In fact, they felt the likeliest course was to possibly take one with the 39th pick and then trade the 44th pick away to bank a future asset.
“We had several phone calls from teams trying to trade back to 44 or trade up to get a second-round pick,” Dumars said. “We had contingency plans to move the pick. Once we drafted Middleton, we looked at the board and said, ‘We’re going to get a good player at 44. Forty-three goes off and we’re like, ‘Yeah, we’re taking Kim English.’ We would have moved the pick, but we weren’t going to pass on Kim English at 44.”