May 16

Quick: Trail Blazers Might Trade Pick

By caseyholdahl

An interesting tidbit from The Oregonian's Jason Quick in his story about the first day at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. According to Quick, the Trail Blazers might be looking for a team willing to trade for what is projected to be the 10th pick.
If the Blazers keep their lottery pick -- and that's a big if as it appears Olshey will look for willing trade partners -- it is likely the team pursues a shooting guard.


This draft class is largely considered a down class, but if there is a strength, it is at shooting guard, where Ben McLemore (Kansas), Victor Oladipo (Indiana), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Georgia), Franklin and Glen Rice Jr. (Georgia Tech/Development League) as well as combo guards like CJ McCollum (Lehigh) and Carter-Williams.
Of course, trading the pick is an option in every draft, but with Portland already owning one of the youngest rosters in the league (and likely getting younger with various departures), one could see how a scenario in which the team packages the pick for a veteran player might be more likely this time around. But if they do end up adding a player through the draft, it sounds like a shooting guard is likely to be the best player available at No. 10, which carries the added benefit of filling a roster need.


  1. I really hope we trade the pick. Terry Stotts doesn't need to start all over with rookies again next season. It's time to "move the needle" I'm really curious as to who it'll be.

    by riverman on 5/16/2013 6:52 PM
  2. One of Thee best scenarios's at this juncture is to trade the pick to acquire a proven shooting guard and an asset,in addition to having the 39th,40th and 45th pick to get another raw combo sg/sf and a back up point guard in the event that Maynor doesnt stay or get retained. If that is the case,$11 and change million to go after a pivot to anchor the guts of this squad.Im a little giddy right now and i'll tell you why..players are starting to realize that it's a blessing to play for and put a small market franchise on the map. Big time dreams and a small town background are two of the intangibles that Olshey should be seeking, and i think that's his mindset. Athleticaly urban and mentally rural,thats the City of Roses. Thats Rip City ! No retreat,No Surrender,No Excuses ! Do It ! Until it cant be done. Thats what we do, thats who we are !

    by commontongue on 5/16/2013 7:24 PM
  3. Well said CT! "Athleticaly urban and mentally rural"....brilliant!

    by riverman on 5/17/2013 5:50 PM
  4. I heard an interesting comment on the Dan Patrick show the other day. They were talking about San Antonio and how they build through the draft and they draft for the long haul not for right now. It is a strategy that has been largely copied by Memphis, Indiana, Oklahoma City with much success.

    It is also interesting to note that San Antonio's one big splash in free agency the past 2 decades has been the Richard Jefferson acquisition. The first season with Jefferson was arguably their roughest season start of the Tim Duncan era.

    This isn't fantasy basketball, these players aren't just statistics, they are personalities and egos that must co-exist. Our "quick Fix" attempts to fill needs the past few years with players like Wallace, Felton and Crawford made sense statistically but were unmitigated disasters. We can keep churning free agents that are "good enough" to fill an immediate need and hope to get a first round exit every year or we can slow cook a contender. I like the idea of using our pick on Dieng or moving up a bit for Olidapo.

    by t bone on 5/20/2013 9:37 PM
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