Gerald Wallace understands the nature of the NBA. He has seen teammates come and go. He himself has played for five teams over his 13-season career. But in spite of knowing basketball is a business, there is one move that irks him three years after the fact.

Rewind to February of 2011. The Charlotte Bobcats were coming off their first playoff appearance in franchise history, a season in which Wallace had earned his first All-Star selection. Even though the team was 25-32 at the deadline, Wallace believed in their postseason potential. He wanted to finish out the year in Charlotte, his NBA home since 2004.

Wallace had heard the rumors, yet after a while that becomes common for talented players with sizeable salaries. (He was set to earn over $20 million the next two seasons.) The afternoon of the trade deadline Wallace went to practice and says he was told by Bobcats personnel he would not be moved later on that day.

He returned home, only to be awoken by an unexpected phone call: he had been dealt to the Portland Trail Blazers.

“It was actually kind of crazy for me because of the simple fact that you go through it all day, you hear about the trades, you hear about your name being mentioned in trade talks,” Wallace said. “I actually was talking to my agent on the way to practice. I got to the gym, talked to the coaches and the general manager. Everybody assured me, ‘You’re good. You’re not going to be traded and everything was going to be fine.’ Then I went home after practice that day and took a nap. I woke up out of my nap and the trade deadline was 5 p.m. ET. When I woke up, it was like 4:45, 4:50 and my agent was like, ‘You’re traded to Portland.’ I was like, ‘Wow.’ It was basically right at the deadline.”

It took some time for the news to sink in. Wallace had been one of his team’s top scorers and was averaging 15.6 points and 8.2 rebounds in 39 minutes per game. He was focused on helping the Bobcats win that season, but the team went a different route instead. They acquired Joel Przybilla, Dante Cunningham, Sean Marks (all of whom were in the last season of their contracts), cash and two future first-round draft picks in exchange for him.