In the upcoming draft, the Blazers will give up their own second round pick (result of the Telfair trade) but receive three second round picks from Memphis, New York, and Indiana. Right now, those picks are slotted at #33 (Memphis), #35 (New York), #53 (Indiana).
If you are wondering why Indiana's pick is so late, it is because they have a choice as to which pick they want to send us. They can either send us their own pick (#38 right now) or the pick they are owed from Phoenix (ironically, they picked up this pick when they sent James Jones to the desert). Well, obviously they would send us the later pick.
Yet, if Phoenix missed the playoffs (Denver is four games behind them), that pick would drop nine spots from #53 to #44, a rather significant difference. And before anyone says that these picks in the 40s are of little value, remember that the Blazers traded the #42 pick and cash to move back into the late first round last year (Petteri Koponen).
Anyway, as we root for the Blazers to pull off a miracle and make the playoffs, let us also root for the Suns to fall out of playoff contention- starting tomorrow night.