Discussion in 'Portland Trail Blazers' started by Strenuus, May 16, 2023.
great deal for Orlando but if I'm Portland receiving this call my response would be a dial tone
Lillard told reporters on April 9 he's "not interested" in having the Blazers draft another young player who will likely take multiple years to develop into a serious contributor on a winning team.
"I want a chance to go for it," Lillard said. "And if the route is to (draft youth), then that's not my route."
I think most people are aware. Explains why this thread is approaching 100 pages in such little time. People are discussing all sorts of scenarios. The truth is, if we did not get somewhat lucky to jump in this draft, the only avenue for us to improve is by using future picks plus Ant and/or Nurk. Now that we have #3, it is now possible to improve w/o using future picks, or if future picks are used as well, the return will be greater. I think future picks will be needed to really go for it. I just hope whatever Cronin does it's not a desperate move.
So much Amen hype. Smells like a smokescreen to me.
Looks like the Bulls really want a PG. Scoot would fit perfectly there. Too bad they don't have anything to offer the Blazers:
every lavine for ant package proposed by bulls fans misunderstands how similar those two players are.
Did he do this last year? Curious how his valuations are…
how bad do they want a PG and how much do they know about Simons?
Ant for Alex Caruso + Patrick Williams + future 1st + all of Portland's pick obligations extinguished?
Ant + Little for DeRozan + future 1st + all of Portland's pick obligations extinguished?
other than something like that, no
there is always a highly rated player who falls way down the draft order. Seems to be a rule. This year's falling prospect may very well be Miller. Lots of questions about this guy
I think an ant for dd/caruso package where you’re not sending out #3 is one of the better frameworks I’ve seen.
I like the idea of Ant+Little+Keon for DDR+Caruso, but only if Portland's pick obligation to Chicago is extinguished
I wouldn't want to include the 23rd pick, but maybe it would be worth it to get rid of Olshey's dumbass trade
Ant fans will hate it though, and it does take a lot of Portland's trading salary leverage off the table. But it may be enough to satisfy Dame's desire for veterans while allowing the Blazers to use the 3rd pick. So, I guess the trade-Dame fans will hate it too
This is why i'm so leery of the Blazers drafting him. Sure, the authorities say he's not a suspect, Now, but what if that changes. In some ways it's par for the course. The Blazers get a lucky draft position, and one of the two guys has a potential bad situation lingering. I'm hoping the Hornets go all in. But if Miller is copping tude on this, not good. If you're truly innocent of any responsibility, show that in the interviews. Don't be a "ask my lawyer" douche.
DeRozan is still at the top of his game. Plus he's a free throw magnet. His mid range game is top notch.
I believe his 2022 rankings were:
3. Jabari Smith Jr
9. Keegan Murray
While it's certainly not great from a PR or team perspective, I can't fault the guy for being careful with this situation. It's what his lawyers are advising him to do, because any errant comment could potentially negatively impact his life in a massive way. That's not something you mess around with.
I don't think that should be taken as 'tude or being an "ask my lawyer" douche, so much as a frustrating biproduct of the situation. Honestly, I think you could look at it as possibly a sliver of hope that Miller is learning from mistakes and showing signs of maturity. That might be giving him too much credit, but THE biggest questions around the entire gun situation (beyond the obvious "was this dude involved in a murder?" part) is his decision making, and, while again, frustrating, showing this kind of restraint and appreciation for the seriousness of the situation could be looked at as a good sign.
Here's what I can say for sure, each of these teams have 7+ figure contracts with investigation firms digging into this. Feels pretty obvious that EVERYBODY involved wishes he could walk in and openly and honestly declare his complete innocence and clearance, but these teams are going to know damn near as much as law enforcement and Miller's representation by the time the draft rolls around. Doesn't always guarantee a positive outcome, but knowing a little bit about how this process goes, I wouldn't worry too much about this bit...
If you were innocent of being an accessory to a crime, wouldn't you come out and vehemently voice your innocence. I surely would. I'd look everyone in the eye and passionately state my case.
To me, "talk to my lawyer" is like stating the 5th when you've got something to hide.
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