Portland will get two picks in top 11

PORTLAND — The Portland Trail Blazers will have four total picks in June's NBA draft.

The Blazers got the 11th pick in Wednesday's draft lottery, but also picked up the sixth overall pick from the Nets. Portland acquired the conditional first-round pick from the Nets in the Gerald Wallace trade at the deadline.

It is the first time that the Blazers have had two lottery picks. Portland also has the 40th and 41st picks in the June 28 draft.

"Now it's up to us to make the right decisions," acting general manager Chad Buchanan said.

The New Orleans Hornets drew the No. 1 pick overall — which they almost certainly will use to select Kentucky star Anthony Davis.

Portland finished the lockout-shortened season 28-38 and out of the playoffs for the first time in four years. The rebuilding team is currently without a general manager or a head coach.

Buchanan, the team's director of college scouting, took over as interim GM a year ago when the Blazers dismissed Rich Cho after less than a year on the job. Coach Nate McMillan was fired at the NBA trade deadline and the Blazers named assistant Kaleb Canales to the job for the rest of the regular season.

In addition to their four draft picks, Portland figures to be active on the free agent market in the offseason. The team could have as much as $24 million in cap space to work with. Right now, the priorities include re-signing forward Nicolas Batum and acquiring a starting point guard. Buchanan has said that a center is also high on the list.

In a conference call with reporters following the lottery on Wednesday night, Buchanan said the team would not use its picks to fill a specific need.

"We need to add talent to this roster," he said. "We're going to pick the best players available with those picks."

Portland held its first draft workout on Tuesday. Included among those the team looked at were big men Tyler Zeller out of North Carolina and Meyers Leonard out of Illinois.

Buchanan said the team would also keep its options open when it comes to trading the picks or packaging them for a player.

"We're not going to close the door on any opportunity to improve our team," he said.

Team owner Paul Allen went to Twitter on Wednesday morning to announce that the search for a general manager was also going. The Blazers have said it would be ideal to have a new GM in place by the draft. The general manager, if hired, could also have input in the search for a new coach.

"GM search has made progress, I have interviewed four candidates in person, good talks, doing more reference checks now," Allen posted. He did not name the candidates he had interviewed.

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