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49ers may make draft trade, but say they aren’t planning LaMichael James trade

LaMichael James, Colin Kaepernick AP

There has been speculation this offseason that the 49ers might try to make a trade up the draft board from the 30th pick and General Manager Trent Baalke admitted Friday that it is a real possibility.

With six of the first 100 picks in the draft, Baalke said at Friday’s pre-draft press conference that the team has the “ammunition” to make a big move up the draft board.

“Do we have the motivation to do that? It depends,” Baalke said.

The variables that would impact a final decision aren’t clear, but one imagines that the price tag and availability of a coveted player are at the top of the list. One direction the 49ers could look is wide receiver, where they could use an injection of talent and Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans are the top prospects and are expected to go in the top 10.

That wasn’t the only potential trade on Baalke’s agenda. He also addressed talk of a desire to deal running back LaMichael James by saying, via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, that the team has no plans to trade James and that his understanding was that James did not report for voluntary workouts because he is working out in Texas after the birth of his child. Teams rarely wave a banner signaling their intention to trade one of their players, so you can’t totally rule out more to come involving a player the 49ers had very little use for last season.

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18 Responses to “49ers may make draft trade, but say they aren’t planning LaMichael James trade”
  1. jimbo75025 says: Apr 25, 2014 3:48 PM

    Third string RB with a bit of a fumbling problem? I’m sure teams will be beating down their door.

  2. time2speakup says: Apr 25, 2014 4:11 PM

    How my Niners can say LaMichael and trade in the same sentence beats the hell outta me. I would like it because it benefits the team. But nobody else would. Can’t even begin to figure out what the deal or the game is with this. Oh well!.

  3. nofvcksgiven says: Apr 25, 2014 4:12 PM

    Johnny Football

  4. braceyourselffor12 says: Apr 25, 2014 4:24 PM

    How bout if someone takes Greg Roman off our hands we’ll throw in James as a bonus.

  5. Norseman says: Apr 25, 2014 4:34 PM

    9ers have a 1st round, 2 second-round and 3 third-round picks for ammunition, and not a whole laundry list of needs- so it makes sense for them to trade for quality, not quantity this year.

    They could trade both 2nd round and the later 3rd round pick, their 5th round and a 7th round pick to move up as high as #8 if the Vikings wanted that deal, according to the draft value chart.

  6. blacknole08 says: Apr 25, 2014 4:44 PM

    They should go after Evans. Look at the division they are in.

  7. redandgoldhitman52 says: Apr 25, 2014 4:50 PM

    word is they want to move up as high as the 5th pick and get a wr. raiders could use a bunch of picks for there #5.

  8. goldblooded415 says: Apr 25, 2014 5:04 PM

    They could use all the help they could get. The schedule is no joke.

  9. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 25, 2014 5:08 PM

    Blue oyster team

  10. goldrush36 says: Apr 25, 2014 5:15 PM

    They will move into the top 10 for Evans or the teens for Benjamin. The top corners seem a bit overrated and evem with Aldon likely out a while, they still have Lemonier and Carradine to hold it down so the need for pass rusher isn’t strong enough. Would love to get Watkins, but those possession charges make me leery.

  11. favrewillplay4ever says: Apr 25, 2014 5:31 PM

    Stupid… Trade it forward and give yourself more ammunition next year as well.

  12. snoqualmkanem says: Apr 25, 2014 5:53 PM

    “9ers have a 1st round, 2 second-round and 3 third-round picks for ammunition, and not a whole laundry list of needs- so it makes sense for them to trade for quality, not quantity this year.”

    Makes sense, since last year they got quantity but no quality.

  13. mmsierra says: Apr 25, 2014 6:15 PM

    Trede both the 2nd rounders for a 1st to get Brandin Cooks or Odell Beckham

    Use #30 for a CB

  14. rjwill says: Apr 25, 2014 6:47 PM

    James to Philly for Bryce Brown

  15. mitybuc says: Apr 25, 2014 8:42 PM

    Bucs give up 7th overall for Niners 1, 2, & 3 (the 1 being more like a high 2).

    Niners awarded chance to grab Mike Evans at 7 to push them over the top..in a tough & improving division.

    With Niners having 2 twos, and 2 threes, both sides improve a lot.

    Hate to give up the 7th overall…but thinking something along these lines will happen.

    Or…Bucs just snag Evans & never look back.

  16. hatch69 says: Apr 26, 2014 9:15 AM

    Call Sonny Weaver and ask his opinion!

  17. higheriqthanyou says: Apr 26, 2014 10:27 AM

    Forget a receiver until you get a QB.

  18. omeimontis says: Apr 26, 2014 1:32 PM

    Baalke said soon after the Super Bowl that he wasn’t interested in trading James. Yet last week the reporters were saying James is being shopped around. The Bay Area Newspapers are acting like rumor mongers. Little wonder Baalke is talking to a Sacramento Newspaper reporter about James instead.

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