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Ford: Blazers Could Package Lottery Picks To Target Bradley Beal?

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Chad Ford of ESPN.com chatted that the Portland Trail Blazers could put the No. 6 pick and the No. 11 pick together in an effort to move up the NBA Draft board to target Florida guard Bradley Beal. ------------------------------ I think most GMs see a clear break after the No. 5. I could see a team like Portland perhaps trying to package 6 and 11 to get up higher. I think Brad Beal would make a lot of sense for them. ------------------------------ He also offered the Blazers this advice on finding the right GM. ------------------------------ Look for a guy who can build a team and a culture in the organization ... not just a guy who hit a home run or two in the lottery. Should be an executive, not just a scout. Good executives hire great scouts. Bad ones try to do it all on their own. Should be a shrewd negotiator. Very few GMs really are in the same league as the agents they negotiate against. Teams like the Thunder have excelled, in part, by making great trades and signing great contracts. Needs to understand how all of the parts of the organization work together. Look for someone who has a track record of success rebuilding a team. Look for someone who's been mentored by a successful GM or two. It's hard, but that's what the Blazers need. Doesn't need to be a big name (Presti wasn't when he was hired). Just needs to be prepared. ------------------------------ -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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