The Blazers write the epitaph to the Sergio era:
TRAIL BLAZERS ACQUIRE DRAFT RIGHTS TO FORWARD JEFF PENDERGRAPH
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Trail Blazers acquired the draft rights to forward Jeff Pendergraph (31st overall pick) from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for guard Sergio Rodriguez, the draft rights to forward Jon Brockman (38th overall pick) and cash considerations, it was announced today by General Manager Kevin Pritchard.
"Sergio was a big part of our turnaround and we'd like to thank him for his contributions to the Trail Blazers over the last three years. We wish him all the best going forward," said Pritchard. "We're excited to add a player like Jeff, who is a four-year starter, hard worker and has a strong athletic presence inside. We feel he can help this team."
Pendergraph, 22, played four seasons at Arizona State, where he finished with career averages of 12.6 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.04 blocked shots and a 58.0 percent shooting percentage.
The 6-9, 240-pound forward set school records for games played (126) and started (120) and his 1,588 points are sixth best all-time.
As a senior, Pendergraph averaged 14.5 points and was named to the Pac-10's First Team. His 66.0 percent shooting percentage led the nation.
Rodriguez, 23, averaged 3.6 points, 1.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 12.4 minutes over three seasons with the Trail Blazers. Portland originally acquired the draft rights to the Spanish guard from Phoenix for cash considerations in a 2006 draft day trade.