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Although Olshey said he is not against the practice of giving promises, he realizes the pitfalls....

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Although Olshey said he is not against the practice of giving promises, he realizes the pitfalls. When he was an assistant coach with the Clippers, his boss, Mike Dunleavy promised Russian forward Yaroslav Korolev the Clippers would take him at No.12. The problem was, a kid from New Mexico named Danny Granger was unexpectedly slipping out of the top 10. When it came time for the Clippers to pick at 12, Dunleavy honored his promise to Korolev, even though Olshey said they knew Granger was the better player. Granger was taken 17th by Indiana and became an All-Star. Korolev played 34 NBA games.

Blazers Insider: GM Neil Olshey says he has not made any promises | OregonLive.com
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