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Report: Bucks get Westbrook (not that one)

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Russell Westbrook isn’t going to Milwaukee.

Charlie Westbrook, though?

Shams Charania of RealGM:

Westbrook went undrafted out of South Dakota in 2012 and has played overseas and in the D-League since.

He’ll give Milwaukee 17 players, but just 14 15 of them have guaranteed salaries. So, Westbrook will join Jorge Gutierrez and Marcus Landry (both of whose contracts are fully unguaranteed) in competing to supplant a guaranteed player for a  regular-season roster spot.

The Bucks already several players capable of playing Westbrook’s position, shooting guard: Khris Middleton, O.J. Mayo, Rashad Vaughn, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jerryd Bayless and even one of Michael Carter-Williams or Greivis Vasquez in bigger lineups. Without a clear need for him, Westbrook will really have to impress to stick past the preseason.

Summer League dunk of the day went to Toronto’s Norman Powell

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Not bad for a guy known for his defense.

Norman Powell was taken in the second round of the draft (46th overall) by the Bucks, but was shipped to Toronto as part of the Greivis Vasquez deal. The four-year player at UCLA’s best skills were considered to be his defense and athleticism. He fell to the second round because he needs a more consistent jumper, but he has the chance to develop into an NBA rotation player down the line.

Oh, and he can finish in transition. I think we mentioned that athleticism already.

Report: Raptors trade Greivis Vasquez to Bucks for two draft picks

Toronto Raptors Vs Milwaukee Bucks

We nearly made it through the NBA draft lottery without a trade.

And the night’s first deal – Greivis Vasquez from the Raptors to the Bucks – didn’t even involved a pick in the first three quarters of the 2015 draft.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

I really like Vasquez in Jason Kidd’s system. Vasquez is a long point guard who can trap and disrupt passing lanes, though he’s not an ideal athlete for the scrambling scheme. Offensively, he’s a solid distributor who will involve Milwaukee’s deep crop of wings.

But this is a decently high price to pay for Michael Carter-Williams’ backup.

Vasquez will eat more than $6 million into the Bucks’ cap room this summer. Though he’ll likely be better than either of those draft picks, they’ll be paid less and offer more upside.

That Clippers pick is top-14 protected in 2017, 2018 and 2019. In the unlikely event it’s not conveyed by them, it becomes the Clippers’ 2020 and 2021 second-rounders.

Sometimes, though, you just have to get a player you know helps you. Milwaukee did that.

The Raptors added flexibility, which seems more in line with their goals.

Greivis Vasquez says Rockets, Timberwolves interested in trading for him

Brooklyn Nets v Toronto Raptors - Game Seven

Greivis Vasquez is a solid NBA backup point guard who can give a team some spot starting duty when needed. He did that in Toronto last season, averaging more than 24 minutes a night (mostly off the bench) and averaging 9.5 points per game, hitting 37.9 percent from three, and dishing out 3.7 assists per night, and the team was +2.5 points per 48 minutes when he is on the court.

Combine that with a reasonable $6.6 million contract for next season, and you can be sure a few teams will call up the Raptors looking to trade for Vasquez.

Like Houston and Minnesota, Vasquez said at a press conference in his native Venezulla, as reported by Sportando.

Both of those teams could use smart, veteran depth at the point.

Minnesota is looking to trade Canadian Anthony Bennett, but while there is a national draw there that is not a fair swap as the Raptors would see it. The Timberwolves will need to sweeten that deal but it’s a starting point. The Timberwolves are playing Zach LaVine as their backup point guard behind Ricky Rubio, and there are plenty of people around the league not sold on LeVine as a real point guard and decision maker. The Timberwolves could use depth.

Houston was hurting in the playoffs without Patrick Beverley, so they had to lean on Jason Terry heavily. While the Rockets made it to the conference Finals, someone like Vasquez would have been a big boost.

Neither of these deals may happen, but there is some logic to them. Either way, the Raptors will be active on the trade market and a team to keep an eye on, starting draft night. Toronto is looking for a roster shakeup.

Paul Pierce leads Wizards to overtime Game 1 win over Raptors

Washington Wizards v Indiana Pacers

Paul Pierce ended the Raptors’ postseason run last year with a series-saving blocked shot in Game 7 of the first round matchup while he was a member of the Brooklyn Nets.

A year later, now with the Wizards, he remains the bane of Toronto’s playoff existence.

Pierce finished with a game-high 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting to lead the Wizards to a 93-86 Game 1 victory, one that needed an overtime session to be decided.

Washington’s backcourt duo of John Wall and Bradley Beal struggled, shooting just 5-of-18 and 6-of-23 from the field respectively. But Pierce was there when needed, and scored 10 of his points in the second quarter during a critical stretch that turned a seven-point Toronto lead into a four-point Wizards advantage before the halftime intermission.

Washington’s lead grew to as many as 11 points in the third, thanks to its fifth-ranked defense giving Toronto fits. The Raptors shot just 28 percent in the period, and missed all seven of their attempts from three-point distance.

In the fourth, however, Toronto’s bench unit, which we knew would be a factor coming into the series, was able to bring the team back.  Part of it was due to Beal’s insistence on shooting so much when he was clearly having an off day, but the Raptors took advantage. Lou Williams and Greivis Vasquez each had eight points in the period, and their production was especially needed once Kyle Lowry fouled out of the game with 2:36 to play.

Wall had a chance to win it in regulation, but dribbled down most of the clock before going one-on-one and missing a pull-up jumper with just tenths of a second left.

In overtime, it was once again Pierce time. He began the scoring for the Wizards in the extra session by hitting a three, and ended it by helping to seal the victory with a couple of free throws. Toronto didn’t score in overtime until there were just 29 seconds left, and only did so because the Wizards had a big enough lead and no longer needed to contest the shots.

Pierce was the focus of the Raptors before the series even began, thanks to remarks he made in an interview leading up to the playoffs. “We haven’t done particularly well against Toronto, but I don’t feel they have the ‘It’ that makes you worried,” he said,

Toronto GM Masai Ujiri responded colorfully in front of fans before Game 1, similar to what he did a season ago before a playoff game against Pierce’s Nets.

There were other reasons Washington was able to get this win; the rebounding advantage, especially on the offensive boards, was massive. And, the Wizards got timely contributions from guys like Kevin Seraphin and Drew Gooden off the bench, which hasn’t been something the team has been able to count on reliably this season.

But had the Raptors paid as much attention to Pierce on the court as they did to comments he made off of it, they may have had a better chance in this one — especially on a day where Wall and Beal, the Wizards’ primary scorers, were so obviously out of sync.