Blazers introduce draft picks



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — While speculation swirls about the Trail Blazers’ moves in free agency, the team is welcoming its three recent draft picks to Portland.

Guards Damian Lillard and Will Barton and center Meyers Leonard were introduced at a press conference Monday afternoon at the city’s Children’s Museum. Later, the trio was going to tour the team’s facilities.

The draft picks are the first step of a rebuilding effort by the Blazers, who went 28-38 last season and out of the playoffs.

In free agency, Portland is interested in Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert, a restricted free agent. The team has also said it will match any offer it gets for restricted free agent forward Nicolas Batum.