Ford: Blazers Could Trade 6 and 11 for 2, pick Bradley Beal
By caseyholdahl Posted in: 2012draft, draft2012
Yesterday we asked what you would do
with the 6th and 11th pick. Keep both? Trade both? Trade one, keep the other? Everyone has an opinion, and there's great arguments to be made for all sides.
And today, ESPN.com's Chad Ford throws out a scenario
that, if you're in the "trade both picks" camp, might make your heart jump, especially if you're a fan of shooting guards from Florida:
Another option might be for the Bobcats to go ahead and trade the pick in an effort to get more assets. The No. 2 pick, whoever it is, isn't going to turn around the franchise next season. What the Bobcats need is depth.
Two teams to look at are Cleveland and Portland. Both would love to get up to the No. 2 pick. The Cavs would love to get their hands on Kidd-Gilchrist or Beal. The Blazers are also high on Beal.
The Blazers have the sixth and 11th picks. That's a steep price to pay to move up four spots in the draft, but if they're convinced they don't love a player at No. 6, it might be worth it to them.
A steep price indeed. The Trail Blazers might not like anyone at No. 6, but that doesn't mean another team won't. So would the team rather use both of their draft assets to move up to take someone they do like, or use one pick and trade for a veteran? The Trail Blazers front office guys would have to really, really like Beal to use both picks to acquire him.
And for what it's worth, John Hollinger said in a chat yesterday
that there's no way the Bobcats, lead by Rich Cho, would do such a deal.