3. NEW JERSEY’S DRAFT PICK
Gerald Wallace was the centerpiece of the Trail Blazers’ trade with New Jersey. The deal sent Crash, a fan favorite and the most flexible, versatile player on the Blazers’ roster away but garnered a pick that became No. 6 in next week’s draft. That gives Portland the Nos. 6 and 11 picks and a chance to begin anew under new GM Neil Olshey.
Wallace, for his part, had a solid finish in forgettable New Jersey, the season that will be remembered for what it preceded (the move to Brooklyn). He his a buzzer-beater in his debut game, however, and averaged 15.2 and 6.8 rebounds per game in NJ, both better than in Portland, while shooting a whopping 12 (38 percent) percentage points better from three.