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that the Portland Trail Blazers could pick Syracuse guard Dion Waiters at No. 6 during Thursday's 2012 NBA Draft.
But Syracuse's Dion Waiters is coming on like a freight train, with sources insistent that he'll be gone somewhere between No. 6 (Portland) and No. 8 (Toronto) after earlier rumors had Phoenix making a promise to take Waiters at 13. The Kings could shake loose a few additional assets if they let it be known they're looking hard at Waiters, whose offensive skills continue to have NBA types drooling.
Portland could go in any direction. League sources maintain the Blazers are shopping the second of their two first-rounders, the 11th pick overall, in search of young assets in return. But at six, the Blazers have needs across the board. Lillard would make an awful lot of sense here if he's not taken by Sacramento, but the Blazers, who still need to replace the retired Brandon Roy, might not be able to pass on Waiters.
If Portland still has its No. 11 pick, it's hard to see the Blazers going for another guard if they've used the No. 6 pick to fill that need. With several solid big men available here -- either Henson or Zeller or Illinois sophomore Meyers Leonard -- the Blazers almost have to take someone big to begin the post-Oden era.
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