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Blazers trade Jerryd Bayless to Hornets for pick

Posted on: October 23, 2010 8:34 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:01 pm
The Portland Trail Blazers have reportedly traded guard Jerryd Bayless to the New Orleans Hornets for a future first-round draft pick. Posted by Ben Golliver  jerryd-bayless
Marc Stein of first reported that the Portland Trail Blazers have traded guard Jerryd Bayless to the New Orleans Hornets for a future first-round pick.
The Portland Trail Blazers have found a trade to create some extra roster room, agreeing Saturday to deal guard Jerryd Bayless to the New Orleans Hornets for a conditional future first-round pick, according to sources close to the situation.
Sources tell Saturday evening that the trade has gone official and the pick that Portland is set to receive is top-7 protected in 2011 and top-8 protected in 2012, 2013 and 2014. After that, it would turn into two second-round picks in 2015 and 2016. The Blazers also receive a trade exception worth nearly $2.3 million. Because the Blazers are currently luxury tax payers, the move saves the team roughly $4.6 million.  Bayless is entering the third year of his NBA career and, while showing flashes of sensational athleticism, has never found a defined role in Portland's backcourt. A prototypical score-first combo guard, Bayless has had trouble running an offense and defending without fouling. For New Orleans this is a move that makes them better in the short term, as it fortifies their backcourt depth, which took a hit when they traded reserve point guard Darren Collison to Indiana this summer. Bayless should be able to play both off the ball alongside all star point guard Chris Paul and behind him in a reserve point guard role. Bayless is familiar with New Orleans's new head coach, Monty Williams, who was an assistant in Portland for Bayless's first two seasons. For Portland, the move frees up a roster spot. The Blazers had 17 players under contract prior to the trade. Now, Portland is down to 16 players and, if they waive injured big man Jeff Pendergraph as expected, can retain the rights to Australian guard Patty Mills and still meet the league's 15 man roster maximum or they can waive Mills and carry 14 players. 

Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2010 12:45 am

Blazers trade Jerryd Bayless to Hornets for pick

For the Blazers', this was a necessary move.

For N.O., man...end the year with a potent backup in DCollison, potential starter. Trade him off, then a few months later, trade for a backup point. N.O. is going down the sh!tter. These "shrewd" moves are ridiculous. No way Bay is a better athlete than Collison. Not by a longshot. Anyone who disagrees is a fool. Let me make some deals! I'll clean house! Starting with CP3! Playoffs by 2012, lol!

Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: October 24, 2010 11:59 am

Blazers trade Jerryd Bayless to Hornets for pick

The trade doesn't feel like a good one to me.

And the oddity to this trade is that it occurred because of all the injuries the Blazers have at center (Oden, Pryzbilla and Pendergraff). Because they are holding so many unavailable players on the roster, they had to free up a spot.

Bayless was a first rounder just three drafts ago (the 11th pick overall) and is 22 years old. So the Blazers play without him all season for the hope of getting a similar first round pick next draft (which could end up not materializing, meaning they would have to keep waiting for the pick as it is protected). This doesn't seem like good value. But again, it looks like roster limitations forced a move.

It brings up the question, with Andre Miller in the last year of his contract, who the Blazers are going to have running the point next year.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2010 10:45 am

Blazers trade Jerryd Bayless to Hornets for pick

I agree as a Hornets fan I like this move... I thought Pargo would come in and fill that role, but he couldn't get healthy after off season surgery. As for Bayless, he has the ability to be a good backup and as Paul as a mentor he could find out to get a better shot selection as well as seeing the court a bit better. The Hornets aren't slated to be that good, which is fine with me, but Ariza gives us something we haven't had since Paul has been here, a defensive presence on the wing who can score some.  Okafor should get better with Paul and he is a pretty good defensive presence in the middle. West is a liability at PF defensively, but if he gets back to the "All star" form scoring then we can deal with it. Thornton can score, but is a liability on the defense, and while Marco isn't a defensive monster, he has size at least and Thornton gives us a bench threat and with time he can score. Whether it was off the bench or starting, he got 30 minutes or more he averaged 20 points... I'll take that off the bench. This team will surprise people with Paul being the anchor again. And hopefully surprise him enough to keep him... but that is in for another discussion...

Since: Oct 5, 2010
Posted on: October 24, 2010 9:29 am

Blazers trade Jerryd Bayless to Hornets for pick

This guy is a very talented scorer but has poor shot selection and is a terrible defender. Despite that, he should be a welcome addition to a horrible New Orleans team and add some much needed athleticism.Laughing

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2010 8:07 am

Blazers trade Jerryd Bayless to Hornets for pick

I think Portland is banking on NO being bad but not awful and they are likely correct. There will be 7 or 8 teams worse than New Orleans but New Orleans will not be good enough to make the playoffs. So this will likely turn into a #8 to #14 pick this year. A Lottery pick should get them a guy just as good at less cost sooner rather than later.

For New Orleans, when you rebuild, you should do it through Lottery picks ahead of guys who have shown flashes but havn't really developed. This is a risky move that could pay high dividends for NO if Bayless has just been buried in Portland but shines with more playing time. More likely though, this is a short term solution that will backfire when Portland usues the pick to select a future upper end rotation player and Bayless continues to struggle.

Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: October 24, 2010 12:18 am

Loving This Trade!!!!

From a Hornets fan I must say i was very worried with our back up point guard spot...until this happened. This is a perfect replacement for Darren Collison, and in addition we pick up size with him versus the smaller Collison. The Blazer got good value in return but i think it will be 2nd round picks anyways. Now the Hornets need to find a way to get rid of David West soft a$$ and Emeka Okarfor undersized butt! 

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: October 24, 2010 12:06 am

Blazers trade Jerryd Bayless to Hornets for pick

It's only a mistake for non-Blazers fans I guess. Seems good to me. Odd pick stipulations so it may suck not getting anything for him for 5 years, but there was just too much depth. Sure, would have been nice to see him move up and do well, but oh well. Portland has enough tools as it is to win 50+ games this year. Bayless would not have added to that win total unless Fernandez decides to go AWOL sometime soon, but I doubt it happens because then he loses all leverage.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: October 24, 2010 12:01 am

Blazers trade Jerryd Bayless to Hornets for pick

Smart move for both teams.  There is never anything wrong with a 1st-rounder, & Bayless is good off the bench, especially after NO traded Darren Collison

Since: Nov 27, 2008
Posted on: October 23, 2010 11:14 pm

Blazers trade Jerryd Bayless to Hornets for pick

Good move.  He was behind Miller, Roy, Fernandez, and Mathews.  In NO he will behind Paul and Benelli/Thorton (for now).  For Portland it cuts out competition for Fernandez.  Hopefully he will shine this year.

Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: October 23, 2010 11:01 pm

poor guy

Poor guy just can't catch a break! Goes from a terrible situation to an even worst one. Man he must envy all the other high draft picks that get drafted by horrible teams and get huge minutes and can jack up shots and work on their game with no pressure.

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