Bonzi Wells is less than two years removed from his breakout season of 2001-02, when he averaged 17 points per game. He's also two weeks removed from having the Blazers relieve him of his co-captaincy.
And now, on Dec. 3, he's on his way to Memphis in a trade that brings Wesley Person and a first-round pick to Portland.
“We’re very excited about the opportunity to acquire a player of the caliber of Bonzi Wells,” Grizzlies president Jerry West said. “We are very hopeful that this opportunity provides a fresh start for Bonzi in Memphis and that he enjoys joining a rising young team in the Grizzlies.”
"In the era of the luxury tax, it is not always easy to make trades or move players with long-term contracts," Blazers general manager John Nash said.
"We are happy to be getting a quality player and individual in Wesley Person, a veteran who can help provide leadership on the court and in the locker room, as well as a draft pick which will help the organization."