ESPN: The Blazers have traded Bonzi Wells to the Grizzlies for Wesley Person and a No. 1 draft pick in 2004, ESPN has learned.
An official announcement is expected to be made later Wednesday.
Earlier this season, Wells was stripped of his team captaincy and suspended two games after he cursed at coach Maurice Cheeks.
Wells has spent his entire six-year career with in Portland, averaging 13.3 points per game. He averaged a career-best 17.0 points during the 2001-2002 season. In 13 games this season, he is averaging 12.2 points.
Person, known for his perimeter marksmanship, has a career scoring average of 11.8, but is averaging just 5.2 points this season with a poor .308 shooting percentage.
During a game in November, Cheeks yanked Wells for taking an ill-advised jumpshot. Wells swore at Cheeks on his way back to the bench and stood on the sideline and continued a profanity-laced tirade. Wells sat out the final 16:17 of the game, and the Blazers quickly lost the lead. The Mavericks went on to win 105-98.
"It just gets old. I'm sick of it," Cheeks said at the time. "I'm sick of always saying he didn't mean it and all that. Players have to be accountable for what they do and what they say."
Earlier in November, he was fined $10,000 by the team for making an obscene gesture toward a heckling fan during a loss to the 76ers.
The Fans of Portland were getting restless and that is why the trade happened...honestly the Blazers lost talent in this trade, but gained a veteran class act. Bonzi had his beef with Mo Cheeks and it is good to see that the Blazers organization is serious and wants to clean house.
They would unload Wallace with a trade, but at the end of the year his contract is up and they can clear up major salary space to woo another big time player, but unlike Wallace, with his head on straight.
Also, if management is serious about cleaning house, look for Woods, Patterson and Stoudamire to be on the trading blocks soon. Randolph has made some violations of his own, but not as major as the prior three have. Also, with Wallace very likely to leave at the end of this season, or quite possibly during, the Blazers will need a formidable PF in a Western Conference that is strong at that position. Randolph is that player...he just needs to polish himself and his character more.
You have to feel good for the Portland fans....its about time...they deserve a team, not a bunch of thugs.