The deal was agreed to verbally between the two teams on Tuesday night, according to the source. The teams have scheduled a trade call with the league in the morning to make the deal official.
Blazers GM Kevin Pritchard has been very active in the past few drafts acquiring picks. Armed with the financial might of owner Paul Allen, the Blazers acquired the 23rd pick in the draft last year and drafted Rudy Fernandez. They also used cash to acquire Sergio Rodriguez in 2006.
It’s unclear who the Blazers are eyeing at No. 27. One possibility is Croatian big man Ante Tomic, whom the Blazers have coveted for years.
Fletcher’s note: The only reason I can see the Hornets justifying this move is because their stockpiling money to make a big run in free agency.
Chris Paul will get his extension and the team needs more money to go get another quality free agent or to make a trade for a solid veteran.