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Dear Blazers: DO NOT SWAP PICKS WITH CLEVELAND!

The Portland Trail Blazers were the big winners in the Draft Lottery (outside of the N.O. Hornets, of course) when they won the rights to the Brooklyn Nets’ No. 6 overall pick to go alongside their own 11th pick in this year’s draft. But according to HoopsWorld’s Alex Kennedy, they’re willing to throw it all away in an effort to move up two draft spots.


With picks No. 6 and 11, the Blazers could potentially solidify their two positions of need—a point guard and a center—for the foreseeable future by drafting UConn’s Andre Drummond and either Weber State product, Damian Lillard, or all-time ACC assist leader, Kendall Marshall.

But instead of standing pat and making the moves that would clearly bolster their roster, the Blazers are dabbling into uncharted territories, thus continuing the very draft woes that have plagued the organization.

While the options are endless at pick No. 4, losing that coveted eleventh pick is the real risk in following through with this deal. Portland would lose out on the opportunity of landing their PG of the future and, unless they plan on picking up Cuse’s Fab Melo at 24, they’d be out of luck in the running for a big man as well.

Portland’s got a chance to do something really special here. With their two lottery picks, the fortune of the franchise could change in the blink of an off-season. And with their cap-space and already solid core, GM Neil Olshey has a contending team in the works as we speak.

But moving two lottery picks for the No. 4 and 24 just is not the answer.

All indications are pointing towards the Cavaliers spending the fourth pick on Harrison Barnes, who will be available at No. 6, regardless. The Blazers would only be trading their No. 11 for the Cavs’ No. 24.

And last time I checked, trading down for nothing in return is not a good idea.

So to the Blazers’ front office, I leave you with these last words of wisdom:

Everything that glitters ain’t gold. It’s not worth it. Drummond will be available at pick No. 6, and you’ll be able to do a lot more with the 11th than you would the 24th.

Stay away from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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