Wizards trade rumors: Domantas Sabonis, Jerami Grant on the radar of the ‘aggressive’ D.C. in trade deadline

Wizards trade rumors: Domantas Sabonis, Jerami Grant on the radar of the ‘aggressive’ D.C. in trade deadline

The Washington Wizards is reportedly set to be aggressive in approaching this season’s trade deadline, even aiming to be frontrunners for a prized star center and negotiating about a versatile wing man — Domantas Sabonis and Jerami Grant.&nbsp

In a detail supplied by Wizards insider Quinton Mayo, there must be an assumption that Washington will be active in Feb. ten deadline, wherein Sabonis will be the crucial function in the hot pursuit. Mayo added that the European large man currently received a “ringing endorsement” from franchise star Bradley Beal due to the complement of its skills, contract and age in connection to the franchise. If ever a deal will happen, the reporter stressed out that Rui Hachimura and Deni Avdija will be the core pieces to be shipped to Indianapolis.&nbsp

Count on Washington to strategy the trade deadline aggressively with their sights set on Indiana Pacers star big man, Domantas Sabonis. Sabonis has received a ringing endorsement from Beal, and other folks, inside the Wizards organization due to his talent set, attainable fit inside head coach Wes Unseld Jr.’s technique, contract flexibility, and age, sources tell me. Sabonis, 25, is at present in year two of a four-year, $74.9 million contract. Hachimura and/or Avdija would have to be integrated in stated deal, I’d imagine, as well as cap fillers, and some draft capital.

Mayo also stated that the Wizards have initially contacted about the availability of Detroit Pistons main man Jerami Grant on the marketplace, wherein there’s only table negotiations for a time getting due to the forward’s looming contract extension.&nbsp

Washington has also engaged in preliminary conversations with the Detroit Pistons with regards to 27-year-old DMV native, Jerami Grant nonetheless, his talent ceiling, as well as impending contract extension, has given them a cause to table negotiations, for the time becoming, sources inform me. Grant could seek a deal nicely north of $one hundred million more than the subsequent four seasons.

With executive Tommy Sheppard shifting his interest on presenting Beal a lengthy-term commitment and massive payday following this season, the Wizards will certainly exert their very best work to surround the high-scoring guard with the ideal supporting cast.&nbsp

As the D.C. eroded now to the eight spot of the East following a very good head commence, the urgency to commit for moves that will encourage stronger late season push is achievable.&nbsp

Trevor Ariza enters Lakers starting lineup vs Kings

Trevor Ariza enters Lakers starting lineup vs Kings

Trevor Ariza Los Angeles Lakers
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Trevor Ariza has entered the starting lineup of the Lakers for the game vs the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday evening.

Ariza replaces Stanley Johnson as a starter. Russell Westbrook, Malik Monk, Avery Bradley and LeBron James will also be in the beginning lineup. The 17-time NBA champions ruled out Carmelo Anthony with decrease back tightness.

With the Lakers and the Kings becoming among the betting favorites to win the title, pay a visit to&nbspPickswise&nbspfor the latest odds in all NBA games.

NBA Betting Picks: San Antonio Spurs vs. Boston Celtics Preview

NBA Betting Picks: San Antonio Spurs vs. Boston Celtics Preview

But On Wednesday, the San Antonio Spurs (14-22 SU, 20-16 ATS) will play the second of a back-to-back when they meet the Boston Celtics (18-19 SU, 20-17 ATS) at TD Garden. Will the Celtics win their third straight game or will the Spurs bounce back from a blowout loss on Tuesday?&nbsp

Boston Celtics vs. San Antonio Spurs Betting Odds and Lines

Sportsbook: BetUS

More than/Under: 223

Point spread: Spurs +7.five (-110)

Moneyline: Spurs +260&nbsp / Celtics -320

Boston Celtics vs. San Antonio Spurs Injury Report

All injury reports are at the time of writing. Preserve an eye on any late adjustments as the injury reports are fluid until tip.&nbsp

The Spurs will be with no Doug McDermott, Devontae Cook and Lonnie Walker all to Health and Security Protocols. Zach Collins also remains out with an ankle injury. The biggest injury update for the Spurs is the probable return of Dejounte Murray from Health and Security Protocols.&nbsp

For the Celtics, Romeo Langford (illness) and Brodric Thomas (Back) are out. Jabari Parker (Dental Operate) and Aaron Nesmith (Wellness and Security Protocols) are questionable while Robert Williams (Toe Sprain) is probable.&nbsp

Boston Celtics vs. San Antonio Spurs Preview

Dejounte Murray Returns for Spurs&nbsp

The Spurs have been without having Dejounte Murray since December 23rd. In those six games without having Murray, San Antonio is 16th in Offensive Rating, 9th in Defensive Rating and 13th in Net Rating, per NBA Advanced Stats.&nbsp

With Murray on the court this season, the Spurs are 6.three points greater in Offensive Rating and 2 points much better in Defensive Rating. From the starting of the season to December 23rd, when Murray initial was out, the Spurs had been 9th in Offensive Rating, compared to 16th in the games he missed. On the season, Murray is averaging 17.eight PPG, eight.eight AST and eight.four Rebounds.&nbsp

The Spurs have lost their final 4 games, failing to cover in 3 of those four. Losing Lonnie Walker and Doug McDermott has hurt this group, and the return of Murray to the lineup will be really the welcome sight for this struggling unit.&nbsp

Celtics Falling Short of Expectations&nbsp

At 18-19, the Boston Celtics have been 1 of the larger underperformers therefore far. They are 21st in Adjusted Offensive Rating, 5th in Adjusted Defensive Rating and 10th in Adjusted Net Rating, per Dunks and Threes.&nbsp

They’ve won their last two games at home against the Phoenix Suns and Orlando Magic. But they got the Suns in a poor spot on New Year’s Eve with an afternoon commence, and they followed up that dominance with a close 116-111 win more than the Magic in Overtime.&nbsp

Prior to these two games, although, they had lost eight of their final 11. It’s worth noting that Jason Tatum will return for the Celtics in this one.&nbsp

Boston Celtics vs. San Antonio Spurs Prediction

The Spurs have been blown out in Toronto last evening, losing 129-104, with Fred Van Fleet dropping 33 points alongside Gary Trent’s 21 points. The Raptors shot 18-44 from three (41%) although the Spurs shot an abysmal 9-35 (25.7%).&nbsp

With Dejounte Murray likely back, though, I think we’ll see a more confident offensive showing from the Spurs. It is a back-to-back, but some principal rotation players weren’t involved late in yesterday’s game due to its blowout nature.&nbsp

Furthermore, this is shaping up to be 1 of the pros vs. joes sides of tonight’s NBA slate. Although the Spurs are obtaining just 44% of the bets, a whopping 98% of the money is backing them, and we’ve observed some reverse line movement from Spurs +eight to Spurs +7.five.&nbsp

I like the Spurs in this spot to give an inspired effort after getting embarrassed final evening. They’ll have their major man in Dejounte Murray back in the fold, and the Celtics just can’t do sufficient offensively to warrant becoming an 8 point preferred against a respectable Spurs unit. This line must be closer to 6, so I see worth on this line down to Spurs +six.five.&nbsp

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