2010 NBA Draft Grades: Blazers Ownership Gets an F

June 24th, 2010 by Sean Highkin Leave a reply »
As everyone can see, not a whole lot of note happened in Rip City today.

The Blazers just announced that their general manager, who deserved the bulk of the credit for turning the team into a contender when they were formerly one of the biggest jokes in the league, was getting fired 20 minutes before the draft and then made him draft anyway. No big deal.

To Kevin Pritchard's credit, he turned in a typically solid draft-day performance, trading up to No. 16 to grab Nevada's Luke Babbit and picking up Memphis guard Elliot Williams at No. 22.

He's a better man than I am— if I were put in his situation, I would have traded Nicolas Batum to the Lakers for a second-round pick, traded LaMarcus Aldridge straight up for Eddy Curry, and offered the Wizards Brandon Roy and the next five unprotected first-round picks for the chance to have Gilbert Arenas' contract taken off their hands.

The truth of the matter is that if Pritchard had actually done that, had sabotaged his finely-crafted team as a parting shot to Paul Allen and his Vulcan advisors, nobody in Portland would have held it against him. That's how low an opinion the public h ...

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