It seems like the only thing you hear about the Blazers these days involves bad attitudes and arrests. Now it looks like management is starting to make some moves to repair the team’s image, trading Bonzi Wells for Wesley Person, a draft pick, and cash.


Wells has been on my shit list for a long time. He’s a big, strong guard who can post up and penetrate, but his talents are completely negated by his attitude, which ranges from diffident to execrable. He was suspended and stripped of his co-captaincy a few weeks ago after cussing out coach Maurice Cheeks during a game against the Mavs, and in the last few games has been booed by Blazer fans every time he touches the ball. To say he had overstayed his welcome would be an understatement, and GM John Nash knew he had to move him sooner or later — preferably sooner.

Luckily, it looks like we got reasonable value in return for Bonzi, if not comparable talent. Wes Person is a one-dimensional player, but that dimension is outside shooting, which Portland (along with just about every other team) needs to counteract zone defenses. More importantly, he’s in the last year of his contract, which will provide the sorely over-budget Blazers with some relief from the luxury tax next summer. The top-three-protected draft pick probably won’t be all that useful (unless the improvement shown by the Grizzlies early this season is illusory), but it won’t hurt either.

Regardless, it’s a good sign that Blazers management really is trying to make the right moves. Hopefully, Ruben “Batterson” Patterson will be the next to go, Rasheed Wallace’s bad attitude will expire with his contract at the end of the season, and the real rebuilding process can begin.