Blazers trade Bayless to Hornets

first_imgTUALATIN, Ore. — The last seven exhibitions games may have very well prepared Jerryd Bayless for the regular season. He just won’t be playing that season in a Blazers uniform. The Blazers announced Saturday that the backup point guard was traded to the New Orleans Hornets for a conditional first-round draft pick. Bayless, who’s in his third year in the league, averaged 8.5 points and 17.6 minutes per game for Portland last year. He averaged eight points per game this preseason. “Jerryd did a good job for us, but we really feel like getting a great asset –a New Orleans pick in the future — gives us a lot of options down the road,” said Blazers general manager Rich Cho, adding that Jerryd was “very positive” and was “looking for more minutes.”The first-round draft pick Portland will receive is top-7 protected in 2011 and top-8 protected in 2012, 2013, and 2014. In other words, if the Hornets have one of the top seven picks in the draft next year, Portland won’t get the pick. If they have one of the top eight picks in each of the three years following, the Blazers still won’t get the pick. After that, it becomes two second round picks in 2015 and 2016. So the best case scenario for the Blazers would be to have New Orleans barely miss the playoffs earn a high draft choice — but not too high.last_img

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