DRAFT TIME! First Round

Welcome to the live coverage of the NBA Draft on Blazersedge.

First news out of the gate tonight:

Jason Quick has confirmed that the Blazers will select Greg Oden from Ohio State with the first pick in the draft.  Oden's agency spoke with Quick this afternoon.

Stay tuned for pick-by-pick and trade-by-trade coverage as the draft progresses.

Wait...what's this? New York police have apprehended a guy sneaking up behind Greg Oden with a lead pipe. The back of his t-shirt said DraftKevinDurant.com while the front said, "Gillooly RULEZ!" More on this story as it develops...

Update: ESPN has started their draft coverage and the opening montage showed Yi Jianlian trying to open a bottle of Sprite. He couldn't figure out how to get the cap off. I'm not sure if that's an omen but it probably doesn't speak well for his motor skills.

Update: ESPN is reporting that Kevin Garnett will NOT be moved tonight. The Seattle Ray Allen for #5, West, and Szczerbiak trade is being mentioned. Marcus Camby and Monta Ellis were mentioned in other trade possibilities.

Update: The yakety-yak is done. The draft is coming up next!

Stephen A Smith makes a public backtrack on his past criticism and gives Portland credit. Commissioner Stern approaches the podium...

With the first pick of the 2007 NBA Draft the Portland Trailblazers select...Greg Oden of Ohio State University! The Seattle SuperSonics are now on the clock.

They showed a shot of the Portland war room. Everyone was standing, applauding, and high-fiving.

Update: KP talking now about his "process". Says the deciding factor was who is going to get to the championship level. He says it's centers with athletic ability, character, and ability to change the game on both ends of the floor.

UPDATE ON THE TRADE RUMOR: Jason Quick says the accurate trade is Zach Randolph, Dan Dickau, and Freddie Jones for Steve Francis and Channing Frye. He says he believes the deal is done but he is waiting for confirmation from Kevin Pritchard to go to print.

TRADE IS ANNOUNCED ON ESPN...Standing ovation in Knick land (obviously).

Watch out for Stephen A. Smith reaction.

There's GOT to be another aspect to this, right? This was the best offer we could get for Zach? Here's my theory: Commissioner Stern comes to KP a month ago and says, "We're going to rig the first pick for you but you have to help the Knicks." That's the only thing I can think of right now.

THE DRAFT BOARD

1. Portland Greg Oden, Ohio State

2. Seattle Kevin Durant, Texas

3. Atlanta Al Horford, Florida

4. Memphis Michael Conley Jr., Ohio State

5. Boston Jeff Green, Georgetown

Trade forthcoming: Seattle moves Ray Allen and the #35 overall pick to Boston for Delonte West, Wally Szczerbiak, and Jeff Green.

6. Milwaukee Yi Jianlian, China

7. Minnesota Corey Brewer, Florida

8. Charlotte Brandan Wright, North Carolina

9. Chicago Joakim Noah, Florida

10. Sacramento Spencer Hawes, Washington

11. Atlanta Acie Law IV, Texas A+M

12. Philadelphia Thaddeus Young, Georgia Tech

13. New Orleans Julian Wright, Kansas

14. Los Angeles Clippers Al Thornton, Florida State

15. Detroit Pistons Rodney Stuckey, Eastern Washington

16. Washington Nick Young, USC

17. New Jersey Sean Williams, Boston College

18. Golden State Marco Belinelli, Italy

19. Los Angeles Lakers Javarais Crittenton, Georgia Tech

20. Miami Jason Smith, Colorado State

21. Philadelphia Daequan Cook, Ohio State

Trade Announced: Miami trades Jason Smith to Philadelphia for Daequan Cook, a 2009 second-rounder, and cash.

22. Charlotte Jared Dudley, Boston College

23. New York Wilson Chandler, DePaul

24. Phoenix Rudy Fernandez, Spain

Trade Announced: The Portland Trailblazers have bought the 24th pick, Rudy Fernandez from Phoenix for cash considerations.

25. Utah Morris Almond, Rice

26. Houston Aaron Brooks, Oregon

Update: ESPN is reporting that Yi Jianlian's camp is threatening that he might not show up for media conferences in Milwaukee tomorrow.

Update: Seattle's #35 pick is also a part of the above-mentioned trade.

27. Detroit Aaron Afflalo, UCLA

28. San Antonio Tiago Splitter, Brazil

29. Phoenix Alando Tucker, Wisconsin

30. Portland Petteri Koponen, Finland

Thus ends the first round. See the second round in a new thread.

--Dave (blazersub@yahoo.com)

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