Sacramento Kings Insider for NBCS James Ham his here to the rescue!
Ham is providing Trail Blazers fans with everything they need to know about the newest Trail Blazers before Saturday’s trade with the Kings becomes official.
Ham has been covering the Kings since September of 2015.
And, he thinks Blazers fans will like what they see from the two players they’ve never seen in a Blazers jersey.
First up: NBA Champion Trevor Ariza
“Ariza signed a two-year, $25 million deal in the offseason to provide veteran leadership and depth at the forward position. The final year is only guaranteed for $1.8 million, making him slightly more than an expiring contract for Portland. He was a calming influence on the Kings younger players, especially on the defensive end. He's not as mobile as he once was and his 3-point shot goes on the fritz at inopportune times, but he’s a solid player that can help replace some of the defense that the Blazers lost during the offseason with the departures of Moe Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu.” – James Ham
Ariza seems like a guy who could fit in nicely with Terry Stotts’ system. The 43rd overall pick of the 2004 NBA draft is averaging six points and 4.6 rebounds this season.
And then there is Wenyen Gabriel:
“After a strong showing in Summer League during the summer of 2018, the Sacramento Kings inked Wenyen Gabriel to a two-year, two-way contract. He didn’t play a minute for the kings last season, instead spending his entire season with the Kings’ G League affiliate in Stockton.
While he didn’t have a breakout season with the Stockton Kings, Gabriel hit the weight room hard during the summer and impressed new head coach Luke Walton with his work ethic. During training, Garbiel continued with his strong play and the Kings converted his two-way contract to a regular roster contract.
With a bevy of injuries, the Kings reduced their rotation down to a small number of players early in the season. Gabriel has seen limited action, but the coaching staff continued to work on his development off the court. He is a hard worker with an NBA body. He’s long and athletic and he’s worked hard to stretch his shooting range beyond the 3-point line.
Wenyen is well liked in the locker room and he has plenty of potential as a combo-forward. He will need time to develop, but there is a chance for him to become an NBA rotational player down the road.” – James Ham
One thing is certain when it comes to Gabriel:
He has a good sense of humor.
Damn I just got Woj’d 😂 https://t.co/6zyJ2AXTZT— UPMΛN™ (@WenyenGabriel) January 18, 2020
The 22-year-old has played in 11 total games for the Kings this season.
Portland will host the Golden State Warriors Monday night and will be short-handed once again because the trade will not be official until at least Tuesday.
Make sure to keep it locked on NBCSNW for more on the newest Trail Blazers.