2013 NBA Draft: Portland Trail Blazers Need To Define Direction They're Taking

By John Raffel
Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Head coach Terry Stotts and the Portland Trail Blazers are going to define the direction the franchise is taking this week when the team makes a first-round and three second-round picks in the NBA draft.

The consensus, if the Blazers make all four picks without trading one, is that they’re pushing a youth movement focusing around Damian Lillard, the 2013 Rookie of the Year. The Blazers have enough young players that it would seem foolish for them to add four more, but that would indeed signify that the team is taking a different direction.

The Trail Blazers were in the running for a playoff spot prior to losing their last 13 games of the regular season. They can still be a playoff contention team. Why start a youth movement?

That’s why it would almost make sense for the squad to package a couple of its picks and trade for a good veteran player to complement their current roster. There still remains the issue of LaMarcus Aldridge, the veteran Blazer who remains the best player on the squad with Lillard a close second. Trade rumors have died down about Aldridge, although there’s sill plenty of time for a trade before the start of a  new season. If the Blazers are looking to go for a youth movement, they might as well trade Aldridge for two good players. He obviously would not want to be a part of such a movement, nor would other veteran players on the team.

That’s why this is a critical week for the Trail Blazers. They need to define the direction the franchise is taking.

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