First of all, I would like to congratulate everyone at One Center Court for pulling off this trade. This is one of those rare trades that attempts to address all of a team's needs in one shot. First, we moved Ruben. This was priority number one, and everyone who knows anything about Captain Chaos's history here in PDX knows why. Secondly, we traded two SF's without taking any back, thus clearing the logjam with only three true SF's remaining on the roster. Third, we got a very capable, durable, young, veteran backup PF/C, which helps to vill our huge void in the frontcourt. Skinner rebounds, defends and blocks fairly well, although he cannot shoot free throws and has little offense to speak of. Next, we got a sweet-shooting SG that makes both clutch free throws and three-pointers with deadly accuracy. Lenard also is more of the spot-shooting SG we need, as opposed to a slasher like Dixon. His 3 million dollar contract also comes off the books at the end of this year. In the meantime, he can stick around, hit some open shots and mentor Martell. Lastly, we now have an open roster spot, which gives us additional roster flexibilty heading into the offseason and could allow us to sign someone to a 10-Day Contract. However, GM John Nash has told me he does not see us filling that spot in the near future. I will be at the next two games, and will provide Roster Evaluations on the new additions after I've had a chance to see them play in person.
And here's the official press release from Blazers.com if that interests you....
Portland Trail Blazers General Manager John Nash announced today that the club has acquired G Voshon Lenard from the Denver Nuggets and C Brian Skinner from the Sacramento Kings.
The Nuggets received F Ruben Patterson and G Charles Smith in a four-team deal that includes the Trail Blazers sending G Sergei Monia to the Kings. In addition to Patterson and Smith, the Nuggets obtained F Reggie Evans from Seattle. The Sonics also acquired G Earl Watson, G Bryon Russell and Denver’s second round draft pick in 2008 while sending F/C Vitaly Potapenko to Sacramento. “These moves provide our organization some salary cap flexibility,” said Nash. “While helping balance the roster, today’s trade adds another big man and gives us a player who is a proven shooter in this league.” Lenard, in his 11th NBA season, has played in 12 games this season with six starts for the Nuggets, averaging 8.3 ppg and 2.3 rpg with a season-high 17 points versus the Trail Blazers on November 4. For his career, the 32-year-old Lenard has averaged 12.1 ppg and shot 39% from three-point range. Skinner has played in 38 games this season with the Kings and has averaged 2.3 ppg and 2.7 rpg in 11.3 minutes. During his career the 29-year old Skinner has played in 340 games, averaging 5.7 points and 5.2 rebounds. His best NBA season was 2003-04 with Milwaukee when the 6-9, 265-pounder averaged 10.5 ppg and 7.3 rpg. Patterson played in 44 games this season for Portland, averaging 11.2 ppg and 3.0 rpg. Signed by the Trail Blazers as a free agent on August 2, 2001, Patterson has career averages of 10.2 ppg and 4.0 rpg over eight seasons with the Lakers, Seattle and Portland. mith was signed by the Trail Blazers on August 5, 2005, his second stint with the club – he was traded to Portland from San Antonio along with Antonio Daniels and Amir McCaskill on August 5, 2002 in exchange for Erick Barkley and Steve Kerr. Smith, a Ft. Worth, Texas, native, played in 22 games this season with four starts, averaging 3.8 ppg. onia played in 23 games for Portland this season with 15 starts, averaging 3.3 ppg, and 2.2 rpg. Originally drafted by the Trail Blazers with the 23rd pick of the 2004 draft, the 22- year-old Monia is in his first NBA season. Before joining Portland, the Russian native played for CSKA Moscow the past three seasons.