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Wallace Puts Blazers in Division-Title Discussion

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Carmelo Anthony: Gone.

Deron Williams: Gone.

Jeff Green: Gone.

Gerald Wallace? Headed to Portland.

Welcome to the newly configured Northwest Division, post-trade-deadline version, which suddenly thrusts the Trail Blazers into the division-title discussion.

As part of one of the more memorable trade deadlines in NBA history, the Blazers on Thursday gave away a collection of bit pieces to acquire a star, while the other division contenders shuttled away franchise figureheads, setting the stage for an intriguing two-month close to the season.

Wallace, a chiseled 6-foot-7 forward who is one year removed from an All-Star performance and a spot on the All-NBA Defensive first team, was acquired from Charlotte in...

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