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Report: Blazers still interested in trading Raymond Felton to Lakers

Mar 12, 2012, 9:08 PM EDT

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We told you last week that the Lakers and Trail Blazers were reportedly having “exploratory talks” involving a trade of the teams’ point guards. The proposed deal would have Raymond Felton heading to L.A., and Steve Blake would return to Portland, where he’s been a Blazer three separate times in the past, most recently in 2010.

Nothing has come of it yet, but with the trade deadline approaching later this week, Portland still has some interest. From Ken Berger at CBSSports.com:

Rival executives believe the Blazers are interested in exploring a swap of Felton to the Lakers for Steve Blake, with L.A. sending another piece to make the salaries match and compensate the Blazers for getting the better player and future cost savings in the deal. The Portland coaching staff and front office are comfortable with Blake, who could provide a calming presence as the team battles through numerous distractions.

Ah, yes. The distractions.

Portland’s season has been nothing short of disastrous. Felton has been portrayed as one of the problems in the locker room, and head coach Nate McMillan may be on his way out, with the perception being that he’s lost his team.

The change of scenery may do Felton some good, and Blake would theoretically be able to navigate the chaos, knowing his way around the franchise from his previous stints there. From the Lakers standpoint, the deal would be all about potential upside; there isn’t a ton of risk here, as long as they believe Felton can (if nothing else) play around 20 minutes per game. That’s what the team is getting from Blake, though they aren’t getting much else — over his last six games, Blake is shooting a dismal .176 from the field, and has only connected on one of his last 12 three-point attempts in that same span.

Blake has been viewed as a serviceable point guard in the past, although that value, as it is with just about everyone who plays for the Blazers, has been greatly exaggerated thanks to the team’s passionate fan base. If Portland is willing to take him back, and if Felton can snap out of his funk in a new situation, it might be a deal that makes sense for both sides to continue to discuss.

  1. manwithpizza - Mar 12, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Trading Blake for Felton will make difference in a playoff series. The Lakers need to think bigger.

  2. lmvs2012 - Mar 12, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    every trade rumors is into LAKERS…jesus! Get it done im tired of hearing this lakers trade sh!t!

    • losangelasbasketball - Mar 12, 2012 at 9:32 PM

      umadbro?

  3. lakerluver - Mar 12, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Maybe he’d be better than Blake but I still don’t wanna see Felton in the Purple and Gold. I don’t see him being a difference maker. Now if the LAKERS can get Ramon Sessions I’d like our chances against OKC much better.

    • francislindayag - Mar 14, 2012 at 6:09 AM

      I agree. I am always pushing the Ramon Sessions acquisition. I think he’s a no-nonsense PG who can keep up with the likes of Westbrook , Tony Parker and Jason Kidd. I think the Lakers should get Sessions now! The deadline is within 2 days!

  4. 00maltliquor - Mar 13, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    This is the best lakers trade news I’ve heard all year!! Not saying Felton is the exact answer or that he’s even the ideal point guard for the purple and gold for years beyond, but to trade JUST worthless Steve Blake and his 3 year/$12 mill. AND another spare part (we’ve got a lot of them!) and maybe some cash!? Maaan oooh man! What a deal!

    We get a competent PG that hopefully returns back to his CHA/NYK form where he was considerd an all-star canidate before he got traded to DEN and we DON’T have to surrender a pick (crucial to keep that with this years draft class) like we would for Sessions AND get rid of a couple bad contracts! Pull the damn triggerrrrrrrrrrr!!!! The best part about this is that POR is the one seeking it!

    This is just too damn good to be true or for it to even happen, I don’t wanna get my hopes up, I know I’m just gonna end up mad as hell when Jimmy/Mitch shoot down this golden oppertunity.

  5. omniusprime - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Getting rid of Steve Flake would certainly help but Felton isn’t the point guard we’re looking for. Flake has been an embarrassment to the Lakers, the fools who brought him to the Lakers should be fired, namely Jim Buss and Mitch Kupcake. The Lakers need a real good young point guard, someone who would be proud to wear the purple and gold and who would produce.

  6. francislindayag - Mar 14, 2012 at 6:20 AM

    Go get Felton!

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