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Trade down and could you spell that last name again please?


It seems like the wish list for many Blazer fans this off season is to add a Center and a wing player to the team. The challenge has been to acquire those pieces with limited cap space and the #10. Over the last few days there has been some talk about trading down in the draft and getting rid of Freeland and his contract in the process. There has also been talk that Trey Burke has been falling down the draft boards a bit and might be available at #10. I think he is still regarded by most as the top PG in the draft and the BPA at #10 if he falls there. Combining these thoughts let's consider a draft day trade down:

#10 pick (Trey Burke) + Joel Freeland to Utah Jazz

#14 pick + Alec Burks to the Blazers

Why the Jazz do it: They are drafting their PGOTF. They don't love giving up Burks, but they have Hayward entrenched as their starting SG and giving up a backup 2 for your starting PG seems like a move most teams would have to consider. A young core of Burke, Hayward, Favors and Kanter looks pretty good. If they choose to rebuild they can start a rookie PG and lose plenty of games to get ping pong balls for next year's stellar draft. Front page on slcdunk.com is a poll on their off season plan. Leading the pack or close to it right now is using Burks to move up and grab Burke.

Why the Blazers do it: They are able to get a young scoring option to bring off the bench behind Wes who may be better than the player available at #10, keep essentially all of their cap space to facilitate a trade or FA Center acquisition and only drop a few spots in the draft to add some depth to the bench without needing that player to be ready to play now.

Trades are always unlikely to actually happen and who knows if Burke really falls, but I could see something like this going down and being a decent option for the Blazers. Would the Jazz consider this option? I think it looks pretty good from a Blazer perspective. It is possible that the deal is good enough that, if available, the teams drafting just ahead of us who are also looking for wings would pull the trigger on it and Utah could get Burke earlier than #10. Freeland could be a sticking point for the Jazz, but the trade sure looks a lot better from a Blazer perspective if he's included.

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