Noah Vonleh traded to Portland

  • 06/24/2015 7:50 pm in

Former Indiana forward Noah Vonleh, a lottery pick in last June’s NBA draft, is on the move after just one season with the Charlotte Hornets.

The Portland Trailblazers announced on Wednesday evening that the organization acquired Vonleh and Gerald Henderson in exchange for Nicolas Batum.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports first reported the trade late Wednesday afternoon.

Vonleh was the No. 9 pick in last year’s draft, but was never a part of the rotation in Charlotte as a rookie and was even sent to the Development League for a brief stint.

Over 25 games in Charlotte, the 6-foot-10 forward averaged just 3.3 points and 3.4 rebounds in 10.4 minutes per game after a sports hernia cut his training camp short.

In one season at Indiana, Vonleh averaged 11.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game and was named Big Ten freshman of the year for the Hoosiers, who finished 17-15 and missed the postseason.

Earlier on Wednesday, Wojnarowski, citing sources, reported that Charlotte was also shopping Cody Zeller.

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  • Jeremy

    To bad he did not get an insurance policy against a serious injury and work on his game at Indiana.

  • inLinE6

    He left too early. But I guess you can’t say no to a lottery contract.

  • CreanFaithful

    He’s guaranteed over $5 MIL for his first 2 years of service. Something that would take the average american family income ($52K per year) 100 years to achieve… He made the right choice. And by no means do I believe NV is gone from the league after 2 years.

  • Ole Man

    Hornets are a really bad organization.

  • SilentBob

    Thank god! I’ve been waiting for Noah to get away from that joke of a team. Hopefully Cody will be next. Yet another example of the Hornets incompetence. You don’t trade young talent for a solid vet when you have no star to build around. Doubt this is Vonlehs last move this offseason. I know the Blazzers were trying to trade their 1st round pick for more cap space. Won’t be surprised if they move Noah again and possibly Henderson for even more cap space. They already freed up 4 mil with this move.

  • Hoosier Hall

    They really do make some questionable decisions. The initial information was that they were shopping Zeller. I still think Cody will be a solid starter at the power forward position.

  • Hoosier Hall

    I bet they keep Noah now. All signs point to LaMarcus Aldridge leaving.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    that’s exactly right. if he’s sad to be leaving charlotte, he can dry his tears with hundred dollar bills. 😉

  • Hoosier Pride

    Think he would fit in really well with what the Pacers are trying to do next year…play a lot faster, and we all know the big handsome can run the court

  • marcusgresham

    Jordan has a lot of Elgin Baylor in him….almost as inept an executive as he was successful a player.

  • Kyl470

    Overpay for Lance Stephenson. Trade a young player on his rookie contract for a veteran with only one year left on his contract who might not resign with the team. Not smart moves at all. One day they will realize your not going to be a winner with Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson as your two best players.

  • Gregory Spera

    Michael Jordan still thinks he could beat all the Hornets one-on-one. Don’t know if that says more about Jordan’s skills at 52 years old or the crappy team he’s built in Charlotte.

  • Hoosier Fanatic

    I hope Noah fits well at Portland. With Aldridge leaving he should get a shot at some minutes. I do agree with Cody being a good fit at the Pacers especially with David West testing free agency. I would like to see that.

  • vanpastorman

    It would be great if Cody became a Pacer. He would put fans in the stands.

  • John D Murphy

    This is good for NV. He will get into the rotation next year. The Blazers coaching staff has shown their ability to develop young bigs (see Myers Leonard). They are losing Aldridge and traded away Batum. They will probably ditch Lopez. They will build around Lillard and Matthews. They are trying to rebuild without going all they way to bottom of the barrel.

  • John D Murphy

    If they are still shopping Cody, we’d take him in Utah. I think he’d be a nice pick-up with the #12 pick to swap.

  • John D Murphy

    Spurs. That is how a good organization does business. Unlike the Hornets.

  • John D Murphy

    It was the right decision. We all knew he wouldn’t do much in the first few years. Except, apparently, the Hornets who selected him.

  • SilentBob

    If Lamarcus does leave they’re expected to make a big push for Oregons own Kevin Love

  • E Foy McNaughton

    And Charlotte basically threw NV in on the deal, so if they are willing to part with CZ for say, Soloman Hill, I’d pull that trigger all day long…..

  • Jeremy

    He still could have taken an insurance policy and worked on his game. He was not NBAready and his first season proves it.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I don’t think I would give up the #11 or #12 pick for CZ, as much as I would love to see him play for the Pacers. I think there will be higher upside players still on the board in this Draft (Lyles, Booker, Dekker….) and I would rather give up a player on the existing roster. I believe there will be a couple of golden nugget players this year in the 11-20 range that have not always been there in past drafts.

  • Hoosier Pride

    I would have to think that deal was more concentrated on Vonleh for the Blazers…Charlotte is looking for two way wings that can shoot, Portland is looking for insurance if Aldridge leaves.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    What I wonder is, if he loses confidence (which could happen) and teams lose interest (which often happens) and he is out of the NBA in 2-3 years — makes say $15M over the time frame. Or is it better to graduate from IU in 3 years (have an education for life), develop your game and gain confidence, get drafted in the lottery, make at least the same $15M over 2-3 years AND maybe not lose your confidence, develop into a reliable 10-12 year player, and make $80M over the time frame. Why do we jump to if you are a lottery pick it is automatically the right decision?

  • Ole Man

    Amen, Kyle. Hornets best stretch this past season was when Walker went down with injury. Not a coincidence that during that same time Cody started putting up all star numbers.

  • To get the insurance, you have to take out a loan unless your family is loaded, and the max. offered through the NCAA is $5mil. If he were to have had a career ending injury in college, he would have walked away with much less than he will now since he went into the draft before he was fully ready. Also, a bad season or any injury, even non-career-ending, would have hurt his draft stock considerably. If he had fallen even to just the bottom of the first round, he would’ve lost about $3.7mil. of guaranteed money over three years.

  • And then he can be broke in three years which is usually what happens within three years after an NBA guy quite playing.. He’d be wondering why he doesn’t still have those hundred dollar bills.

  • Rags 2 Riches

    Believe it or not, these lottery players get a great deal of input from the NBA teams about their potential, what they need to work on, etc. You talk about how he should’ve stayed to develop his game, and clearly things aren’t off to a great start for him in the NBA, but when NBA GMs and scouts are telling you you’re a lock for the lottery and you’re ready for the NBA right now, why wouldn’t you go? I imagine that everything he was hearing was that his game was ready. Hindsight is 20/20… basically people see our struggles down low this past season and think if only we still had Vonleh. They judge the decision made by an 18-19 year old kid when really he did what was best for him and his family at the time.

  • marcusgresham

    It’s easy to forget, there are one-and-done guys entering the draft this season who are older than Vonleh is.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Not quite as bad as Isiah Thomas though.

  • marcusgresham

    Not only that, but it seems a lot of times the longer a guy stays in college the more things scouts find to tear him down.

  • marcusgresham

    Can’t help but think Love ends up in purple & gold.

  • hoosier93

    Now just trade Cody. MJ is just a garbage owner. That organization is a dumpster fire.

  • CreanFaithful

    He was NBA ready – his contract proves it. Meanwhile, he is working with NBA talent and coaches to improve his game…

  • SilentBob

    I just don’t see it. Players like Kevin and Lamarcus are witty. They not only want to win now but they want to win for a while. Kobe has spent most of the last two years nursing pretty serious injuries and he will be 37 by the time next season starts. They have one unproven rookie in Russel and practically another in Randle. The fact they were unwilling to part with both of them for Boogie tells me the Lakers aren’t exactly all in on next year either. Even if the Lakers somehow pull some magical sorcery and hit grand slam and sign Deandre Jordan, Danny Green, and Love I still wouldn’t consider them the favorites to win the championship. Probably fourth or fifth if the Spurs land Aldridge. Kobe will only get older the next year and your always betting a lot to assume a rookie like Russell will live up to the hype. And an even bigger Gamble expecting him to fill Kobes shoes when he retires.

    Portland just has so much more to offer in the short and long term. Even with them getting rid of Batum and probably losing Aldrige their core will still have a lot more experience together of they resign Matthews and Lopez. They probably have more cap flexibility than anyone. For Batum they got another seasoned vet who defends well, and take some of the ball handling duties off Lilliard who is a score first point guard. Oh yea Lilliard he is way younger than Kobe and comes with less baggage. We already saw how Love played individually with an all time great in Lebron. Kobe has an even bigger ego. Love will get more shots with Lilliard and if he decides to hit free agency again in a year or two he will probably get more money because of it. And they also acquired a modern center in Plumlee for cheap who is more than talented enough to start if Lopez flakes and Leonard is a serviceable back up. They may still have enough money to aquire another quality free agent with signing Matthews, Lopez, and Love. If not they have a great trade chip now in Vonleh and a smaller one in McCollum.

  • Icecreamncrimson

    One name. Aaron Harrison.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    Troy raises an excellent point here. The new rule allowing kids to go to the draft combine and come back is a step in the right direction. But I still think the NCAA needs to do better by these young men.

  • If that scenario happens.. I don’t think he will have made anywhere close to $15M in three years even. Taken that low in the first round, I believe is only good for about 2 mil max. Correct me if I’m wrong, but most of the money is only paid after you actually make the roster and play. Pretty sure only the top picks make the 3 to 5 mi per year and it goes down pretty drastically from there. That is one of the primary reasons that guys are broke after three years that don’t make it big.

  • And can you believe they actually drafted Frank? It’s like almost another Cody on the team.. Maybe Frank is a little better outside shot, but the Hornets definitely are a bad organization.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    Yeah – I saw that J. Okafor was $3.8M year. And that was @ #3 pick. I don’t know what the pay drops to at #9, but I’d guess it is significant. That said, I believe years 1-3 are fully guaranteed under the rookie schedule.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    They are managed by a group of babbling morons. The drafting of Frank means they have given up on CZ – they traded NV. So they basically are flushing 2 lottery picks. Stupid. I only hope CZ gets traded to a team that will use him.

  • I do too. I really wanted he and Noah to have really good NBA careers.. I’m not so worried about Olapido.. it appears he’s in pretty good shape. But as you hinted at, I think Noah faces a very real possibility they’ll lose interest in him and he’ll eventually go by the wayside. There is just so much talent out there nowadays.. you really have to end up in the right niche, unless you’re a LeBron or Stephan Curry kind of talent that really rises to the top.

  • Dave Carnes

    To be fair Isiah was a decent coach.But like Isiah Jordan
    has more rings than friends.