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Hollinger: Felton "Really Needs To Get That Potbelly Under Control"

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John Hollinger of ESPN.com (Insider) analyzes the trade that sent Portland Trail Blazers guard Andre Miller to the Denver Nuggets for Raymond Felton... ------------------------------ The Felton-Miller trade is a rarity: It's almost entirely about basketball. The two have virtually identically contracts that both expire after this season. Portland gets eight years younger at the point guard spot, although Felton looked very heavy by the end of last season and really needs to get that potbelly under control if he's going to continue playing at his current level. The two were roughly equal as players a year ago, but each fits better in the other team's system -- Miller's lack of shooting was a real problem in Portland but shouldn't be an issue on an up-tempo Denver team that has a lot of bombers, while Felton bristled as a backup in Denver but will be a full-time starter with the Blazers. The Blazers lose Fernandez in the swap, which leaves a dent, but with Greg Oden potentially returning at the center spot and LaMarcus Aldridge on the other block, Portland needs a point guard who can make a jump shot. Felton isn't the best in this category, but compared to Miller, he looks like Steve Kerr. He's a better defender than Miller, too. ------------------------------ -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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