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    Portland Trail Blazers take draft chance on Shaedon Sharpe

    Jun 24, 2022
    Shaedon Sharpe NBA draft
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    PORTLAND, Oregon — The Portland Trail Blazers selected Shaedon Sharpe with the seventh pick in the NBA draft on Thursday [Friday, Manila time], taking a chance on a player who never suited up in college.

    Sharpe, 6-foot-6 wing from Canada, was a five-star recruit who committed to Kentucky but never played for the Wildcats. He intended on redshirting his first season, but instead decided to declare for the draft.

    [See Banchero taken No. 1 overall by Magic in NBA draft]

    The Blazers also had the 46th and 57th picks.

    Coming off a season marked by a spate of injuries, a new coach, a front-office shakeup and a roster overhaul, the Blazers are rebuilding around All-Star Damian Lillard.

    Portland added a piece on on Wednesday, acquiring Jerami Grant from the Detroit Pistons.

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      Lillard, who was injured for much of last season, played with Grant on the gold medal-winning U.S. team at last year's Tokyo Olympics. Grant averaged 19.2 points in 47 games last season with the Pistons.

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      The Blazers finished 27-55 last season, their worst record since 2005-06. Clearly eying draft position late in the season, Portland lost 11 games by more than 30 points after the All-Star break.

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