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Reports: Pelicans signing Luke Babbitt and Alonzo Gee

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The Pelicans, coming off a breakthrough playoff appearance, are keeping the band together.

They’ve re-signed Omer Asik, Alexis Ajinca and Dante Cunningham.

Add Luke Babbitt to the list – with Alonzo Gee joining him in New Orleans.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

These are only slightly above minimum contracts – or maybe even minimum deals with generous rounding. So, don’t expect either player to move the needle too much. Everything starts and ends with Anthony Davis.

But Babbitt has a chance to contribute as a stretch four in Alvin Gentry’s spread offense. That would mean more minutes for Davis at center, another plus.

Gee provides length on defense, which could help New Orleans switch more often (a la Gentry’s old team, the Warriors).

PBT First-Round Playoff Previews: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Memphis Grizzlies

LaMarcus Aldridge, Zach Randolph
Blazers: 51-31 (fourth place in Western Conference)
Grizzlies: 55-27 (fifth place in Western Conference)
Blazers: It would be easier to list who’s healthy. LaMarcus Aldridge’s thumb is probably fine but he missed two of the last three games with a left foot sprain. Nicolas Batum has a bruised knee and missed the season finale. C.J. McCollum has a left ankle sprain. Arron Afflalo will miss at least the first game with a right shoulder strain. And that’s before you get to the season-ending injuries to Dorell Wright and Wesley Matthews.
Grizzlies: Marc Gasol (ankle) and Mike Conley (foot) are banged up. Courtney Lee is playing through a torn hand ligament. All should be available for the series opener but they’re worth keeping an eye on.
Blazers: 105.5 points scored per 100 possessions (8th in NBA); 101.4 points allowed per 100 possessions (10th in NBA).
Grizzlies: 103.1 points scored per 100 possessions (13th in NBA); 99.9 points allowed per 100 possessions (4th in NBA).


1) Will the Blazers find wing production? The loss of Matthews effectively killed Portland’s hopes of contending. The injuries to Wright and Afflalo don’t help. Beyond Batum and McCollum (who are dealing with minor injuries of their own), the Blazers are counting on a lot of production from the likes of Allen Crabbe, Alonzo Gee and Tim Frazier, which isn’t ideal to say the least. That’s all the more pressure on Damian Lillard to have another heroic series like last year’s first-round matchup with Houston.

2) Can the Grizzlies get anything on the perimeter? We say this every year, and you’d think they would have done something about it by now, but there’s no reliable outside shooting anywhere on Memphis’ roster. Jeff Green has shot 36 percent from three since being traded to the Grizzlies, and their two best three-point threats, Conley and Lee, are playing through injuries. The Grizzlies will have to do all of their damage in the paint, which, luckily for them, they’re perfectly equipped to do.

3) How far can Aldridge and Lillard carry the Blazers? With Matthews gone, the Blazers’ two superstars are going to have more defensive attention on them than ever. Memphis can put Tony Allen on Lillard and Zach Randolph on Aldridge. With Aldridge’s thumb injury, a matchup with Randolph can’t be something he’s looking forward to, but unless one of the unknown role players steps up, it’s going to be a two-man job.


This is going to be a hard-fought series with terrific home crowds in both cities. But between Memphis’ home-court advantage and the Blazers’ litany of injuries, I have to think the Grizzlies will prevail. I’m picking Grizzlies in 6 but I don’t feel great about it.

Trail Blazers’ Arron Afflalo out 1-2 weeks with shoulder strain

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It didn’t look like much when it happened; it was just Portland’s Arron Afflalo fighting for post position with Golden State’s Stephen Curry. But it ended up being fairly serious.

Afflalo left the game at the time with shoulder/triceps pain, and today’s MRI did not bring great news.

That means Afflalo’s regular season is done. However I’d expect to see him back when the playoffs start in just more than a week (April 18). Guys play through pain when the postseason starts. That said, this likely doesn’t impact the Trail Blazers much in playoff positioning, they are pretty locked into the four seed (as winners of the Northwest Division they can fall no lower) but will not have home court in the first round.

Afflalo has been starting with in place of the injured Wes Matthews. With him out expect C.J. McCollum to start and get a lot of run, with Allen Crabbe and Alonzo Gee getting some run.

More wing injuries for Trail Blazers: Dorell Wright breaks hand

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The Trail Blazers took a major blow when Wesley Matthews suffered a season-ending injury.

Arron Afflalo slid into the starting lineup, a downgrade but not necessarily a huge one. The bigger issue: Portland’s reserves became considerably weaker without Afflalo.

The Trail Blazers are just 7-6 without Matthews, though they’ve won four straight.

But just as they might be figuring things out, Dorell Wright gets hurt.

Peter Socotch of CSN Northwest:

Trail Blazers forward Dorell Wright fractured the fourth metacarpal in his left hand in Wednesday night’s 126-122 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Trail Blazers announced.

X-Rays confirmed the fracture and the timetable for Wright’s return remains indefinite.

Healing time on this type of injury is anywhere from 4-6 weeks, but other measures can allow for increased mobilization, which is why there has not been a determined timetable for Wright’s return from injury.

Pain from this type of injury is generally very mild, according to these same medical journals, and does not require heavy medication outside of ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

Jabari Young of CSN Northwest:

This is the LaMarcus Aldridge effect.

Aldridge had a tear in his thumb expected to keep him out 6-to-8 weeks, but he returned just a few days latereven though that could adversely affect him long-term.

Portland had a chance to win a title with Matthews, and the team could still make major noise in the playoffs if everything breaks right. These players are committed to maximizing the chances of that happening.

If Wright misses time, expect Alonzo Gee and Allen Crabbe to play more. C.J. McCollum could also see more time in three-guard lineups.

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Nuggets waive new acquisitions Victor Claver and Thomas Robinson

Thomas Robinson, Victor Oladipo

The Nuggets traded Arron Afflalo and Alonzo Gee to the Blazers for three players, and they’ve already bought out two of them. After reportedly agreeing to a buyout with Thomas Robinson after the trade deadline, the Nuggets have waived both him and Spanish forward Victor Claver, according to a press release from the team on Sunday:

The Denver Nuggets have waived forwards Victor Claver and Thomas Robinson, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today.

Both Claver and Robinson were acquired along with Will Barton and a lottery-protected 2016 first round draft pick from the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Arron Afflalo and Alonzo Gee on February 19, 2015.

It’s doubtful that Claver will draw much interest. He and Robinson were included in the deal as salary filler—the big prize on Denver’s end was the 2016 lottery-protected first-round pick they received from Portland.

Robinson, the fifth overall pick in the 2012 draft, never made much sense for the Nuggets, who already have Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson at power forward. He hasn’t lived up to the potential of such a high pick, but he’s still a talented enough young player that he’ll certainly get calls from teams looking for size, and he can bring energy and rebounding.

RealGM’s Shams Charania is reporting that several teams have already reached out to Robinson:

It’s been a whirlwind career for Robinson. He was drafted fifth overall by the Kings, then given away for free to Houston at the 2013 deadline as the Maloofs attempted to shed salary. Then, the Blazers traded for him when the Rockets were clearing cap space for Dwight Howard. Now, he’s been traded a third time in less than three full seasons. Hopefully he sticks somewhere.