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Tuesday, February 10, 2004
 
Regarding the Rasheed Wallace trade to the ATL, AP story here, my thoughts are these . . if you are looking to clear your roster of malcontents and the Jail-Blazer image, why would you trade the one player away who will go away at the end of the season anyway. That would clear his huge 17m salary off the books, both saving money and getting rid of him at the same time. Also if you are going to trade 'Sheed, why wouldn't you package one of the malconents who you can't get rid of because of their contract girth and length, such as Ruben Patterson, Damon Stoudimire et al. rather than use the other huge salary coming off the books, Wesley Person with him in the trade. The net for the Blazer is overpaid Abdur-Rahim and Ratliff for this and next season, plus everyone else you couldn't pay to get rid of. This trade also embraces the 50m in extra money for next year, according to ESPN insider Chad Ford, what rebuilding for Portland? What they should have done is keep Person and Wallace, lopping off 25 million off their cap this offseason. That would give them options in the free agent market for sign-and-trades, trading away the Jail-Blazers you really want to get rid of.
 
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