Jun 18

Ford: Portland Could Do Anything

By caseyholdahl Posted in: 2012draft, draft2012

Less than two weeks away from the 2012 Draft, and outside of the Hornets selecting Anthony Davis with the first overall pick, there doesn't seem to be much consensus as to what the other 29 teams in the NBA will be doing come June 28.

Case in point: On today, Chad Ford notes that "uncertainty reigns" when it comes to everything after Davis. And that goes double for the Trail Blazers.
One of the biggest challenges in projecting the draft is trying to get a handle on who is exactly drafting where.

Sources continue to insist that the Charlotte Bobcats (2), Sacramento Kings (5), Portland Trail Blazers (6, 11) and Toronto Raptors (8) are all still open to moving the pick. Some of those trades could be with each other, but from what I can gather, none of the four teams I just mentioned are sold with the players that are available to them. In the case of the Bobcats, the team is looking to turn a high pick into multiple assets. The Raptors and Kings, as we've mentioned previously, are looking for veterans to anchor an already young roster. The Blazers? From what I can gather, they're open to anything and everything.
I love the idea that not only are are the Trail Blazers open to doing anything, but that no one else seems to have a very good idea of what direction the team is leaning. Neil Olshey has stated several times and in no uncertain terms that he covets the flexibility of having four picks to go along with significant cap space, so it's not really surprising that there's no consensus regarding the most likely course of action. As much as I would like to know what the team is going to do on draft night, playing it close to the vest is the most prudent course.

In related news, Ford also notes that he's yet to find out which team gave Syracuse guard Dion Waiters a "promise" in the first round.
Over the weekend, Blazers GM Neil Olshey told the Oregonian that it wasn't him, either.

"I got the job on a Tuesday, and by the time I landed in Chicago the next day [for the predraft camp], I had convinced an owner [to pick a prospect], a player to shut down his workouts ... I mean, I hadn't even talked to my scouts yet," he said.

OK. But then Olshey goes on to talk about how real promises are and how he's done them in the past. Oh, and that the team that does promise the player routinely lies about it.

Most GMs in the league still believe that the Phoenix Suns are the most likely landing spot for Waiters. But I doubt he gets there.

The Raptors and Blazers are both high on him, and so are the Hornets.
I'm going to pat myself on the back for a quick moment and note that I said pretty much the same thing Olshey said of the Waiters promise. There's really no way to tell before the draft, and even then, just because the Trail Blazers or Suns or Raptors select Waiters doesn't necessarily mean any of those team's promised him anything.


  1. On many of the national mock draft they have Waiters going to Portland with ll pick.

    by Hg on 6/18/2012 1:20 PM
  2. Wheels has us taking him in this mock draft, FWIW.

    I've never understood why, as a player, you would stop working out for teams once you got a "promise." Why not keep working out and see if you can get a promise from a higher team? That's a lot of money to leave on the table just because. That, or you think more workouts hurts your draft stock, which would be a huge red flag.

    by caseyholdahl on 6/18/2012 4:05 PM
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