Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune reporting that the Blazers will indeed look to move up in the 2010 NBA Draft. In his article, Eggers cited Portland’s director of NBA scouting Mike Born saying the following:
“We’re looking at trying to move up with our first pick,” says Mike Born, Portland’s director of NBA scouting. “We’re trying to have an early second-round pick, maybe even have another late second-round pick.
“If we find a guy we like, we’ll try to put ourselves in position to get him.”
The ‘big news’ is all in that first quote, as now it is ‘official’ that Portland will be looking to move up. Now, before everyone gets crazy he didn’t say anything about the lottery or #3 or #4 so don’t rush to the Trade Machine. As a matter of fact Kevin Pritchard outright denies Adrian Wojnarowski’s report that Portland was looking to move up to the #3 or #4 spot by saying this:
“I wouldn’t say 3 or 4 is where we’re looking to go,” Portland General Manager Kevin Pritchard says.
Portland has proven in the past that if they like a guy, they will make a move to make sure they can get him. Look at the Victor Claver trade from last year or the LaMarcus Aldridge trade a couple years back. That is nothing new. Also not new is Portland looking to have second-round picks. With the success of Dante Cunningham and Jeff Pendergraph, the Blazers know they can bring a talented guy in and put themselves in a ‘win-win’ situation of sorts. There are no guarantees with second-rounders so if it works, it works and if it does not…then it does not. It’s not surprising to me that Portland would want to move up considering they are drafting behind RC Buford and Sam Presti.
The article also focuses in on the Blazers’ recent philosophy regarding trading up in the Draft, their thinking with last year’s moves and their strategy for this year.