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Steve Patterson: Today is really a watershed day for the franchise. This move is, that we're announcing tonight, is not just about what goes on on the court, but really is the culmination of a long string of discussions and negotiations and hard work by the entire organization for the last eight months. As we went through the process, we recognized that at some point in time, that the Portland Trailblazers and Rasheed Wallace were going to have to part ways...As we went through the process, we recognized that it was Rasheed's preference not to come back here, and with that in mind, we had to make sure that we would maximize the asset values for the franchise as a whole...Tonight is really about re-claiming the brand and the Trailblazers for Portland and the great fans of this community...
John Nash: I think it's safe to say that Atlanta would not have made this trade last summer, they would not have made it last month, it was only within the last week, as we're bearing down on the trading deadline that we began to get involved in serious discussions...
Mo Cheeks: Well, like you just said, I think over time this can make us a better basketball team. I think Theo, Theo Ratliff's ability to block shots gives us another, gives us an advantage in the basket, under the basket in terms of shot blocking. We haven't really had that - Rasheed probably was the best we had in shot blocking, so, then you get Rahim who is a 20 and 10. He's a good offensive player, he's another guy who can put the ball in the basket and, you know, we gotta find a way to put it all together, obviously, with Zach and Rahim, but there is a way. I mean, you know, when you get players like that, there is a way. A player who can score the basketball, there is a way. And certainly with Theo, whose ability to play defense gives us a dimension that we haven't had and can add to our defense.
And after the press conference,
John Nash: It's going to be Maurice Cheeks' mission to try and get these guys integrated into the lineup, and obviously we're in a playoff drive. But we think we made a good deal. Most teams do when they pull the trigger. We regret that we had to give up Wes Person in this deal because he had been such a nice fit for us. We also acquired Dan Dickau, a local guy who may wind up making a contribution as well...It may be that we have no further opportunities, but we're going to pursue them and see if any develop. We do have another almost ten days before the trading deadline and there is another deal up my sleeve that I'd like to make, but if we don't, so be it. I think we've changed our roster significantly, and hopefully for the better.