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2021 NBA Draft: Blazers owe Rockets No. 23 pick after tiebreaker originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest
The NBA broke the ties for the six teams that ended the regular-season with identical records to determine the order for the upcoming draft.
The drawings were conducted by NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations Kiki VanDeWeghe at the NBA office in Secaucus, New Jersey. The tiebreaker process was overseen by a representative from the accounting firm of Ernst & Young.
Among the teams with a tie included the Blazers being in a three-way jam with the Lakers and Mavericks at 42-30.
As a result of the drawing process, the Mavericks won the tiebreaker over both teams, and the Blazers finished behind the Lakers once it was all over.
What does this mean for the Blazers?
Due to the Blazers trading their 2021 first-round pick to the Rockets for Robert Covington, they don’t have the right to their pick.
This means Houston will be picking No. 23 courtesy of Portland, No. 24 thanks to Milwaukee, and of course their own lottery pick.
Portland currently doesn’t own a first or second-round pick. It could be the third time since 2010 -- 2014, 2016 -- the team doesn’t have a pick in the draft.
Depending on what the team’s plans are in free agency they may or may not need a pick.
Zach Collins, Carmelo Anthony, and Enes Kanter will be their notable free agents and the team will enter the summer having no longer owing Anderson Varejao $1.9M
Although the team will still be paying Andrew Nicholson $2.8M until the end of the 2023-’24 season.