Elhassan: Gerald Wallace For Damian Lillard Was One Of The Best Recent Deadline Deals

USA TODAY Sports Images

The Portland Trail Blazers' trade of Gerald Wallace for the 2012 first-round pick used to select guard Damian Lillard is ranked as one of the best recent trade deadline deals.

Amin Elhassan of ESPN.com (Insider) writes that the Portland Trail Blazers' trade of Gerald Wallace for the 2012 first-round pick used to select guard Damian Lillard was one of the five best trade deadline deals since 2008.

5. Year: 2012 | Teams: Portland Trail Blazers and New Jersey Nets
Nets received: Gerald Wallace
Blazers received: Mehmet Okur, Shawne Williams and a 2012 first-round pick (Damian Lillard)

Similar to the Cavs-Clippers deal [Baron Davis and a pick for Mo Williams and Jamario Moon], Portland was able to take advantage of another team's thirst to further its rebuilding efforts. By trading Wallace to the Nets (who were desperately seeking to appease Williams while trying to acquire Dwight Howard), the Blazers were able to acquire a top-three protected pick in a fairly deep draft, without jeopardizing future cap flexibility (although they had to absorb almost $3.5 million in additional salary obligations).

The resulting pick became Lillard, the current front-runner for rookie of the year. Lillard has replaced Brandon Roy as Portland's go-to perimeter star playing off LaMarcus Aldridge in the post, and with the maturation of Nicolas Batum, the Blazers have successfully been able to shorten their rebuild window, as they are currently in contention for a playoff berth.

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Blazer's Edge

You must be a member of Blazer's Edge to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Blazer's Edge. You should read them.

Join Blazer's Edge

You must be a member of Blazer's Edge to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Blazer's Edge. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker