Breaking news in Rip City.
Portland has traded Kent Bazemore and Anthony Tolliver and two second- round picks to Sacramento for Trevor Ariza, Wendell Gabriel and Caleb Swanigan, source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 18, 2020
League source confirms that the Kings have sent Ariza, Swanigan and Gabriel to Portland for Bazemore, Tolliver and two second round picks. Seconds are 2024 and 2025. Kings clear a roster spot in deal.— James Ham (@James_HamNBCS) January 18, 2020
According to the reports, the trade saves Portland $12.3 million, cutting the luxury tax bill in half.
Tolliver signed with the Blazers this past offseason, while Bazemore came over in an offseason trade with the Atlanta Hawks.
Tolliver played in 33 games for the Blazers, starting nine of them. He averaged 3.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 0.9 rebounds per game.
As for Bazemore, he was meant to be a key bench contributor for the Blazers, but was thrust into the starting role when Rodney Hood went down with an Achilles injury.
Bazemore played in 43 games for the Blazers, starting 21 of them.
He averaged 7.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game.
The key return here for the Blazers is Trevor Ariza. The 34-year-old has made his career on the defensive side of the ball, which is where the Blazers need the most help. Ariza has played in 32 games this season, averaging 6.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. He is set to make $12.2 million this year and is under contract through 2021.
With all the injuries up front, the Blazers need bigs, and they got two of them in Gabriel and Swanigan. Gabriel is a 6'9", 220lb forward in his first season in the NBA. He has played in just 11 games for the Kings, averaging 1.7. points, 0.9 rebounds, and 0.3 assists.
As for Swanigan, he is someone Blazers fans know well. He was drafted by Portland in 2017 26th overall and played parts of two seasons with the Blazers before being traded to the Kings for Skal Labissiere. In seven games with the Kings this season he averaged 0.7 points, 1.0 rebound, and 0.3 assists.
The Blazers are already depleted by injuries, and may not get the reinforcements before tipoff tonight in OKC. If Gary Trent (illness) is unable to play tonight, Portland would have just seven players available against the Thunder.
Be sure to stay tuned to NBC Sports Northwest as we get more information on this breaking news.
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