Wizards’ Beal: ‘We got three at home we gotta get’

The Wizards(22-39) four-game west coast road trip is over, and it ended on a sour note. Washington was blown out by the Trail Blazers 125-104 on Wednesday night.

With the loss, the Wizards end the trip at 1-3 and remain 4.5 games behind the Orlando Magic for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.

“We had an opportunity to be at least 3-1,” Wizards G Bradley Beal said after scoring a game-high 29 points against Portland. “We kind of laid an egg; we got three at home we gotta get.”

Washington starts their three-game homestand on Friday against the Hawks, which is a very winnable game for this team. Then, they host the Heat on Sunday, and the Knicks on Tuesday.

After the three-game homestand, the next four won’t be easy. The Wizards will have to face the Celtics on the road, come home to OKC, go to Philly to battle the 76ers, and travel to Brooklyn to face the 7th-seeded Nets, which could have huge playoff implications for Washington.

Even with a disappointing road trip, Washington is still in the mix for the playoffs, but with 21 games left, time is not on their side, so they must string together a few wins if they have any hope of making the playoffs. 


Hawks’ GM on Turner: ‘The versatility he has shown throughout his career will be valuable for us this season’

The Atlanta Hawks have acquired guard/forward Evan Turner from the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for guard Kent Bazemore, it was announced today.

“We are happy to add Evan to our team, a veteran who we believe can help our club,” said Hawks General Manager and Head of Basketball Operations Travis Schlenk. “The versatility he has shown throughout his career will be valuable for us this season.”

In nine seasons with Philadelphia, Indiana, Boston and Portland, Turner has averaged 9.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 27.2 minutes (.435 FG%, .781 FT%). The No. 2 overall selection in the 2010 NBA Draft, Turner posted 6.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists (.460 FG%, .708 FT%) in 73 contests (two starts) last season. The Ohio State product has appeared in 63 playoff games (27 starts), averaging 7.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 23.5 minutes.

Bazemore, a seven-year veteran, appeared in 355 games (242 starts) in five seasons with Atlanta, averaging 10.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 24.8 minutes. Through 483 games (257 starts) with the Warriors, Lakers and Hawks, the six-foot-five swingman has compiled 8.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 20.7 minutes per contest (.419 FG%, .352 3FG%).

An undrafted free agent from Old Dominion, Bazemore converted 453 three-pointers in a Hawks uniform, the eighth-highest total in franchise history. He received the Jason Collier Memorial Trophy in 2018-19, awarded annually to the Hawks player who most closely exemplifies the characteristics of a community ambassador displayed by Collier, the late Atlanta center who passed away in 2005.

Blazers acquire Rodney Hood from Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired guards Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin IV and two future second round draft picks from the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for guard Rodney Hood. The two draft picks that Cleveland is receiving in the deal are Portland’s own 2021 and 2023 second round picks.

Stauskas (6-6, 205) has made 44 appearances for Portland this season, averaging 6.1 points in 15.3 minutes per game. He has scored in double figures on eight occasions, which includes a career-high tying 24 points (7-11 FG, 5-8 3FG, 5-5 FT) in 27 minutes against the Los Angeles Lakers on October 18. Over his five-year NBA career, Stauskas has played in 311 games (63 starts) for Sacramento, Philadelphia, Brooklyn and Portland while averaging 6.9 points and 2.1 rebounds in 20.3 minutes per contest. The Ontario, Canada native played collegiately at the University of Michigan and was the No. 8 overall pick by Sacramento in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Baldwin (6-4, 200) has appeared in 16 games for the Trail Blazers this season, while also playing in six games with the Texas Legends of the NBA G League. With the Legends, Baldwin posted averages of 22.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.3 steals in 32.9 minutes per game. The third-year guard out of Vanderbilt has played in 56 career NBA games with Memphis and Portland, averaging 3.1 points in 10.3 minutes per game. He was originally selected as the 17th overall pick by the Grizzlies during the 2016 NBA Draft.

Hood (6-8, 206) played in 66 regular season games (56 starts) for Cleveland since being acquired by the Cavaliers on Feb. 8, 2018, averaging 11.7 points and 2.5 rebounds in 26.8 minutes per contest. He also appeared in 17 postseason games for Cleveland during the 2018 Playoffs.

Blazers’ CJ McCollum suspended one game by NBA

Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum has been suspended one game without pay for leaving the bench area during an altercation, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

The incident occurred with 9:33 remaining in the fourth quarter of Portland’s 113-104 preseason win over the Phoenix Suns on Oct. 11 at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

McCollum will be suspended for the first game of the 2017-18 NBA regular season for which he is eligible and physically able to play.

To view the incident, click here.

Damian Lillard: ‘Blazers in six’

No one is giving the Blazers a chance against the Warriors, except for Blazers’ G Damian Lillard. When asked by CSN Northwest if the Blazers were going to win their first-round series against the Warriors in six or seven games, Lillard answered: “Blazers in six.”

The Blazers might take their best swing, but it won’t be enough! Warriors in five!

The series begins on Sunday.