Jun 08

Haynes: Heavy Hitters To Invade The Trail Blazers Practice Facility Next Week

By DHawes22 Posted in: 2012draft, andredrummond, austinrivers, Blazers, bradleybeal, damianlillard, jaredsullinger, michaelkiddgilchrist, tonywroten

As reported by Chris Haynes, Connecticut center Andre Drummond will be in Portland for a workout next week but Florida shooting guard, Bradley Beal will not workout for the Trail Blazers. That's not because the team doesn't like Beal or is trying to throw other teams off, its simply because Beal is only working out for the top teams in the draft.

Florida's guard Bradley Beal -- who's considered a top 10 pick -- will not be one of the players working out for the Trail Blazers. His agent, Mark Bartelstein tells CSNNW.com that Beal will only workout for the teams at the top of the draft.

The next round of pre-draft workouts for the Trail Blazers will start up again next week, and according to CSNNW's Chris Haynes who is out at the Chicago draft combine, the heavy hitters will invade the Rose City. Via Hayne's twitter account:

Kentucky standout Michael Kidd-Gilchrist says he has a workout scheduled w/ #Blazers next week. He's likely a top 3 pick. Someone moving up?

Washington G Tony Wroten will workout for #Blazers next week.

Weber State G Damian Lillard will workout for #Blazers next week.

Duke G Austin Rivers will workout for #Blazers next week.

Ohio State big man Jared Sullinger will workout for the #Blazers next week.

With the draft just under three weeks away, don't be surprised if more names are added to this list. But, if the list stands as reported, it will be the first time since 2006, when Portland had the No. 4 overall pick, that the Trail Blazers have had this many potential lottery picks at the practice facility.

In his latest mock draft, ESPN's Chad Ford has the Trail Blazers selecting Weber State point guard, Damian Lillard at No. 11 overall. As for the other prospects, Ford has Kentucky small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist slated to go No. 2, Ohio State big man Jared Sullinger one spot ahead of Portland to New Orleans at No. 10, Duke shooting guard Austin Rivers at No. 18, and Washington combo guard Tony Wroten No. 23.

The main attraction would be Kidd-Gilchrist, a player whose intangibles, desire to win, leadership ability, and overall defensive prowess have scouts salivating at the opportunity to draft him. But, as Haynes mentioned, Portland would have to move up, likely into the Top 3 to acquire his draft rights. Would you move up in the draft for MKG, Rip City?

Besides Kidd-Gilchrist, what other prospect are you most excited about seeing workout for the Trail Blazers? I'd say for me it has to be Damian Lillard. A lot of mock drafts have us picking up the 6-3 point guard who can flat out shoot the ball, but with him playing in the Big Sky, a lot of his games weren't televised so I'm really curious to see how he does during these workouts against the best the draft has to offer.

Also, as soon as we get official word of these prospects working out in Portland, we'll pass it along!


  1. Much better lineup than the scrubs we invited last time.

    by cmeese47 on 6/8/2012 2:28 PM
  2. I'm like a kid on Christmas Eve right now. I literally can't wait to see what MKG and Lillard do during their workouts. I don't have a favorite prospect in this draft but those two would have to be atop my list.

    by DHawes22 on 6/8/2012 2:30 PM
  3. Coming from the biggest Greg Oden fan, PLEASE don't draft Jared Sullinger! I know he's shed 20 lbs but the whole Ohio State, center, one leg shorter then the other thing is all way too much for me to handle.

    by ClydeFrog on 6/8/2012 3:19 PM
  4. I want to see Lillard, if he is on our radar.

    by Hg on 6/8/2012 3:28 PM
  5. Lillard is definitely on our radar. Chad Ford just said on the draft combine that he could see Lillard being taken as high as #6 to Portland and even called Lillard the biggest story so far of the combine as he's had two fantastic performances in a row.

    by ClydeFrog on 6/8/2012 5:13 PM
  6. Sullinger should be on our radar, so what he is from Ohio state, should not stop us from drafting him. My prediction is he will be the best center of the draft and be at the same level as Kaman (Drummond will be a Thabeet and Kwame hybrid)

    by jamsmashers on 6/9/2012 9:44 AM
  7. Appears that the Bobcats worked out Tyler Zeller over the weekend. And with us bringing in MKG, could there be some movement between the Cats and Blazers?

    by DHawes22 on 6/10/2012 10:31 AM
  8. Lillard has Jimmer Fredette written all over him. He is not going to be able to score like he did in college, and hes not a distributer. Make whatever move you can to get MKG. He can play beside nic and is wayy better filling in then babbit.

    by Letsgozers on 6/10/2012 5:47 PM
  9. I kinda wanna see Jeremy Lamb in a Portland Jersey. Great length for his perimeter defense and could be a good scorer too if he would put in the work

    by Truly_Blessed on 6/10/2012 9:22 PM
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