Portland general manager Kevin Pritchard refused to reveal specifics about possible trade scenarios or speculation, but did acknowledge that he has engaged in talks with other GMs and that the "buildup" to legitimate trade discussion is "starting right now."
The Blazers have made some type of draft-related trade in each of his six drafts, including 16 in the last four years.
"We're having discussions," Pritchard said. "I would never get into the details of where and who -- we don't comment on that kind of speculation. But it's our job to look at every opportunity. ... You're always assessing the landscape, whether you're looking to move up, down or stay where you are. You're always assessing your options."