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Holdahl: Blazers Execs Scout 48 Players At New Jersey Combine

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Casey Holdahl of Blazers.com reports a dispatch from Portland Trail Blazers Acting GM Chad Buchanan, who led a team of Blazers executives on a scouting trip to the New Jersey combine. The group saw 48 players generally regarded as second round or undrafted prospects. --------------------------------- "I don't think there's maybe a ton of all-star caliber talent in this draft, but I think it's deep with a lot of guys who are good enough to be in a rotation, including several guys who were at this (New Jersey) workout," said Buchanan. "Seeing guys play 5-on-5 is a great evaluation tool. You get to see how guys have improved since the season ended and you last saw him, both from a skill standpoint and a physical standpoint, conditioning standpoint." "I think for us, it's always about identifying the players we would like to add if we have the opportunity to add them," said Buchanan. "If they're there with our picks in the second round, then we'll pull the trigger on them. But we're not going to draft a guy just because we have to draft a guy either. We've got to feel like the guy is capable of helping us, whether immediately or down the road, and we feel like at pick 40 and 41 there's a chance there's a couple guys who make it that far down who we like who we won't be afraid to pull the trigger on, regardless of what we do with our lottery pick." --------------------------------- -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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