Ed note: On Thursday, the Portland Trail Blazers used the No. 57 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft -- acquired from the Dallas Mavericks in the Rudy Fernandez trade -- to select Tanguy Ngombo. The plan was to re-route Ngombo to the Minnesota Timberwolves for cash considerations. There are now questions about Ngombo's real name and age (click through for more information) that potentially impact his draft eligibility.
The Blazers are referring all questions regarding Ngombo's eligibility and age to the NBA's league office, who has neither responded to a request nor issued a statement yet.
If he is ruled eligible, the trade goes through and the Blazers get their cash. If not, it's unclear exactly what will happen. Most likely scenario: the pick would be forfeited without further penalty and the trade would be voided.
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I bet no one really cares, as this guy probably has like no chance to actually make the Blazers roster, I don't even know what his deal is, if he was traded somewhere, but Tanguy Ngombo, selected by the Mavs with the 57th pick in the second round apparently lied about his age, he was thought to be 22 but is actually 26. Interesting story, with real no impact, but here is the article link courtesy of Yahoo Sports' excellent NBA blog, Ball Don't Lie: