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Old 06-25-2008, 08:48 AM   #1
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Default Blazers/Hornets trade...27th pick for cash considerations

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Source: Blazers agree to deal with Hornets for 27th pick
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Updated: June 25, 2008, 12:51 AM ET
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The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to a deal with the New Orleans Hornets to acquire the 27th pick in Thursday's NBA draft for cash considerations, a Blazers source told ESPN.com.


The deal was agreed to verbally between the two teams on Tuesday night, according to the source. The teams have scheduled a trade call with the league in the morning to make the deal official.

Blazers GM Kevin Pritchard has been very active in the past few drafts acquiring picks. Armed with the financial might of owner Paul Allen, the Blazers acquired the 23rd pick in the draft last year and drafted Rudy Fernandez. They also used cash to acquire Sergio Rodriguez in 2006.

It's unclear who the Blazers are eyeing at No. 27. One possibility is Croatian big man Ante Tomic, whom the Blazers have coveted for years.

Other potential targets are French swingman Nicolas Batum, who has slipped in the draft because of concerns about his heart, and Memphis swingman Chris Douglas-Roberts.
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Old 06-25-2008, 02:02 PM   #2
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This surprises me that everyone is talking about Portland moving out of the draft because they don't want any more young players, and then they trade for a 1st rounder. They didn't even give up any of their 2nd rounders to get the pick either. Tomic, however, won't come over for a couple more seasons and I think Gallinari, Batum, or Anjinca could be the pick at 12 for the same reasons.
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This surprises me that everyone is talking about Portland moving out of the draft because they don't want any more young players, and then they trade for a 1st rounder. They didn't even give up any of their 2nd rounders to get the pick either. Tomic, however, won't come over for a couple more seasons and I think Gallinari, Batum, or Anjinca could be the pick at 12 for the same reasons.
Why would he want Tomic if he has Oden and LA?
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This surprises me that everyone is talking about Portland moving out of the draft because they don't want any more young players, and then they trade for a 1st rounder. They didn't even give up any of their 2nd rounders to get the pick either. Tomic, however, won't come over for a couple more seasons and I think Gallinari, Batum, or Anjinca could be the pick at 12 for the same reasons.
Portland could still trade their 13th pick. Now that they have another 1st rounder...they don't really need the 1st. They weren't going to get any kind of team need at 13
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I'll eat my hat if Portland won't select a foreign player with the 27th pick. And that is a smart thing to do with late first round pick: you don't have to pay the guaranteed money until the player comes over as a much better player who actually earns his money. Foreign players available at that stage are normally really good/promising, but teams that have more urgent needs don't want to touch them. Splitter, for example - who Spurs picked last year - is definitely lottery talent and if he ever joins the team he'll be at the stage of his career when he is really, really good. If he won't ever come, so what?
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