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The Trail Blazers acquired Larry Nance Jr. from the Cavaliers. The deal also includes the Bulls and Lauri Markkanen, who will head to Cleveland, and Derrick Jones Jr. moving to Chicago. Nance has been an inconsistent fantasy option throughout the years but has made most of his noise on the fantasy end when getting a more prominent role in the lineup, recently averaging 10.7 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 1.8 steals while shooting 40 percent from deep throughout 27 starts last season. Nonetheless, his outlook is a bit cloudy heading into the 2021-22 campaign, although it is much brighter than it would have been if he remained in Cleveland.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has no immediate plans on parting ways with the team. When asked about a potential departure from Rip City, the multi-time All-Star indicated that he isn't leaving before adding "not right now at least." The 31-year-old has been an elite fantasy option throughout his nine seasons of service in the league, most recently finishing the 2020-21 campaign by averaging 28.8 points, 7.5 assists, 4.2 boards, and shooting 39 percent from deep. Nonetheless, regardless of where he is playing when the regular season begins in October, he is expected to remain a top-10 fantasy option in all formats.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (abdomen) has been playing with an injury during the Olympics. Lillard is currently dealing with an abdomen ailment, which will require further testing once he is back in the United States. Although the multi-time All-Star was able to help Team USA secure a gold medal, it is still unsettling news for both Blazers' fans and fantasy managers alike. While the 31-year-old has been in Portland throughout his entire nine-year career, his name has been floating around as a potential trade target over the last few months. He averaged 28.8 points, 7.5 assists, and shot 39.1 percent from deep during the 2020-21 campaign, but if the injury is significant, he will undoubtedly see his fantasy stock plunge moving ahead.
Portland Trail Blazers forward Zach Collins is expected to enter free agency during the offseason. With the organization not anticipated to tender a qualifying offer, the three-year pro could draw interest from teams looking to fill a void. However, his health has been an issue, with a left foot injury relegating him to just 11 games over the previous two seasons. If the 23-year-old can stay ailment-free moving ahead, he has fantasy value, primarily on the glass. Fantasy managers in category leagues should keep Collins in mind, especially when he is ready to make a return, whenever or wherever that may be.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has denied reports that he will seek a trade sometime within the next few days. Nonetheless, that doesn't mean he is guaranteed to remain in Portland, primarily since he hasn't decided his future with the organization moving toward the 2021-22 campaign. The 31-year-old has reportedly been frustrated with the direction of the franchise, along with the selection of Chauncey Billups as the new head coach. The multi-time All-Star averaged 28.8 points and 7.5 assists while shooting nearly 40 percent from deep last season. However, if Lillard lands with the Warriors or Lakers, which have been rumored destinations, he could see a reduction in his fantasy output.