Blazers acquire backup PG at deadline

Blazers acquire backup PG at deadline
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, drives past Utah Jazz guard Randy Foye during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. Lillard scored 23 points as they defeated the Jazz 105-99.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland acquired reserve point guard Eric Maynor from the Oklahoma City Thunder at the NBA trade deadline on Thursday.

Maynor is making $2.3 million this season and becomes a restricted free agent this summer. The Blazers acquired him in exchange for the draft rights to Georgios Printezis.

Maynor, in his fourth NBA season, is averaging 2.8 points, two rebounds and 10.6 minutes in 37 games with the Thunder this season. He missed most of last season with a knee injury and then got bypassed in the rotation by second-year guard Reggie Jackson earlier this season.

The Blazers acquired the draft rights to Printezis last July in a trade that sent Raymond Felton and Kurt Thomas to the New York Knicks. Portland used the trade exception from that deal to acquire Maynor.

"Eric is a player we have valued and pursued for some time," Blazers general manager Neil Olshey said in a statement. "His skill level and character will be excellent additions to our culture on and off the floor."

As a result of the deal for Maynor, the Blazers waived backup guard Ronnie Price, who averaged 2.7 points, 1.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 13.1 minutes in 39 games.

Blazers starting point guard Damian Lillard said he will appreciate the experience that Maynor brings.

"He's seen it all; he will be able to teach me a lot," said Lillard, the NBA's three-time reigning rookie of the month.

Many expected the Blazers to move big man J.J. Hickson, who signed a one-year deal worth a reported $4 million prior to this season. Because he has Bird rights, Hickson had approval of any trade. He would have given up those rights if he agreed to any deal, which could impact the salary he could command in free agency.

"I'm just here controlling what I can control, playing the game of basketball. Off the court, things will take care of themselves like they always have in the past," he said as the trade deadline loomed.

Hickson, in his fifth NBA season, is averaging 12.9 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. He has 28 double-doubles, matching his career high. And he's shot 50 percent or better from the floor for the last 17 games, a franchise record.

Meanwhile, the Blazers (25-29) are mired in a six-game losing streak but are still hoping for a playoff spot. They visit the Lakers on Friday night.