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Lawrence: Trail Blazers Want to Trade Up in the Draft

The Portland Trail Blazers may look to climb into the top 14 this afternoon.

Neil Olshey and Damian Lillard
Blazers GM Neil Olshey talks with Damian Lillard during practice.
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Mitch Lawrence of Sporting News reports that the Portland Trail Blazers want to move up in the draft, citing star point guard Damian Lillard’s desire for a stronger supporting cast. The Trail Blazers possess picks no. 15, 20, and 26 in the first round, and may consider moving current players as well.

How far they are able to move up, if it all, is yet unknown, but prospects like Florida State forward Jonathan Isaac and Arizona big man Lauri Markkanen may be available toward the end of the top-10 selections. It seems more likely, though, that the Trail Blazers will aim for the 10-14 range, as previously reported by Jonathan Givony of Draft Express.

If the Trail Blazers have their eye on someone in particular, moving up just a few spots could ensure that prospect’s availability.