lillard demanding a trade earlier this summer, it makes sense that the eventual plan for Portland is to have Scoot as their point guard and Sharpe as his partner in crime at swingman. That timetable could leave Anfernee Simons as the odd man out and ripe for the picking!