In Chad Ford's latest mock draft, he has the Blazers drafting DaJuan Summers out of Georgetown. At first glance, Summers appears to be a nice big body who might be good for a back-up role on the Blazers.
But realistically Summers is a small forward who doesn't rebound well. I understand the mock draft is hard to research in the late rounds, but we aren't going to take Summers.
If Portland does keep the 24th pick, I think the best option would be Gani Lawal. Of course this is assuming certain guys are off the board (i.e. Hanbrough and Blair).
Lawal is a raw talent who rebounds, has plenty of fire, and only really lacks offensive experience. I know prospects are not what we need right now, but this is a little different. He can accomplish things right now that we need the most. A tough, athletic player who can come off the bench to compliment LaMarcus Aldridge at the power forward position.
Part of me is starting to think the Blazers will stay at the 24th pick, get a banger power forward like Lawal or even Blair if his stock keeps dropping. I doubt that, but last year I thought there was no way we could get Bayless and he dropped to a double digit pick.
If we did stand pat, not bringing in a "veteran" presence, would that really be a big deal?
If we assume that LA, Greg, Bayless, will all continue to progress and Martell will come back healthy, doesn't that make the Blazers a lot better without making too many moves?
I feel like the local media is hyping our heads about all these different draft day and trade options. Maybe it's time to accept that we have a quality team which doesn't need to shake things up.