Wizards deal Porzingis to Boston, Smart heads to Memphis in three-team deal

Earlier on Wednesday, according to multiple reports, the Celtics, Clippers, and Wizards had a deal in place that would have sent Kristaps Porzingis to Boston, Marcus Morris and draft picks to Washington, and Malcolm Brogdon to the Clippers.

However, that deal reportedly broke down after the Clippers had concerns about Brogdon’s injury status. 

Early Thursday morning, the Celtics and Wizards finally had a deal, and instead of the Clippers, the Memphis Grizzlies were added to the agreement. 

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics will receive Porzingis and two first-round picks from the Grizzlies(2023, 2024). The Wizards get Tyus Jones from Memphis, Danilo Gallinari, Mike Muscala, and a second-round pick from Boston(35th overall); the Grizzlies get Marcus Smart from the Celtics.

For the deal to happen, Porzingis had to opt into the final year of his contract; he is scheduled to make $36 million next season. 

Porzingis averaged a career-high 23.2 points per game in 65 games with the Wizards. Washington recently dealt Bradley Beal to the Suns and now they trade Porzingis to the Celtics.

The Wizards continue to rebuild their roster. 

Boston gets a talented player in Porzingis. The 7-3 forward has a lot of ability, but he’s had difficulty staying healthy. The Celtics, who lost to the Heat in seven games in the conference finals, are looking to win a championship, and they clearly believe Porzingis can help them do that. 

Regarding Smart, he added a lot to Celtics, including toughness and leadership. He’s a winning player. Boston gained picks and Porzingis, but Smart added a lot. The Grizzlies should benefit from what he brings to the table.

This is always a great time of the year in the NBA. You have the NBA Draft, which is Thursday night at Barclays Center. In addition, you have free agency, which starts on June 30, so expect  many more moves.

Cavs rout Wizards to get third straight win

The Cavs(34-22) finished their quick two-game road trip in Washington against the Wizards(24-29. Cleveland led from start to finish and defeated Washington 114-91 on Monday night.

Cleveland had six players in double figures and led by as many as 28 points in this contest. 

The Cavs have now won three straight.

Here’s the Great, Not So Great, and the Bottom Line of the Cavs’ win over the Wizards.

The Great:

The Cavs’ Starting Five: 

Jarrett Allen had another strong performance as he was close to perfect from the field(10/13 FG), and he finished 23 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks.  

Darius Garland scored 23 points, dished out five assists, and three steals. 

Donovan Mitchell added 21 points, six rebounds, and five assists.

Evan Mobley had 16 points, five rebounds, and two blocks.  

Isaac Okoro chipped in with 12 points, three rebounds, and two assists.

Defense: The Cavs brought it on the defensive end against the Wizards. They held the Wizards to 91 points and held Washington to 6/28(21%) from downtown.

First Half: Cleveland jumped on the Wizards early and cruised the rest of the way. The Cavs shot 63% from the field. All five Cavs’ starters scored in double figures in the first half. According to Elias Sports, this was the first time since 1997-98 that all five Cavs starters scored in double figures in the first half.

Shooting: The Cavs shot the ball at a high level. They shot 56% from the field and made 12 threes. They had no problems scoring and no issues getting to the basket. Cleveland had 58 points in the paint.

Not So Great:

Turnovers were high(17), but who cares? They won by 23 points.

Bottom Line:

Cleveland has looked good during their three-game winning streak, and yes, two of those games were against the Pacers and Wizards and a slumping Grizzlies team, but it’s how they are winning. They are sharing the ball and defending at a high level. Most importantly, they won these last two games on the road, and doing it on a back-to-back makes it even more impressive. 

What’s Next:

Cleveland heads home to face the Pistons on Wednesday night.

Best of the Rest:

-Kristaps Porzingis led the Wizards with 18 points; Will Barton added 15 points.

-Cleveland is 16-1 when they hold their opponents under 100 points, and the Cavs are 11-3 when they have six-plus players score in double figures.

-Washington was without Bradley Beal(foot), and Kyle Kuzma(ankle).

Cavs pull it out in OT; here’s the Great, Not So Great, and Bottom Line of Cavs’ win over Wizards

The Cavaliers returned home for the second half of a back-to-back on Sunday as they battled the Wizards in the home opener at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

Cleveland(2-1) had a lead late but allowed the Wizards(2-1) to tie the game in regulation and send it to overtime. In OT, the Cavs outscored the Wizards 14-4 to win 117-107.

Here’s the Great, Not So Great, and the Bottom Line of the Cavs’ win over the Wizards.


Donovan Mitchell: The three-time All-Star had another 30-plus point game as he had 37 points(5/12 3pt FG), five rebounds, four assists, and three steals. In OT, with the Cavs down one, Mitchell made a layup plus the foul, and on the next possession, he had a big steal that set up Cedi Osman for a layup plus the foul. According to Elias Sports, Mitchell is just the third player in NBA history to score 30-plus points in each of his first three games with a franchise.

Jarrett Allen: He was tough and gritty on Sunday. He recorded his second double-double in three games with 15 points, 14 rebounds, and two blocks. Allen punctuated the game with a big dunk over Kristaps Porzingis in OT.

Cedi Osman: The Cavs got off to a slow start in the first quarter, and Osman checked in and immediately sparked the Cavs. He scored 10 of his 16 points in the first quarter. The Cavs bench outscored the starters in the first half, and Osman was a big reason that happened.

Defense: Cleveland forced 20 Wizards turnovers, which led to 28 points. In addition, they had 10 steals and five blocked shots. Washington had no field goals in the final 3:19 of the game.

Not So Great:  

Donovan Mitchell:  With less than a minute left in regulation, and the Cavs up four, Mitchell got a little sloppy with the ball. He was stripped by Bradley Beal, who got fouled and made two free throws. The next possession, he got stripped by Will Barton, which ended in a Barton dunk, and after Mitchell missed a jumper on the final possession, the game went to overtime. Not a great sequence for Mitchell.

Bottom Line:

The energy at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse was terrific, and Mitchell gave them a lot to cheer about. He’s been as advertised and then some. Mitchell can get anywhere he wants on the court and score the ball at a high level. In addition, Cleveland continues to get great play from its bench, especially Osman, who has been outstanding in the first three games. Still early, but the Cavs may have something with this roster.

What’s Next:

Cleveland has a few days off before they battle the Orlando Magic at home on Wednesday night.

Best of the Rest:

The Cavs had six players in double figures for the second game in a row. Dean Wade had 12 points off the bench; Evan Mobley and Caris LeVert had 10 points apiece.

Beal’s 27 points led Washington; Porzingis had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Rui Hachimura chipped in with 16 points off the bench.

Report: Wall, Rockets agree to buyout, expected to sign with Clippers

Update: According to Klutch Sports(Wall’s agent), it’s a two-year, $13.2 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Expect to see John Wall on the court next season.

According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, Wall, who opted into the final year of his contract, and the Rockets reached a buyout agreement, shaving $6.5 million off of his $47.4 million salary.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Wall is planning to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers once he clears waivers.

Last season, Wall, who the Wizards traded to the Rockets in 2020, and Houston agreed that he would be shut down for the 2021-22 season.

Over the past few seasons, the 31-year-old Wall, who signed a four-year supermax contract at $170 million with the Wizards, battled injuries. In the 2018-19 season, he missed most of the season after a left heel injury. While recovering from the heel injury, the five-time All-Star ruptured his left Achilles tendon at his home. The 12-year veteran missed all of the 2019-20 season. 

It should be interesting to see what role he will have with the Clippers, who are looking to contend for a championship next season. When healthy, Wall can still play at a decent level. The last time we saw him on the court was in 2021, Wall averaged 20.6 points and 6.9 assists per game, so fortunately for him, he gets his money and an opportunity to compete for a championship.

Porzingis enjoyed his time with Doncic; Dinwiddie feels vindicated

Former Wizards guard Spencer Dinwiddie and forward Davis Bertans returned to D.C. Friday night, and Kristaps Porzingis battled his former team for the first time since the trade as the Mavericks continued their four-game road trip against the Wizards.

Porzingis, who Dallas traded to Washington for Dinwiddie and Bertans before the trade deadline in February, had 24 points and nine rebounds, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had a team-high 35 points, including six threes, as the Wizards, who led by as many as 34 points and never trailed, won their fourth straight and defeated the Mavericks 135-103.

Mavs’ Luka Doncic had a game-high 36 points, seven rebounds, and six assists.

“We called up the huddle, and I told him, ‘KP, since they let you go, we’re going to beat them up for you,'” Caldwell-Pope said after the win. “That was the first thing I said to him, and we did exactly that.”

Porzingis added: “I don’t want to say it was a personal game, but it’s always fun to compete against your former team.”

There was a narrative in Dallas that there was a rift between Porzingis and Doncic, but according to Porzingis, that was far from the case.

“There’s no issue between us,” Porzingis said. “We were super cool and would hang out. Luka’s a cool dude. He’s super chill. 

Dallas thought they had a dynamic duo with Porzingis and Doncic, but after a couple of injury-filled seasons for Porzingis, the duo could never get out of the first round, and ultimately, the Mavericks felt they needed to make a move. 

“Sometimes, it just doesn’t work out the way everybody expects or the way we saw it, and it is what it is,” Porzingis said. “It was cool to play with a generational superstar talent like him(Doncic).”

Regarding Dinwiddie, who, along with Bertans, was given a video tribute Friday night, he was roundly criticized on his way out the door in Washington.

However, according to Dinwiddie, what was said about him was not true, and what has happened to the two teams after the trade validates what he said.

“I said what I said about the organization,” Dinwiddie said. “I know that they’ve since made comments about their own locker room that kind of validated what I’ve said about the situation… At the end of the day, I think this stretch of basketball, post All-Star break, has kind of validated what I’ve said… Let them go to the offseason, and let us go to the playoffs and keep it rocking.”

Dinwiddie, who signed a three-year, $54 million deal in the offseason, helped the Wizards get off to a 10-3 start, but things fell apart, and ultimately, they shipped him to Dallas.

Dallas is 13-6 after the All-Star break; Conversely, the Wizards are 7-12 in the same timeframe.

At this point, Dinwiddie is right. Washington’s focus is keeping Bradley Beal and putting together a competitive roster going forward. At the same time, Dallas has to focus on getting homecourt advantage in the first round and getting out of the first round for the first time since 2011.

Watch below as Dinwiddie talks loss to Wizards:

Spurs waive Tomáŝ Satoranský, who is expected to sign with Washington

The San Antonio Spurs have waived guard Tomáŝ Satoranský, the team announced Saturday

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Satoransky will return to the Washington Wizards, where he played three seasons through 2018.

Satoranský, 30, appeared in one game with the Spurs. He was acquired from Portland, along with a 2027 second-round pick from Utah, in a three-team deal with the Trail Blazers and Jazz on Feb. 9.

In 33 games this season, the six-year veteran is averaging 2.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 2.3 assists.

San Antonio defeated Washington in double-overtime 157-153 Friday night and will travel to Miami to battle the Heat Saturday night.

Shorthanded Cavs get routed by Wizards

The Cavaliers began life without backup point guard Ricky Rubio against the Wizards Thursday night. Rubio will miss the rest of the season after tearing his left ACL Tuesday against the Pelicans.

Cleveland was still without Darius Garland and Cedi Osman due to health and safety protocols, and they were without Jarrett Allen(Return To Competition Reconditioning). However, they did get Lamar Stevens and Dylan Windler back after being away from the team because of health and safety protocols.

Washington had some health and safety protocols issues themselves, including starting point guard Spencer Dinwiddie.

The Cavaliers trailed 31-30 after the first quarter, but things fell apart at the end of the second quarter and the third as Washington routed Cleveland 110-93 at Capital One Arena.

Cleveland(20-15) has lost two straight, while Washington(18-17) snapped their two-game losing streak.

Here is the Great, Not So Great, and the Bottom Line of the Cavs’ loss to Washington:

The Great for the Cavaliers:

-Rookie Evan Mobley scored 14(highest scoring first quarter of his career) of his 21 points in the first quarter to go along with five rebounds, three assists, and two blocks. Mobley had his second straight 20-plus point game. 

-Kevin Love returned to the starting lineup and had his third straight 20-plus point game. He had 11 of his season-high tying 24 points in the first quarter, including three threes(finished 4/10 3PT FG). Love also added 11 rebounds to record his fifth double-double of the season. Love and Mobley scored 25 of Cleveland’s 30 first-quarter points.

The Not So Great for the Cavaliers:

Three-point Shooting: Cleveland was 4/9 from downtown in the first quarter, but they were 4/19 the rest of the way from three-point range Thursday night. In the last two games, both losses, the Cavaliers shot a combined 9/48(19%) from three after the first quarter.

Defense:  The Cavaliers struggled on the defensive end. Washington shot 50% from the floor, including 68 points in the paint.

End of the Second Quarter: With just under four minutes left in the first half, the game was tied at 46, but Washington finished the half on a 12-5 run to take a 58-51 lead at the break, and the Wizards took that momentum into the third.

Third Quarter: Washington dominated the third as they shot (14/22)64% from the floor. The Wizards led by as many as 2o points in the quarter, and Cleveland never threatened from there as the Wizards outscored the Cavaliers 33-21 in the third.

-Kevin Pangos got his first NBA start Thursday, and he wasn’t very good. Pangos had two points as he shot 1/8 from the field, including 0/3 from downtown. He did have six assists, but he struggled against the Wizards.

Bottom Line:

Without Garland and Rubio, Cleveland did not get much from the point guard position and did not get much out of any player not named Love or Mobley, but help could be on the way for the Cavs. According to reports, Cleveland is close to acquiring two-time NBA champion and four-time All-Star Rajon Rondo from the Lakers. While Rondo is not Rubio at this point, the 35-year-old is better than what they have at the backup point guard spot. 

What’s Next:

Cleveland begins a three-game homestand Friday night against the Atlanta Hawks.

Best of the Rest:

-After missing three games due to health and safety protocols, Bradley Beal returned and led the Wizards with a game-high 29 points, 10 assists, and six rebounds; Kyle Kuzma had 25 points and 10 rebounds.

-Lauri Markkanen had 11 points, eight rebounds, and four assists; Isaac Okoro added 11 points for the Cavs.

Suns’ Shamet: ‘We’re deep for sure’

On Thursday night, the Phoenix Suns routed the Washington Wizards 118-98 at Footprint Center.

With the win, the Suns, who had eight players in double figures, are 23-5 on the season, the team’s best start to a season through the first 28 games since the 2004-05 season. 

Chris Paul, the only man with 20,000 points and 10,000 assists in NBA history, leads the NBA in assists per game(10.1). According to JaVale McGee, who had a team-high 17 points in 16 minutes against Washington, Paul, who had a team-high six assists Thursday, can see any and everything on the court.

“He’s a mind; he’s like a mega-mind when it comes to basketball,” McGee explained about Paul. “And the fact that he’s a point guard who controls the ball the whole game is even better. He sees things before they happen; he sees things that happened four plays ago that he can tell you about. His mind is just really basketball-oriented, and he knows where guys are supposed to be, and he knows where to put the ball. And when you have a point guard like that as your starting point guard, the backup point guard looks up to him and takes nuances from him, and it just trickles down.”

Phoenix is still getting it done without their leading scorer, Devin Booker, who missed the last seven games with a hamstring injury. That includes Landry Shamet, who started his seventh straight game for Booker and added 16 points, including four threes against Washington. 

McGee says the Suns have that “next-man mindset.”

“I think I’ve said this before; we have that next-man mindset,” McGee said. “So, (Landry) Shamet has been doing a great job stepping into that role, and when he goes back to the bench, he is still going to be a top-performing player. I don’t think it’s anything that we’ve done different, we just play our ball. It’s always been team basketball; Book (Devin Booker) just; weapons to score a lot of points around our team basketball. As a whole, we’re a good team at getting everybody the ball.”

Shamet added: “We’re deep for sure. I think more than anything is we play together; we trust each other, play the right way, and a way that enables us to have those numbers and multiple guys in double figures. Every night it could be somebody different in the spot. We have a lot of interchangeable pieces, guys who are comfortable in filling in different roles.”

Phoenix gets back at it on Sunday night against the visiting Hornets.

Cavs’ Jarrett Allen on three-game road trip: ‘It was really all blowouts’

The Cleveland Cavaliers finished off their three-game road trip in style. Cleveland led by as much as 31 points against the Mavericks and Heat, and on Friday night in D.C., they led the Wizards by as many as 36 points. In the end, the Cavaliers would defeat the Wizards 116-101 at Capital One Arena.

Cleveland won these three games by an average of 19 points. The last time the Cavs swept a three-plus game road trip against three-plus .500 teams was 1975.  

Cleveland(13-10) has now won four straight, while the Wizards(14-9) have lost two out of their last three. 

The Great for the Cavs

First Quarter Jarrett Allen: He scored 14 of his 28 points, grabbed five of his game-high 13 rebounds and had one of his two blocks in the first. Since missing three games with an illness, Allen has six straight double-doubles, the longest streak in his career. It’s time to start the Jarrett Allen for All-Star campaign. 

-Darius Garland is playing like one of the better point guards in the NBA. The 21-year-old had a double-double with a season-high 32 points(11/17 FG), including 5/6 from downtown, a game-high 10 assists, and a career-high eight rebounds. It’s time to start the Darius Garland for All-Star campaign. 

Second and Third Quarters: The Cavs outscored the Wizards by a combined 21 points in those quarters. Cleveland outscored the Wizards 19-0 at the end of the second quarter into the third. They ended the second quarter on a 9-0 run to lead 65-46 at the break and started the third quarter on a 10-0 run. Ultimately, Cleveland had their largest lead of 36 points in the third.

-Cleveland dominated the Wizards, Heat, and Mavericks on the glass. The Cavs outrebounded the Wizards 54-33 and outrebounded the three teams on this trip by a combined 54 rebounds.

The Not So Great:

Nothing at the time. Check back on Sunday!!

Bottom Line:

The Cavs just did not beat the Mavericks, Heat, and Wizards, they dominated them, and it looked easy.  This was a super special trip. In addition, Cleveland has beaten some quality teams on the road this season, including these three games, and wins over Denver, Clippers, and Knicks. 

“Every one of these teams are fighting for something,” Allen said about the three-game road trip. “And we came in here, and it was really all blowouts.”

What’s Next:

Cleveland returns home Sunday to battle the Utah Jazz. The Cavaliers will play five games next week.

Best of the Rest:

-Evan Mobley had six points, seven rebounds, four assists, and three blocks. Mobley has a streak of at least one block in 12 consecutive games. Lauri Markkanen had 15 points, including four threes and six rebounds, and Kevin Love had 13 and nine rebounds off the bench.

-Deni Avdija led the Wizards with 16 points off the bench, and Bradley Beal had 14 points on 6/17 shooting from the floor.

Watch below as Allen and Garland react to the Cavs’ win over Wizards:

Cavs stumble late against Wizards, but to their credit, they fought hard

It appeared on Wednesday night that the Cleveland Cavaliers(7-5) were going to get their fifth straight win as they had a 10-point lead with just under 11 minutes left against the visiting Washington Wizards(8-5).

Cleveland would take a nine-point lead with just over six minutes to go. However, Washington would close the game on a 19-7 run and took the lead for good when Kyle Kuzma hit a corner three with 11.4 seconds. Washington would hold on to defeat the Cavs 97-94 to snap Cleveland’s four-game winning streak.

Here is the Great, Not so Great, and the Bottom Line of Cleveland’s loss to Washington:

The Great for the Cavaliers:

-Ricky Rubio led the way for Cleveland with 20 points, five assists, five rebounds, and two steals in 28 minutes off the bench. This is the second straight game where Rubio, who was getting serenaded with MVP chants, led the team in points and assists.

-Evan Mobley continues to pile up the numbers. He had 19 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and a block. After 12 games, Mobley is second among rookies in points(15.3), rebounds(7.9), and first in blocks(1.3) per contest.

-Darius Garland had 19 points and four assists. He also made a team-high three three-point shots on Wednesday night.

Not so Great for the Cavaliers:

Fourth Quarter: Cleveland had a six-point lead entering the fourth, but Washington would outscore the Cavs 29-20 in the final period. Cleveland shot 1/10 three-point range in the quarter. In addition, Washington shot 57% from the field, including 5/11 from three-point range.

Leaving Kuzma open for three: Kuzma, who scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth, was hot as he was 4/5 from three-point range in the quarter, and with the Cavs leading 93-89 with 30.4 seconds, Kuzma hit a three to cut it to one.

Rubio would make one of two free throws to give Cleveland a 94-92 lead. With the Wizards trailing by two, Kuzma would get open and knocked down a three in the corner. Cleveland, who had a foul to give, tried to foul Bradley Beal, but the officials did not call it, and Kuzma was able to get free. 

“We had a foul to give, and we fouled Bradley Beal, and they missed the call,” Cavs head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said postgame. “We have to learn in this situation; the three is what kills you.”

Darius Garland’s final shot: Cleveland had one last chance to win, and with the Cavs trailing by one, Garland launched a 25-foot three with 04.3 seconds. It was not a bad shot, but the third-year guard should have worked to get a better shot.

 “When it left my hands, I thought it was good,” Garland said. “All my shots were like that. But that one felt really good, just didn’t go in.” 

Bottom Line:

This was a game the Cavaliers should have won, but the Wizards were able to execute better down the stretch. Washington is the more experienced team, and it showed in this one. Cleveland is without many of their key pieces(Sexton, Love, and Markkanen), but they continue to battle to their credit.

What’s Next:

Cleveland continues their four-game homestand on Friday against the Pistons.

Best of the Rest:

-Montrezl Harrell led Washington with 24 points and 11 rebounds off the bench. Cleveland did a decent job on Wizards star Bradley Beal, who had only 13 points on 4/19 shooting from the field.

-Cavs Jarrett Allen had his fifth consecutive double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.