Monday, July 27, 2009

With Andre Miller and Steve Blake, Portland has put Bayless on the block

By Anthony Caruso III

The Portland TrailBlazers has stood pat for much of the off-season. However, that all changed with the addition of André Miller last week. Miller is the first Portland free-agent signing from another team this summer. But this will all change again soon.

With Miller and Steve Blake, it has unfortunately put Jerryd Bayless on the trading block. Bayless has spent just one-season in Portland. He was acquired last summer in a draft-night trade with the Indiana Pacers, but it wasn't officially made until last July.

In the trade, the Blazers acquired Bayless, the No. 11 overall pick, and Ike Diogu from the Indiana Pacers for the No. 13 overall pick, Brandon Rush, Jarrett Jack, and Josh McRoberts. Now, a year later, many of these players are likely to move onto other teams. Diogu and McRoberts are currently free agents, while Jacks recently signed with Toronto.

Even though Bayless has been used sparingly, he was able to score a career-high 23 points against the New Jersey Nets in January 2009, but he's only averaged 4.3 points in his only NBA season. However, he's seen his biggest impact coming in the 2008 and 2009 NBA Vegas Summer Leagues. He was the 2008 Vegas Summer League MVP after leading the league with 29.8 points per game.

Bayless is under contract for the next several seasons. Bayless is due to make $2.1 million in the 2009-10 season. Portland holds two team options for the following two seasons – one for $2.3 million in 10-11 and another for $3 million in 11-12. There is also a $4.1 qualifying offer for the 12-13 season.

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