Neil Olshey got his man on draft night. The Portland Trail Blazers president of basketball operations traded the 15th and 20th picks in the NBA draft to move up into the lottery and grab Gonzaga big man Zach Collins. "It was really just more ... we think he's the best player on the board, we moved up to get him," Olshey said on Thursday night. Olshey said he and his staff were sold on Collins in January.
If you wanted the Portland Trail Blazers to cash in their assets during the 2017 NBA draft and try to pull off a blockbuster move that would bring an All-Star caliber player to Rip City, you weren't alone. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum have been running similar campaigns on their Twitter accounts for most of the last month, openly recruiting the likes of Paul George and Kristaps Porzingis to join them in Portland.
The 2017 NBA draft begins tonight and the Portland Trail Blazers, owners of picks Nos. 15, 20 and 26, figure to be very active. The Blazers don't have any cap space to lure free agents to Portland this summer, so the draft and surrounding trades will be the main vehicle President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey uses to re-shape the roster. Leading up to the draft the Blazers evaluated 39 prospects at their practice facility in Tualatin.
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Selecting a term
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