BLAZERS WIN DRAFT LOTTERY
The Portland Trail Blazers defied the odds and won the NBA draft lottery on Tuesday night. I don’t believe for a minute that Kevin Durant will be their selection. It will be Oden, who will be added to their impressive core of young players.
“Huge, unbelievably huge,” general manager Kevin Pritchard said. “Franchise making. … Rip City again, here we come.”
Jarrett Jack, Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge and Ime Udoka + Greg Oden? Rip City indeed. In fact, the oldest player on the Blazers roster is Raef Lafrentz, who will turn 31 next week.
I didn’t mention Zach Randolph because I don’t think he will be a Blazer next season. Randolph is a dominant scorer in the post, a wide body who can rebound. But as good as he is he’s a distraction (to put it kindly) and there have long been rumors that the Blazers would like to trade him.
Would the Bulls dare take a chance on Randolph? The Blazers could definitely use a small forward. Randolph could come cheaper than expected.
The Bulls pick 9th. Do they take Joakim Noah? NBADraft.net has Noah as the Bulls’ pick in their latest mock draft. I love Noah and think he will be a solid contributor in the league. But the Bulls need Noah’s teammate Al Horford much more than they need Noah.
And maybe, finally, Kevin Garnett will be available.
The Bulls have put together an admirable team. They compete hard every night and they get the most out of what they have. But now is the time to make a big deal and somehow get that post player they need. It’s up to Pax to finish the job.