The Portland Trail Blazers traded for one-time All-Star Gerald Wallace at the trading deadline Thursday, and he suited up and played Sunday night, just five nights after three-time All-Star Brandon Roy returned to the line-up.
Roy, who has missed the past two months with knee injuries, helped the Blazers beat Denver 107-106 in overtime Friday by scoring 18 points, including a pair of 3-point shots in the final minute to force overtime.
Wallace, who the Blazers acquired in a trade for Joel Pryzbilla and Dante Cunningham with Charlotte, played his first action against Sunday and had nine points and five rebounds in 28 minutes as the team’s Sixth Man during a 90-83 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Wallace is considered one of the top defenders in the league.
Portland plays at home against Charlotte Saturday before beginning a four-game road trip that includes Orlando, Miami, Charlotte and Atlanta of the Eastern Conference.