A few prep items before we roll out our 2011 NBA Draft show, 3-7 pm:
From Hoopsworld -- "The Spurs and Blazers nearly completed a blockbuster trade on Wednesday afternoon, but the deal fell apart in the late stages. San Antonio was prepared to ship Tony Parker and the #29 to Portland for Andre Miller, Nic Batum and the #21. The deal died when the Spurs insisted Richard Jefferson's contract be included."
For the record, Jefferson is owed over $30-million over next 3 seasons (third year is a player option). Not happenin', folks.
On to the next target. FromDraft Express -- The Blazers are looking at trading Andre Miller and the #21 to Orlando for Jameer Nelson. I can see why both teams would do that deal. Risk for the Blazers. What is Nelson now? He's a former All-Star but hasn't been the same since his injury in 2009. He's 29 years old, same age as Tony Parker. Tough one.
If there are no firework trades and the Blazers draft at #21, it seems Kenneth Faried may be the guy.
Here's a nice feature on the New Jersey kid who appears to be one heck of dude and easy to root for.
Faried has been compared to undersized guys like Paul Millsap and DuJuan Blair. He broke Tim Duncan's college rebound record which is nice. To me, he's a safe pick at #21 because what he does well (rebound, defense, energy) definitely translates to the NBA. Low bust factor but not a very high star factor. What's interesting is he wasn't invited to the green room yet the draft is being conducted in his hometown of Newark. wtf.
I was abit shocked when we didn't take KEnneth Faried, thats exactly the type of player we need with the type of attitude and way of playing our team should focus on..his offensive rebounding and passion to attack on defense would make us a much tougher team yes he's not a gaurd but rebounds turn into points and had we been rebounding better in the play off Dallas would have lost in the first round.
Why did Kyrie Irving get pick #1
I think he should have stayed his senior year he was hurt the whole season, but most of these college athletes are in it for the money.