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Ford: Assessing Blazers' Deadline Moves

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Chad Ford of ESPN.com assesses the moves made by the Portland Trail Blazers at the NBA's trade deadline. ------------------------------- Positive spin: It was time. The team was in a tailspin and something had to be done. In the course of 24 hours, the team dumped Gerald Wallace (who is owed nearly $10 million next year), got rid of Marcus Camby (who had been sleepwalking through the year), fired head coach Nate McMillian (whom much of the team had tuned out) and picked up a potentially terrific top-three protected draft pick from the Nets, along with young players Jonny Flynn and Hasheem Thabeet. The moves give the Blazers more wiggle room in free agency, an excellent lottery pick and, if the losing continues, another higher draft pick down the road. Negative spin: It's called tanking. The Blazers gave up on the season, fired a popular head coach and are still without a GM. Raymond Felton, who has been a problem, is still in Portland. And Jamal Crawford is unhappy he wasn't moved. We've come a long way from the happy team Kevin Pritchard helmed just two years ago. ------------------------------- -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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