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.
Remember Luigi Datome? He spent a couple seasons with the Pistons and Celtics.
He makes an appearance in this wild video featuring Fenerbahce coach Zeljko Obradovic (warning: profanity):
A partial transcript the best I could muster:
YOU’RE GOOD GUYS. IN YOUR EYES, YOU’RE GOOD GUYS. F— YOU, EVERYONE! F— YOU, OK!
F— YOU, GIGI DATOME. OK? SHAME ON YOU. AND YOU…
Festivus isn’t for another month, but someone is already ready for the airing of grievances.
To facilitate a trade from the Rockets to the Suns last summer, Ryan Anderson reduced the guarantee of his 2019-20 salary by $5,620,885. Anderson barely played in Phoenix, got traded to the Heat, barely played in Miami and got waived. He again signed with the Rockets this summer.
Now, after barely playing in Houston, Anderson will continue his odyssey elsewhere.
Shams Charania of The Athletic:
Anderson was guaranteed $500,000 on his minimum-salary contract this season. By the time he clears waivers, he will have earned $434,704. So, assuming Anderson goes unclaimed, Houston will be on the hook for the remaining $65,296.
This might end the career of the 31-year-old Anderson. Once a premier stretch four, he no longer stands out in a league where 3-point shooting has become a common skill for power forwards. He’s also a major defensive liability.
Before Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s tweet sparked an international geopolitical firestorm, it created a fissure in Houston. Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta quickly tweeted that Morey didn’t speak for the organization. It was a harsh public rebuke that led to major questions about Morey’s future in Houston.
Especially because there was already concern about the Fertitta-Morey relationship.
Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN:
Though a couple of NBA executives speculated Morey might have greater difficulty attracting marquee free agents to Houston, few said that his ability to perform his job would be affected beyond having to placate Fertitta, a shotgun marriage that sources close to the Rockets have considered a tenuous fit since Fertitta bought the team in 2017.
Morey has been operating like someone who doesn’t believe he’ll be in Houston long-term. Morey traded the Rockets’ last four first-round picks. He traded multiple distant-future first-round picks and took on significant future salary to upgrade from Chris Paul to Russell Westbrook. Morey also gave a three-year-guaranteed contract extension to a 30-year-old Eric Gordon.
To be fair, Morey has also been operating like someone whose team’s championship window is closing. That could also explain repeatedly mortgaging Houston’s future. It’s difficult to parse the difference.
But the costs incurred to contend now have veered toward paying later than paying now.
Morey has kept the Rockets out of the luxury tax – a detriment to their on-court ability, but a boon to Fertitta’s wallet. There’s no reason for Morey to operate this way if not directed by the owner. Yet, Fertitta has claimed the luxury tax didn’t influence roster decisions. That’s totally unbelieve, but if taken at face value, Fertitta was throwing Morey under the bus for downgrading Houston’s roster.
It’s easy to read between the lines and see a disconnect between Fertitta and Morey. This is only corroboration, and considering Arnovitz describes his sources as “close to the Rockets,” it’s particularly persuasive.
But Fertitta signed Morey to a five-year extension earlier this year. Fertitta also stood by Morey during the China-Hong Kong controversy, calling Morey the NBA’s best general manager. Whatever problems between the two, Fertitta continues empower Morey in significant ways.
Danny Green is a quietly effective player. He shoots 3-pointers. He defends. He tries to build team chemistry.
I didn’t know he could do this.
Judging by how his Lakers teammates reacted, they didn’t know either.