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Mavs, Blazers swap picks (UPDATE)

Posted on: June 24, 2009 5:28 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2009 9:01 am
The Trail Blazers and Mavericks have agreed to swap first-round picks, with Portland sending its 24th and 56th selections to Dallas for the 22nd pick, a person with knowledge of the deal told Wednesday.

The 56th pick was the last of Portland's four second-round picks. They still have Nos. 33, 38, and 55.

UPDATE: The Mavs also get a second-rounder in 2010.
Category: NBA

Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: July 17, 2009 2:30 pm

Mavs, Blazers swap picks (UPDATE)

Dumb move by Dallas? Really? All I know is the Mavs are getting better and they got an extra pick in this deal. Portland missed out on Millsap from Utah. The Mavs have resigned Kidd and acquired Marion.  The blazers need to make a move if they want a chance to win it all.  Houston is done for next year and Phoenix is a year or two away from contention.  THe Blazers should be trying to get better instead of doing nothing as the Lakers, jazz and Spurs are the top teams to beat.

Since: Aug 3, 2007
Posted on: June 25, 2009 10:15 am

Mavs, Blazers swap picks (UPDATE)

People need to let that blunder go, finally. It wasn't even the dumbest pick the Blazers ever made (Larue Martin over Bob McAdoo about 10 years earlier).  This is a different front office that HAS done well with its picks. Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge, Travis Outlaw, Rudy Fernandez have all shown they can play in the NBA. Nic Batum has a ton of potential, as does Greg Oden.

Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: June 25, 2009 8:10 am

Mavs, Blazers swap picks

Portland has always done so well with its picks.  Like taking that great player Sam Bowie over that no name Michael Jordan.  Good job Blazers!!

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: June 24, 2009 11:17 pm

Mavs, Blazers swap picks

Why this move makes sense for Portland: Not entirely sure, but it seems likely that they think Sacramento is going to draft whoever they want at 23.  Portland seems far from enamoured with their PG siutation, and an experienced PG (Maynor) might go around there. 

Why this move makes sense for Dallas: There probably is no specific player Dallas wants.  Dallas saves nearly $100,000 by dropping down (actually, more like $200,000, since they're a luxory tax team), and picks up a couple of second rounders to take a flier on guys with.  Makes sense to me.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: June 24, 2009 11:11 pm

Mavs, Blazers swap picks

The sky is falling.  So the Mavs moved back two spots, wow.  You pick up a 2nd rounder, to secure an European project who just might pan out to be a bench player, you pay a little less in the draft slot(I wouldnt be surprised if that pick gets traded as well)  perhaps to a team with a few 2nd round picks or future draft picks..  There is nobody special in this draft that would break the heart of Dallas at picks 22 and 23.. 

Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: June 24, 2009 10:54 pm

Mavs, Blazers swap picks

smokingguns is right, this move is incredibly dumb for the Mavs.  what is the point of moving down 2 slots in the first round of a 2 round draft the day before?!?!

so the Mavs picked up a pick so late you definitely could sign that person to a free agent deal after the draft. 

this is about as smart as trading down a few slots in the first round of the NFL draft beforehand and picking up the last pick in the 7th round.  idiotic. 

if the player(s) they want are all gone by pick 23 this is gonna look really stupid.  of course Cuban will never admit to this if it happens, but what is the benefit of taking this risk end of draft/FA pick?  seriously? 

this move would be questionable even if they did it on draft day and figured the player they want would be there at 24 after seeing the first 21 picks of the draft.  would it be worth that risk of waiting 2 more picks to get someone you're just gonna cut before training camp at 56?

but to compound this by doing this trade today having no idea how the draft shakes out yet makes no sense whatsoever. 

this is a knee-jerk reaction (again) to watching the Spurs pillage the Bucks for Jefferson.  Unfortunately we seem to have been unable to dangle our own one year expiring contracts in Brickhaus and Dumpier to do anything, which also makes no sense with so many teams looking to salary dump like Milwaukee just did for the Pu Pu Platter Deluxe from SA.

Unless of course you think Dumpier might crack the All Star team, in which case he technically would then have 2 years left, lol...

seems like a lonnnnng time ago that the Mavs front office was on the ball...since the days of the Dirk draft trade and Nash trade they haven't done much right.  Some, but not much.  certainly not enough to offset the horrendous moves...may finally be time to be Nelson-free in the front office and give someone else a shot.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: June 24, 2009 10:15 pm

Mavs, Blazers swap picks

I don't see how anyone can call this a dumb move by either team.

As others have noted, Portland is full up on young players.  The second round pick was nothing more than a burden to them, so moving up a couple of spots is as much "addition by subtraction" as it is helpful.

On the other hand, the Mavs obviously see that there are a handful of guys available in that 20-25 range who they'd be happy with, and they can take a shot with their second round pick.  Maybe grab the rights to one of those unattainable euro league players?  Regardless, this would only hurt them if they had their hearts set on a guy available at 22 or 23 who gets snatched.  And they'd be stupid to think one specific player will be available at that spot.

Not much of a move at all, but positive for both clubs.

Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: June 24, 2009 9:25 pm

Mavs, Blazers swap picks

Blazers have little if any open spots on thier roster for many years to come.  They are simply using what they can't use.  They will have trouble finding spots in the next few years for their draft picks.  Not to mention that the Blazers management has burnt some bridges with other GM's over the past few years by absolutly socking it to them on draft day.  Maybe this is a little good Karma for them.

Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: June 24, 2009 9:22 pm

Mavs, Blazers swap picks

Blazers are all but set for yeears to come.  Why spend 5 picks in a draft when your likely to waive three of those guys.  Guarentee you they put a package together involving 2 more of those picks for a big time stud.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: June 24, 2009 9:19 pm

Mavs, Blazers swap picks

Dumb move by Dallas. The difference between 22 and 24 could be big and you're only adding pick #56 a day BEFORE the draft?... you might have been able to sign that same player as a free agent. I just don't understand this from Dallas' viewpoint. Mark Cuban is an idiot and I root for him, not necessarily the Mavs, to fail.

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