The Portland Trail Blazers head into the 2018 NBA Draft with the 24th overall selection in the first round, but Beat Writer Joe Freeman of The Oregonian isn’t convinced that executing the pick is their best option. Participating in a Mock Draft headed up by the Boston Globe, Freeman selected Khyri Thomas from Creighton, but offered this paragraph in the midst of the proceedings:
The Blazers are in a place where they need to get older, not younger. So it seems to make the most sense that they look to trade their draft pick -- No. 24 overall -- in an effort to acquire a veteran who can help next season.
Earlier, Freeman penned an article looking specifically at the trade issue, in which he added this observation:
Owner Paul Allen, who lives for the draft and historically watches workouts featuring serious draft targets, notably did not sit in on any predraft workouts this summer, which only fuels speculation the Blazers are looking to deal. That said, Allen’s right-hand man, Bert Kolde, watched two of the five workouts, scrutinizing Bates-Diop, Frazier, Brown, Okogie, Thomas and UCLA’s Aaron Holiday, among others.
Do you think the Blazers will pull the trigger on a trade instead of going for a younger, less-expensive prospect? Do you think that’s their best move at this point?