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Portland receives: Raymond Felton, Targuy Ngombo (No. 57 pick of the Mavericks).
Denver receives: Andre Miller, Jordan Hamilton (No. 26 pick of the Mavericks), second-round pick from the Blazers.
Dallas receives: Rudy Fernandez, Petteri Koponen (No. 30 pick of the Blazers in 2007)
Now, I've been touting Raymond Felton as an excellent fit for the Blazers for a while now, so when I saw that this trade was confirmed I was ecstatic. While Felton isn't a superstar, he's the perfect point guard for Portland. He's an excellent passer, a consistent perimeter shooter, an excellent penetrator and can run the fast break extremelt well.
Felton makes the Blazers a more athletic team and allows them to play more uptempo and less in the halfcourt, which sometimes caused long scoring droughts. Felton was excellent in his starting role for the Knicks and demonstrated great chemistry with Amar'e Stoudemire, who has a similar offensive playing style to LaMarcus Aldridge and the two could very well develop a nice two-man game.
While Felton isn't quite as crafty as Andre Miller, he's only 26 and his court vision and ability to read defenses could still improve.
Now I know a lot of Blazer fans were pulling for the team to pursue Chris Paul, but the reality is it would've been very costly to make that trade and they would have likely lost a valuable piece like Nicolas Batum or Wes Matthews. Though the team loses some veteran presence in this trade, they hold on to Marcus Camby for at least another season and gain an established player in Felton.
Though Rudy Fernandez was a fan favorite in Portland and certainly contributed at times, it became evident by the end of last season that his time with the Blazers was over. He publicly expressed his desire to leave the franchise, then reneged on that, then said it again, all while playing incredibly uninspired basketball.
Hopefully Jon Diebler can become the team's go-to three point specialist, since Rudy's shooting slump really hurt the team's spacing and offensive execution.
Should everything work out, Portland has found a quality starting point guard for the next 6-7 years and didn't have to break up the team's young core to acquire him.