March 2, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers

NBA Draft 2013: Portland Trail Blazers Expected To Keep No. 10 Pick

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There were rumors swirling this morning that the Portland Trail Blazers may trade their tenth overall selection in tonight’s NBA Draft, but according to Scott Howard-Cooper, they will not do so.

Per Howard-Cooper:

Indications around the league the Blazers will keep 10. Had been considered a strong trade possibility because need vets more than youth.

The Blazers have been involved in a handful of rumors the past few days or so, from attempting to acquire DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers to potentially having trade discussions with the Dallas Mavericks and Chicago Bulls about power forward LaMarcus Aldridge.

What direction the Blazers are leaning with the pick is unknown. Currently, has them selecting point guard Michael Carter-Williams while Draft Express has them selecting Pittsburgh big man Steve Adams.

The pick nearly was awarded to the Charlotte Bobcats as the Blazers owe the Cats for the Gerald Wallace trade, but the pick was top twelve protected – so at least for one more year, the Blazers will luck out. The Blazers will be forced to part with their first round pick next year or in 2015 if it’s not in the top twelve. The pick becomes completely unprotected in 2016.

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