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.