Quick: Trail Blazers Might Trade Pick
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.