Ford: Blazers looking to move up to draft a point guard


Via the good folks at Blazer’s Edge, here’s a tidbit from’s Chad Ford (insider required) on how the Blazers may be looking to trade up in the draft to find a point guard:

Finally, the Blazers have been aggressive, according to a number of GMs. They are out there looking for a starting point guard and would like to move way up in the draft to get one.

This does make some sense: The Blazers have been known to be aggressive on draft day in the past, and they still haven’t picked up their team option on the ancient Andre Miller, which indicates that they may be looking for a point guard of the future. (Apparently Patty Mills doesn’t quite fit the bill for them.)’

Still, this looks like it’s still very much in the rumor stages. The Blazers have a lot of assets, as they always seem to, and their ability to wheel and deal on draft day should never be underestimated, but they currently hold the 21st pick. Of the four “starting-quality” point guards in the draft (Irving, Knight, Walker, Fredette), none is currently projected to go any lower than 7th, and there’s almost no way the lowest-ranked of them, Fredette, makes it out of the lottery. If the Blazers can pull this off, it’ll be fairly impressive, to say the least.

Celtics ease to 124-91 win at Olimpia Milano in Global Games

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MILAN (AP) — The Boston Celtics eased to a 124-91 victory over Olimpia Milano at the Mediolanum Forum on Tuesday, comfortably winning the first of a double-header in Europe as part of the NBA Global Games.

Isaiah Thomas led the way for the Celtics with 18 points, including nine in his first seven minutes after coming off the bench midway through the first quarter.

Jared Sullinger added 14 points, as did Avery Bradley, who also had four three-pointers, while David Lee weighed in with 13 as well as seven rebounds and three assists.

Alessandro Gentile – who is reportedly wanted by the Houston Rockets, who hold NBA rights to the 22-year-old – top scored for Milano, with 19 points.

Next up for the Celtics is Real Madrid in Spain on Thursday.