It's unlikely this year's post-draft press conference features so many rookies
Draft news is still a bit light thanks to the first round of the 2012 playoffs, but there are a few tidbits here and there worth noting.
• During an ESPN.com chat on May 2
, Chad Ford takes a question regarding which teams might be interested in moving up a few spots. He suggests the Trail Blazers might be among that group.
I guess this is tough to answer without the lottery happening but who will be looking to move up or down via trades?
Chad Ford (1:08 PM)
I think most GMs see a clear break after the No. 5. I could see a team like Portland perhaps trying to package 6 and 11 to get up higher. I think Brad Beal would make a lot of sense for them.
This flies in the face of Chad Buchanan's statement
during Monday's edition of Courtside that the team is more interested in using their picks to acquire veterans than they are in moving up. I mean, if No. 6 and No. 11 gets you to No. 1, then yeah, the Trail Blazers are moving up. But outside of that scenario, I can't see a way the team uses both picks (assuming the Nets don't win the lottery) to move up a couple of spots. I suppose if the front office thinks Beal is the next Russell Westbrook, then maybe they'd make a play to move up, but even then, I have serious doubts.
• And I'm not the only one who thinks Ford's might be mistaken. John Hollinger, colleague of Chad Ford and ESPN.com and part-time Portland resident, must have watched the stream of Courtside this week, as he reiterates in a chat on ESPN.com
what Buchanan stated adamantly: the Trail Blazers are much more interested in acquiring quality veterans than unproven rookies.
Will Portland package it's picks? If so for a proven player or to move up in the draft?
John Hollinger (12:52 PM)
Every indication is that the Blazers want to use their picks in a trade to get some immediate help, and then dive into free agency, and then at the end of all that re-sign Batum. They aren't interested in rebuilding while they have an All-Star power forward in his prime.
That last sentence pretty much sums up the team's approach to the 2012 offseason.