caseyholdahl

Oct 23

While interviewing Jerryd Bayless for a story I wrote this summer, he said something about his days as a Portland Trail Blazers that, looking back on it now, was rather prophetic.

“Look at the situation since I've been here, what I've had to go through,” said Bayless after a preseason workout at the practice facility. “There's not anything they can do anymore to phase me. Whatever happens, it happens. If they decide to play them and trade me, I can't control that. There's nothing I can do. Since I've been here there hasn't been one thing given to me. Not one thing."

That's no longer the case. By trading Bayless to the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for a future first round pick, the Trail Blazers have given him a chance to try and reach the goals he's set for his career. He wants what every player wants -- to be a starter, an All-Star -- but it seemed like Bayless, with the likes of Brandon Roy, Andre Miller, Wesley Matthews, Rudy Fernandez  and Armon Johnson all vying for minutes, was a long shot to ever get that chance. And that's something that I would guess Jerryd thought about often.

“I’m not at ease with where I'm at," said Bayless in that same interview. "I still am not even close to where I want to be with my career"

Hopefully a move to the Big Easy will give Jerryd that chance. He's an increasingly hard worker and I'm sure he'll be fine wherever he ends up
. Best of luck to him, in as much as his luck doesn't interfere with ours.

As for Rich Cho's first salvo as general manager, I think it's a move he had to make. First off, you do right by Jerryd, who now reunites with Monty Williams, now the head coach in New Orleans. But from Portland's perspective, you get some balance through attrition at guard, save some cash and pick up a trade exception worth $2.3 million (very handy when trying to get in on multi-team trades down the road).

The Trail Blazers like what they see with Wesley Matthews on the floor with Brandon Roy, a lineup Nate McMillan is now free to use without having to worry about unrest in the locker room. The staff really likes Matthews in general, so they were probably looking for a way to increase his role, playing next to Roy or not. And McMillan has made no qualms regarding his fondness for rookie Armon Johnson's abilities. This trade lets Portland find out what they have in Johnson.

It also opens up the possibility of the team keeping around Patty Mills, who looked likely to be waived with the Trail Blazers already carrying 15 contracts. There's no guarantee Mills will be retained, but his chances got a whole lot better today, especially is Jeff Pendergraph is released, as Quick is also reporting.

It's also very possible that this is not the last move that will be made before the season starts. We'll all have to wait and see on that one. It's been a busy few days for Cho.

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Related: Jerry Bayless Photo Gallery

11 Comments

  1. Im really not liking this trade of bayless.U trade someone who already is proven and can be a dynamic point guard for the team in the near future for an unproven rookie and are bascially banking on Roy to be the back up point guard with someone swtiching to his shooting guard spot off the bench.IT seems they are cutting a lot of talent lately for no reason.Its bad enough we had to trade blake n outlaw to get camby.But u cut are proven depth even more by trading outlaw and bayless.Now we have to have other players step up to provide a deep playoff run and i just dont think THAT much change was worth it so soon

    by Jay_iz_07 on 10/23/2010 6:51 PM
  2. What are you talking about Jay? How are we banking on Roy being the backup pg? And how was Bayless proven with us? He proved that he didn't fit into Nate's system, he isn't a good pg, he is an undersized sg and most of all I'm sure he wasn't happy here. Now I hope there is something else in the works because of this.

    by I''m OUT! on 10/23/2010 8:24 PM
  3. Watch Bayless become the new Derrick Fisher. He's gonna have 5 rings before his career is out. Best of luck Jerryd, I'm sorry if the Blazer coaches and organization didn't like your style of game. You're doing nothing wrong, keep up the great work ethic and teamwork. I have a premonition, that you will get to the top of the NBA before the Blazers ever will.

    by Tobyus Sanchezo on 10/23/2010 11:02 PM
  4. Jarryd was not traded because he did something wrong, he was not being punished. This was a business move and a good one. From a basketball standpoint, it makes far more sense for us then it does for New Orleans.

    by LTG on 10/24/2010 1:17 AM
  5. I think the move, helps the Blazers and JBay. I think it was a good move because of the log jam at the guard spot.

    If the blazers keeps Mills, I think it will be for trade bait further down the road. Or it might be a sign and trade now. Either way I feel Mills like JBay is to valuable to rot on the bench so should be traded to someone who will use him more.

    I also never thought JBay would fit in a PG, so trading him will give him more of a chance to meet his dreams.

    I know that Matthews and Armon are both important to the Blazers for the future so this gives them the opportunity to play more.

    Good Luck JBay.

    by Hg on 10/24/2010 3:06 AM
  6. nooo not bayless, i can only hope he is happy man i will miss him.

    by Lapinnoir on 10/24/2010 1:58 PM
  7. Exactly what HG said. Bring on the Suns !!

    Go Blazers !!

    by Kim~ on 10/24/2010 7:47 PM
  8. I think this was a win win for both Bayless and the Blazers- thy needed to make room for the center they really needed and Bayless needs a chance to play more than he probally would get here plus we got something in return. He will be missed but I think it was still a good trade given the current situation.

    by RedRudy5 on 10/24/2010 11:33 PM
  9. So what is the news on Mills today ?
    My personal preference is a 14 man roster. If JBay would get no minutes, why waste space with Mills ?
    Looking forward to the answer hopefully on courtside tonight.

    by Kim~ on 10/25/2010 10:20 AM
  10. Good luck to Jbay .......... he will be missed !

    by Justin Downs on 10/26/2010 7:21 AM
  11. Jared you will be missed. Who will the coach put in now when the team needs that extra boost of energy? I hope you enjoyed your time here in Portland. We sure enjoyed having you here. May God bless you in this next phase of your career. The Hornets are fortunate to have a great, versatile, energetic, passionate player like you on their team.
    Take Care,
    Carrie

    by Carrie on 10/28/2010 4:07 PM
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