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edmvr6
06-22-2009, 03:15 PM
Chad Ford: What would the draft be without a few Blazers trade rumors?

Portland GM Kevin Pritchard has been among the NBA's most active executives on draft night. In 2006, he pulled off three draft-day trades to get his hands on LaMarcus Aldridge, Brandon Roy and Sergio Rodriguez. In 2007, Pritchard landed Rudy Fernandez and Petteri Koponen with draft-day deals. And in 2008, Pritchard traded up two spots in the draft to get Jerryd Bayless and then landed Nicolas Batum in a trade.

Will Pritchard strike again this year?

The Blazers have been making inquiries all over the first round. Their main target has been Pittsburgh's DeJuan Blair, a burly power forward who plays with a toughness the Blazers lack and coach Nate McMillan would appreciate.

However, Sunday night, there was talk Pritchard has even grander plans. With point guard Ricky Rubio possibly slipping out of the top four, the Blazers are talking to the Wizards about acquiring the No. 5 pick. Pritchard has been on the hunt for a point guard, and Rubio would be a nice fit to round out the Blazers' collection of young, unselfish talents.

But trading for the No. 5 pick is far from a done deal, as the price would be high for the Blazers. The Wizards want any team interested in the No. 5 pick to take Etan Thomas off their hands -- a move that could eat into the Blazers' cap space this summer. The deal almost certainly would cost the Blazers some young talent, like Bayless, Travis Outlaw or Batum.

Even more pressing, McMillan has been pushing for the Blazers to sit out this draft and instead add a veteran to their young core.

Pritchard joked to The Oregonian that McMillan "will probably kill me" if he adds another rookie to the team. McMillan laughed and told The Oregonian, "you will have to put me behind bars" if Pritchard gets another rookie.

There's no question Pritchard also is trying to figure out a way to get maximum cap room this summer to use for a free agent or in a trade. The Magic's Hedo Turkoglu gets the most mention, but sources say Portland's real target is Bulls point guard Kirk Hinrich.

If the Bulls re-sign Ben Gordon to a big contract this summer, they are going to have to part ways with Hinrich to be able to afford it. The Bulls are dangerously close to the luxury tax as it is, and gving Gordon a big deal would put them over the top. Enter the Blazers, who will have the cap space to absorb Hinrich's deal and put the Bulls back under the tax threshold.

Hinrich would give the Blazers a seasoned point guard, but one without the sizzle or upside of Rubio.

Can Pritchard sit back and let Rubio slip through his fingers?



so if he really wants it, I don't see how the Knicks stand a chance.
Especially since they have alot more to offer the Wizards.

mrblisterdundee
06-22-2009, 03:25 PM
Kevin Pritchard is going to strike through free agency this year. There's no point in the Blazers getting any younger.

Ansy
06-22-2009, 03:50 PM
There's no point in the Blazers getting any younger.

True, there's no point in getting younger, but there's always point in getting more talented. If the Blazers can actually pry rubio away from this draft without giving up anything significant other than cap room (Etan Thomas' contract), then that's just too good of a value to pass up, even if it does piss off Nate a little ;).

JordansBulls
06-22-2009, 03:55 PM
Well it is a good thing Portland has been doing well in the draft lately because in the past they missed out on 3 top 10 players all time in the draft in MJ, Bird and Dr J.

blazerman
06-22-2009, 05:00 PM
Well it is a good thing Portland has been doing well in the draft lately because in the past they missed out on 3 top 10 players all time in the draft in MJ, Bird and Dr J.


Add Durant to the list because he's destined to be put on that line.

I think the Blazers will add the final pieces to the puzzle this summer this summer, if Rubio is who Pritchard covet's, Id be surprised.

D Roses Bulls
06-22-2009, 05:14 PM
i dont understand why some news papers write that the bulls are going to give gordon a big deal. i mean i know this one is saying if they give him a big deal, but they are not going to do that. they would be dumb if they did. gordon shoots you out of as many games as he shoots you into them and he doesnt play defense all that well either. 2010 is when they need to wait when they will have quite a bit of cap to go after the big names and maybe get a bosh or amare to go along with rose.

for the blazers..... they are lucky aldridge and roy panned out because with the drafting of oden well the blazers would deeply suck if they didnt. man they could of had durrant to go along with roy and aldridge. that would of been sick, but i think they try and get one of the bulls players such as hinrich or even deng with pritchard trying to get him during the trade deadline and theres no hiding it that he's loved deng since hecame into the league.

JordansBulls
06-22-2009, 05:21 PM
Add Durant to the list because he's destined to be put on that line.

I think the Blazers will add the final pieces to the puzzle this summer this summer, if Rubio is who Pritchard covet's, Id be surprised.

Yeah but Durant hasn't done anything and it is not known if he would have worked well with Roy.

dob_telescope
06-22-2009, 05:41 PM
^ I totally agree.. Durant would have stifled Roy's growth. Durant plays a shoot first mentality that would not have mixed well with McMillian. Lets not forget it was Oden's rookie year.. It takes 2-3 years for bigmen to fit into the NBA game (ie.. Yao, Howard,...) lets not write Oden off quite yet. As far a Pritchard goes he reminds me of the Patriots GM Pioli he stock piles lower picks and uses them as poker chips. It will be interesting to see what happens with all of the 2nd rounders.

blazerman
06-22-2009, 06:08 PM
Yeah but Durant hasn't done anything and it is not known if he would have worked well with Roy.

No , I meant Durant should have been added to the line about players that the Blazers could of had but passed MJ, Bird, DR J and Kevin Durant.

I think Durant will go down as an alltime great when his career is over(prediction and I think a fairly safe one)

dob_telescope
06-22-2009, 06:31 PM
No , I meant Durant should have been added to the line about players that the Blazers could of had but passed MJ, Bird, DR J and Kevin Durant.

I think Durant will go down as an alltime great when his career is over(prediction and I think a fairly safe one)


Really,,, What In his two years in the league what has Durant done to distinguish him self from all of the other Offensive minded players? a player like Von Wafer can score that does mean he is going to be an NBA great. There is so much more to the NBA game then throwing up shots. All of the other guys on that list have did more then make baskets. Durant in two years show no signs of being a defensive presence, team player, leader, or anything other then a scorer. Durant is a good player but he does not deserve to be compared to those three yet.

Hawkeye15
06-22-2009, 06:56 PM
all I know is, if I am a GM, and Pritchard calls me up on draft night, I hang up the phone and unplug it from the wall, cause you are about to get raped

Hawkeye15
06-22-2009, 06:58 PM
Really,,, What In his two years in the league what has Durant done to distinguish him self from all of the other Offensive minded players? a player like Von Wafer can score that does mean he is going to be an NBA great. There is so much more to the NBA game then throwing up shots. All of the other guys on that list have did more then make baskets. Durant in two years show no signs of being a defensive presence, team player, leader, or anything other then a scorer. Durant is a good player but he does not deserve to be compared to those three yet.

while I will agree that dude went overboard, it is beyond obvious that Durant has a few scoring titles in front of him easily, and has shown the ability to be clutch. At the very worst, he will be Melo. And that is worst case. Best case is he is a top 3 player, of which I am guessing he will be. Dr J? eh, that is waaaaaaaaay too much to ask of a 21 year old.

JayW_1023
06-23-2009, 06:03 AM
The Blazers need some veteran help, mostly defensive minded guys that have been through the wars. A Camby or a Posey...someone like that. Maybe they should try and get Jarrett Jack back.

LaMarcus Aldridge needs to work on toughness and rebounding. Oden needs to work on offensive awareness and bodying up without fouling.

Roy will do his thing, I love his game and he will only get better...and I love Rudy...he may be the second coming of Manu, if he can play with the same fire, which is still an issue.

Hellcrooner
06-23-2009, 06:31 AM
Unless they fire mcmillan i dont want rubio there.

the stupid moron woudl plahy him only 30 games and 2 minutes a game

How many Young Pg does pritchard want McBurger to spoil? ( Sergio, Bayless)

jnb58
06-23-2009, 02:04 PM
all I know is, if I am a GM, and Pritchard calls me up on draft night, I hang up the phone and unplug it from the wall, cause you are about to get raped

That is the best quote I have read in a long time. It made me laugh very hard. Thanks.

Hawkeye15
06-23-2009, 02:07 PM
That is the best quote I have read in a long time. It made me laugh very hard. Thanks.

haha, no prob. Its frikin true too. I don't understand why anyone would deal with him on draft night.

Hustla23
06-23-2009, 02:10 PM
Blazers NEED a veteran point guard. They can't screw with this draft.

If they keep getting younger Roy will just pass his prime and then before you know it, the window of opportunity has closed.