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At first sight, this trade was gorgeous. Grabbing Raymond Felton from Denver for an aging Andre Miller looked like a great move for Portland. But when you sit down and think about it, there's a lot of work to be done for this acquisition to pay off.
First off, inserting Felton into the rotation is like trying to speed up pregnancy. Portland plays a very slow, grind-it-out offense, while Felton is an incredibly up-tempo guard who pushes the ball every chance he gets. The transition from Andre Miller, an old school, veteran point guard to Felton will be a long one, but it will work.
Second, Felton will need to establish chemistry with EVERY Blazer on the roster. Miller might not have been in Portland for an extended period of time, but you could see how synced he was with certain teammates. He knew when LaMarcus Aldridge wanted the ball in the post and when he wanted to spin off for an alley-oop over the defense. Once he knows when and where his teammates want the ball, he'll be golden.
Finally, Felton needs to pick and choose his shots wisely. In his time in New York he was pushing the ball in transition, as usual, but would stop at the top of the key and haul up a three-pointer. Unless you're Steve Nash, a transition three should get you benched, and shots like that are not needed in Portland.
Felton needs to assume the floor general role and run the offense by setting teammates up and knocking down the open shots he gets. He needs to improve his decision making skills, especially when he penetrates the lane—something he does with ease—and play within the flow of the offense. Once he does all of this, Portland will have found their long-term solution at the Point Guard position.