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  1. Jwebb34
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    Posted 06/11/2012 7:57 PM

    I agree we do need to pick up Beal. Because if we do pick him up and have Wes with him. We have to guard that can light it up but also take to the hole. Beal would give us a good threat on offensive and a good lock down defensive player. He has a strong game i could see him doing very well with the Blazers. I would also like to see them pick up Austin Rivers as a young point guard who can run the offensive but if you need him to score he can get his shots.
  1. brendanbrad
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    Posted 06/11/2012 9:32 PM

    Brad Beal could fill the much needed closer role. You can't have a PF handle the ball at the end of a game, unless he is Dirk. You need a SG who can create his own shot - Beal can do that. Here's a video with some highlights of other possible Portland picks. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arTnX8tF2_s
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  1. commontongue
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    Posted 06/12/2012 9:57 AM

    Why would we even want to entertain Dwight Howard when he's proven to be a whining excuse maker, with the audacity to use words like loyalty and team. The guy is a beast, of that there is no doubt, but do we want a guy who cries everytime he doesnt get his way. And Deron Williams, who i like alot, if he isnt interested in playing with L.A., has got to be outside of his mind. These guys arent the only show in town. The fact that the Blazers havent reached out to Sloan makes me think that they are targeting DWill in some capacity. If Olshey is the salesman that he is said to be, who knows ? He did get CP3 to the Clips.
    And please pump the brakes on Zeller. We need ferocious centers. Finesse is for pg's,sg's & sf's, the remaining two positions have to be bruisers. Leonard is a banger. Melo,Drummond,even Henson , as thin as he is, plays "D", and blocks shots. And has anyone thought of hiring Patrick Ewing to teach our bigs some skill. Or put Hakeem on the payroll.

    Beal. Period. Lillard, definitely. Machado,decent. Lou Williams of Philadelphia is exploring options also.
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 06/12/2012 10:23 AM

    Nice job common, I hate finesse centers unless you have someone who can really complement them. Kevin Love and his 15 rebounds would be great next to someone like Brook Lopez. It is the same reason why Dwight Howard and Ryan Anderson works.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 06/12/2012 10:41 AM

    Big day for the Raptors according to The Sporting News' Sean Deveney, and even bigger for Portland depending on how the workout shapes up-


    If the Raptors make it clear they want a PG at No. 8, then we're going to have to take Lillard at 6 to ensure we get the guy we want, assuming he's the guy.
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 06/12/2012 11:44 AM

    Please Portland just go with Lillard at #6 unless we can get MKG then trade up and get Lillard
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  1. Choong Huh
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    Posted 06/12/2012 11:45 AM

    I call bs on trade with Cavs for 4th pick, but I also think it's the Portland front office that spread that rumor. They probably started the rumor and spread it all over the internet. Portland wants Bradley Beal to work out for them, but he won't unless the team has 4th pick or higher. So the office is making sure that Beal hears about this "6th and 11th pick for the 4th pick!!" shenanigans. Besides it being a horrible deal for us, if the team truly wanted Beal we would trade for a much higher pick, since the 4th pick is in no way a guarantee to get him. Even the Bobcats are looking into getting him at 2nd.

    I don't know if this will actually grab Beal's attention, but what a clever move by the organization to use the media like this. If my prediction is correct, this is a really smart move.
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  1. Choong Huh
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    Posted 06/12/2012 12:16 PM

    Wow, amnesty will be a huge disrespect to Calderon... I guess they're determined to part ways with him. With all the Steve Nash to Toronto buzz AND they're working out a pair of PGs. They should at least try to trade him to places like Indiana or Philadelphia.
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 06/12/2012 2:05 PM

    No one wants to Calderon half of what he is making amnesty for him is all but guaranteed
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  1. commontongue
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    Posted 06/12/2012 2:53 PM

    Is Calderon from Spain ? If so, no way he and Batum co-exist. Lillard seems like a good pick. While the pre-draft combines gives us a certain gage on physical and stamina attributes, will however cant be discerned by running up and down the floor alone. I want to see this kid in combat. I want to see his resolve when his shot gets thrown into the 12th row. Will he keep attacking, or will he fold like a cheap lawn chair ? Can he distribute ? How is he in the pick and roll ? His left hand looks decent. He's got hops and he's pretty quick, but that can be said about a huge percentile of the cats in the game. If he's got one upside, its that he knows our squad and he knows what we need. A pg that can shoot,make plays, and feed our bigs the rock where they can actually do something with it. Marshall im not so high on because he's offensively slow. People have coined him a morph between Andre Miller & Jason Kidd. Thats not a bad thing if you are constantly in a half court set, but today these kids are running, so you better be able to push the rock and get back on " D ". Rivers' kid Austin, i wish he were a point. His first step is ridiculous. He's got pretty good range also. Look.. P.A.'s got deep pockets, lets just buy a couple of picks,pay Nash,cut the dead weight, and get after it. Easier said than done i know.
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  1. D Licious
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    Posted 06/12/2012 4:03 PM

    Posted By cmeese47 on 06/12/2012 11:44 AM
    Please Portland just go with Lillard at #6 unless we can get MKG then trade up and get Lillard

    agreed :)
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  1. D_pickett
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    Posted 06/12/2012 4:15 PM

    I've been hearing a lot of concerns about Beal's defense, which is a big deal. Basically, he might be able to provide the scoring of Wesley Matthews without the lock-down D. If that's the case, I don't think he's worth moving up for. Everyone is saying he's the next Ray Allen, but those are just words; nobody knows how good he will be in the NBA. Also, I believe he measured in at 6'3" with shoes. He's a pretty high-risk pick, and I don't know why we would move up 2 or 3 spots to get a high risk guy if we can get an NBA-ready guy at #6. (Can we? That's up for debate...)

    I was watching Lillard in the combine, and I will say his scoring looks practically automatic. It's almost mesmerizing watching him put the ball in the hoop. He's also a pretty quick, smart passer; my main concern with Lillard is that the passing lanes will be so much narrower in the NBA, and he might default to his long-range shooting too often. But I like the pick if that's who Portland goes with.

    All of that in mind, I still think the way to go is someone like Drummond or move up for MKG. Those are guys that not only address need, but are clear top-10 picks.
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 06/12/2012 6:16 PM

    I am okay with MKG but Drummond is scary with he complete lack of offense he could be Fab Melo
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  1. jwood
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    Posted 06/12/2012 7:59 PM

    beal is an excellent defender and a future all star. you should probably study up on him a little more. very low risk and as sure a bet as you can get, besides davis. measured 6' 4" in shoes with a very strong frame, similar to Wade. size won't be an issue. how could you possibly consider beal high risk and advocate for drafting drummond? seems backwards to me.
    since beal won't be around at 6 most likely, the decision will come down to either lillard vs. barnes or lillard vs. drummond.  pray to god it doesn't come down to drummond.  personally, bowie and oden were enough for me to decide we don't need to go after some franchise changing center.  i don't know if i can go through this a third time and watch drummond bust and lillard become a perennial allstar. let's just go after the smart, low risk player and get a functional center later in the draft  or through FA.  meyers leonard or zeller at 11 if we must draft a center.  we need a sure bet at 6. so i'm thinking we can't lose by drafting barnes or lillard.  we should pick one of them.
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  1. The Unholy
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    Posted 06/12/2012 9:43 PM

    Posted By jwood on 06/12/2012 7:59 PM
    beal is an excellent defender and a future all star. you should probably study up on him a little more. very low risk and as sure a bet as you can get, besides davis. measured 6' 4" in shoes with a very strong frame, similar to Wade. size won't be an issue. how could you possibly consider beal high risk and advocate for drafting drummond? seems backwards to me.
    since beal won't be around at 6 most likely, the decision will come down to either lillard vs. barnes or lillard vs. drummond.  pray to god it doesn't come down to drummond.  personally, bowie and oden were enough for me to decide we don't need to go after some franchise changing center.  i don't know if i can go through this a third time and watch drummond bust and lillard become a perennial allstar. let's just go after the smart, low risk player and get a functional center later in the draft  or through FA.  meyers leonard or zeller at 11 if we must draft a center.  we need a sure bet at 6. so i'm thinking we can't lose by drafting barnes or lillard.  we should pick one of them.

    definitely need to go for the sure thing with such a high pick in the draft, especially with so many game changers. i think lillard will surprise some people, at least the ones who think the blazers should draft drummond
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 06/13/2012 12:00 AM

    From Andy Katz-

    Last year, the promise of first-round selection was given to former Boston College guard Reggie Jackson, who was locked down by Oklahoma City late in the first. The latest is Syracuse's Dion Waiters. The chatter at the pre-draft camp in Chicago centered around the Toronto Raptors at first, but general manager Bryan Colangelo publicly denied it. Phoenix is another possibility, but the Suns pick at No. 13, and Waiters will likely be gone by then.

     

    No one should be shocked if Waiters is picked as high as No. 6 to Portland. Waiters has been shut down by his agent, Rob Pelinka, and even canceled interviews before departing Chicago last week. Waiters could be the first playmaking guard selected. He was Syracuse's top talent this past season, even though he came off the bench for the Orange.

    I would be shocked if we took Waiters at 6, but I've been wrong before.

     No team will be disappointed if it drafts Michigan State's Draymond Green. He is a professional. And like Kenneth Faried last year, Green spoke about finding a role with whichever team he joins, notably by defending and rebounding.
    The more and more I read about Green, the more I'd like to get a late first round pick and spend it on him. WE may have missed out on Faried last year, but we have a chance to make amends this time around.

    Read more from Katz>>>
     

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  1. riverman
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    Posted 06/13/2012 10:08 AM

    I'm not a fan of overpaying for any superstars. Do you know how much talent D Will or Nash's or Howards salary can buy? You can get 3 quality vets for the price of one D Will. Sorry, I want team players. Howard, D Will nor Nash have taken teams to a championship. We need specific skills and defense or rebounding are essential. Renting Nash at the end of his career is only good if you need to fill seats and we don't have ticket sales problems. Draft Bigs across the board and sign guards through free agency..bigs have trade value in this draft. I'd rather have Paul Milsap than Dwight Howard for the money. We have our own all star caliber players already in the making. I think Elliot Williams is one of them. We need a young Andre Miller at point. I actually like Dre more than Nash at the point for an old guy. We need great passers, finishers and rebounders. Keep Wes and Elliot..you won't regret it.
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  1. Ricky
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    Posted 06/13/2012 10:29 AM

    Beal is a shooting guard, and we already have E. Williams, and Mathews.  We seem to be trying to overload the sg position.  I think we should draft Lilliard to fill the pg position.  I am not sure Drummond should be taken at #6 and maybe not even #11.  Lilliard first then best player available.
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  1. riverman
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    Posted 06/13/2012 10:39 AM

    Westbrook was a 2 guard in college, now he's a point guard. I think the NBA changes the positions college players fit into very often. Centers in college are often pfs in the NBA. Lilliard might be a great talent but he may not be as good as Nolan Smith in the NBA. Drafting guards is a crapshoot. There are proven guards available through free agency but no bigs that aren't restricted free agents.
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 06/13/2012 11:48 AM

    I have no doubt in my mind that Lillard is a better player right now than Nolan Smith is. Drafting any player is a crap shoot just look how many top 10 players over the years have been flops. However, Lillard is aggressive a good defender and he gets to the line which is essential for over coming bad shooting nights.
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  1. jwood
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    Posted 06/13/2012 11:49 AM

    i hear a lot of talk about signing aging superstars like nash and garnett so they can "mentor" our young players.  you don't give somebody multimillions of dollars to mentor young players.  if you feel like a mentor is necessary than go sign a high character, good locker room guy like kurt thomas or juwan howard, for the league minimum.  this is the NBA.  nash isn't going to teach lillard how to dribble the ball better or pass better. his game is established.  these guys need good quality veterans, not necessarily highly skilled, that have been around a long time and know the NBA ropes. 
    the biggest mistake we could make at this point is going crazy with signing big name old superstars (unless you need to sell tickets, which we don't have that problem).  we should except our situation and build for the future. i wouldn't sign anybody over the age of 30 unless it is a 12th man character guy for the league minimum.  and my biggest nightmare, besides drafting drummond, and watching him bust is trading our picks for veterans that have reached their ceiling and have no place to go but down. luckily olshey seems to have the sense not to make a dumb move like that. 
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 06/13/2012 12:27 PM

    Wait you mean Olshey never traded Baron Davis and what turned out to be the #1 pick for Mo Williams a veteran who already reached his ceiling. Oh damn, you never know what the GM will do. I believe that bringing in Nash and or Garnett would be first and foremost to try and win games. Additionally, if you think young players do not learn from high priced vets then you are naive. While it might not be Garnett or Nash's primary focus I guarantee having them on the team would teach our players a lot. Garnett's defensive intensity and vocal presence alone would be incredibly valuable to this team
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  1. jwood
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    Posted 06/13/2012 1:04 PM

    olshey was pretty clear that he is interested in building for the future and not signing vets past their prime regardless of what he did in LA.  totally different situation.  LA was ready to win now.
    i'm not saying that young players don't learn from high priced vets.  i just think they learn from low priced vets too.  they don't have to be a superstar to mentor. again, NBA, they're not going to teach them their superstar skills. it's just not worth the money that we could be spending for the future. trust me, it would be a huge mistake. it's the same philosophy bob whitsitt was obsessed with and that was a total nightmare. a veteran team takes years to gain cohesion and actually compete. just renting and throwing KG and nash together is a terrible way to build a promising blazer team. but, considering, the decision making history of this franchise it would not surprise me if you got your wish.
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 06/13/2012 1:45 PM

    Jwood there is a big difference in adding one or two veterans to a mostly young roster and trying to acquire 12 former all-stars all beyond there prime. Portland failed because the team did not have identified roles. Whitsitt was not bringing in guys that fit a system he was trying to get enough pieces to beat the Lakers. We currently have no system in place and have needs at both PG and C so bringing in the likes of Nash and Garnett would be very different than bringing in Kemp and Dale Davis into a crowded roster in order to try and defeat one team.
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  1. jwood
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    Posted 06/13/2012 2:25 PM

    if KG and Nash want to sign for the league minimum and come off the bench than i could live with that.  their roles would need to change from what they are used to.
    honestly, i think we need to sign dragic and forget about nash. have a nice healthy competition between lillard and dragic for the starting role. play them together often. if wesley starts, he should play a role similar to sefalosha in OKC. draft leonard or zeller and resign kurt thomas, or somebody like that, to mentor them.
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 06/13/2012 2:35 PM

    KG and Nash have no reason to make the minimum they are worth a lot more than that. While paying them over 4 years or more than 10 million a season would be a stupid move. Right now both are in the top 10 at their position and would be valuable acquisitions especially if the team has young talent that would eventually take over the starting jobs. Lillard, Leonard/ Drummond/ Freeland. If you sign both of them for 10 million a season and have no one on the roster to eventually replace them or learn from them then you are making a big mistake. Otherwise the move would be very savvy.
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 06/14/2012 10:13 AM

    Rumor has it that New Orleans is looking for a second round pick and a unprotected future pick for #10 wonder if they would accept top 3 protected. 

    This is certainly something for the Blazers to consider. Portland could then take Lillard @6 then trade either #10 or #11 to Cleveland for #24 #33, and #34. With that trade Portland could fill a lot of holes in their roster and bring in some real competition. 

    I still take Ross at either spot to add depth, then with pick #24 someone like Fab Melo could be had. Then we would still have 3 picks in the second round. Portland could target someone like Draymond Green or maybe Tony Wroten if he falls with #33, people like Kevin Jones, Miles Plumlee, Scott Machado, Tyshawn Taylor, Quincy Acy, Jae Crowder, and Jared Cunningham all could be available in the second round as well. 
    Portland's draft could look like this #6 D. Lillard, #11 T. Ross, #24 F. Melo, #33 D. Green, #34 Kevin Jones, #41 Miles Plumlee.

    That would certainly create some competition as Lillard could battle N. Smith, T. Ross could battle W. Matthews and E. Williams, D. Green could battle T. Ross, L. Babbit and K. Jones, K. Jones could battle K. Thomas and JJ Hickson, F. Melo could battle M. Plumlee and J. Freeland. 
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  1. Ricky
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    Posted 06/14/2012 12:37 PM

    I do not like the trading down for less qualified players. 
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 06/14/2012 1:04 PM

    Melo is an excellent defender essentially Joel 2.0 with better offensive upside, Green is a gamer is is vastly underrated in the draft, Jones was a 20 and 10 guy last season in the ACC he just is a little undersized, and Plumlee is a freak athlete 7 foot and 41 inch vertical. Not exactly less qualified players in my opinion.
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  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 06/14/2012 6:25 PM

    Posted By cmeese47 on 06/14/2012 10:13 AM
    Rumor has it that New Orleans is looking for a second round pick and a unprotected future pick for #10 wonder if they would accept top 3 protected. 

    This is certainly something for the Blazers to consider. Portland could then take Lillard @6 then trade either #10 or #11 to Cleveland for #24 #33, and #34. With that trade Portland could fill a lot of holes in their roster and bring in some real competition. 

    I still take Ross at either spot to add depth, then with pick #24 someone like Fab Melo could be had. Then we would still have 3 picks in the second round. Portland could target someone like Draymond Green or maybe Tony Wroten if he falls with #33, people like Kevin Jones, Miles Plumlee, Scott Machado, Tyshawn Taylor, Quincy Acy, Jae Crowder, and Jared Cunningham all could be available in the second round as well. 
    Portland's draft could look like this #6 D. Lillard, #11 T. Ross, #24 F. Melo, #33 D. Green, #34 Kevin Jones, #41 Miles Plumlee.

    That would certainly create some competition as Lillard could battle N. Smith, T. Ross could battle W. Matthews and E. Williams, D. Green could battle T. Ross, L. Babbit and K. Jones, K. Jones could battle K. Thomas and JJ Hickson, F. Melo could battle M. Plumlee and J. Freeland. 
    Well, Charlotte already owns our future Lottery protected pick. And they also would want Ariza or Okafor's contract taken off of their hands as well. I would offer #40, #41, the rights to our Euros and a guy like Nolan or Luke for #10 and a poor contract. But, it is never smart to trade unprotected picks.
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 06/14/2012 10:17 PM

    I agree with that unprotected picks are dangerous then again so is taking on bad contracts.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 06/15/2012 1:56 PM

    Draft Express says Waiter's promise is with Portland at 11-
    The Trail Blazers had a disappointing season, partially because of injuries and partially because of the lackluster performance of their backcourt. Offseason acquisitions Raymond Felton and Jamal Crawford both struggled to live up to expectations, while Wesley Matthews regressed somewhat after a promising sophomore season. Both of the top point guard prospects, Damian Lillard and Kendall Marshall, will get extended looks here, but we're hearing that it's Dion Waiters who has caught the eye of new GM Neil Olshey. Many teams around the league are now speculating that it's Portland who actually gave Waiters a guarantee he'll be selected if he drops to here, causing him to cancel all of his remaining workouts.
    Buuuuuut CBSSports says Phoenix at 13 is where the promise lies-
     Dion Waiters, SG, Syracuse: Agent Rob Pelinka pulled Waiters from the Chicago combine -- which means his client likely has a promise from someone in the lottery. The word is it may be the Suns, who could use a tough, scoring guard like Waiters.
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  1. TJ31
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    Posted 06/15/2012 2:36 PM

    I'm not too optimistic about this draft if theyve already promised Dion Waiters the 11th pick..
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  1. TJ31
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    Posted 06/15/2012 2:36 PM

    I'm not too optimistic about this draft if theyve already promised Dion Waiters the 11th pick..
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 06/15/2012 2:37 PM

    Waiters has nice upside but promising picks unless your number 1 is a bad idea.
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  1. Ricky
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    Posted 06/15/2012 5:45 PM

    Possibilities:

    Fodder created by the agent so someone in the Lottery will pick him

    Some team in the Lottery 6thru13 has offered him a verbal but who knows who

    He is injured and the agent does not want to showcase it



    take your pick 
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 06/15/2012 8:08 PM

    I think the agent is trying to inflate his value.
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  1. D_pickett
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    Posted 06/16/2012 12:54 PM

    Ding ding ding! Cmeese wins the prize. Who is the most talked-about prospect in the draft? It's not even Davis anymore. Waiters' agent wants every lottery team to think "Waiters is still available! Let's take him before he goes!" I think smart GMs will see through that, but in true rock star style Waiters is proving that any publicity is good publicity.
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  1. commontongue
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    Posted 06/16/2012 7:13 PM

    Lillard will make Wesley and E. Will better.
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 06/16/2012 11:01 PM

    I just hope he is working hard to make sure he lives up to the hype. 
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 06/18/2012 4:17 PM

    Chad Ford says Portland is open to "anything and everything"-
     Sources continue to insist that the Charlotte Bobcats (2), Sacramento Kings (5), Portland Trail Blazers (6, 11) and Toronto Raptors (8) are all still open to moving the pick. Some of those trades could be with each other, but from what I can gather, none of the four teams I just mentioned are sold with the players that are available to them. In the case of the Bobcats, the team is looking to turn a high pick into multiple assets. The Raptors and Kings, as we've mentioned previously, are looking for veterans to anchor an already young roster. The Blazers? From what I can gather, they're open to anything and everything.
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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 06/18/2012 5:54 PM

    Sources: Jared Sullinger red flagged



    link: http://espn.go.com/nba/draft2012/story/_/id/8069495/2012-nba-draft-docs-medically-red-flag-jared-sullinger-sources-say
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 06/18/2012 6:15 PM

    Good find TS. Here's a little exert of that article:
    Ohio State Buckeyes big man Jared Sullinger has been medically red flagged by NBA doctors, multiple league sources told ESPN.com on Monday. ... A number of NBA team doctors have reviewed the information from the NBA and have told their front office staff that Sullinger's back issues could shorten his NBA career and some have advised their teams not to draft him in the first round.
    As if having one leg shorter then the other wasn't enough warning...Give me Sullinger in the 2nd Round, but at Nos. 6 & 11, no thanks. Actually, if he does have a DeJaun Blair-like free fall, I would get back into the late first-round and take him. I still think he's going to be a great player, but he has too many risks to take in the lottery.
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 06/18/2012 7:03 PM

    Latest Rumor has Portland trading Jamal Crawford and #11 to Toronto for the #8 pick.
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  1. D Licious
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    Posted 06/18/2012 7:18 PM

    Great move.... thank you for the heads up!!  
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  1. abarrer3
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    Posted 06/18/2012 7:20 PM

    Cmeese post that rumor link... I wonder if that's why they moved Jamal's date back 1 DAY after the draft... If that rumor is true smart thinking by Portland... I hope it's real because that makes me think both Drummond and Lillard
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  1. D Licious
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    Posted 06/18/2012 7:23 PM

    who's salary do we have to take back in return? that sounds too good to be true

    8 and 6 woohoo
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 06/18/2012 7:57 PM

    From what I saw no ones salary would be coming back but it is just a rumor and things can change but it is clear that Olshey is trying to get something out of Jamal Crawford.
    I am a fan of Getting Defensive Players This Summer.
  1. DHawes22
    DHawes22
    Posts: 6488

    Posted 06/18/2012 9:50 PM

    Posted By cmeese47 on 06/18/2012 7:03 PM
    Latest Rumor has Portland trading Jamal Crawford and #11 to Toronto for the #8 pick.
    Source? That seems WAY too good to be true. Also, would Crawford want to play for the Raptors?
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  1. DHawes22
    DHawes22
    Posts: 6488

    Posted 06/18/2012 9:53 PM

    Anyone catch Courtside tonight? It seems that Sacramento wants to move back from #5 via Sam Amick. 5 + Salmons/Outlaw for #11, rights to Claver, #40?

    If we can just find a way to get a third lottery pick, we can trade up to #2 and also have a pick made available for Lillard. A Beal/MKG/Robinson + Lillard draft is where it's at.
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