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July 3rd, 2008
Ladies and gentlemen, your opening day roster for the 2005-06 Portland Trailblazers:
With the 2008 draft in the books, it's time to look ahead to next year's class of draft hopefuls. While 2009 lacks the overall talent and depth of 2008, there's sure to be some late bloomers that come out of the woodworks to help bolster this group.
The guys on this list will be in the mix, but their original teams can match and/or exceed any offer they receive. Most of these guys will stay put, but July can get crazy.
NBA free agency opens up on July 1, which means it’s time for those owners with cash to burn to scan the lists of available free agents and lock them into absurdly wealthy contracts.
Top five sliders
1. DeAndre Jordan, Texas A&M, 35th overall to LA Clippers
The trade winds were blowing at the 2008 draft as 20 of the 60 players selected were traded with Darrell Arthur moving twice. Combine that with the number of "upside picks" rising and falling and you had one of the wildest drafts in years. The following is a report card based on how teams used their picks to improve. Grades and comments by Aran Smith.
NBADraft.net guest columnist Thomas J. Gersey gives readers an irreverent take on this year's draft in the spirit of Bill Simmons and Free Darko. Enjoy!
Portland Trailblazers- Traded Jarrett Jack and draft rights of Brandon Rush (No. 13) to Indiana for Ike Diogu and draft rights to Jerryd Bayless (No. 11), traded draft rights of Darrell Arthur (No. 27) and the draft rights to Joey Dorsey (No. 33) to Houston for draft rights to Nicolas Batum (No. 25).
A list of the trades on draft night:
The Grizzlies acquired OJ Mayo (No. 3) from the Timberwolves for Kevin Love (No. 5) in a multi-player deal.
The Blazers acquired Jerryd Bayless (No. 11) from the Pacers for Brandon Rush (No. 13) in a multi-player deal.