In an interview with the Portland Tribune, Gerald Wallace says that although he was surprised by his trade, and is still adjusting to city life, "it’s a great experience for me. I can see myself being successful there." Wallace has a $9.5 million player option for next season. He can stay with the Nets, opt out and sign a longer term with the Nets or elsewhere.
Wallace did say he misses Portland's fans and says he believes he and Marcus Camby were traded because ""They decided to make a change, and I just happened to be a piece that made a trade. I don’t look at being a scapegoat or an excuse, other than them wanting to start over."
In addition to Wallace, Jordan Farmar has a player option at $4.25 million next season and he, too, seems to want to return, telling the Los Angeles Times, "I'm happy with my development. I like the situation here in Jersey and where it's going in the future."
Gerald Wallace on trade to Nets: 'I didn't see it coming' - Kerry Eggers - Portland Tribune
- Wallace Q&A: 'It was kind of shocking. I didn't see it coming.' - Mike Tokito - The Oregonian
Gerald Wallace Interview (Video) - CSNNW