Jun 27

Quick: Trail Blazers Targets Down To Four

By caseyholdahl Posted in: 2012draft, draft2012

Jason Quick of The Oregonian gets what are likely the last public comments from Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey before everyone goes into lockdown prior to tonight's NBA Draft. And while nothing is set in stone, it does sound like the primary approach is to just use the picks.
All week, Olshey has said he intends to use both the sixth and 11th picks, even after making proactive and reactive trade proposals.

"Right now, what we can net back just isn't enough to justify moving the picks," Olshey said Wednesday morning, adding that things could change in the next 30 hours.
From what I've been hearing, this is the preferred course of action for most of you fans here in Rip City. My gut tells me something WILL change in the next nine hours that justifies moving one of those picks, but maybe that's only because we're so used to trades on draft night.

As for which players the team might add, Quick reports that Olshey says he's got it down to a quartet.
By lunch on Wednesday, Olshey said the Blazers had narrowed their choices to four players for picks six and 11. One of the speed bumps in his draft plan was figuring out what Sacramento was going to do with the fifth overall pick.

"I'm pretty comfortable (figuring picks) 1-2-3-4," Olshey said. "After that, it's going to be a crapshoot."
If rumors about players like Dion Waiters and Terrence Ross potentially moving up into the Top 5 are are to be believed (the Cavaliers could also be trading down in those scenarios), it's possible a player who wasn't expected to be available at No. 6, players like Harrison Barnes, Thomas Robinson and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, might still be on the board.


  1. Hey Casey; Thanks for the post.
    I am thinking that one of the five top may be changing players picked also. I am down to four players at the 8 spot, not knowing who will be available at 11, I just don't know.
    I am thinking that we will be getting Barnes if Sac takes Drummand, but it might be Lillard, or Drummand with an outside chance of waiters.

    IMO, saying that Olshey can change his mind from now until draft time and after, is a wise move. If we are going to make a move or a trade with one of our picks the value will go up immensely at closing time.
    I still like Drummand and Marshall.

    by Hg on 6/28/2012 8:27 AM
  2. Sac has been known to make some "strange" moves; I'm not strongly confident that they'll take Dumb-end but I hope, I hope, I hope that they do! All of Tone's scenarios have T-Rob going to Sac; IF Sac were smart, they would listen to Tone but... we can't afford to count on the stupidity of Sac; we need to take Sac's #5 (so that we can have b2b picks JUST in case MKG falls to us; we can select MKG @ #5 AND T-Rob @ #6 BUT if 1/both of those guys aren't there @ 5 & 6, we can draft Lillard & somebody else good & hopefully we didn't have to give up #11 so that we can get Meyers @ that pick ;)

    by Simpson on 6/28/2012 9:20 AM
  3. Mr. Simpson, Although I know nick names are common in the NBA, I am not a fan of degrading players by name calling. Nevertheless everybody to their own.
    I would like to have Drummand with our 6th pick. There is not enough difference between 2 and 10 to make a difference, although I do like Barnes, Lillard and Drummand the best. MKG is a aggressive banger, but not necessarily as good a player as Barnes. But that is just my opinion.


    by Hg on 6/28/2012 9:41 AM
  4. If Meyers Leonard isn't available at No. 11, I'll eat my hat. Or at least I'll buy a hat and consider eating it.

    by caseyholdahl on 6/28/2012 9:44 AM
  5. @Casey: If he is we should take him or Marshall

    by Hg on 6/28/2012 9:55 AM
  6. Forget Drummond. Draft Tyler Zeller at 11. He is NBA ready and will get the job done at center.

    by tjones1942 on 6/28/2012 10:21 AM
  7. @tjones1942; If Drummand is available we can take him at 6 and Zeller at 11. We could then get our needed PG in FA or trade. Of course we can go the other way and take Lillard and Marshall, and get our Centers from Freeland, and Trade. or resign Thabeet.

    by Hg on 6/28/2012 10:53 AM
  8. @ Hg, sorry if I offended u, ur 1 o' the ppl I have a lot of respect for on here. My name calling is just more of a poking fun thing (I don't hate Drummond BUT I VERY much think it'll b a mistake IF we draft him @ 6; now @ 11... I CAN DEFINITELY live w/ that ;). IF Drummond becomes a Blazer, I will support him & I won't come w/ the name calling again UNLESS he warrants such ;)

    by Simpson on 6/28/2012 11:14 AM
  9. by Simpson on 6/28/2012 11:14 AM
  10. @Simpson: No problem, I knew you were just poking fun at Drummand, but I have been poked fun at because I was born with a hearing defect that gave me a speech defect, and it is no fun to be poked fun at, maybe that is why I am so sensitive to it.
    After watching video's and what have you, I am more inclined to take Barnes or Lillard at 6, but I do feel for the future we should take Drummand. We have Freeland probably coming over, we have LMA, we might have Przybilla. But like you I support anybody that the front office picks, and I sure am not qualified to make that kind of decision.
    I would pass on JP111 now that he is red flagged because there is not that much difference between him. Zeller and Leonard to take a chance on another Mencius injury.

    by Hg on 6/28/2012 11:35 AM
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