According to rotoworld.com, the Blazers may be interested in shoring up their depleted frontline by swapping Steve Blake and Travis Outlaw to the Wizards for center Brendan Haywood.
Blake, Outlaw, and Haywood all have expiring deals, which would make this a fairly low-risk move for both franchises. Blake has been underwhelming in his third season with the Blazers, averaging 7.5 points and 3.8 assists this season while shooting 40% from the field. With Andre Miller currently playing well, the Blazers have little use for Blake’s services. The Blazers also have a harem of talented young backcourt players, including Jarryd Bayless, Rudy Fernandez, Martell Webster, and rookie Patrick Mills, so it is probably in the Blazers’ best interest to let those players develop instead of letting Blake take their minutes.
Outlaw is a talented scorer and is still only 25 years old, but has been hit hard by injuries this season; the recent strong play of 21-year old swingman Nicolas Batum also makes Outlaw somewhat expendable. For the Wizards, acquiring Outlaw could give them more freedom to trade Caron Butler, who they are believed to have been shopping
as they look to rebuild.
For the Wizards, Haywood is quietly having one of the best seasons of his career. He is currently averaging 9.7 points on a career-best 56.1% mark from the field to compliment his 10.3 rebounds per game, which also represent a career high. He provides good defense and tough play inside, something the Blazers have missed since losing Greg Oden and Joel Pryzbilla to injury.
Of course, with their recent run of centers, Haywood may want to check his insurance before heading to the Pacific Northwest.
This trade looks like a slam-dunk for the Blazers if they can get the Wizards to agree on it. For the Wizards, the decision they have to make is whether Haywood fits into their long-term plans or whether or not it’s worth giving him up for some goodwill around the league and some much-needed stability in their backcourt.
Ty Lawson is headed to the Kings, as first reported on Monday. The team made the move official on Wednesday with a press release, and USA Today‘s Sam Amick offers up another important piece of information: Lawson’s deal is not guaranteed, making it essentially a make-good camp invite.
It’s staggering how Lawson went from a borderline All-Star level point guard in 2012-13 to signing a non-guaranteed one-year deal with a lottery team three years later. His off-the-court issues have contributed to that, and he didn’t produce last season in Houston and Indiana. Still, he should have a pretty good chance of making the Kings’ roster, with Seth Curry and Rajon Rondo gone and Darren Collison their only proven point guard. They need depth there.
When Ben Simmons declared for the NBA draft this spring, he signed with LeBron James‘ Klutch Sports group for representation. That association would appear to have its advantages for the No. 1 overall pick, including the opportunity to work out with James and Dwyane Wade during the offseason. Wade posted a group photo on Instagram on Wednesday afternoon:
Also, it’s pretty staggering to see Simmons standing next to James and realizing that he’s bigger and taller.
Thanks to a match from an anonymous donor, beloved TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager was able to receive his third bone-marrow transplant since 2014 in an extended battle with leukemia. Sager’s son, Craig Sager II, shared a photo on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon of his father undergoing the transplant, appearing to be in good spirits as usual.
Our continued well wishes go out to Sager and his family in his recovery, and we hope to see him back on the sidelines this season.
Last season, the Sacramento Kings signed Seth Curry, brother of Stephen Curry. He left this summer for Dallas, and now the Kings are working out the brother of the other Splash Brother — Klay Thompson‘s brother Mychel — according to international basketball reporter David Pick.
Mychel Thompson’s only NBA experience is five games with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2011-12. He spent some time in the D-League after that, and played in Italy during the 2015-16 season.