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Amick: Blazers Trying To Trade Up To Bobcats' No. 2?

Sam Amick of SI.com reports that the Portland Trail Blazers are one of multiple teams looking to trade with the Charlotte Bobcats to move up to the No. 2 pick. ----------------------------- Sources said Charlotte is seriously considering North Carolina small forward Harrison Barnes, too. But the smart money is on a trade. The Bobcats continue to talk with Cleveland about swapping No. 4 for No. 2, with Charlotte surely pushing for as many assets as possible to go with it (the Cavs have the 24th, 33rd and 34th picks). Houston (Nos. 14, 16 and 18) and Portland (Nos. 6 and 11) are trying to land the No. 2 pick as well, according to sources. ----------------------------- In his mock draft, Amick has the Blazers selecting Weber State guard Damian Lillard at No. 6 and UNC center Tyler Zeller at No. 11. ----------------------------- Lillard: Lillard would address a big need at point guard, where Raymond Felton had a disappointing year and is now a free agent. But several teams I spoke with are starting to believe that Duke's Austin Rivers could be the guy here. His ability to play both guard positions is seen as a major plus. Zeller: The conventional wisdom about the Blazers (if they keep this selection and No. 6) is that they'll be seeking to draft one guard and one big man. Zeller was the ACC Player of the Year, having averaged 16.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. Leonard could be under consideration, too. Though new general manager Neil Olshey has said he anticipates using both first-rounders, one executive said the Blazers are looking for "a major star" for their picks but was unsure whom they were targeting. ----------------------------- ed: text edited, bumped to front page
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