UPDATE: Via CBS Sports
Sources tell CBSSports.com 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.
In big news today the New Orleans Hornets have traded for Jerryd Bayless for a future conditional first-round pick. With the Hornets struggling for consistent backup point guard play Dell Demps pulled the trigger for this explosive scorer in Bayless.
This move will immediately strengthen a bench unit that is already significiantly weak.
Sources with knowledge of the deal told ESPN.com that Bayless — who has struggled for playing time in Portland despite flashes of scoring talent in his first two NBA seasons — is headed to Chris Paul‘s squad in the second trade swung for backcourt depth by new Hornets general manager Dell Demps.
New Orleans also acquired Willie Green from the Philadelphia 76ers in September to join Paul and second-year guard Marcus Thornton but are high on Bayless, sources said, because new Hornets coach Monty Williams worked closely with him in Portland.
My first reaction, obviously, is that I like it. Not only do we get Bayless, who I’ve watched numerous times carry an injury depleted Trail Blazers team, but we get his potential. Monty Williams has already worked closely with Jarryd, so it won’t take long for him to systematically adjust.
Bayless brings a scoring punch as well as an ability to spread the ball a little too. He’s extremely young (22 years old) so his abilities also are not polished (no one’s ever are though…).
So, what does this mean for the roster?
Well let’s take a picture, pre-cuts.
As you can see above there are the expected cuts. That leaves 14 players on the roster, which is pretty reasonable.
I think it’s now safe to say we won’t be seeing Pargo back. But what this move signals to me is the pontential for future trades. Does this means Thornton’s spot on the team is questionable for the extended future? What about Willie Green? Depending on the various performances I think everyone is going to have to work hard if they want to be on the team for the long term.
But I think we mustn’t focus to much on the individual things, this was a team move, to improve the team. I think this will take pressure off of Thornton to allow him to get back into rhythm. But I think it creates a little buzz heading in to the season. Bayless is good, he can score, defend a little and shoot the three ball.
I don’t think this move puts the Hornets automatically in the playoffs, but it helps them create the team they want.
Tags: Chris Paul D.J. Mbenga David West Dell Demps Emeka Okafor Hornets Preseason Jason Smith Jerryd Bayless Joe Alexander Marco Belinelli Marcus Thornton Monty Williams New Orleans Hornets Peja Stojakovic Pops Mensah-Bonsu Portland Trail Blazers Quincy Pondexter Trevor Ariza Willie Green