Ford: Blazers Considering Collison, Bledsoe, Turner, Millsap
By caseyholdahl Posted in: 2012draft, draft2012
Chad Ford wrote yesterday that the Trail Blazers could go any number of directions when it comes to draft strategy. One of those options is trading the pick for a veteran, an approach that some in the organization have alluded to a couple of times as a likely scenario. Sans specifics, of course.
In a chat today on ESPN.com
, Ford contemplates Portland's options and throws out a few names of veterans who the Trail Blazers could be interested in acquiring should they decided to trade the 11th pick.
If the Hornets are looking to trade Pick 10 for a young veteran, who are some of the potential targets?
Darren Collison, Eric Bledsoe, Evan Turner I've heard a lot. Ditto for Paul Millsap of the Jazz.
By the way, I'm told the Blazers are looking at the same group of players at 11 if they decide to trade the pick.
Those of you who follow the rumor mill closely probably won't be surprised by Portland having interest in any of those players, except for Evan Turner.
Another ESPNer, John Hollinger, proposed the idea of the Trail Blazers trading the No. 6 pick for Millsap
a few weeks ago, so maybe there's something there. Portland has obviously shown interest in Millsap before
. At the trade deadline, Portland was rumored to be in trade talks with the Clippers
regarding a Jamal Crawford for Eric Bledsoe trade, though that was before Bledsoe had the best stretch of his career during the 2012 Playoffs. And the Trail Blazers have long been rumored to have interest in Darren Collison
, a restricted free agent who they worked out prior to the 2009 Draft.
No word on whether any of these players are actually available, though Collison, Bledsoe and Millsap all play on teams where they're backups with little to no chance of overtaking the starting position (Millsap's not yet a backup, but it's an inevitability with Derek Favors and Enes Kanter coming into their own).
Personally, I'd take any three of those players in exchange for the 11th pick. I'd be more hesitant in regards to Turner, only because he doesn't really fill a roster need, but I guess that decision would hing more on which players were still on the board come pick 11.
Now any of those players for the sixth pick? That's a much more difficult question to answer.