Quick Thoughts And So Longs To Jerryd Bayless
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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.
Related: Jerry Bayless Photo Gallery