The Portland Trail Blazers “really like” Victor Oladipo and are considering moving up in the draft to get him, according to a source close to the prospect.
Oladipo expressed interest in playing for the Blazers.
“I would really love to go to Portland, and I'm not just saying that,” Oladipo said. “I hope, and I don't think I'm dropping that far, but if they decided to move up somehow, I think that would be a great situation for me. It's a place where you can just concentrate on basketball.”
Oladipo is projected to go in the top five of the upcoming draft.
Whoever gets him is going to walk away with a great player. He is going to come in and play hard from day one. His attitude and defense are going to be infectious and he is going to make everyone around him a better player. As you can tell I am really high on this guy, but for good reason.
Is it that important to you to get "points"? If you wanted to discuss the rumor I would understand, but you didn't even try.
Who says I'm in it for the points? I want to see what other people say before discussing. You didn't mention anything about the article either.
For the record I like Oladipo but I prefer a big man instead, since Hickson is probably gone.
People post links to share information. I didn't know the Blazers were interested in Oladipo... and now I do.
I believe Nicolas Batum is a very good SG. Why do they need another in the lotto?
I'm pretty sure Batum is a 3
Wes Matthews has been getting the majority of minutes at 2. The Blazers could definitely use some revitalization on the wing. I think Oladipo would be interesting. Batum definitely has versatility as well, so I have heard rumors and Damian Lillard talking about Shabazz Muhammad if they stay around the #10 range and he slips. Either way, they are looking for a "defensive center" and the pickings are slim, especially as far as centers with more potential than a Meyers Leonard. I would say hit the FA market for a tough center, try to get the best player available in the draft. That will more than likely be some sort of wing if they stay at 10.
i guess blazers does need him then.
It will be nice to have him but I think the team is fine with their wings. They need someone in the paint to grab rebounds with LMA always outside the paint. Leonard needs to show me he can rebound before I can say he is a franchise center. Matthews is good and Barton was decent when he started. The team might bring back Elliot Williams as well.
And that was my point. I open these links and it's all repeated info. Now he says he wants others opinions before he posts his own. Just proves he's increased with making people happy and getting meaningless points.
You're pretty rude accusing me of kissing people's ass for getting points. How does my way mean I make people happy? You think I agree with everyone's opinions? Sometimes I do and sometimes I don't but that has nothing to do with getting points. If I want points I will be visiting this site more often and posting more articles and gifs but I don't. I only post the stuff that I'm interested in.
You haven't contribute anything to the topic. Your posts are more useless than my info.
Any idea of what teams might be willing to trade with Portland?
The only team I can possibly see trading back is Detroit because there is great value in the lottery for PGs this year if that's what they are targeting.
Yeah, I can see Detroit doing it, especially if they can get Will Barton out of the deal too.
Then at 10 they can take MCW for a MCW, Will Barton and Brandon Knight guard trio.
They have Singler at the 3. Then hopefully they can get lucky and get a top 3 pick next year.
The Blazers team looks fine. They just need seasoning and some depth. And Steven Adams might be the guy they need.
Will Barton looked good to me when he started.
I agree they may need to shop the pick but I think they might want to move down to 17 and 18 where the Hawks are picking.
Rice, Dieng, Withey, Hardaway, and Reggie Bullock would all make some sense.
I would also try to trade the 39, 40, and 45 picks. They could trade those three picks plus Eric Maynor (sign and trade)
to the Thunder for 29 and 32. The Blazers might also be able to get DeAndre Liggins out of the deal too.
They need a BENCH.
At the end of the season Portland management made it pretty clear they were out to get a center to defend the paint in order to win now. That isn't something you're going to find at with the 10th pick, regardless of the quality of draft. And as stated above, no center in this draft is going to make a much bigger difference the Leonard at this point. I can see them going after a guy who can play a few positions to help out with their bench, which happened to be among the worst in the league last year, and going after a C in free agency. They have the cap room to make a run at Pekovic or Splitter, but it'll be tough prying those guys from their teams. Another option could be a trade to Pheonix revolving around the 10th pick and Gortat.
I would pair Plumlee with Leonard especially if they plan on trading Aldridge as rumored.
If anything, I think the Blazers should trade down to acquire more picks and assets. They have a playoff caliber starting 5, but they had the worst bench in the league this year. Oladipo would be a great guy for them, but trading up and losing extra assets to get him doesn't make much sense, especially when Barton showed promise at the end of the year. They should consider trading the 10th pick to Cleveland for picks 19, 31, and 33, Hawks for 17 and 18, or the Thunder for 29, 32, and Perry Jones.
Portland a place he can just focus on basketball. And weed and strip clubs. The most &$#%#&@! associated NBA city. Just ask greats like Pippen and Damon Stodimire. Always getting on trouble in a strip club.
That's who the Blazers ought to shoot for. They have a young enough team.