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Rumor: Blazers Sending #6 and #11 To Cavs To Draft Brad Beal

June 11, 2012 – Allen Moll

Usually moving up 2 picks isn’t breaking news or ideally an intelligent move to make just weeks prior to the Draft unless a team is acquiring the top overall selection or you are getting a franchise player going forward.

The latter seems to be the case for the Portland Trailblazers as they are clearly targeting University of Florida model shooting guard Brad Beal, whom as an All SEC 1st Team selection as a freshman, many predict is the second coming of future NBA Hall of Famer Ray Allen. Beal is a 6‘5 guard with excellent size (210lbs), and a sweet stroke, that came on late in his lone season with the Gators, averaging 14.8 ppg, 6.7 rebs, and 2.2 assists in helping lead Florida to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tourney. Beal is the former 2011 Gatorade HS Player of the Year.

According to a tweet by a reliable inside source late Saturday evening, the two sides are hard at work proposing a deal that would send Portland’s #6 and #11 picks to Cleveland for the Cavs #4 and #24 selections.

According to our most recent Mock Draft, Portland would be sending players of the quality of Andre Drummond and Austin Rivers to play alongside last season’s ROY winner Kyrie Irving, forming a very potent trio of young superstars going forward. The deal makes sense for Cleveland as they are still realistically a few years away from contending or even becoming a Playoff team.

For Portland, they have been snake bit in the draft in recent years as former #1 overall selection Greg Oden has never panned out due to injuries and former franchise player and fellow Lottery pick Brandon Roy was forced to retire due to a degenerative knee condition a season ago. The Blazers obviously covet the near 7 foot Andre Drummond, but have to be leery of drafting another elite big with monster potential like Oden.

From a team perspective, the move also helps Portland as they are also in a rebuilding mode, albeit with a few key pieces already in place like potential All Star LaMarcus Aldridge and proven scorer Wes Mathews but may lose a talented portion of their roster in free agency this Summer with players like Ray Felton, Jamal Crawford, Nicolas Batum, and JJ Hickson all eligble to test free agent waters.

Of course, making no move at all would be beneficial to Portland as well as top rated PG Damion Lillard would be a nice fallback option at #6. Cleveland can really use anything, as players like Thomas Robinson, Harrison Barnes, Drummond, or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist could still be available at #4.

Check out Brad Beal’s Highlight Reel at Florida:

Allen Moll has been a lifelong NBA and NCAA College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously, and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania.  Allen has also provided content to Bleacherreport.com, Upperdeckblog.com, Cleveland.com, CSN Philly.com, Buckets Magazine, in addition to being a tenured NBA and NCAA columnist for TheHoopDoctors.com.

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  • Jjtorres29

    The Blazers should stand pat at 6 & 11. They should draft Drummond at 6 and Lillard at 11. Buff said.

  • Douglasmai

    Last time I remembered Portland needs more than a Ray Allen type Player, they have 2 picks and need XCenter and Point Guard help BAD!

  • personally could care less. it would be a great pick up. but there isn’t too much drop off from pf thomas robinson if at all from c/pf/sf anthony davis. if you got number one pick or even did this trade. pf thomas robinson is one of four people to put up the numbers he did in college basketball history.tim duncan,blake griffin,beasely and him with at least 17 points and over 11.8 rebounds a game.through out the season for the year..yes pro game and college is a completely diffrent game.the numbers and history on the other hand can’t be ignored as well.there are four to five or even eight  great all-star caliber talented players in this years draft who you can’t go wrong with if not more. pf thomas robinson,sf harrison barnes,sg bradley beal,pf/c/sf anthony davis,sf michael kidd-gilchrist,pg damion lillard,sg austin rivers,pf jared sullinger are among the can’t miss prospects.but for someone to say it can’t be done or will never happen,is someone that doesn’t know how to succeed or how to win or accomplish the hardest tasks. you always have to try and never give up. by saying can’t or i think i can even is not the right mind set and will never accomplish anything.but  instead know,say i know i can, is a winning attitude and can accomplish anything.we have 2012  4,24,33,34 picks.we have our first and second round picks from 2013,2014,and 2015 picks and beyond.we have the kings pick that will be a lottery pick between now and 2017.we have lakers first round pick.we have miami’s picks which can be used when miami’s team is busted up and a lottery team and picks again.we have the magic’s picks and prospect high energy and high motor guy and up and coming improving player in pf tristian thompson,and an all-star caliber center double double machine in c anderson varejae you could even use as a three team deal to get things done!teams have used  consecutive picks in on deals.from last year the lakers giving up two number one picks in consecutive years for point guard roman sessions. too the warriors trading a.hardaway and three number one picks to the magic for chris webber,ect..  i can go on and on and yes it’s long because it has to be. but for some people it’s not long enough for them to understand.

  • sg bradely beal is more of a cross between a wade and allen type player. pf thomas robinson is a cross between a smaller tim duncan and lebron james with a power forward who can dribble up court and make the right reads and vision and passes with the ability to make the high light dunks.  pf/c/sf anthony davis is a cross between garnnet and bosh with handle of a point as well. harrison barnes is cross between mashburn and sean elliot. austin rivers is a cross between stephen curry and monta ellis.