NBA GM tells me if the draft were today he thinks Blazers take Damian Lillard at No. 6, and wouldn’t chance trying to get him at No. 11.
Of the teams he’s worked out for, it sounds like the Blazers are the highest on him. He had a very strong workout in Portland that ended with a dinner invite from Paul Allen. The question is whether the Blazers take him at No. 6 or No. 11.
The Trail Blazers are key for the Pistons’ hopes of getting Andre Drummond, but even if Portland picks Lillard (or someone else), the Warriors at No. 7 could take Drummond. Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News:
And we know the Joe Lacob Warriors always aim to think big. Thinking big is practically the singular definition of the Lacob’Guber ownership so far.
Big promises, big plans, big shows, big ideas, big names, big thinking.
So… If Drummond isn’t selected in the top-6, which is possible, do the Warriors take him at 7, and accept that it’s a boom/bust gamble, to fulfill their quest for big-ness?
I think if the GSW turn comes up and Drummond is still there, Drummond would have some support, possibly from the main “Think Big” components of the organization.
And I’ve heard that Lacob himself is prodding the front office to look for post players in the draft, if there’s no obvious elite talent available at other positions. (Not necessarily for Drummond, I should point out.)
The last time the Warriors picked slightly ahead of the Pistons as an impressive draft prospect slipped, Golden State did Detroit a favor. Hopefully, the Warriors will be so generous next week if Drummond is still on the board.