The Jerryd Bayless trade in and of itself is not overly surprising. Even those fans who were taken aback by the move will eventually reconcile themselves with the fact that Bayless, while a solid and occasionally explosive player, had no real future as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers. Considering his current worth as an NBA player, I'd say what we received in return for him was about as good as could be expected. He wasn't going to get the minutes he'd need to improve his trade value this season anyway, so may as well move him now before he injures himself and loses the trade value he already has. Good move all around, and nothing too surprising about it.
The part of all this that did intrigue me a bit was that the trade was Rich Cho's first major transaction as Blazers GM, and that the deal was made with the New Orleans Hornets. For quite some time now, many Blazer fans have regularly perused the internet and printed media hoping to hear of a trade between Portland and New Orleans that might bring us the services of a certain franchise point guard. While this was not THE trade with the Hornets that so many of us have wished were possible, could it be an early step toward making such a deal a reality later on?
In all of the major sports leagues it is fairly common to see multiple trades made between the same two teams over the course of several seasons. Franchises (and especially general managers) develop a mutual trust for one another which makes it easier for them to see eye to eye on potential deals.
New Orleans has a new, relatively inexperienced GM this year just like the Blazers. Could this be Rich Cho's way of passing the olive branch to Dell Demps, as if to say "we're both new at this, let's get off on the right foot"? Trades in the NBA are mostly about making numbers match (something which is supposed to be a strength of Cho's) but the importance of a personal rapport between GMs cannot be discredited either.
I could see this deal as being part of a bigger plan, but it might just be wishful thinking. I suppose time will tell.