Blazers Comfortable Keeping No. 3 Pick
The Portland Trail Blazers have been widely expected to seriously entertain trading out of the No. 3 pick in order to maximize the window of Damian Lillard, but a deal may not materialize that vaunts them into true contender status and that would lead them to keep the pick. The Blazers will consider whichever player between Brandon Miller and Scoot Henderson is not selected at No. 2, as well as Ausar Thompson, Amen Thompson and Cam Whitmore.
“I don’t see them trading it either, honestly,” said Jonathan Givony on Zach Lowe’s podcast. “I think they would be very happy with Brandon Miller or Scoot Henderson.
“I also think they’re going to kick the tires on the Thompson twins and Cam Whitmore.
“I think this is going to be a process here where they’re looking at a lot of different options.”
Lowe expressed surprise that Givony expects them to keep the pick.
“If the draft were tonight, I think they’d keep the pick, yeah,” said Givony.
Givony added that the front office is committed to Lillard, but they are taking a long view.
Lowe doubts No. 3 and Anfernee Simons would be enough for the Blazers to acquire either Mikal Bridges or OG Anuonby.