With A Trade And A Little Luck, The Portland Trail Blazers Find Hope For The Future

“What is it they’ve sent us?”  “Hope.”

-Princess Leia, Rogue One

Hope is a dangerous thing, especially for fans of the Portland Trail Blazers.

When the team has the track record that it does in drafting potentially franchise-altering big man only to see it blow up in its face in a hail of arthritic bones and shredded cartilage, just seeing the letter “C” next to a Portland draft pick can trigger PTSD in Blazers fans.

Sam Bowie? Greg Oden?

I can hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth from here.

So, when the Blazers draft board left the team staring at two highly touted centers with the No. 7 pick

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