Amick: Trail Blazers Trying To Move Up, Rivers An Option At No. 6
By caseyholdahl Posted in: 2012draft, draft2012
Some good tidbits from SI.com's Sam Amick in his latest mock draft
. Some of these rumors are starting to take on a similar theme.
First up, Amick writes the Trail Blazers are one of a plethora of teams trying to move up to the No. 2 spot, presumably to draft Kansas big man Thomas Robinson:
The Bobcats continue to talk with Cleveland about swapping No. 4 for No. 2, with Charlotte surely pushing for as many assets as possible to go with it (the Cavs have the 24th, 33rd and 34th picks). Houston (Nos. 14, 16 and 18) and Portland (Nos. 6 and 11) are trying to land the No. 2 pick as well, according to sources.
The No. 6 and No. 11 picks for No. 2 seem like the best of those offers, though Cleveland's offer probably gets you the best player.
As for the No. 6 pick, Amick has the Trail Blazers selecting Damian Lillard, though he notes there are varying opinions regarding Portland's thinking.
Lillard would address a big need at point guard, where Raymond Felton had a disappointing year and is now a free agent. But several teams I spoke with are starting to believe that Duke's Austin Rivers could be the guy here. His ability to play both guard positions is seen as a major plus.
That would also support Tim Kawakami's claim that a source says the Trail Blazers are considering Rivers at No. 6. Of course, this could all be a huge smokescreen, but if it is, it seems to be working.