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Report: Blazers want to trade up in draft for Kemba Walker

Jun 3, 2011, 10:19 AM EDT

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Portland needs to tweak its roster. There are good players — LaMarcus Aldridge, Gerald Wallace — but the backcourt can no longer count on Brandon Roy to lead every night.

The Blazers are looking to make a tweak in the draft by getting Connecticut point guard Kemba Walker, who led his team to the national championship last season. And they are willing to make a big trade to do it, according to the Portland Tribune.

The Trail Blazers, who own the 21st pick, are looking to move up in the June 24 draft.

According to a league source, Portland would like to get into the top seven to be in position to take Connecticut point guard Kemba Walker. That might mean packaging veteran point guard Andre Miller and the No. 21 pick for another team’s player along with a top-seven pick.

Of course, the Blazers are not talking officially.

Seventh may not be high enough, both NBC’s Rotoworld and DraftExpress have Kemba Walker going No. 5 overall to Toronto. Potential trading partners would be limited to Utah at three, the Cavaliers at four (who are drafting Kyrie Irving No. 1 so don’t expect them to trade for Miller) and Toronto.

Andre Miller has a very reasonable one year, $7.8 million on his contract for next year.

  1. readysethike - Jun 3, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Good move but instead of miller id trade roy to move up in the draft…roy thinks hes still a starter and obviously portland feels otherwise so allow roy to prove hes a starter on another team

  2. louderthanwords1 - Jun 3, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    readysethike – Your not going to get a team giving up for Roy what they would be willing to give up for Miller. Roy has bad knees and if the regular season wasn’t evidence enough the Dallas-Portland series should have been. Some days Roy has it and is still an all star caliber player who can take over but other days he shouldn’t even be on the court. In addition to that Miller’s contract is a lot better to take on than Roy’s

    • denverhoopdreams - Jun 3, 2011 at 11:33 AM

      Exactly! Roy isn’t trade bait at all. A team would only take him on under free agent circumstances at this current time or a very minimal trade.. like Roy for a couple of bench players. Andre Miller still has All-Star years in him.. or at least one.

  3. trbowman - Jun 3, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Kemba will be a better pro than Irving.

    • zblott - Jun 3, 2011 at 1:20 PM

      Irving knows how to be a point guard. Kemba shoots every crappy shot he sees. There’s a reason UConn’s record was practically even when he took 20 or more shots a game. If a 6-footer is shooting 42% FG and not playing defense in a really down year for college, what’s he going to do in the NBA?

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