Hornets Trade Out Of NBA Draft

courtesy: www.espn.com

The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to a deal with the New Orleans Hornets to acquire the 27th pick in Thursday’s NBA draft for cash considerations, a Blazers source told ESPN.com.


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.


Other potential targets are French swingman Nicolas Batum, who has slipped in the draft because of concerns about his heart, and Memphis swingman Chris Douglas-Roberts.


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.



3 Responses

  1. I am sorry to hear that, because it seems like a bunch of players were looking forward to being picked by the Hornets/working out for the Hornets in the NBA Draft workouts. However, if the Hornets use this money to extend Chris Paul’s contract, or to get some quality free agents, then this would be alright.

  2. I think that is a bad move. CDR seemed to have the drive and the ability to contribute to the team and we were looking forward to seeing him picked in the first round.

  3. So Fletch, who do you think the Hornets are saving their money for other than CP3? Who would be your free agent choice?

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