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A few days ago if you would’ve asked me me this question, I would’ve said hell no, absolutely no chance. If we want him, it’ll be at #6.
That, of course, came before the rumor mill began whirling around with potential to shake up the NBA draft order in the lottery department. The latest trade rumors to develop certainly must be making Trail Blazers’ brand new GM Neil Olshey raise an eyebrow. Perhaps even both eyebrows. Yes, he is certainly taking media speculation with a grain of salt, but a pecking order draft night shift must be resting somewhere perched on the back of his mind…
Here’s a sample of the rumor involving the Toronto Raptors 8th overall pick, and the Houston Rockets’ desire to snatch it from them.
The motive: to have a nice juicy package to dangle in front of the Orlando Magic who will undoubtedly be in search of collecting Carmelo-esque value when they eventually part ways with Dwight the-I-wear-youth-size-unis Howard. Here’s the catch that would affect Blazer brass and the fans of Rip City: The Raptors would get a young, promising, yet veteran-savvy PG in Kyle Lowry. I am not entirely sky high on Lowry as a PG of the future, but as of right now, his contract is brilliant sitting at $12-million over the course of the next two years. BARGAIN! If the trade were to occur, the Blazers can entirely forget about competing in the Dragic sweepstakes—a guy I feel is already overrated—even though he tends to play his best ball in front of the raucous Rose Garden crowd. Unless we want to play our cards and pritch-slap a team again, that’s the closest we’d get to signing Dragic.
**The speculation of this Houston trade also weighs in on the possibility of the Sacramento Kings coming into play to acquire Lowry. I’ll explain below why that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense**
Where the direct correlation comes in with Olshey’s Blazers is the fact that the Raptors were one of two teams with top-10 picks realistically known to be looking for a point guard that can put points on the board. The spaniard Jose Calderon—who has spent the past seven seasons as the PG (five as starter) in Toronto—has not been the answer. Yes, he’s been solid, but at the age of 30 and at a $10.6-million clip (what he’ll make in the final year of his contract next season), Calderon is not thee guy that is going to break the Raptors free from the rest of the scoring cellar-dwellers of the league (Toronto averaged 90.7/ppg in 2011-12, good for 28th in the NBA). Calderon has a great handle on the game (an A-list assist/TO ratio, at 4.5, #1 in the league last year). Unfortunately for Calderon, he hasn’t developed into a poor man’s Nash with a scoring attack to pair with his tremendous ability to dish, all while taking care of the ball.
**Last five seasons for Calderon, points-per-game: 10.5; 9.8; 10.3; 12.8; 11.2**
The biggest knock on Calderon is the fact that in his seven seasons in the NBA, he’s only played a full 82-games just one single year. Not necessarily a reason to ax him or call him a bum, but a fantastic reason to add depth at the PG position moving forward. While Lillard would be a tremendous compliment to their roster, there would be little risk taking a guy like Lowry off Houston’s hands, a proven player with a strong drive in the paint (so long as his attitude is adjusted once he arrives at the Toronto Pearson Airport). Calderon and Lowry both could play on the court at the same time as well if the situation were to arise. If Lillard were to turn out to be a bust, the Raptors would only sink deeper in quicksand they are already standing in. Calderon could walk after the year wraps up, then they’d be left with slim pickings when it comes to a PURE point-guard (ahem-JBay).
So let’s say this trade does go down: Houston sends Lowry to Toronto for their 8th overall pick in the draft—could Lillard then slip to Portland at 11?
Taking a glance at Point Guard needs in the top-10
One of the major questions always entering a draft: what is the ratio of risk vs. reward? Usually we are talking about a player’s upside, his potential. With this type of risk vs. reward scenario, we are talking about having a poker face, and trying to read the minds of the GM’s across the league with leverage standing in line in front of us. If Portland can somehow nab Lillard at #11, it will certainly be the steal of the draft without a question, but doing so is going to take some crafty technique, some giant brass balls, and in all honesty—some major luck. I’d say these odds are fairly slim and unrealistic to bank on, but definitely a simulation Olshey must be playing out in the endless array of what-if scenarios. It’s a new dawn, Blazer fans.
Rip City, Sco’pe!
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Yep, this guy got sentenced today. Find out how/why with my Dennis Rodman trap ~ You just might, maybe, perhaps—will find a Rodman joke or two. Forget community service, shouldn’t the judge just let the moms/kids kick him in the groin and call it even?
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