Utah, Portland complete trade
New York, NY (Sports Network) – The Utah Jazz have obtained the third overall
selection for the 2005 NBA Draft, completing a trade with the Portland Trail
Blazers Tuesday afternoon.
The Jazz dealt their two first-round selections in the draft (sixth and 27th
overall) and a 2006 conditional first-round pick to Portland to move up three
spots. With that selection it is believed that Utah will take either Chris
Paul or Deron Williams, both point guards.
“Our mission was to make optimum use of the third pick overall,” said Trail
Blazers President Steve Patterson.
“We were able to move down only three spots and gain two additional first
round picks. This trade will allow us to continue doing what we started last
year, stockpiling young talent. We had three first round picks last season,
and have two first round selections this year and next, along with all of our
second round picks. But we are not necessarily done making deals today.”
For the second consecutive draft, the Trail Blazers will own two first round
picks. In the 2004 NBA Draft, Portland grabbed guard Sebastian Telfair with
the 13th pick overall and selected forward Sergei Monia 23rd overall and
traded for New Jersey’s first round selection, Viktor Khryapa, picked 22nd
The 27th pick that Portland obtained originally belonged to the Dallas
Mavericks. The 2006 conditional pick also sent to the Trail Blazers was