The best trades are ones that help all teams involved and according to a report from the “Star-Telegram” the Denver Nuggets, the Dallas Mavericks and the Portland Trail Blazers completed a deal Thursday night that should prove to be beneficial to all three teams. Dallas traded the rights to Texas forward Jordan Hamilton and Qatar big man Tanguy Ngombo to the Blazers and in return got back forward Rudy Fernandez and point guard Petteri Koponen. Portland then sent veteran point guard Andre Miller and a future second round pick to the Nuggets and received point guard Raymond Felton in the deal.
Jordan was drafted by the Mavericks with the number 26 pick in the first round while they selected Ngombo with the 57th pick in the second round. Fernandez has done a nice job off the bench for the Blazers but seemed to have problems with his club at the beginning of this past season as he demanded a trade or threatened not to play. The situation was resolved amicably but it may have led to this trade.
Felton was acquired by the Nuggets in February in the deal that sent Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups to the New York Knicks. Felton played off the bench for Denver but wants to be a starter in the Association which he will be in Portland. Miller returns to the Nuggets for his second tour of duty with the team and has a great relationship with Denver coach George Karl. Miller had a stormy relationship with Blazers head coach Nate McMillan, the first hint of controversy that has occurred in the veteran’s career in the NBA.