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05/22/13
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    May 22



    Trail Blazers: 2013 NBA Mock Draft Database

    Trail Blazers TV: Trail Blazers Top 10 Plays

    Trail Blazers TV: Trail Blazers Top 10 Dunks

    Trail Blazers TV: Damian Lillard Joins Trail Blazers Courtside

    CSNNW: Source: Blazers considering moving up to take Oladipo
    “Playing with solid veterans in Portland that aren't that far away from being serious contenders, would be a dream come true,” he said. “To play in the backcourt with Damian Lillard and to have [Nicolas] Batum on the other wing, would be a great situation.”

    Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers Draw Tenth Selection In NBA Draft Lottery
    "Portland has selected with the No. 10 overall pick just once in team history, taking Ron Lester out of Iowa in 1980. Lester was traded to Chicago on draft night in a package that returned Kelvin Ransey and a 1981 first round pick that Portland used to select Darnell Valentine."

    Trail Blazers: Ford: Trading For Oladipo Won't Be Cheap
    "Teams are willing to move the pick, but it would probably take more talent than the Blazers are going to give up to move into the Top 4 to get him. Caldwell-Pope seems like a good fit there."

    Trail Blazers: Bill Simmons Has A Trade Proposal For You
    "So there are grounds for Simmons proposing this trade. Having said that, I still don't like it. Tristan Thompson is a nice, young player who shares various similarities to Aldridge, but he'd be a considerable downgrade in the short term, and all indications are that the team is not willing to take a huge step backwards after achieving some level of success this season, relatively speaking. If you're the kind of fan who hates power forwards who shoot from midrange, you might prefer Thompson, who only took 14 shots outside of 14 feet this season, over Aldridge. Thompson rebounded at a slightly higher rate than Aldridge last season, but that could have had as much to do with Cleveland rebounding machine Anderson Varejao missing much of 2012-13 with a blood clot in his leg (Thompson's rebound percentage jumped three points after Varejao's injury)."

    Trail Blazers: Options Abound With The Tenth Pick
    "We have been, and will continue to, prepare for multiple draft scenarios," said Portland General Manager Neil Olshey. "With the results of tonight's Lottery establishing the official draft order we are confident we will have the opportunity to select a quality player at No. 10."

    Trail Blazers: Transcript: Damian Lillard On 'Courtside' From The Draft Lottery
    "I threw out a comment, not that they've asked. I've made comments about who I like. I really like CJ McCollum, who's also similar to me. He's a four-year player, a four-year college athlete, graduated from school, he's about 6-3 and a half, he can score the ball, he can also make plays. I think somebody like him off the bench would really help our team because he can back me up as a point guard, he can come off (the bench) and score, he can play off the ball. So I think someone like him would be really good for us. I also like Ben McLemore and I also like Nerlens Noel also because he's a paint protector, shot blocker, rebounder and he's athletic. So I like a few guys in this draft. "

    CSNNW: Blazer fans shouldn't get too attached to that No. 10 pick
    "Look for Portland to attempt to use that pick along with other assets to move up in the draft or to acquire a proven veteran via trade for immediate help. LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum want to win now."

    Yahoo!: 2013 NBA mock draft 1.0
    "Incoming GM Neil Olshey bagged a major steal with his very first draft selection, reeling in the eventual Rookie of the Year, Damian Lillard, with the No. 6 pick. The team was in the playoff hunt for much of the season but completely fell apart at the end, losing its final 13 games. Two additional major building blocks are already in place in LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum, but the team will continue to look to add talent on the wing as well as at the center position, where undersized J.J. Hickson (a free agent this summer) rebounded admirably but struggled to contain the West's many talented big men. Portland ranked as the fifth-worst defensive team in the NBA last year according to Hoopdata, so Gobert's ability to lock down the paint with his 7-8 1/2 wingspan and 9-7 standing reach could be very useful. "

    NBA: Noel claims top spot in first mock draft
    "Expect the Blazers, already playing a lot of kids and in position for a playoff push, to explore trade possibilities to add a veteran or maybe multiple players for much-needed depth."

    Sports Illustrated: 2013 NBA Mock Draft 1.0
    "The Blazers need a starting center, and Len oozes potential. He's a physical 5-man who rebounds well, protects the paint (2.1 blocks per game) and can play with his back to the basket. A stress fracture in his left ankle will keep him out of individual workouts. That could hurt his stock, as teams would like to see signs of a diverse offensive game. But that could work well for Portland, which needs some muscle alongside LaMarcus Aldridge."

    Sporting News: Cavaliers win draft lottery, fix eyes toward Nerlens Noel
    "Portland needs immediate help off the bench, but might not get it in this draft. Saric is a big combo forward who (eventually) could make an ideal sixth man, a playmaker who can also score in the paint. Some teams see him as soft, but his basketball IQ is not in doubt."

    Oregon Live: NBA High-5: Blazers, other teams looking to trade picks could face a buyer's market
    "Grant was quickly asked by a reporter if he would be open to trading the pick. "We're open," Grant said. "We're going to look at all our options and make the decision based on what's best for the franchise -- short-term and long-term." The offseason could become a buyer's market for draft picks judging by the reaction of the Cavaliers and some of the other teams that got high picks, as well as the way first-round picks are concentrated this year."

    Rip City Project: Blazer Report Cards: Damian Lillard and Eric Maynor
    "Maynor doesn’t identify much as a scorer, and it shows on his stat sheet. What he was able to do for Portland was run the offense when asked to, and make the right play within the system. Maynor’s 4.0 assists per game was an exceptional number given his playing time, and he helped to pace a second unit that had struggled heavily without him on offense. He was even able to knock down a three from time to time at a decent rate, which is about as much as could be asked for the career 35.4% shooter from beyond the arc."

    Ball Don't Lie: Rockets general manager Daryl Morey shares some of his favorite draft interview quips via Twitter
    "Not only did Morey’s Rockets make the playoffs this season for the first time since 2009, but for once Morey doesn’t have a battalion of draft picks he’s hoarding. After owning three draft picks in the 2012 NBA draft, Morey happily sent each of his 2013 first rounders elsewhere via trade. And though he’ll be interviewing prospects for Houston’s No. 34 selection in next month’s draft, the playoff berth and iffy talent level have Morey in a good mood."

    Ball Don't Lie: Thrill to the behind-the-scenes excitement of the actual NBA Draft Lottery drawing (Video)
    "Did you make it all the way through that? If so, you now know the awful truth. Sure, the drawn-out presentation offered by ESPN wasn't particularly compelling, but this wouldn't have been much, or any, better, no matter how much Stu Jackson awkwardly standing there evokes some fun moments from "The Office.""

    Ball Don't Lie: Russell Westbrook, Thunder visit tornado victims at Oklahoma children’s hospital
    "While Thunder players visited young victims, other team employees participated in a blood drive and volunteered at a local recovery supplies drop-off location as part of local relief work. The organizational efforts followed All-Star forward Kevin Durant's $1 million donation to the local branch the American Red Cross, a significant sum subsequently matched by Durant's employers. Durant also visited the Red Cross on Wednesday to meet relief workers and lend a hand."

    DIME: The Cavs Should Shock The World & Take LeBron’s Replacement In The NBA Draft: Otto Porter Jr.
    "For two years, the team avoided filling the slot left void by The King to save that player from the pressure of replacing a legend. Otto Porter Jr. is the perfect prospect to take that mantle. He fits a need, can play with Irving, and has the potential to be a truly great player at his position."

    DIME: On This Day In NBA History: The Duel – Larry Bird Vs. Dominique Wilkins
    “The basket was like a well,” Wilkins once said. “I couldn’t miss. He couldn’t miss. That’s the greatest game I’ve ever played in or seen played. It was two guys who just did not want to lose.” The teams shot a combined .588 percent from the field, the second highest mark in playoff history."

    DIME: NBA Trade Rumors: Boston Celtics Discussing Paul Pierce for Eric Gordon
    "The unnamed source thing is always a little sketchy, but we all know that Boston needs to get younger. A backcourt of Eric Gordon and Rajon Rondo is pretty scary (if they’re both healthy). You would also assume that they would look to get whatever they could on the market for Kevin Garnett, essentially hitting the “restart” button."

    ESPN Dallas: Sources: Mavs look to shop 13th pick
    "The Dallas Mavericks, with their first lottery draft pick in a dozen years firmly in hand, have their eyes on a bigger prize. Multiple sources have told ESPN.com's Chad Ford the Mavs are likely to shop the pick in hopes of creating the cap space necessary to make a run at Dwight Howard in free agency. The 13th overall pick has a cap hold of $1,655,300."

    ESPN: Jordan confirms change to Hornets
    "Let's bring the buzz back, and bring that energy back on the basketball court and make this city proud again," Jordan said. Although the NBA owns the rights to the Hornets name and logo, Jordan will not have to pay the league for those assets, a source told ESPN.com's Darren Rovell."

    Sports Illustrated: Blueprint for the Pacers to beat the Heat in the Eastern Conference finals
    "That effort starts with placing a high priority on LeBron James and Miami’s shooters, with a concession of sorts for Dwyane Wade. The Pacers won’t cede open looks to Wade, but they will — and should — do all they can to funnel the ball in his direction and away from James. As good as Wade is, he’s a far less taxing cover for the Pacers on the whole and slightly less dangerous both because of his pull-up tendencies (which tend to be augmented by effective defenses) and slightly lesser finishing ability. Wade will be a challenge in his own right if a knee injury doesn’t plague him. But the Pacers will stay at home on Miami’s perimeter shooters just as they did with New York’s, match Paul George up with James to stall him as effectively as possible and live with the results of a Wade-centric offense if they can."

    Sports Illustrated: Spurs win Game 2 in OT over Grizzlies despite disastrous 4th quarter
    "The nice thing about having a Big 3 that has seen it all and accomplished everything there is to accomplish? Even if one-third of the trio is causing worst-case scenarios, the other two are there to ensure a level of stability. So what happened in overtime? Parker and Duncan, Duncan and Parker. Rather than cave in the face of a swift and improbable momentum-swing, Parker found Duncan twice, Duncan tacked on another basket, and a pair of free throws ended the Grizzlies’ miracle shot."

    Trail Blazers: Weekend Plan: Specially Designed For Families And The Busy Nine-To-Fiver
    "Built for the family-oriented fan with a busy work-week, the 12-game Weekend Pack maximizes the thrill-factor while keeping the competitions to Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A smattering of Western Conference rivals and Eastern Conference visitors during one-offs and key home stands, you can get your hands on this schedule-friendly pack for as low as $11/game and $52/game in the lower bowl."

    Trail Blazers: The Rivals Plan: Two LAs, Oklahoma City And The Return Of Roy
    "The smallest of the four big ticket plans, the eight game Rivals Pack packs a big punch. You’ll be in the building and eating a corndog while others are wondering how to get their hands on a way to see the return of Brandon Roy and the sure to sell out L.A. Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder."

    Trail Blazers: Why The Value Plan Makes 'Cents' For You
    "The Value Pack starts at just $5 a game. That’s 12 games for as low as $60! Talk about some serious bang for your buck. But that’s not even the best part about this ticket plan. Four of the 12 games take place in the month of January. And there is absolutely no better place to be during an Oregon winter’s night than inside the raucous Rose Garden. Not to mention this pack gets you into the arena to see some of the league’s biggest names and brightest young stars such as Dwight Howard, Dirk Nowitzki, Kyrie Irving, John Wall, and Rudy Gay."

    Trail Blazers: Big Games Plan: 12 Of The Biggest Games
    "This game has it all. Season opener, at home, against the loathe-inducing Lakers, in Steve Nash's first game in purple and gold and it's on Halloween night! Any game against the Lakers at the Rose Garden is going to be a lively one, but the confluence of circumstances in this particular game sets the stage for one of the all-time season openers in Trail Blazers history."

           



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