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Draft Day trades

I'm not in love w/ our current draft position as I have serious doubts about prospects available to us at #6, 11. For starters, Drummond has huge bust potential and scares me. He has no offensive game or feel other than dunking and his shot mechanics & touch need alot of work and he shot a laughable 29% from free throw line (even Oden shot better left-handed). Defensively he's a solid prospect but I'm just not sold on him and don't wanna wait 4 years to see if he can play or not. I like Lilliard but maybe not at #6. I'd definitely take him at #11 but I'd like to get more out of the 6th overall pick than a combo guard who may or may not be able to run an NBA offense. I'm also not overly fond of the Waiters & Lambs out there and wouldnt take them at 6. For the record my top 7 prospects are Davis, Beal, Robinson, Barnes, MKG, Lilliard, Drummond. Therefore, a trade needs to be made.

I really like Bradley Beal and think he can be an Eric Gordon type at the NBA level if he continues to improve his overall game especially his ballhandling and playmaking abilities. I have him going to Washington w/ the 3rd overall pick due to the trade they just made getting Ariza & Okafor effectively ruling out Robinson, MKG & Ba rnes. I think they have a big hole at the SG position and need a strong perimeter shooter for Wall to pass to as they already have a perimeter defender in Ariza and strong post play in Okafor & Nene. I would propose Blazers trade Wesley Matthews, #11, 41 to Wizards for #3 (Beal) or Crawford & #6 for #3. Either of these trades provide the Wizards with the perimeter shooting needed as it is clear they are trying to build a winner now so they dont lose John Wall to free agency. Ideally we would only have to give up Crawford & the #11 pick and maybe a second rounder but Washington will probably ask for more than that. Beal provides us with our SG of the future which is an increasingly important position in today's NBA.

If Wizards decide not to take Beal then I believe the Cavs will at #4 so I would propose we offer 6, 11 for 4, 24.

Another option popular on BE is Blazers trade: Wesley Matthews or Crawford, #6, 40 to Rockets for Kyle Lowry & #14. I like Lowry and believe he fits the Blazers need of a tough, defensive minded leader at the point who can also knock down shots and rebounds very well for his size. His contract is reasonable and it is feasible for us to acquire him unlike the elite PGs out there. The Rockets are rumored to want Drummond and it is likely he will fall to #6 & they have made it clear they wish to resign Dragic so Lowry becomes expendable. I would then pick Leonard or Zeller 11th, Terrence Ross or Austin Rivers (altho I'd hate to play w/ him) 14th, Will Barton, Kyle Oquinn, Kevin Murphy, Drew Gordon or Scott Machado 41st. Then we could have Lowry, Ross, Batum (resigned for 5 years $40 mil), Aldridge, Leonard. I'd bring over Freeland & maybe Claver, resign Hickson & sign OJ Mayo and/or Chris Kaman or Spenuge cr Hawes to fill out our rotation.

I'd also consider a trade w/ G.S. as they are rumored to have interest in Drummond or perhaps Barnes will fall to #6. Blazers trade Shawne Williams, #6, 40 to Warriors for Dorrell Wright, #7, 30. They take Drummond 6th, we take Damien Lilliard 7th. Granted this is not a huge move but I think its an easy way to pick up additional assets. I'm hesitant to draft Drummond anyways so Warriors take that risk and we get Lilliard and pick up a cheap, role player in Wright who can start or come off the bench for us. We also move up into the end of the 1st round and can choose a more solid prospect than available at 41. We could draft Ezeli, Will Barton, Tony Wroten, Quincy Miller idk who is gonna be available but just take best available player there or package it w/ our other 2nd round pick to move up and select a better prospect such as Fab Melo or Arnett Moultrie or Andrew Nicholson or Marquis Teague.

A final trade I'd consider is Blazers trade #11 to Boston for 21, 22 & take some combination of Royce White, Andrew Nicholson, Tony Wroten, Marcus Teague, Quincy Miller, Fab Melo. Idk if Boston would do this but its been rumored they wish to move up. I'd be fine with this trade as theres not a huge dropoff in talent from 11 to 21, 22.

So what do you think is the best option or should we just stay put and roll the dice w/ Drummond and Jeremy Lamb or somebody else at 11?

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