May 02

Important Summer Dates Mold Future For Trail Blazers

By sarahhecht Posted in: draft2012, freeagents, lottery
With the Trail Blazers season officially coming to an end last week the future we’ve all been gabbing about since the trade deadline is now closer than ever. We’ve been spouting off about the “huge summer” ahead for the organization. A summer that will drastically reshape the team come next season.

But what does that mean exactly? When are all of these changes happening and how? Here’s a breakdown of key dates that will significantly impact the future of the team.

Draft Lottery: Wednesday, May 30, 2012

This is a big day for the Trail Blazers. By not making the playoffs Portland is now in the draft lottery and could potentially end up with TWO top picks. (We own the rights to New Jersey’s pick as long as it’s not 1-3.) If we do indeed end up with two top picks, as opposed to one, the front office will have even more assets to use as chips for movement during the summer. And of course, the higher the picks the more valuable they are.

More on a detailed breakdown of the lottery process coming soon.

Draft Day: Thursday, June 28, 2012

Draft day. This could be the BIGGEST day of the offseason for Portland. Will we have two first round draft picks? Will we keep the picks and draft from this strong class? Will we trade one of the picks? If we have two picks will we package them in a trade? Will this day be the day we make one of the MAJOR offseason moves we’re expected to make?

We’ll all be speculating about how the evening will play out for the next 57 days. We’ll do research, make mock drafts, dream up wish lists and try to rationalize and figure out how it’ll all play out. Fun times!

If you’re ready to start your draft prep you’ll need this list. It’s all the players who have decided to enter the draft early. (The deadline for early entry was Sunday night at 11:59PM ET. )

Moratorium Period: Sunday, July 1-Tuesday, July 10, 2012

This is the period when Portland can begin to go after free agents from other teams. No official contracts will be signed during the moratorium period, but the wheeling and dealing of contract negotiations will begin. There is no contact with free agents from other teams prior to the beginning of the moratorium. This doesn’t apply to free agents who were on the Trail Blazers roster at the end of the season—restricted or unrestricted—so our front office can still be in contact with any of them though no contract discussions can occur.

Free Agent Contracts Can Be Signed: Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Free agent contracts can be signed beginning on the 11th. It’s time to dust off the Twitter accounts and start visiting all your old bookmarks for Trail Blazers news because Portland will be active on the free agent market and you don’t want to miss any of the action.

Wondering about cap space as it pertains to free agency? That’s another beast entirely, more to come soon so stay tuned.


  1. Miss Sarah:
    Thank you for the updates,
    One question, If the draft date is June 28, can we start trades with other teams on that date. For instance if we wanted to trade a pick for Lowry that is under contract since they might match any thing or give a contract to Dragic. Could we do that the day of the draft or before we drafted? I don't know how that works.

    by Hg on 5/2/2012 9:45 AM
  2. Great question Hg,

    I'll be writing a blog on this very subject, but here's the short answer for now: Teams can begin trades as soon as their season ends. (So right now we could make a deal with any other team NOT in the playoffs.) BUT we can't trade any player whose contract is ending or could end through an early termination option (player or team.)

    Does that make sense?

    by sarahhecht on 5/2/2012 10:29 AM
  3. @Miss Sarah:
    It sure does, thanks a million. Can we at least speak to D Williams to find out his intent. I know he is talking about opting out. In the same scenario, we can't trade Jamal before the 15th and only then if he was to opt in. But can we talk to Houston about a trade for Lowry if they plan to sign Dragic? Or since Dragic is a free agent do we wait until then? What I am saying is I don't know which PG Houston is planning on keeping, but we would have lots of interest in the one they release. Dragic is a free agent, but they might want to keep him and trade Lowry.

    Of course D Will playing along side of E Will be right up my alley, but we have to keep other options open. But my thought on D Will is that we don't want to trade and take on his 17 mil contract, but to wait until he decides to opt out and becomes a free agent. But, I can just imagine the war going on for his services. that is why I am inquiring about Lowry or Dragic. I know you like Rhondo, but not me because of his price tag.
    I am getting to sound like you more everyday, Getty and anxious.

    by Hg on 5/2/2012 11:20 AM
  4. Hg,

    No on talking to DWill. The only team that can have contact with him is NJ and they can't have any contract discussions.

    Yes on the Jamal scenario. He would only be eligible as a piece for a trade if he opted into next year.

    Yes on talking to Houston about Lowry. He is under contract for them next year with no early termination options and they are done playing for the season. We could do a deal with them but could only use our players who are under contract for next year, (LMA, Wesley, Nolan, Luke, Kurt and Elliot.) Houston can't talk to Dragic until free agency opens on 7/1.

    by sarahhecht on 5/2/2012 11:29 AM
  5. @Miss Sarah:
    Wow are you making my life easier today. I thank you again. We can offer players under contract and or our Draft picks? or is it just players under contract; I read in one of the Mock Draft that Houston would take a PG with their lottery pick and I thought that was odd, until I realized that by letting one of their PG go, they would need another back up of less pay.
    We don't have to talk to Houston on Dragic then, just give our bid at free agency?
    Boy this is great info, Thank you Miss Sarah.

    by Hg on 5/2/2012 11:57 AM
  6. Correct, draft picks and assets other than the players not under contract or with options are all fair.

    Also correct on Dragic. Negotiations won't take place with Houston because he is an unrestricted free agent. We could talk to him and his people beginning on July 1st.

    by sarahhecht on 5/2/2012 12:01 PM
  7. Miss Sarah: I listened when Mike B asked Chad about players on the radar that we had good feel for getting. Chad said he can't talk to players until July 1st but he can't stop agents from calling him to inquire, and the NBA can't stop agents from talking to their clients TEE HEE. So Chad knows, but my problem is I don't know who he was talking about.
    At least you have it straightened up in my mind which dates we are looking forward to.
    IMO, we are not nearly in a big of need that fans feel we are, a elite PG, followed by just a serviceable center is really all re need to compete. I know contention is the big goal, but we need time to get all the new players we have to gel, and I don't believe we got to see the true value of our growth under the circumstances of no summer league, no training camp, and to many games to quick. So we address our PG problem, our Center problem through FA and get more depth in the draft if we have a draft pick left and tweak as we go along. I like that plan.
    You keep giving me answers and I will keep saying Thank you Miss Sarah

    by Hg on 5/2/2012 12:23 PM
  8. Sarah, quick question, since you are a wealth of knowledge ;)

    I read that the Blazers cannot trade their own 2012 first rounder, because they already traded their 2013 first rounder and there's a rule about not trading consecutive first rounders. Is this true?

    by SisillaRiann on 5/2/2012 9:27 PM
  9. EA, it's true that you can't trade consecutive future first round picks. The operative word here is "future." The 2012 pick is our current pick so it CAN be traded or packaged in a deal but ONLY on Draft night. Our 2013 is a "future" pick so we are prohibited from trading our 2014 "future" pick because they would be consecutive.

    Make sense?

    by sarahhecht on 5/3/2012 10:24 AM
  10. Hey Miss Sarah, I should have read this before I posted in your new blog. That makes sense to me, because as I stated, we can alway draft for some one else if a trade is already made.

    by Hg on 5/3/2012 10:37 AM
  11. Got it Sarah, thank you :) I know the 2013 pick was already traded, and someone (no idea where I read it, probably twitter, thinking pinwheel empire, but not sure) said because of that, they couldn't trade their own pick this year (due to the consecutive thing). I thought it sounded wrong, that's why I asked :) "Future" is indeed key

    by SisillaRiann on 5/3/2012 4:33 PM
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