In an unprecedented move, the Portland Trail Blazers traded their back up point guard for a 3-time All Star. The most surprising aspect of this trade may be the timing. Trades consummated during the season are rare, trades during the middle of a playoff series are unheard of.
Not only the timing was unusual, the unbalanced nature of the trade seemed unlikely, at best. The outgoing player was Andre Miller's back up who played only plays limited minutes, and provided a handful of much needed assists each game and a few points scattered here and there, but by and large was only expected to take care of the offense and get the plays started when Dre was out of the game.
On the other hand, the incoming player comes loaded with superstar credentials. He is a 3-time All Star as well as 2 All NBA berths on his resume. He is known for his late game heroics and the ability to take over games when needed, while also being fine team player who has averaged 5 assists per game for his career. This was never more evident, than yesterday's Easter Miracle comeback against the Dallas Mavericks, when Portland was down by 18 points heading into the 4th quarter and were led to a 2pt win by his 18 4th quarter points.
How Rich Cho was able to swing this trade is unknown....he not only would not answer questions about the trade, he wouldn't even acknowledge the question. Word out of Dallas is that they are preparing a formal protest to the league, challenging the validity of such a trade under the current CBA. This protest is seen as futile however.
It should be noted that Coach Nate, is still likely to have The Blazers latest acquisition come off the bench, to preserve his rotation during this playoff run, but he is very cognizant of his new player's unique abilities...and so are The Dallas Mavericks.
*** Late Note: The latest Blazer is using the same #7 uniform that the outgoing player used. That this is being done to save laundry costs remains unconfirmed at this time