Seattle Angling for Oden?

AOL’s Fanhouse NBA Blog has the following interesting bit of reporting. Apparently, Atlanta and Seattle are close to doing a deal sending Luke Ridnour to Atlanta for their #11 pick in tomorrow’s NBA Draft. (The deal’s also mentioned at ESPN’s rumors page).

Do I believe it? No. Luke Ridnour’s a solid NBA point guard, but he doesn’t have the upside of Mike Conley Jr. or Acie Law, who are the two people most expect Atlanta to be choosing between at #11.

But, anyway, the article goes on to say that there may be a reason Seattle would do this deal:

They want Greg Oden, so they’d package #2 and #11 in exchange for Portland’s #1. . . Other trade scenarios between Portland and Seattle get messy because of salaries; just trading draft picks makes things a lot simpler.

Personally, I don’t think they want Oden that much. Really, Kevin Durant would be great for them. What I really see as a possibility, given how Portland has used the much-maligned smoke-screen to confuse the crap out of anyone who thinks that Oden’s a lock at #1 is the following (that is, if this trade happens at all):

1. Seattle trades Ridnour to Atlanta for the #11 pick.
2. Seattle trades the #2 and #11 pick to Portland for a promise that the Blazers will NOT take Kevin Durant at #1.
3. Blazers laugh all the way to the bank and score Acie Law at PG, which is fine because I think Jarrett Jack is moving in a draft-day trade.

Interesting to think about. But since I don’t think Atlanta makes the trade for Ridnour, completely an academic exercise. Your thoughts?

6 Comments so far

  1. chad (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 11:29 am

    I would definitely like to see us pick up a second pick in the first round this year, although like you said, this idea seems far fetched. What I’ve been proposing is a trade sending Jarret Jack and Zach Randolph to the Kings for Mike Bibby and the #10 pick. Bibby is a veteran point with major playoff experience. He’s not even thirty years old, he’s a great outside shooter, and he only has two years left on his contract. Plus we can use the #10 pick on a small forward. In two years time, when LaFrentz and Bibby are both free agents, we’ll have $23 million in cap space to resign Aldridge and Roy the year before their rookie contracts expire, pluse Sergio Rodriguez can step into Bibby’s old starting role after developing his game. I like the idea, but it never seems to get much traction with anyone else.

  2. Daaaaave (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 12:04 pm

    There are a number of higher draft spots available, including Atlanta’s #3. I don’t buy Atlanta giving up the #11 for Ridnour, a kid who’d be better as a backup on a good team than trying to lead a crappy one. Conley will be gone before the 11th pick and Acie Law might be gone too. Jack for the 11 seems more likely, but again I question why. No one knows who’s going 3-10 so why end up with the 11 if you have to pick between Thornton, Hawes and Julian Wright?

    We haven’t worked out anyone in this range (as far as I know) either so it isn’t like Pritch saw something in drills he fell in love with.

    As for Bibby, he’s a poor shooting, shoot first point guard. Not what we need. Rather get Andre Miller, personally.

  3. TKrueg (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 12:26 pm

    Anyone read Canzano today? I don’t think I’ve been moved to actually write the fool in months. I don’t think the Oden/Durant debate is too hyped… Durant absolutely deserves serious consideration at one, and even if he didn’t, can you name many/any teams with #1 picks that tip their hands early?? Come freakin’ on. He also made a ridiculous argument that the Blazers are losing an opportunity to cash in early by announcing Oden. WTF?? It’s called ‘suspense’, douchebag. Ultimately it will do more for the Blazers bottom line than having a watered-down, quiet transition into the Oden era.

    It just smacks of a kid throwing a tantrum on Christmas Eve, demanding he get to open a present early. Slow news days do not provide an excuse for this tripe.

  4. Daaaaave (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 12:38 pm

    I read Casey and Quick and that’s it on the O/OLive staff. There’s no advantage in announcing early.

    Also: to elaborate an earlier point, Milwaukee is definitely shopping the #6 pick. Whether Portland has anything they want is up in the air, but that’s the range where we could pick up a Jeff Green or Corey Brewer (my choice).

  5. Rusty (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 2:41 pm

    Really, the more I ponder this scenario the less sense it names for Seattle unless they get a point guard in the process. Maybe they try to pull a trade with Portland for the certainty of Durant plus Jarrett Jack. But really if they’re making this trade, I’d have to believe they want to use the pick themselves for a new point guard.

  6. NewPDXer (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 8:27 pm

    ESPN is reporting that Oden’s camp has been notified by the Blazers that he will be the #1 pick tomorrow night.

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