Gerald Wallace was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday. The Charlotte Bobcats took back Joel Przybilla, Sean Marks and Dante Cunningham, but the most important assets (other than cap relief) were two first-round picks from Portland. The Blazers announced late Thursday that the picks will be the first-round selection Portland had picked up from the New Orleans Hornets in the Jerryd Bayless trade, and a conditional Blazers pick in 2013.
The trade gives the Bobcats trade options involving their picks going forward. Charlotte traded its 2012 first-round pick to the Chicago Bulls in the Tyrus Thomas deal a year ago, which would prevent the Bobcats from trading their own 2011 or 2013 picks. But having the rights to extra picks in each year allows the Bobcats to deal their own picks or the newly acquired ones in either year, avoiding limintations caused by the so-called Stepien rule.
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