Gary Trent Jr. introduces himself to Rip City
The Portland Trail Blazers didn't have any picks in the second round of the 2018 NBA Draft, but that didn't stop them from acquiring talent.
The Sacramento Kings used the 37th pick of the draft to select Duke's Gary Trent Jr., and the Trail Blazers would end up sending the Kings two future second-round picks to acquire his services.
Following the draft, Trent Jr. took the time to introduce himself to the Portland media. Here is what the newest member of Rip City had to say...
On making an immediate impact -
“I feel like I’ll be able to come in right away and give a spark any way I can, whether it’s on the offensive end or the defensive end. The reason I believe in that is I work so hard. I’m extremely confident in what I do. I’m extremely confident in my craft and I put so much energy, time, and effort toward it. So, I can’t think anything less than I’m able to help in any way.”
On the chip on his shoulder being a second round pick -
“Chip on my shoulder, it’s more than that… I believed I was a first rounder. I’m simply going to have to come in, work, prove I belong, prove I can stay in this league, prove that I’m better than a second round pick. I’m ready for that challenge. So, I’m gonna go out there and just do what I do.”
On being traded from Sacramento to Portland -
“It was a great feeling. I’m glad I'm in Portland. The Kings, they would have been cool, they would have been fine, but Portland is a great team with great veterans, great stars… it can’t spell nothing but success for me coming in, working hard, and earning everything that I can get.”
On Portland's interest in him -
“I’ve heard throughout the whole process, really, that Portland was really in the mix for me. How high or how low I didn’t know, I just knew I was in the mix and that was good enough for me. I had the opportunity to come out there and workout for them. I felt like my workout was pretty good… I’m just ready to work”
On playing for the same team his dad started his career with -
“It’s crazy. That can’t be nothing but God’s work. Just simply him putting me in the same place that my dad played, it’s a surreal feeling. It’s unexplainable and it’s crazy to think about.”
On his thoughts going into Summer League -
“The only thing on my mind when I step into Summer League is be a great teammate, help my team win, and try to win Summer League. Whatever that means, whatever comes with it, that will be seen here shortly.”