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NBA Trade Rumors: Portland Trail Blazers Want First Round Pick For Jamal Crawford

The majority of the NBA trade rumors swirling around the Minnesota Timberwolves have involved Michael Beasley as apparently nearly ever team in the league wants a piece of SuperCoolBeas. The Wolves themselves are looking at a shooting guard however -- and may need to pay a high price if they covet Jamal Crawford of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Crawford is only signed with the Blazers for the rest of the season, but the Blazers want quite a bit in return for him. Quite a bit in this case is a starting-caliber player and a first round pick, according to CBS Sports' Ken Berger.

The Trail Blazers have been among the most active teams, seeking to move Jamal Crawford and acquire a big man -- either in the same or separate deals. The asking price for Crawford, however, includes a first-round pick in addition to Luke Ridnour (Timberwolves) or Eric Bledsoe (Clippers). Depending on what point guard the Blazers can bring back in a deal, they'd also be in a position to put Raymond Felton out of his misery. Felton's up-tempo style and Nate McMillan's deliberate offense clearly are not fitting together. "They've got to make major changes," one executive said.


Related: NBA Trade Rumors: Trail Blazers Eyeing Timberwolves' Luke Ridnour For Jamal Crawford?

The Wolves definitely need a shooting guard, but if the asking price is Ridnour and a first round pick, it's doubtful they make the deal. Rather it's doubtful they should make the deal, but, well ... Kahn.

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