After Oden, what’s next?

Well, one of my commenter’s informed me last night that Oden’s camp has told the world that the Blazers have assured the Ohio State center that he will be our pick at number one. That from ESPN, and confirmed in much looking around this morning. That’ll teach me to go out for dinner and a movie the night before the NBA draft. The suspense gets ended while I’m half-way through Fracture at the Academy.

Great movie, great theater, and you can never go wrong with Flying Pie and a Drop Top, but I digress…

Since perhaps the greatest suspense item of today’s draft (for Blazer fans, anyway) appears to be resolved, the next step is to figure out what’ll happen next. I think you’re a damned fool if you think that Portland’s roster won’t go through a bit of shuffling today, and you’re a damn-der fool if you think that Kevin Pritchard is going to settle for one first-round pick and four second-round picks. We will pick again in the first round. The question is where, and at what cost?

There are many, many great blogs out there devoted to the Blazers, and they will all be abuzz throughout the day and into tomorrow. I plan on throwing out a post at around 4:30 or so discussing the draft to that point, unless we haven’t made any moves. I also plan on throwing up a draft review tonight after I’ve had a chance to stew upon what we’ve done.

In the meantime, you can use this as our draft day open thread. If you aren’t a regular Blazer news follower and are looking for some places to go, you can check out my blog which won’t have any new stuff today, and use the links under “Blazers News” and “Sports Blogs I Follow,” which should all be lighting up throughout the day…

3 Comments so far

  1. Rusty (unregistered) on June 28th, 2007 @ 8:27 am

    For what it’s worth, Mike Barrett (Blazer mouthpiece) says the following on his blog today:

    “Let me say that I’m very aware of what ESPN is reporting, and I’ve also heard Greg Oden’s agent, Mike Conley, Sr., say that they’ve been told nothing, and have been guaranteed nothing. So, this is just going to be a case of believe who you want, and the truth will come out soon.”

    I believe that where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

  2. Rusty (unregistered) on June 28th, 2007 @ 8:30 am

    And, along the same lines, Oden’s agent:

    “‘We haven’t been told that,’ Mike Conley, Sr. said late Wednesday night. ‘(ESPN) can have their opinion, but the Blazers haven’t told us anything.'”

    And Kevin Pritchard:

    “‘Nobody has been promised or told anything. Nobody,'” Pritchard said.

    From Jason Quick’s Blog.

    Since Kevin Pritchard is the closest thing in my heart to a saint right now, I won’t call this a “lie.” I will call it “subterfuge.”

  3. Daaaaave (unregistered) on June 28th, 2007 @ 10:27 am

    “Portland is trying to package their two high second rounders (#37 and #42) with 3 million dollars in cash to move into the late teens or early 20’s. Morris Almond is one player they supposedly like. The Trailblazers wouldn’t confirm that to us in a conversation we had with one of their front office members, but he did assure us that they “plan on being active.””

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