Blazers, Nuggets deal on draft night

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PORTLAND, ORE. (AP) - The Trail Blazers acquired guard Raymond Felton from the Denver Nuggets in exchange for veteran guard Andre Miller in a trade Thursday night that was part of a flurry of moves that Portland made during the NBA draft.

The Blazers also traded swingman Rudy Fernandez to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for the draft rights to Jordan Hamilton, the 26th overall pick who was in turn included in the deal with Denver.

It was an active draft for the Blazers and Chad Buchanan, Portland’s acting general manager after the team dismissed Rich Cho last month.

Buchanan had hinted last week that there was a lot of interest in Miller because his contract, a $7.8 million team option for the coming season, is non-guaranteed.

Miller, 35, averaged 12.7 points, 7 assists and 3.7 rebounds last season.

Felton, who turns 27 on Sunday, has a year remaining on his contract that pays him $7.5 million. He was traded in February from the New York Knicks to Denver in the Carmelo Anthony deal.

He averaged 11.5 points, 3.6 points and 6.5 assists in 21 games with the Nuggets, but played behind Ty Lawson. Overall for the season he hit career highs with an average of 15.5 points and 8.3 assists.

Buchanan called Felton “a younger, experienced point guard entering the prime of his career.”

“We feel like he’s a guy who has gotten better and better,” Buchanan said. “And we feel he’ll continue to get better with us.”

The Blazers also sent Dallas the NBA rights to Finnish guard Petteri Koponen, acquired in a draft-night trade in 2007.

Fernandez announced the deal via Twitter: “thanks all blazers fans for ur support this 3 years!! So happy to be in the best team in the nba!!!dallas!!!”

Fernandez, 26, has spent three seasons in Portland, averaging 9.1 points over 24.1 minutes in 218 games.

This past season, he averaged 8.6 points in the regular season but scored only 2.8 per game in a first-round series against the Mavericks. He made only 4 of 18 shots.

Hamilton, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound guard/forward, averaged 18.6 points and 7.7 rebounds over two seasons with the Texas Longhorns.

As part of the deal with Dallas, Portland also acquired the draft rights for 6-foot-6 Tanguy Ngombo, a Congolese forward who has played in Qatar since 2006.

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