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Blazers Should Trade Felton/Wallace To Raptors For Calderon/Kleiza?

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Bradford Doolittle of Basketball Prospectus writes on ESPN.com that the Portland Trail Blazers should consider trading forward Gerald Wallace and point guard Raymond Felton to the Toronto Raptors for point guard Jose Calderon and forward Linas Kleiza if they can't make a deal for Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash. ---------------------------- That could leave Toronto's Jose Calderon as Portland's best option. He's not a big-time scorer, but knocks down a high percentage of his looks and is one of the best passers in the league. His decision-making would be a key for the Blazers when things get tight. You could send Felton and Wallace to Toronto for Calderon and Linas Kleiza. Portland gets its new point guard, one who would allow Crawford to play off the ball down the stretch and might also boost the game of struggling Wesley Matthews. Batum steps into a 35-minute role as Portland's full-time 3 and inherits Wallace's job as the go-to perimeter stopper. Kleiza is a versatile bench scorer, better suited to that role than either Batum or Wallace, and is one of the league's top-25 per-minute scorers this season in clutch situations. Toronto would get the 3 it lacks and the defensive ace that Dwane Casey surely covets in Wallace. They also get a replacement for Calderon in Felton. Someone has to run the team for the rest of the season. If it works out, they can re-sign Felton this summer, and he's young enough still to be considered a point guard of the future. If things don't go well, cap space is always nice. ---------------------------- -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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