Trail Blazers News: Recent NCAA Champ Seen As Intriguing Portland Lottery Fit

Who will the Blazers take at pick No. 7?

The Portland Trail Blazers hold picks No. 7 and No. 14 in the upcoming NBA Draft, giving them a real chance to bring in some talent to the team. After finishing with a poor record of 21-61, the Blazers are looking to get themselves back to a place of contention moving forward.

While this draft class isn't widely regarded as a strong one, there is a lot of solid depth within it. Even at the top, there aren't any clear-cut star prospects but Portland may be looking to grab a recent NCAA champion big man.

According to Aaron Fentress of The Oregonian/OregonLive, Portland recently worked out UConn Huskies center Donovan Clingan. Clingan is seen to be one of the top options in this draft and could give the Trail Blazers a legitimate piece to work around.

"Connecticut center Donovan Clingan recently worked out for the Trail Blazers, an NBA source has told The Oregonian/OregonLive. The Blazers have the No. 7 and No. 14 picks in the first round."

Clingan is expected to go higher than where the Blazers hold a pick but there has been talk about them possibly moving up. They could likely package their two first rounders with an extra asset to move up if they wanted.

Getting a player like Clingan could be good for the franchise, especially with his championship DNA. He helped lead the Huskies to back-to-back championships.

He has limited mobility but is great on the defensive end of the floor. Portland could get a nice cornerstone piece to their future if they were to select him in this draft.

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Matt Levine

MATT LEVINE

Matt earned a Master of Science degree in Sport Management from Louisiana State University in 2021. He was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, covering all Southern California sports in his career.