The Portland Trail Blazers will select No. 10 in the 2013 NBA Draft after the league conducted its annual lottery on Tuesday. The Cleveland Cavaliers won the lottery and will select first.
Blazers GM Neil Olshey released this statement...
"We have been, and will continue to prepare for multiple draft scenarios. With the results of tonight's Lottery establishing the official draft order we are confident we will have the opportunity to select a quality player at #10."
Portland also possesses three second-round picks: No. 39 (from the Minnesota Timberwolves), No. 40 and No. 45 (from the Boston Celtics).
The Blazers were represented by 2013 Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard on stage and Olshey in the drawing.
Portland had a 1.1 percent chance to get the No. 1 pick, a 1.3 percent chance to get the No. 2 pick, a 1.5 percent chance to get the No. 3 pick, an 87 percent chance to get the No. 10 pick, an 8.8 percent chance to get the No. 11 pick, a 0.2 percent chance to get the No. 12 pick and a 0.1 percent chance to place 13th, which would have required transferring the pick to the Charlotte Bobcats.
Here's the full 2013 lottery order.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
2. Orlando Magic
3. Washington Wizards
4. Charlotte Bobcats
5. Phoenix Suns
6. New Orleans Pelicans
7. Sacramento Kings
8. Detroit Pistons
9. Minnesota Timberwolves
10. Portland Trail Blazers
11. Philadelphia 76ers
12. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Toronto Raptors)
13. Dallas Mavericks
14. Utah Jazz
Here's a note from a team press release.
Portland has selected with the No. 10 overall pick just once in team history, taking Ron Lester out of Iowa in 1980. Lester was traded to Chicago on draft night in a package that returned Kelvin Ransey and a 1981 first round pick that Portland used to select Darnell Valentine.
This seems like a good time to point out that the Blazers and Cavaliers were linked in a rumor regarding a LaMarcus Aldridge trade back in April.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported that the Cavaliers are interested in trading for Aldridge.
"Privately, the Cleveland front office has pitched a fantasy of trading young players and picks to Portland for All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, sources said. Only, that's never going to happen. Cleveland is far higher on its two top-five picks, Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters, than the rest of the NBA."
The 2013 NBA Draft is set for June 27.
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