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Blazers Move Up in Second Round

Jun 21, 2010 – 4:02 PM
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Tom Ziller

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The Blazers have traded for the No. 34 pick in Thursday's NBA draft, sending cash and the No. 44 pick back to Golden State, reports Matt Steinmetz of CSN Bay Area. The Blazers also have the No. 22 pick in the draft, and have made a habit of making myriad draft day trades.

Obviously, Blazers GM Kevin Pritchard, who has been rumored to be hanging by a thread for months now, has a player or several players he likes near the top of the second round. What's interesting is that despite Pritchard's decision maker non grata status in Rip City, he's still getting the OK from boss Paul Allen on improving the team. And there's no question: spending a few of Allen's millions of dollars to move up 10 spots should help the team. Better players are available in the top five picks of the second round than in the middle.

Who could the Blazers be looking at? Tough question. You think you'd be safe guessing a random European, but Pritchard moved up from No. 38 to No. 31 last year in order to take Dante Cunningham out of Villanova. There are any number of guards who could be available in the early second, like Mississippi's Terrico White or Alabama's Mikhail Torrance. If the Blazers have indeed targeted a European player to stash, German center Tibor Pleiss should be off the board, but Serb center Miroslav Raduljica or German point guard Thomas Heurtel could be available.
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