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Report: Blazers want to trade up for Kemba Walker

Posted on: June 3, 2011 1:07 pm
Posted by Matt Moore

No matter who's running the Trail Blazers... and we're not exactly sure who that is at this point... they've made it clear they want to reshape the backcourt. That's been a priority for months, and Andre Miller has been in trade talks for months because of it. Now comes word that they may think they have the answer in the draft. The Portland Tribune reports that the Blazers are considering moving up in the draft to acquire UConn star guard Kemba Walker. 
According to a league source, Portland would like to get into the top seven to be in position to take Connecticut point guard Kemba Walker. That might mean packaging veteran point guard Andre Miller and the No. 21 pick for another team’s player along with a top-seven pick.

Acting general manager Chad Buchanan was noncommital on the report.

“Any possible avenue that will improve our team — moving up in the draft, a trade, whatever — we will consider,” Buchanan said.
via Blazers looking to move up in draft, take point guard.

Walker is the most recognizable star in the draft, outside of possibly Jimmer Fredette, and an explosive scoring guard. Questions abound regarding his size, defensive capabilities, passing ability and role at the next level, but with the talent still on Portland, it's a great fit. Nate McMillan can get the most out of Walker and teach him to cover his size problems with savvy. Meanwhile, Walker can provide the scoring punch the Blazers need and another young guard to build around as they go forward. It's a risky move, but with Miller approaching the end of his effectiveness as a starter, it may be one worth making.  

Since: Jun 21, 2008
Posted on: June 3, 2011 1:37 pm

Report: Blazers want to trade up for Kemba Walker

It really doesn't matter who you say you're going to draft... People KNEW that Timberwolves were going to draft O.J Mayo, and then they traded him for Kevin Love.
Also, what's stopping any team from letting the Cavs get #1 and #2 picks... If anything a team will try to be the third team to get some benefit, rather than be the team to sit back and allow another to help them get there. It's more poker than you're making it seem. You need to think long term and not short term.

Teams are willing to trade and help other teams because 1. It's probably going to happen anyways, and 2. they can improve themselves from the deal. Timberwolves should be trying as hard as possible to get Detroit to work on that deal to give Cavs #1 and #2 so that they themselves can have #4 and #8. They really couldn't care less that an EAST team has the top 2 picks, instead they want to have 2 top 10 picks in the west to improve their chances.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: June 3, 2011 1:27 pm

Report: Blazers want to trade up for Kemba Walker

If it was like poker, then the Cavs wouldnt' have made it known why they want the top 2 picks.

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: June 3, 2011 1:22 pm

Report: Blazers want to trade up for Kemba Walker

why would Portland let the other teams know who they want?  Isn't the draft supposed to be like poker?

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