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Blazers may trade Andre Miller to draft Kemba Walker: A fan’s reaction
The Portland Trail Blazers want to draft Kemba Walker and are trying to move up in the 2011 NBA Draft. A trade with the Sacramento Kings or Toronto Raptors could be in the works, but it's hard to pin down exactly which franchise would be willing to give up such a high selection.
It's the Portland Tribune laying claim to the Blazers' efforts to jump up the draft board, and it would be a huge move if they were able to bring in a young and talented point guard like Walker. Some fans might balk at the proposal in the works, though, as it would likely send veteran point guard Andre Miller(notes) as well as the No. 21 pick in the first round to the other team. It would also require a salaried player close to Miller's coming back in return.
If Portland is targeting Walker in the draft, then most projections state they will have to get into the top seven. Using that logic, it would also require one of those teams to actually need a point guard moving forward. That likely removes the Washington Wizards from the equation, because they have the No. 6 pick and John Wall(notes) already residing at the position.
Maybe there is a hidden trade proposal that hasn't made it to the press just yet, where Portland is willing to give up more than just Miller to acquire a new young point guard. It would seem in that scenario that their best trade chip would be Nicolas Batum(notes), a player that the Blazers should not even consider trading at this point in his career. If the option is to part with someone like Rudy Fernandez(notes) though, it is something that deserves stronger consideration.
Without a true general manager in place yet, it's interesting that the Blazers are even coming up in trade rumors this off-season. At least it shows that the organization is making a concerted effort to improve a roster that already looked pretty good at the end of the 2010-11 NBA season. To be honest, a lineup that featured Wesley Matthews(notes), Walker, Gerald Wallace(notes), LaMarcus Aldridge(notes), and Marcus Camby(notes) actually looks pretty nice on paper.
Hopefully, the front office can make it happen without giving up everything in the cupboard, though.
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*Ryan is a Northwest bred sports fan that has been a Portland Trail Blazers fan for years. He doesn't miss a game, and has high hopes that the Blazers can improve their roster during the offseason and come back even better in the 2011-12 NBA season.
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