Did you hear that? It’s the sound of the first domino falling:
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Trail Blazers have acquired the 34th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for the 44th overall selection and cash considerations, it was announced today by General Manager Kevin Pritchard.
The Trail Blazers now hold the 22nd and 34th overall picks in Thursday’s NBA Draft.
So what do we take away from this maneuver? First, despite appearances, Kevin Pritchard is not a lame duck (EDIT: at least not until after the draft) and has the green light to make moves. Secondly, either there is someone the Blazers want that is projected to drop early in the second round (Like Craig Brackens, Gani Lawal, Brain Zoubek, or Darington Hobson) or the Blazers feel that this is a deep enough draft to be willing to position themselves to catch a player who slides. Alternatively, Portland could be looking to package picks to move up even higher.
Either way, this “adjustment in position” is great news for the franchise because it shows a willingness and determination to improve the roster and it’s great news for me because I love the draft and it looks like Kevin Pritchard is going to make my “Christmas in June” as entertaining as ever.
What do you think this move means? Who would you take with the 34th pick? Let us know in the comments below.