NBA Trade Deadline: Gerald Wallace Traded to Portland Trail Blazers

Jason KarlAnalyst IIIFebruary 24, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 15: Gerald Wallace #3 of the Charlotte Bobcats goes up for a shot past Kurt Thomas #40 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on February 15, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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An NBA trade that seemed to be forgotten went down to the wire and was finalized right at the deadline.

The Portland Trail Blazers traded the expiring contract of Joel Przybilla and a second-round pick for talented forward Gerald Wallace. The deal was first reported by Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Bobcats were firm in their stance in getting at least a first-round pick for Wallace, so the Blazers pulled off a great move.

Wallace, in a down year, is still averaging 15.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.

The 28-year-old forward will be a great addition to the lineup.

The Blazers refused to part with talented forward Nicolas Batum in all trades.

This deal will be categorized as a steal for the Trail Blazers, who will add Wallace to a core group of LaMarcus Aldridge, Brandon Roy and Wesley Matthews.

UPDATE: Instead of the 2nd round pick, which was first reported, the package includes two future first round picks and reserve forward Dante Cunningham.