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OakMoses
06-06-2007, 12:39 PM
http://www.draftexpress.com/viewarticle.php?a=2098


-Speaking of Javaris Crittenton (http://www.draftexpress.com/viewprofile.php?p=562),, it's interesting to note that he's scheduled to work out with the Portland Trailblazers (http://www.draftexpress.com/viewarticle.php?a=2098#) the day before the draft, June 27th. He obviously won't be working out for the #1 pick, and can't be planning on Portland's next pick at #37 either. So what does that mean? Deductive reasoning tells us that his people have almost certainly been convinced that there is a very good chance that the Trailblazers will have a draft pick in his range, AND will have a need for another point guard besides the two very good ones they already have in Jarrett Jack (http://www.draftexpress.com/viewprofile.php?p=9) and Sergio Rodríguez (http://www.draftexpress.com/viewprofile.php?p=24). It goes without saying that the day before the draft is a VERY valuable spot on the calendar of a player like Crittenton.

A couple of quick calls made indicate that Crittenton isn't the only one who might feel that way. Two agents with draft prospects in the 5-15 draft range conveyed to DraftExpress that they feel that Portland is sending out messages implying that they may already have a late lottery pick locked up. The rumor emerging is that Portland can secure the #11 pick belonging to Atlanta, in return for Jarrett Jack (http://www.draftexpress.com/viewprofile.php?p=9) if they so desire.

Portland will also (tentatively) be hosting Nick Young (http://www.draftexpress.com/viewprofile.php?p=385) and Al Thornton (http://www.draftexpress.com/viewprofile.php?p=591) two days before the draft, on the 26th. The Young and Crittenton workout dates were released by a Portland beat writer, Jason Quick.

bread
06-06-2007, 01:14 PM
Hmmm... If this happens the Hawks won't be needing a PG. Maybe this will really motivate TPTB to work out the 3-way with either Memphis or, preferably, with Boston. If that happens we would HAVE to include Tins to Boston with Odom and get back Ratliff, Green and West with the #5 pick.

It's starting to get interesting!

CableKC
06-06-2007, 01:18 PM
Although I would like to see Tinsley moved...at some point....I would much rather not include him in any possible trade talks with any teams in hopes of scaring them off.

I would much rather get a deal done where we get players that we would want rather then throw in players that we want to get rid of and ruin any chance that we have at any trade.

indyman37
06-06-2007, 01:19 PM
What would be really interesting, but I doubt will happen, the Blazers are on the clock with their second lottery pick...and Conley and Crittenton are both avaliable.

bread
06-06-2007, 01:37 PM
Although I would like to see Tinsley moved...at some point....I would much rather not include him in any possible trade talks with any teams in hopes of scaring them off.

I would much rather get a deal done where we get players that we would want rather then throw in players that we want to get rid of and ruin any chance that we have at any trade.

There are 2 problems with that if we were able to draft Conley without trading Tins:

A) Tins would give minimal effort knowing he's not in our plans

B) We would have no leverage trying to trade him

naptownmenace
06-06-2007, 01:41 PM
The crazy thing is that Jarrett Jack is possibly being made available for the #11 pick. If Atlanta gets JJack for the #11 that makes the Al Harrington trade that much worse. :sigh:

Anthem
06-06-2007, 01:48 PM
Oof. I hadn't thought of that.

JJack for OUR #11 pick? That hurts.

pwee31
06-06-2007, 02:34 PM
With so many teams having multiple picks in the draft, I expect there to be a fair share of willing and dealing going on during draft night, and I'm 99.9% sure we'll be involved in something.

You'll have teams not wanting to draft b/c cap situations. Teams not wanting to keep getting younger, and I'm sure other reasons.

I think we might be surprise at some of the value a Pacer might bring come draft night, that we didn't think was possible.

Not everyone is looking for young potential, some would be better off just adding a vet and role player to a solid core (See Battier for Rudy G.)

Don't be shocked if someone like Foster is moved for a 1st round pick

OakMoses
06-06-2007, 03:51 PM
I'm not quite sure why Portland would trade Jack for #11. All the talk was of them trying to get Conley to go with Oden. I don't see any point guards in this draft other than Conley or Law who I would project as being better than Jack in the future. Portland needs a SF. Atlanta has a ton of those. I would assume that this deal would entail more than just Jack and the pick.

Slick Pinkham
06-06-2007, 03:56 PM
I'm not quite sure why Portland would trade Jack for #11.

They think Sergio Rodriguez is better than Jack.

Late in the year they shared time.

OakMoses
06-06-2007, 04:06 PM
They think Sergio Rodriguez is better than Jack.

Late in the year they shared time.

Even if that's the case, why would you trade Jarrett Jack for a pick which you will use to draft a guy like Crittenton? That's the part that doesn't make sense. I can see it if they're going to draft Thornton or Jeff Green or another SF. I just don't see the point of trading a 3rd year PG who's been quite successful in the NBA for the chance at drafting a PG who's totally unproven, even at the college level.

Will Galen
06-07-2007, 01:13 AM
. . . it's interesting to note that Crittenton is scheduled to work out with the Portland Trailblazers the day before the draft, June 27th. . . . The rumor emerging is that Portland can secure the #11 pick belonging to Atlanta, in return for Jarrett Jackif they so desire. . . .

This all reads to me like Portland has a trade set up with Atlanta where they get the Hawks third pick, but the players involved in the trade aren't set in stone.

It's like the rumor that the Pacers are going to trade JO for Bynum, Odom, and the 19th pick, and the Laker's also have the option of getting either Tinsley, Daniels, or Murphy, for Brown's expiring contract.

When team's have options they try to cover all the bases. Rumor is that Atlanta, if it doesn't get Conley with the third pick, will be interested in Law with #11. Portland is giving them the option of getting Jack with the 11th pick instead of Law.

Rumor has it that Portland is going to trade Randolph also, so obviously they are preparing for all scenarios by working out Crittenton.