NBA Rumors: Portland Should Address Needs Through Trade, Not Draft

June 22nd, 2010 by Sean Highkin Leave a reply »
Three or four years ago, an article speculating on the Trail Blazers' draft strategy would invariably be spent talking about various lottery picks and their potential to change the face of the franchise.

Fast-forward to 2010 and I've been asked by my editors at Bleacher Report to write something about what I think the team will or should do on Thursday.

But here's the thing: I really don't care who they draft at No. 22.

Oh, if they decide to hold onto the pick, I'm sure Kevin Pritchard will take somebody that fills one of the Blazers' primary second-unit needs (point guard, shooting guard, and power forward) decently.

But Pritchard is now publicly fighting for his job.

It's become common knowledge that, unless he can dramatically improve the franchise on draft day, he'll probably be looking for a new job. Adding another perfectly competent late-first-rounder to the roster isn't how you convince your employers to rehire you, especially when you've built your entire reputation by making splashes in June.

(I've already made my view of the Blazers front office's handling of this situation known. Letting Pritchard g ...

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