Jun 19

Ford: Trail Blazers Looking At Three Players At #6

By DHawes22 Posted in: 2012draft, andredrummond, Blazers, damianlillard, dionwaiters, jermeylamb

Chad Ford released the eighth version of his mock draft this morning and, once again, he has the Trail Blazers picking up the UConn duo of Andre Drummond and Jeremy Lamb.

At No. 6, Ford sees Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey rolling the dice on the player who is said to have the highest ceiling of any prospect in this draft class in Drummond.

In just two small paragraphs, Ford drops a lot of knowledge about the Trail Blazers. The first being that Olshey is said to be a risk-taker and this isn't the first time Ford has brought this up, either.

Olshey spent a lot of time on the high school circuit and really values young players who were highly ranked coming out of high school. Look at their picks, DeAndre Jordan, Al-Farouq Aminu, Eric Bledsoe, etc. He also loved OJ Mayo and worked hard to get him. So ... if they can't move up (I could see Beal) as a target, he won't be afraid at all to go after a guy like Andre Drummond or Perry Jones.

Drummond did work out for the Trail Blazers this past Saturday. Photos of his workout can be seen here and you can watch him address the media here.

Also, Ford says that Olshey knows he has some time to rebuild the Trail Blazers; no overnight fixes needed. If this is the case, players who may not be ready right away but have potential to be great could be on Rip City's radar, especially considering the fact Portland has two lottery picks, making the decision easier to gamble on a prospect knowing you have another pick stashed in your back pocket. Think of it as the Reese's conundrum. You want to savor the peanut butter cups, but the first one is so much easier to eat because there's a second one left. The thought from a lot of fans and media alike early on was that Portland's two lottery picks would be trade bait, and that sentiment could still very well ring true, but it has been said that the best way to rebuild is to do so through the draft.

Finally, Ford believes the Blazers could be eying three players at No. 6. Most everyone would assume those three to be the aforementioned Drummond, Weber State point guard, Damian Lillard, and should he fall to them, North Carolina small forward, Harrison Barnes. But as Lee Corso would say, "Not so fast my friend!" Instead of the silky, smooth wing from UNC, Ford says it's the 6-4 scoring guard out of Syracuse, Dion Waiters, who has caught the attention of Portland's personnel.

I've scoured the internet for any and all mock drafts and have yet to come across one that has Dion Waiters landing in the Rose City at pick No. 6. Quite a few believe he would be the target just five picks later, but this is a first to hear that he's in the mix at the early selection.

For the third time in his last four mock drafts, Ford pegged UConn Sophomore shooting guard, Jeremy Lamb to go No. 11.

It does make sense for the Trail Blazers to add a scoring punch to their backcourt, especially if they address their needs at center with Drummond earlier on in the draft. And with Waiters and Rivers already off of Chad's board at No. 7 to Golden State and No. 10 to New Orleans respectively, it would seem to come down to Portland native Terrence Ross and Lamb. While I don't have any inside intel, nor do I claim to have any, I would be surprised to see Lamb be the choice at No. 11, especially after he reportedly disappointed the team at the Chicago draft combine.

A player the Trail Blazers/many teams were disappointed in was Connecticut’s wing Jeremy Lamb. He was known as a sharp-shooter, but wasn't able to knock down his perimeter shot on a consistent level during drills.

Whether or not those feelings are true on Portland's end, Lamb is still widely regarded as a sure-fire lock to go into the lottery. It's only a shame that he will not be working out for Portland, as he injured his ankle in Toronto working out for the Raptors. He was said to have been on his way to Portland immediately after. If he doesn't end up getting an audition in the Rose City, fear not for there is always YouTube!

Luckily, the draft is just nine days away. The wait and speculation is almost over.


  1. Ford said the "R-word"! REBUILD! Waiters seems very early for #6. Since Olshey recently refuted the rumor that the Blazers made a promise to him, I have to wonder if Ford's take is the continuation of the same speculation or new insight he's gleaned from elsewhere. Maybe a team in the later half of the lottery likes Waiters, so someone in the front office is just blowing smoke to generate more trade talk.

    by petro4three on 6/19/2012 10:16 AM
  2. Olshey also did say later on in the Quick article that GM's are prone to lying as well. But I'm with you, 6 is way too early for Waiters. I'm already skeptical about him and could live with him at 11, but no way, no how at 6. A part of me wonders if there even is a promise to Waiters...

    by DHawes22 on 6/19/2012 10:18 AM
  3. @DHawes22 and petro4three:
    I agree with you on your assessment, but what if our FO knows that a franchise promised Waiters a spot and Portland wanted him, If the spot that was promised him was before the 11th pick, then the only way we could get him was to take him at 6. that would not only shanghai the team making the promise but if Drummand or Lillard or both were gone before 6 we could get two good picks by going with Waiters and say Leonard??

    As said Olshey is not afraid to gamble, not only does he have 2 lottery draft picks, Now a sign and trade with Jamal, cap space and only a handful of players on contract gives him the courage to take Waiters at 6 and use other means to fill the top spots. especially if Drummand is not available.

    by Hg on 6/19/2012 11:08 AM
  4. I like drummond. Might take like 5 years for him to be a serious threat around the league, but we need a big boy like him to fight bynum/howard/. Same time I understand it could go a long way to team demeanor to have a young point guard develop into an all-star and give consistent performance over 5+ years. I miss dre...

    by Nicolas Johnson on 6/19/2012 1:31 PM
  5. To me, I would have no problem waiting 4-5 years on Drummond. It's the fact that I'm unsure if he'll ever get to that level that scares me away from taking him. I really wish Waiters would have worked out at the combine or for any teams, because now my interest is peaked on him. Even if he becomes Ben Gordon in his prime, that, to me, is worthy of a Top 10 pick.

    by DHawes22 on 6/19/2012 1:57 PM
  6. No Drummond. No Lamb. I've already been burnt once on a "great center prospect" and can't take it again. And Lamb is similar to a player like Darius Miles where he has all the talent in the world but the drive just isn't where it needs to be. We need guys who want to win at all costs.

    by ClydeFrog on 6/20/2012 8:26 AM
  7. Would toronto take the 11th plus Jamal Crawford for the 8th? Chad Ford says "The Raptors are also open to trading their pick for a veteran wing who could add stability to their roster." Not saying he would actually add stability to a locker room, but to the scoring column. Then Blazers get Drummond's question mark, and Lillards motor.

    by bp on 6/22/2012 9:04 AM
  8. Hey bp: I have stated this on several occations on Blazers Edge. Another possibliity is trading Jamal and 11 to Sac or GS.

    by Hg on 6/22/2012 9:47 AM
  9. I would think that Sacramento makes sense. Jamal wanted to sign there last offseason and he'd be free to shoot at will. But two obstacles present themselves. First, will Jamal opt in? He's said all along that he wants to be come a free agent and choose his own destination. And second, is #11 + Jamal enough to move up to #5? Would the Kings maybe go for #6, Jamal for #5 and a 2nd Round pick to ensure we get a guy like MKG or even Thomas Robinson?

    by DHawes22 on 6/22/2012 10:33 AM
  10. DHawes22: From my understanding Crawford signed a sign and trade commitment to Portland that he opts in to be traded with his bird rights. If they don't trade him he is opting out.
    Trading Crawford and 11 would be about as high as I would go. Maybe Freeland and 11??????

    by Hg on 6/22/2012 10:39 AM
  11. HG-

    I believe what happened was that Olshey and Crawford's agent came to an agreement that the deadline for him to opt in or opt out would be extended from June 15th to June 29th, the night after the draft.

    If we were to include in him in any deal, he would have to opt into his contract for the next season so the team trading for him would have his services for the duration of his contract.

    I've heard rumors that Minnesota may do a Crawford for 18 swap, and he would get ample pt there. Crawford and 6 for the No. 5 pick would work too if we wanted to move up to acquire MKG/Beal/Robinson.

    by DHawes22 on 6/22/2012 9:00 PM
  12. DHawes;
    There is another article that says Jamal opted in with a signed guarantee that it would be a opt in and trade, in doing so who ever gets Jamal would also get his bird rights, making it a win win proposition

    by Hg on 6/22/2012 9:59 PM
  13. Well Fab Melo would be a very good fit for us at #6 but with his academic issues...that won't even be a thought of in Trail Blazer Camp......we all get all giddy about Andre Drummond of Uconn......but we cannot forget about Arnett Moultrie out of Mississippi State.....big man with athletism....fair low post scorer with his back to the basket....can rebound the basketball very well.....whether its a big man we go for at #6.......GM Olshey better not settle for just having a big man via the Draft......we better go take a look at free agency and make an attempt at Brook Lopez.....Marisse Speights.....or a Spencer Hawes to play along side Lamarcus Aldridge.....we need a fill up on that bench and perhaps these young guys we get thru draft can make some noise in that department.......#11 we can go Small Forward and take Moe Harkless out of St.John...we have to get a backup 3 for Nicolas Batum assuming we retain him which I hope we do.....we already addressed PG in Nolan Smith last year thru the draft......we can go the free agent route to pick up a starting PG........the C and the PG positions are very rich and deep in free agency........there you have it.....GO BLAZERS

    by Juan In Ny (Trail Blazers East) on 6/23/2012 8:42 PM
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