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Trail Blazers React to Noah Vonleh Trade

The Blazers will miss Vonleh, but they recognize the opportunity he now has with the Bulls.

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The one move the Portland Trail Blazers made before the NBA Trade Deadline sent Noah Vonleh to the Chicago Bulls in order to duck the luxury tax. Vonleh came to the Blazers in the 2015 offseason as Nicolas Batum was sent to the Charlotte Hornets. He never became an integral part of the rotation, but he made the most of his minutes while being a positive locker room presence.

After news of his trade Thursday, the Blazers reacted with excitement over the opportunity he now has on a rebuilding Bulls team.

CJ McCollum offered Vonleh’s response while noting he’ll be missed:

Damian Lillard took to Instagram for a light-hearted message:

Pat Connaughton shared a picture from Vonleh’s buzzer-beater last year while highlighting their Boston connection:

Bean Boys.. good luck brother @nvonleh

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Ed Davis, whose future was up in the air at the deadline as well, reflected on the relationship he and Vonleh have:

And head coach Terry Stotts gave a classy goodbye:

You can read Eric Griffith’s in-depth breakdown of the trade here at Blazer’s Edge, and you can get a Chicago perspective from SB Nation’s Blog a Bull.