After a weekend of “confirmed reports” from anonymous sources about the sign-and-trade of Raymond Felton to the New York Knicks, the Portland Trail Blazers officially announced the deal today.
Kurt “Big Sexy” Thomas is joining Felton en route to the Big Apple. In return, the Blazers are getting veteran bigs Jared Jeffries and Dan Gadzuric and the rights to two Greek draft picks, Georgios Printezis and Kostas Papanikolaou. Along with that, the Blazers also received a protected 2016 second-round pick and cash.
As reported last night by Jason Quick of The Oregonian via twitter, the Knicks will pay Jeffries’ $1.35 million salary. Also, it must be noted that Dan Gadzuric’s contract is unguaranteed and the Blazers can, and likely will waive him before he dresses or is even introduced.
The Blazers get a capable defender in Jeffries, cash, a few unknowns that could help in the long run in the two Greek prospects as well as a pick. All of this to rid themselves of one of the most toxic relationships between player, team, media and fan base in recent Blazers memory. Raymond Felton’s time in Portland has officially ended and if you ask most Blazers fans, they were expecting this to come, but not to receive anything in return for it.
Felton’s turbulent time at point guard will be remembered for many reasons, few of them positive ones. He had some great early season moments but his physical condition, poor shooting, rough relationship with the media and coaching staff is what people will remember. The blame on him for what happened in Portland last season is perceived as much bigger than it actually was, but make no mistake that Felton did himself no favors.
Here is the official press release from the Blazers regarding the trade.
As for the other piece of Blazers news on this Monday, Chris Haynes from Comcast SportsNet Northwest reported that the Blazers have asked Nicolas Batum’s agent, Bouna Ndiaye, to make sure Batum is in Portland is in town to take a physical in the next few days. Thus indicating that the Blazers are going to match the offer-sheet from the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Haynes is the first and only reporter to report this news so far. Haynes reports that Ndiaye does not know whether the Blazers will wait until their Wednesday deadline to match the Minnesota deal. The Blazers have made no official announcement but this indicates that Batum will remain in Portland.
Update: Haynes reports via twitter that Neil Olshey has told him that the Blazers will waive Dan Gadzuric.