NBA.com Staff Reports
Dwight Howard waiving his early termination option took him off the trade market and out of the free-agency pool for 2011-12. That put a kink in the rebuilding plans for New Jersey, which was on Howard’s preseason draft “wish list”.
The Nets didn’t leave trade deadline day empty handed though, as they swung a deal for Gerald Wallace from the Blazers, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!Sports:
The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed in principle to trade Gerald Wallace to the New Jersey Nets for Mehmet Okur, Shawne Williams and a protected first-round pick, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Wallace, 29, is averaging 13.3 points and 6.6 rebounds this season.
The draft pick the Blazers received is protected only through the top three spots.
New Jersey had acquired Okur in a deal with Utah before the season and signed Williams as a free agent in the offseason. Wojnarowski reports that the draft pick the Blazers received would be protected through the top three spots.