After a Very Dry Winter, are Hotter Temperatures and a Drought in Portland's Near Future?
The NBA Draft is only a few hours away, so that can only mean one thing: unsubstantiated trade rumors! Last night the Blazers were supposedly close to swapping Frenchies (ewww), acquiring Tony Parker and the 29th pick from San Antonio in exchange for his fellow countryman Nicolas Batum, plus Andre Miller, and the 21st selection. The deal for the former Mr. Eva Longoria fell apart when the Spurs tried to throw in Richard Jefferson and (more importantly) his three year $30 million dollar contract.
Today's latest—and certainly not the last—rumor involves Portland trading for Orlando point guard Jameer Nelson. Portland would ship off Dre and the 21st pick for Nelson (and thankfully not Hedo Turkoglu). Nelson is a superior outside shooter than Miller, six years his junior, but he does have difficulty staying healthy. In the past four seasons he has played 77% of regular season games, meaning Portland would need to have an option for those other 23% of games. An option not named Patty Mills.
The draft live blog is coming at 4:30pm. Act excited.