Speculation turned to reality Thursday night as the Portland Trail Blazers selected Ohio State center Greg Oden with the first pick in 2007 NBA Draft.
Oden and Texas freshman Kevin Durant were the focus of one the most intense debates in NBA Draft history. Both are franchise-making players. Only one could be chosen first overall.
"I know we're going to be connected for a long time now," said Oden. "So, Kevin Durant and Greg Oden, you just have to get used to the names together." >> Read Full Story
In a move that further signified Portland's dedication to remaking its roster on draft day, Zach Randolph, Dan Dickau, Fred Jones and the rights to 53rd overall selection Demetris Nichols were traded to New York for Steve Francis, Channing Frye and a 2008 second-round pick.
The Trail Blazers weren't done yet, however. They then chose Duke forward Josh McRoberts with the 37th pick and Vanderbilt guard Derrick Byars with the 42nd selection. Byars' rights were later traded to the 76ers for the rights to 30th selection Petteri Koponen.
The Portland Trail Blazers today acquired guard Steve Francis and center Channing Frye from the New York Knicks in exchange for forward Zach Randolph, guard Dan Dickau and guard Freddy Jones, it was announced by Trail Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard.
Francis, 30, enters his ninth NBA season with career averages of 18.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6.1 assists. The three-time NBA All-Star and 2000 NBA co-Rookie of the Year posted 11.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 44 games this past season with the Knicks.
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