2013 Portland TrailBlazers : Draft Central Home
06/27/13 by: Casey Holdahl
The Blazers are hoping McCollum or Caldwell-Pope are on the board. But if they aren't? It will come down to Burke, Steven Adams and Cody Zeller. It's a tough three-way race, but I hear that the Blazers might lean toward Burke, in part, because he's a trade asset. Given his size, Burke might struggle to play in the same backcourt as Damian Lillard, but the Blazers had success with Lillard and Eric Maynor last year and feel it will work out if they can't trade him.

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06/27/13 by: Casey Holdahl
The source also said Aldridge wouldn't mind being dealt to the Dallas Mavericks to play in his hometown with the rising belief Dallas has a shot at Dwight Howard. Or to the Los Angeles Clippers, if a scenario such as that makes sense for the Clippers.

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06/27/13 by: Casey Holdahl
The Blazers are hoping McCollum or Caldwell-Pope are on the board. But if they aren't? It will come down to Trey Burke, Steven Adams and Cody Zeller. It's a tough three-way race, but I give the edge to Adams. Given his size, Burke might struggle to play in the same backcourt as Damian Lillard. On the surface Adams might look a lot like last year's pick Meyers Leonard, but the Blazers could use more bigs, and Adams wowed them in workouts.

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06/27/13 by: Casey Holdahl
I don't know if Aldridge really is fed up with Portland, but after missing the playoffs for the second-straight season and finishing the year on a 13-game losing streak, I think it's fair to assume he'd like to see progress being made. But the question is, will that progress come by way of putting better players around him in Portland or by finding a trade that nets Portland a player of Aldridge's talent level?

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06/26/13 by: Casey Holdahl
"We talked a little bit at the lottery. He was supposed to be at the workout in Portland but he ended up going back to Portland for something. Obviously we'd like to compete against each other. We feel like we compliment each other well. We have similar demeanors, similar games and how we approach it very serious … We feel like we'd be a dynamic backcourt. I realize he understands that and the coaching staff does, too."

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06/26/13 by: Casey Holdahl
Essentially, if there is an All-Star player who has expressed the least bit of dissatisfaction in his current situation, the Cavs have at least made an offer. Cleveland did inquire about the possibility of working a deal with Portland for LaMarcus Aldridge, who has been waiting out the Blazers’ rebuilding. The Blazers, though, had zero interest—they intend to bolster the roster this summer with a big man (Nikola Pekovic and Marcin Gortat are among the targets) in an attempt to build a playoff team.

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06/26/13 by: Casey Holdahl
"I interviewed with Portland; I never went to work out with them," said Carter-Williams. "This year they had a point guard in Damian Lillard. If I get chosen by them, it's not something I can do, it's not a particular place where I choose to go, but I'd go there and make the best of it and then see what happens when my time comes."

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06/26/13 by: Casey Holdahl
I think that the Blazers will listen to Aldridge offers. Seriously listen. Given how good he is, I do think there's a solid chance he's played his last game in a Blazers jersey. The Blazers aren't going to give him away obviously, but he's an intriguing trade target for a lot of teams.

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06/26/13 by: Casey Holdahl
Jordan has two years at roughly $11 million a season left on his current deal, which is very reasonable for a starting-caliber center. The question is: What would the Trail Blazers be willing to part with to get him? If they're still interested, that is. One thing to keep in mind: As Jason Quick pointed out back in April, the Trail Blazers can use their cap space to absorb a contract in a lopsided trade. Quick even mentioned Jordan as the kind of player Portland might consider taking that approach with.

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06/26/13 by: Antonio Harvey
Adams showed very well at the combine and has been impressive in his workouts. With a better than expected offensive game, he is the 2nd most NBA ready in the draft. The general rule is to pick best player available and here is a case where it works out for the Blazers. The best player available is also the need.

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06/25/13 by: Casey Holdahl
The Blazers drafted a point guard last year, but they wouldn't hesitate to do it again if Carter-Williams slides. They'd prefer McCollum or Caldwell-Pope, but Carter-Williams would do. He has great size for his position, which should allow the Blazers to play both him and Lillard on the floor together. Zeller and Steven Adams are also possibilities here.

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06/25/13 by: Casey Holdahl
According to sources, Portland has received offers for Papanikolaou from others teams with picks in the late 20s. It appears Portland GM Neil Oshey wants to wait until draft night to determine who is available. The Blazers believe if Papanikolaou were in this year’s draft, he’d easily be a first-rounder.

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06/25/13 by: Casey Holdahl
What are the Cleveland Cavaliers seeking in exchange for the No. 1 pick? Sources say they reached out to the Portland Trail Blazers in an attempt to land LaMarcus Aldridge for the Nos. 1 and 19 picks. The Blazers quickly rebuffed them.

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06/24/13 by: Casey Holdahl
League source: three veterans who are candidates to be in deals leading up to, or during NBA draft are the Bulls' Luol Deng, Pacers' Danny Granger and Blazers' Lamarcus Aldridge. The Cavs apparently have interest in Deng and he certainly would be a terrific role model and leader-by-example for a young squad; the Cavs also have a gaping hole at that position and if they have interest in vying for a playoff spot next season, a rookie out of this draft isn't going to move them appreciably closer. That said, there is skepticism that the Cavs are actually serious about parting with the No. 1 pick because they keep asking for assets as if it were the first pick in next year's draft.

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06/24/13 by: Brian Wheeler
The reality of the situation is this: the Blazers have more in common with the Spurs than they ever will with the Heat. And since Portland isn’t the media and entertainment mecca that Miami is, or any other really big city for that matter, following in the path of the Spurs wouldn’t be a bad idea for any team, especially one coming from a smaller market like Portland. To me it will always be wise for the Blazers to look for some help from the draft, those players provide you with a core group to build around. Last season’s selection of Lillard was the first step of the process, and now we wait to see who’ll be joining the team to continue to establish a winning and championship habit.

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06/22/13 by: Dustin Hawes
Muscala ranks first all-time in school history with 2,036 points and second in school history in rebounds (1,093) and blocked shots (271). He was named Patriot League Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. He earned First Team All-Patriot League honors as a senior, junior, and sophomore, while earning Second Team honors as a freshman. Also, named Honorable Mention All-America by the Associated Press as a senior.

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06/21/13 by: Casey Holdahl
This was the first "value pick" of our draft. There are many who think he's No. 1 for the Cavs and other teams. But he slid and Portland needed a big. It was a solid meshing of need and potential for a team ready to take that chance, especially at No. 10

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06/20/13 by: Casey Holdahl
Gobert, who played last season for French club team Cholet, is a rail-thin 7-footer with a wingspan ridiculous wingspan who describes himself as a rim-protector, while Adams is a rugged, muscular New Zealander out of Pitt who surprised many at the Draft Combine with an improved offensive game.

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06/19/13 by: Casey Holdahl
And from the look of both Adams' and Gobert's twitter accounts, this will at least be the second time these international centers have faced off pre-draft, as they both had a workout with the Hawks on June 18.

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06/19/13 by: Brian Wheeler
If the draft really plays out as I’ve predicted to this point, the Blazers would have some serious thinking to do here. If they truly want the “best athlete available”, it could be argued that would be Burke or even Dennis Schroeder, a jet-like point guard from Germany. Steven Adams would be another possibility. But with Damian Lillard and Meyers Leonard already in the fold, I’ll say the Blazers address a need for another wing player that can score. Muhammad has good size and a lot of potential. Some scouts hate his game… others think he could be a star. He could be a gamble the Blazers decide to take here.

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06/19/13 by: Casey Holdahl
I think you have the two guys -- McCollum and Caldwell-Pope right. Both players are high on their board. I agree with you on Adams, though I think Adams is tougher and the Blazers may just need the extra body. This is way out of left field, but I'm not totally discounting a sleeper pick like Antetokounmpo or Ricky Ledo here if McCollum and Caldwell-Pope are both gone.

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06/19/13 by: Casey Holdahl
Plumlee averaged 17.1 points (3rd in the ACC), 10.0 rebounds (2nd), 1.9 assists and 1.4 blocks (5th), while shooting 59.9 percent from the field (7th in the nation). Tied for sixth in the nation in double-doubles. Just the second Blue Devil to average a double-double for a season under Mike Krzyzewski. Received the Pete Newell NABC Big Man of the Year Award, becoming the first ACC player ever to win the award. A Second Team All-America honoree from the USBWA, AP and NABC. Named to the All-ACC First Team and NCAA Midwest Regional All-Tournament Team.

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06/18/13 by: Casey Holdahl
The Blazers also are in need of a shooter and would have strong interest in Caldwell-Pope if he doesn't go at No. 9. McCollum is another good option. While he's a bit undersized to play the two (Damian Lillard has the point guard spot on lockdown) his shooting and driving ability should complement Lillard nicely. The Blazers also are looking at bigs, and Pittsburgh's Steven Adams looks like a potential fit here as well.

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06/17/13 by: Casey Holdahl
Southland improved his 3-point shooting every year at Syracuse, concluding with a senior season in which he shot 40 percent from three while taking just over six attempts a game. If he is to get a shot on an NBA roster, it will likely be due to the combination of size (at 6-8, he could probably play both forward positions in the NBA) and ability to shoot from long-range (he went 17-for-25 from three during a shooting drill during his workout with the Trail Blazers).

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06/17/13 by: Antonio Harvey
If he were to slip down to number 10 (highly unlikely), my pick would be Alex Len, he’s the perfect fit for this team. He is a true center, at 7-0 and 255 lbs., with tremendous athletic ability and long arms (7-3 wingspan.) His free throw shooting for a big was good (not Meyers Leonard good,) and he’s a willing passer, but what I’m most impressed with is his boarding. Its one of the best transitional stats, good college rebounders almost always become good NBA rebounders, and this guy grabbed a board every 3.3 minutes, that’s 12 rebounds per 36 minutes. The top 5 rebounders in the NBA averaged 12 rebounds per 36 minutes. I believe Len will be among the top rookies in rebounds, blocked shots and FG%. If there were a way for the team to get him, the numbers dictate that he would shore up the paint for this team for years to come.

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06/14/13 by: Casey Holdahl
ESPN.com draft insider Chad Ford joined the Travis and Wilcox show today to talk about the Trail Blazers and the 2013 Draft (you can listen to the podcast here). Ford discusses the likelihood of trading the No. 10 pick, the chances of Portland acquiring Indiana guard Victor Oladipo, whether or not it makes sense to draft a big man, how C.J. McCollum would fit on the current roster, which players might be second-round sleepers and Neil Olshey's prowess as a general manager and the perks of having Paul Allen as an owner.

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06/14/13 by: Casey Holdahl
Nate Wolters ranks first in school history with 2,353 points, 663 assists and 644 free throws made. One of only four players in Division I history to finish career with 2,000 points, 600 rebounds and 600 assists. Named to the First Team All-Summit League as a sophomore, junior and senior. Named Third Team All-American by the Associated Press as a senior.

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06/13/13 by: Casey Holdahl
Several teams are convinced this is the Portland call in the attempt to add depth as one of the final steps to a playoff push. Caldwell-Pope is an offensive threat who has spent two seasons in a system that created a lot of shooting opportunities for him.

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06/13/13 by: Antonio Harvey
Adams showed very well at the combine, and has been impressive in his workouts. With a better than expected offensive game, he is the 2nd most NBA ready big in the draft. The general rule is pick the best player available, and here is a case where it works out for the Blazers. The best player available is also the need.

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06/12/13 by: Casey Holdahl
The interesting thing about Len meeting with the Trail Blazers in Portland is that he's projected by most every draft expert to be long gone by time the tenth pick comes around. Case in point: ESPN.com's Chad Ford wrote today that Len, who Ford lists as No. 5 on his draft "big board," is "seriously in the mix with the Cavs for the No. 1 pick." Both DraftExpress and Sports Illustrated have his going to Charlotte with the No. 4 pick

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06/11/13 by: Casey Holdahl
A consensus All-American and the West Coast Conference Player of the Year in 2012-13. Named to the Capital One All-Academic First Team and the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Played for Team Canada in 2010 FIBA World Championships in Turkey. Averaged 8.2 points and 2.8 rebounds. Also played for Canada in the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship. Averaged 6.9 points and 3.8 rebounds. Had 19 points vs. Argentina, which featured seven players with NBA experience.

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06/10/13 by: Casey Holdahl
Ranks first in Patriot League history and second in school history with 2,361 career points scored. Named Patriot League Player of the Year as a junior and freshman. Earned Honorable Mention All-American Honors from the Associated Press as a junior and freshman. Named First Team All-Patriot League as a junior, sophomore and freshman.

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06/07/13 by: Casey Holdahl
The headliner for the Friday workouts was Indiana forward/center Cody Zeller, whose brother is Cavaliers rookie center Tyler Zeller. The younger Zeller, projected by most mock drafts to be selected somewhere in the mid-to-late lottery, had a solo afternoon workout with the Trail Blazers, which, unlike the morning group workout, was attended by team owner Paul Allen.

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06/06/13 by: Mike Barrett
I know that many people are predicting that the Blazers will move this pick. But, as I’ve mentioned, there are a lot of teams looking to do that, which makes it buyer-friendly. At some point this becomes more about diminishing returns and you’re better off keeping the pick. If that’s the case, why not go with a four-year guy who appears to be NBA-ready? I think that worked pretty well last year, and Lillard was also a mid-major guy, like McCollum. If you think McCollum could step in and be the back-up point, and also play a little two, is he a better backup for Lillard than what you’d find on the open market? He wouldn’t cost you as much either.

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06/05/13 by: Casey Holdahl
Portland ranked as the fifth-worst defensive team in the NBA last year according to Hoopdata. Adams could bring some of the size, toughness and athleticism the team has lacked inside the paint in recent years, even if he’s likely a couple of years away from developing into a consistent contributor.

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06/04/13 by: Casey Holdahl
Given NBA rules, Dallas technically can't trade the pick until after the draft, but it can reach a deal in principle before it. Sources say the Mavs have been making calls gauging interest. And even if they trade the pick, Saric appears to be a hot name right now. The Pelicans, Blazers, and Sixers all have significant interest in him as well and might be great trade partners.

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06/04/13 by: Casey Holdahl
The Blazers would like to continue to add shooters. Enter McCollum. While he commonly gets compared to Damian Lillard, they are different players and could nicely complement each other in the backcourt.

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06/03/13 by: Casey Holdahl
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Georgia), Elijah Johnson (Kansas), Brandon Davies (BYU), Sherwood Brown (Florida Gulf Coast), Jared Berggren (Wisconsin) and Abdul Gaddy (Washington) kick-started the week by participating in pre-draft workouts at the Practice Facility on Monday morning.

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06/03/13 by: Mike Rice
The so-called basketball experts say this is not a strong draft. But I say if you do your homework and you need a point guard this could be your draft. Let’s look first at which teams might draft a point guards and then give some of my reasons and why I think this is a strong point guard draft.

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06/01/13 by: Dustin Hawes
It shouldn't come as a coincidence that as soon as the calendar changed over to June, the trade chatter heightened and today Fox Sports Ohio's Sam Amico added an interesting piece to the LaMarcus Aldridge for the No. 1 overall pick puzzle.

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05/31/13 by: Casey Holdahl
Wesley Matthews is one of those guys who is nearly impossible to keep out of the gym, so it's not surprising that he showed up on Friday in time to catch D.J. Cooper (Ohio), Gregory Echenique (Creighton), Grant Jerrett (Arizona) and Brandon Triche (Syracuse) workout for the Trail Blazers on May 31, which offered the fourth-year guard out of Marquette the chance to take a stroll down memory lane.

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05/31/13 by: Casey Holdahl
Friday May 31st, marked the second batch of pre-draft workouts held at the Practice Facility. Draft participants included Ohio's DJ Cooper, Creighton's Gregory Echenique, Arizona's Grant Jerrett, and Syrcuse's Brandon Triche.

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05/30/13 by: Casey Holdahl
Thursday, May 30th saw six draft prospects arrive in the Rose City for the first of many pre-draft workouts. The list of participants included G/F James Ennis (Long Beach State), F Richard Howell (North Carolina State), F Tony Mitchell (North Texas), G Dexter Strickland (North Carolina), F/G Adonis Thomas (Memphis), and G BJ Young (Arkansas).

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05/28/13 by: Casey Holdahl
ESPN.com's Chad Ford has re-ranked the players in the 2013 Draft for the first time since the NBA Combine wrapped up a week ago. And at No. 10, Ford has Indiana center/power forward Cody Zeller...

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05/23/13 by Casey Holdahl
ESPN.com Insider Amin Elhassan, who used to work in Phoenix's front office, put together a 2013 draft guide for the Trail Blazers, all of which is worth checking out. But the most interesting part is probably the three players from this draft who would be the best additions to the current roster...

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05/22/13 By Casey Holdahl
I've heard a number of Trail Blazers fans argue that the Trail Blazers should make Victor Oladipo their target in this year's draft. And with his combination of athleticism, defensive prowess and motor, it's not hard to see why...

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05/22/13 BY Casey Holdahl
Grantland editor and ESPN television personality Bill Simmons spent part of his morning on Twitter concocting fake trades involving draft picks now that the order has been set. Simmons always likes to mix it up with Trail Blazers fans, so it figures he'd suggest a potential move featuring our most important player...
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