Jerryd Bayless (0) was the leading scorer for Arizona with an average of nearly 20 points per game. - AP

After trade, Blazers get Bayless

PORTLAND — The Portland Trail Blazers acquired Jerryd Bayless, the 11th overall pick in the NBA draft by Indiana, along with forward Ike Diogu, in a draft-night deal with the Pacers.

Portland selected Brandon Rush, a 6-foot-6 guard out of Kansas, with the 13th overall pick. But no sooner than his name was announced came word that he had been dealt.

Portland sent Rush, guard Jarrett Jack and forward Josh McRoberts to Indiana in exchange for Bayless and Diogu, a four-year veteran.

The Trail Blazers also acquired the 27th overall pick, forward Darrell Arthur out of Kansas, from New Orleans. The deal was made prior to the draft.

As a freshman at Arizona last season, Bayless led the team in scoring with an average of 19.7 points per game. The 6-foot-3 guard appeared surprised when told he was going to be a Blazer.

"They're a great team already," he said. "I think they're just missing one or two parts."

Diogu averaged 6.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game for the Pacers last season.

Jack, who provided a spark off the bench for the Blazers, averaged 9.9 points, 3.8 assists and 2.9 rebounds. McRoberts, a rookie, had stints in the NBA's developmental league.

Arthur was the sentimental favorite at the draft in New York when he was the last of the invited players to be selected. Teams apparently shied away from him because of undisclosed kidney problems.

NBA commissioner David Stern applauded as Arthur came to the stage to a standing ovation at Madison Square Garden.

The 6-foot-9 forward is a respected talent, known for his turnaround jumper. He averaged 12.8 points and 6.3 rebounds for the NCAA champion Jayhawks.

"My health is fine," he said.

Earlier Thursday, the Blazers announced that 3-point specialist James Jones had decided not to exercise his contract option with the team. That makes Jones a free agent.

The option would have made Jones a Trail Blazer through the upcoming season and paid him about $3.1 million.

Portland acquired the five-year veteran forward last year on draft day. He can begin negotiating with other teams on Tuesday.

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