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The ideal draft night for the Blazers - trade out, trade in, trade up

The Blazers have a gaping hole at center, a weak bench and two-too-many draft picks. After reading Dave's draft preview and the advantages and disadvantages of different potential strategies, I think there's a way to have our cake and eat it to.

We do this by:

1. Trading out: yep, this means trading the #10 pick and Freeland for Gortat. Getting a talented, reasonably-priced starting big man while dumping Freeland's salary = big win.

2. Trading in: by which I mean acquiring a mid-20 first round pick by trading the rights to Kostas Papanikolaou. This would also involve giving up the 39th pick. If the Knicks were to trade their #24 pick, as has been rumored, we could draft a talented wing like Hardaway Jr. or Jamaal Franklin.

3. Trade up: what about the #40 and #45 picks? Package them in a trade to move up in the second round or into the late first round. If we could execute this and draft Mike Muscala, I think it'd be a huge steal.

A few notes: With four draft picks, the rights to Papanikolaou and an extremely young team, the Blazers would be crazy to keep more than two of the players they'll be drafting tomorrow. (Sure, they could draft international players and leave them overseas, but c'mon.)

Pulling off these three moves would provide us with a ton of cap flexibility, a starting Center (which is crucial!) and two players who would be NBA-ready rookies.

Interestingly, Phoenix has the #30 pick. Would it be possible to trade our 10th, 40th and 45th picks, along with Freeland, for Gortat and the Sun's #30 pick? If so, I'd be all for it. Gortat, Muscala and Hardaway, Jr. all the way.

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