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Proof John Hollinger doesn't really watch Blazer games

Grading Wallace Deal By John Hollinger ESPN.com Wallace Charlotte trades Gerald Wallace to Portland for Joel Przybilla, Dante Cunningham, Sean Marks and two first-round picks. Portland Trail Blazers: B+ Really? That's it? They get an All-Star for two firsts and an expiring contract? Apparently so, but there are some caveats here. First, Wallace is at his best in the open court, and the Blazers haven't run a fast break in several years. Wallace also isn't a good outside shooter, so when combined with Marcus Camby and Andre Miller the Blazers are going to face a ton of sagging zones. And Wallace's play has dropped off fairly sharply this season; as a 28-year-old who depends heavily on his athleticism, that's a worrisome sign -- especially since he makes $10.5 million in each of the next two seasons. Nonetheless, he gives the Blazers' wing rotation a major boost and allows Portland to make more heavy use of its best lineup, with LaMarcus Aldridge at center and Nic Batum at power forward. However, the biggest upgrades comes from what he replaces. For the past month, Portland has effectively relied on five quality players (Aldridge, Batum, Miller, Wesley Matthews and Rudy Fernandez) and filled in the gaps with replacement-level output from a series of situational subs. Wallace is going to soak up most of those minutes, which, on paper, is an improvement worth several wins over the course of an 82-game season. Camby, set to return from injury, and Brandon Roy, already back from injury, will take the rest. Thus, the Blazers have quickly gone from a MacGyver rotation relying on rubber bands and duct tape to an extremely solid eight-man core. It's not a perfect fit, but considering it cost them only two draft picks -- one of which they won't owe until at least 2013, the other a pick from the New Orleans Hornets that they acquired for little-used Jerryd Bayless earlier this season -- it's about as good as they could have possibly hoped to do.

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