Bulls, Blazers swap rights to top draft picks
New York, NY (Sports Network) – The Portland Trail Blazers continue to be busy
during the early stages of draft night, trading the rights to LSU forward
Tyrus Thomas and the contract of forward Viktor Khryapa to the Chicago Bulls
for the rights to second overall selection LaMarcus Aldridge and a future
second round draft pick.
Earlier Wednesday night, the Blazers sent point guard Sebastian Telfair and
forward Theo Ratliff and a 2008 second round draft choice to the Boston
Celtics for forward Raef LaFrentz, guard Dan Dickau and the seventh pick in
With the seventh selection, Portland received Villanova guard Randy Foye from
Boston. The Trail Blazers then sent the dynamic scorer to Minnesota along with
cash considerations for the rights to Washington guard Brandon Roy.
Chicago drafted the Texas forward with the second pick with the intention of
shipping him to Portland. The Trail Blazers then drafted Thomas for Chicago
with the fourth selection, completing the proposed deal.
Thomas and Aldridge met when Texas faced LSU in the Atlanta regional final
last season. The athletic Thomas got the better of Aldridge, scoring 21 points
and grabbing 13 rebounds in the Tigers’ 70-60 victory to advance to the Final
Questions arose about Aldridge’s physical nature during the Elite Eight
contest, as the forward contributed only four points on 2-of-14 shooting and
was pushed around by LSU’s bulky big man Glen Davis.