Joe Cronin reacts to Trail Blazers lottery stance

The Portland Trail Blazers clinched the 7th position in the 2022 NBA lottery tonight, finishing a notch below their organic position of 6th. After going 27-55 in the regular season and missing the playoffs, the team will occupy a middle position in the lottery in the 2022 NBA draft.

Recently promoted general manager Joe Cronin commented on the results to Aaron Fentress of the Oregonian. cleft attributes to Cronin the following statements:

I caught up with Trail Blazers general manager Joe Cronin after the draw disappointment.

He stayed positive after what he called a “mini punch” after falling to No.7.

“We have work to do,” he said.

At the end of the season, Portland had the potential for a second lottery pick, courtesy of the New Orleans Pelicans. Portland and New Orleans reached a midseason deal, sending guard CJ McCollum and forward Larry Nance, Jr. to the Pelicans in exchange for swingman Josh Hart and a first-round pick in this draft. year. The choice was protected, only transmitting if it was between 5 and 14 in the command draft. The Pelicans eventually advanced in the NBA play-in tournament, earning the 8th seed and a first-round date with the Phoenix Suns. Once they made the postseason, the New Orleans pick was guaranteed not to rank above 15th place, outside of the Blazers’ grip. Portland is in line for a protected Milwaukee Bucks first round in 2025, but that’s not meeting their needs this year.

Fentress also quoted Cronin on this, though it’s unclear if the statement came this evening or last month:

“We took a calculated risk and it didn’t work. I think it was good that we were aggressive. Obviously we would have liked to have had the choice, but we will recover and move on. This does not change our mentality.

The Blazers can keep the pick to themselves or, as Blazer’s Edge editor Dave Deckard explains, use it in exchange for an established player.

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