What if the Blazers traded for Robin Lopez. Sending the 10th pick for him.
The Blazers use Robin Lopez as their starting 5 and still have money to go after other free agents instead of tying up alot of money to someone like Nikola Pekovic(or someone undeserving). This would allow Meyers Leonard to develop off the bench while still getting significant minutes.
The pelicans then would have 2 lottery pick to play with to help rebuild with.
Your thoughts appreciated.
For starters robin Lopez isn't worth a top 10 pick even in this week draft. The Blazers have the opportunity to pick up a very valuable role player/6th man in this draft that can either give em a wing player to come off the bench so batum and Mathews don't have to play all game, or go after a big so they don't have to spend money on the soon to be overpaid jj hickson. And that will still allow Leonard to grown but instead of Lopez try can have someone like Len. (If he gets that far) or Shabazz ( again only if he gets that far).
What is Robin worth then? The Blazers won't improve with Alex Len as the starting 5. We need veterans not rookies. Robin can be the defensive 5 we need.
Are they won't get Alex Len anyways and I actually do believe they would improve with Alex Len. Robin Lopez is only going to improve the blazers enough to the point that their pick is in the 7-10 range to 9-12 range, which isn't a good thing. And Robin Lopez isn't worth much and will always be a journeyman for his career. If you think Robin Lopez is the answer to getting th blazers to the playoffs then you're highly under estimating the west. And you have a mature team that can bring you get guys together, batum and Aldridge have been in the Laurie for a while and Mathews plays hard like a veteran, the blazers need some bench depth and for Meyers Leonard to be a man. Will that happen, who knows, but one thing I know for sure, robin Lopez is not the answer.
Robin Lopez is part of the answer and I said they would have enough money to chase other free agent and they did. Lopez is a big reason LaMarcus didn't ask for a trade.
I don't think the Blazers need a whole lot this off-season to be competitive if their rookies continue to develop. I would look at Len though, he's more of an inside presence offensively than Leonard, who is fluid enough to play the PF at times.
If Meyers puts on more weight, works on his low-post game and is given more opportunities to play the role of defensive anchor and Will Barton gains some more muscle and refines his jumper even more than I can see the Blazers making a strong push for the 8th seed next season.
The problem is that the West remains very competitive, but there's no reason a healthy Portland with the expected growth of the off-season can't take Houston's place as the 8th team out West.
Especially now that teams will be game-planning for Harden a lot more (you started to see towards the end that he shot a lot worse when he was the focus of the opposition's defensive schemes).
I like Robin Lopez but why not go after Chris Kaman. If he can stay healthy he is a solid starting center on both ends of the court and a much better fit for this team. There is no quick fix for this team so they need those draft picks especially those early picks. They need vets but not at the expense of young talent, because they need production off the bench bad....
It seems like everyone here has forgotten about Meyers Leonard? Are Blazes fans not sold on him?
All this talk about a Robin Lopez but on NBAdraft.net Leonards NBA comparison was Robin Lopez. Haha.
I think the blazers should sign Justin Holiday, in the games he played on the 76ers where he got over 10 minutes, he didn't do that bad, and I think he's a better backup than Ronnie price, Nolan Smith or maybe even (if they resign) Eric Maynor
I think Gortat could be had. I think the Suns would let him go for draft picks.
I actually like the idea of Robin Lopez going to Portland. They are in real need of a legitimate Center. But as the posters above said- the 10th pick is way to high.
The Blazers have some real promise and I don't think it's unfair to call last season a minor disappointment. Even though Lillard was only a rookie, Aldridge and Batum are All-Star veterans who should have carried the team past the Rockets IMO.
This year Lillard should develop, especially on the defensive end. Hopefully he makes an allstar team. I could also see Barton becoming a great sixth man for this squad as well in the next couple years. The promise is prominent in these two but that still leaves the need of a center. I like Hickson but he is not capable of performing the daily tasks of an NBA center. Lopez would be a good pick. But again, 10th pick would be robbery
The Blazers are in good position, they just need depth. If they can get a wing like Bazz or Cj Mc, they would be good. Meyers is going to be able to start next season, we can sign Jermain O'Neal to help us for the first 5-10 games.
Alex Len or even Steven Adams are all good gets out of this draft. Couple that with the 11 mill in cap space we can sign some vets and make the playoffs.
I am not sure that guy is worth the 10th pick. Maybe he is though, I don't know.
At 10, Steven Adams might be a good guy to take, but that might be too high.
Maybe they can trade down to 17 and 18 (and also 50) and then take Gorgui Dieng as a shot blocker and intimidator inside and then take Glen Rice, Jr. as a deep threat to give them some more offense on the wing.
They would have a very good young rotation on the wing with Batum, Wes Matthews, Will Barton, and Glen Rice, Jr. Inside they go with LaMarcus Aldridge, Myers Lenard, and now Gorgui Dieng as a defender inside. They can resign JJ Hickson or look at a guy like Carl Landry.
Then of course, they have Damian Lillard at point guard.
Along with Dieng and Rice (two guys I like in this draft) they still have picks 39, 40, 45, and 50 to add some depth inside and at point guard. Or they can move some of those picks for a veteran rotation guy. Kenny Kadji is a versatile big man who could fit in. I think Peyton Siva would make a good hard-nosed backup point guard. He can bring some winning and defense.
If they don't want to resign JJ Hickson and don't want to use the 39th and 40th picks they can probably move those two picks for a solid veteran power forward off the bench like Darrell Arthur (the Grizzlies have to resign some guys and we also have Ed Davis)
Rice and Dieng would help the Blazers fill out the rest of the rotation. I don't know how much value the 10th pick has for them.
Trading down to 17 and 18 would be a good way to get two guys who could really fit in. They would still have some versatility with several second round picks to either stock pile talent or try to package some picks for veterans or to move up.
I Just read online that Oladipo's camp say the Blazers are interested in him..
But dont the Blazers already have 2 players( Barton and Matthews) that are similar to Oladipo?