NBA Trade Rumors: Portland Trail Blazers Should Move Up and Draft Kemba Walker

Andy BaileyFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 16, 2017

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04:  Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies react after defeating the Butler Bulldogs to win the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament by a score of 53-41 at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The Portland Trail Blazers need to get younger at point guard and center, and Kemba Walker could be an exciting addition to this team.  The problem is, Walker will not be available when the Blazers' No. 21 pick comes up.

Of course, that could be resolved with a trade.  

According to the Portland Tribune's Kerry Eggers, the Blazers are already considering efforts to move into the top seven picks to solidify their chances of landing Walker.

The Sacramento Kings currently own the rights to this year's No. 7 pick, and they could definitely use a veteran like Andre Miller, who plays the point in a traditional, pass-first manner.

Tyreke Evans is definitely more of a shooting guard—in fact, it seems as though they've entirely given up on the idea of him as a point guard.

Miller would help Evans get more open looks and wouldn't mind allowing him to take control of the ball in certain situations.  He may not be a point guard, but Evans can still provide versatility by being a playmaker from the wing.

In exchange for Miller and Portland's No. 21 pick, the Kings could send Beno Udrih (on a worse contract than Miller) and their No. 7 pick.  If the Blazers want Walker badly enough, they may be willing to sweeten the deal even further with a future first-round pick.

If Walker was drafted to a Blazers team devoid of Andre Miller, he'd almost certainly be the starter on Opening Night. 

Patty Mills has shown potential over the last couple years, but Kemba Walker has a mixture of skill and maturity that is rare and will help him contribute at the next level right away.

He would help Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum make up for the loss of perimeter offense that came with the unfortunate injuries to Brandon Roy.  That will open up even more opportunities for Portland's should-have-been-an-All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge.


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