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Former Trail Blazers Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin traded yet again

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Former Trail Blazers Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin traded yet again

Former Trail Blazers Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin, who were just traded this past weekend from Portland to Cleveland as part of the Rodney Hood deal and then to Houston... Now they are on the move AGAIN...

Thursday morning ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting:

But you shouldn't expect Stauskas and Baldwin to stay with the Pacers either. 

Blazers Insider Dwight Jaynes sounded off on the Rockets-Pacers trade in the post below. 

Wednesday:

Stauskas had been in and out of the Trail Blazers rotation throughout the season. Baldwin never latched on to any significant playing time, so the deal to acquire Rodney Hood was a nice move by Portland.

For Stauskas, the move to the Pacers would technically be his 7th team in five seasons and his 5th team since 2018.

Blazers get Rodney Hood, roster spot without dealing major assets

Blazers get Rodney Hood, roster spot without dealing major assets

The Trail Blazers made a trade Sunday, certainly not a major deal but one that keeps alive -- or even enhances -- their ability to make another, bigger trade prior to Thursday’s noon (Pacific time) deadline.

Portland acquired wing Rodney Hood from Cleveland in exchange for guards Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin and a pair of second-round draft choices.

Hood, a 6-8 left-hander out of Duke, has averaged 12.8 points per game while shooting 36.8 percent from three-point range in his career. The 26-year-old played his first four seasons in Utah before being dealt to Cleveland.

He has been a sought-after guard/forward at the deadline and provides depth for the Trail Blazers at wing, a position that could be considered the team’s weakest.

And a few things should be pointed out: The 2-for-1 deal leaves an open roster spot for Portland, allowing the acquisition of a player being waived or bought out of a contract. And it was made without surrendering the team’s main trade assets – a quality rotation player or a first-round pick. And as far as those second-round picks? If the Blazers want one, they’ve always just traded for or bought one.

Portland Coach Terry Stotts would make no comment on the deal, apparently waiting for the trade to be confirmed by the league office.

But his players had something to say.

“I don’t like that he went to Duke,” CJ McCollum joked. “But besides that, I think he can play. He’s a solid player. He’s a big guard, good mid-range, pretty good pick-and-roll.

“I know he’s in a contract year, so he’ll be eager to get out there and play well.”

Damian Lillard said, “I love him as a player. I respect him. I remember when he was in Utah, he was breaking into the rotation and he always came in and gave them a spark. He’s a good-sized wing who can score the ball, shoot the ball, solid defender – it will be interesting to see how he will fit in with us."

Hood is in the final season of his contract but did sign a one-year qualifying offer with Cleveland, which meant he had to agree to the trade to Portland.

“He made the playoffs with Cleveland last year, he’ll make a nice addition,” McCollum added.

Of course the playoffs didn’t turn out to be a bright spot in Hood’s career. He started the team’s first playoff game but was relegated to bench duty after that. He refused to go into a game during garbage time at the end of Game 4 of the Cavs’ series against Boston, for which he later apologized.

Trail Blazers agree to deal with Cleveland for Rodney Hood

Trail Blazers agree to deal with Cleveland for Rodney Hood

Portland has been waiting for a “Woj bomb.” On Super Bowl Sunday it hit.

NBC Sports Northwest's Dwight Jaynes has confirmed an earlier Adrian Wojnarowski report that the the Trail Blazers have agreed to a deal to acquire Cleveland forward Rodney Hood for guards Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin along with two future second-round picks.

Hood is averaging 12.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, and 2.0 apg. Hood is in his fifth year in the league. 

This reported trade also means the Trail Blazers will have an open roster spot.

Check back later this afternoon for more on this trade after the Trail Blazers finish Sunday's practice and media availability. 

Trail Blazers recall Wade Baldwin, assign Anfernee Simons and Gary Trent Jr. to G-League

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Trail Blazers recall Wade Baldwin, assign Anfernee Simons and Gary Trent Jr. to G-League

The Portland Trail Blazers have recalled guard Wade Baldwin IV from the Texas Legends of the NBA G League and assigned guard Anfernee Simons to the Agua Caliente Clippers and guard Gary Trent Jr. to the Texas Legends, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.

Assigned to the Legends on January 4, Baldwin IV averaged 22.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.17 steals and 32.5 minutes in six games (five starts) with Texas.

Originally signed by Portland to a two-way contract and later to a standard NBA contract last season, Baldwin IV, 22, has averaged 2.0 points, 0.7 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 5.5 minutes in 13 games for the Trail Blazers this season. 

Simons, 19, is averaging 1.5 points, 0.7 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 5.7 minutes in 10 games with the Trail Blazers this season. Portland selected Simons (6-4, 185) with the 24thoverall pick of the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft.

Trent Jr., 20, has appeared in seven games for Portland this season, averaging 2.0 points, 0.6 rebounds, 0.1 assists and 4.7 minutes. Selected by Sacramento with the 37th overall pick of the 2018 NBA Draft, Trent Jr. (6-6, 205) was acquired by the Trail Blazers in a draft day trade. 

Trail Blazers send Wade Baldwin to NBA G-League

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Trail Blazers send Wade Baldwin to NBA G-League

The Trail Blazers have transferred guard Wade Baldwin IV to the NBA G League’s Texas Legends, president of basketball operations Neil Olshey announced Friday.

 

Earlier this week, the Blazers also assigned teammate Caleb Swanigan to the Texas Legends, as well.

 

Baldwin has averaged 2.0 points, 0.7 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 5.5 minutes of action in the 13 games played this season.

 

The Blazers signed Baldwin to a two-way contract last season and later earned his way to a guaranteed contract.  

 

This will be Baldwin’s first stint with the Legends this season. He played in 17 games for the G-League team in 2017-18, where he averaged 18.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.18 steals in 33.8 minutes per game.

 

Over his three-year NBA career with the Grizzlies and Blazers, Baldwin has averaged 3.2 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists.

Who will Blazers turn to to fill in for Seth Curry?

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Who will Blazers turn to to fill in for Seth Curry?

It's time for another Blazers Outsiders Blog and this time around Blazers Outsider Chris Burkhardt answers the question - Who will fill in for the injured Seth Curry? 

Seth Curry hurt his knee in the Blazers loss to the Lakers on Wednesday, and it was announced today that he will miss time due to a right patellar bone bruise. How the question is, who will fill the void with Curry gone? Curry has averaged 17.1 minutes per game this season, so it may be tougher for coach Terry Stotts to rely on guys like Damian Lillard and Cj McCollum to shoulder the extra load. So where will he turn? This is where it gets interesting. 

In previous years the answer would be easy. Go with the backup guard, Wade Baldwin. However, Stotts has changed his play style and rotation this season meaning Baldwin might not be the easy answer. This season the Blazers are relying more than ever on Evan Turner to be the point guard of the second unit. Baldwin is not a shooter, nor does he play well off the ball. This seems to make him an easy pass. What it does do is open the door for the Blazers rookies to see some action. 

Both Anfernee Simons and Gary Trent Jr. are guards that can shoot the ball well and move well off the ball. Neither Trent nor Simons has seen significant minutes this season, playing a combined total of just 10 minutes. However, this could be the time their number gets called. So who should it be?

If Stotts wants to run with a player most similar to Curry - a player that moves well off the ball, can shoot off the catch, but is also comfortable as the primary ball handler when needed - then he should go with Simons. Simons is a natural point guard, can shoot the ball well, and could alleviate Turner from ball control duties if called upon.

If Stotts wants to run with a player that is more of a true shooting guard type - someone that moves well off the ball, shoots well of the catch, and doesn't demand to control the ball - then he should go with Trent. Trent not only fills the role on offense but at 6'6", 209lbs he is a large body on defense as well. Stotts could run Turner and Nik Stauskas at the one and two, and slide Trent in at small forward with no issues. 

If it's me, I go with Trent, simply because the second unit doesn't require a secondary ball handler and at this point Trent probably fits better in the second unit than Simons. In fact, it wouldn't be a surprise if Turner, Lillard, and McCollum were all in foul trouble that you could see Baldwin and Trent on the floor before Simons. 

Not matter who Stotts turns to, we know the next man up will be ready. 

Before they were Blazers: Wade Baldwin

Before they were Blazers: Wade Baldwin

At the age of 22, Wade Baldwin is entering his third year in the league, after earning a guaranteed contract with the Trail Blazers for the 2018-19 season. In October of 2017, Baldwin had signed a two-way contract with the Trail Blazers and split time between the Blazers and the G-League.  He made his mark in Rip City with a key performance in Houston (see video above!). But, before finding a spot in Portland, he was drafted by Memphis in 2016, after forging two years of college eligibility at Vanderbilt. Let’s get to know more about how Baldwin made his way to Rip City.

High School and College Accolades/Notes

-Set a Vanderbilt freshman record of 155 assists (2014)

-Second-team All-SEC (2016)

College Scouting Report

DraftExpress’ Derek Bodner and Mike Schmitz had a lot to say about Baldwin’s offense, oddly enough, coming out of Vanderbilt…

“After taking over the starting point guard spot for Vanderbilt midway through his freshman season, Wade Baldwin was in prime position to make a massive jump forward for Kevin Stallings and the Vanderbilt Commodores as a sophomore.

In many respects, Baldwin's sophomore campaign was a success. He finished the year averaging 14.1 points, 5.2 assists, and 1.2 steals per game, helping the Commodores bounce back from a disappointing mid-season stretch to finish with a 19-12 regular season record and an NCAA tournament appearance, where they lost in the play-in game to Wichita State.

Baldwin's excellent physical profile, which has him standing 6'3 in height, with a ridiculous 6'10 wingspan and a well-built frame, creates quite a bit of intrigue around him as a prospect, especially on the defensive end, where his size and lateral mobility give him the potential to defend two positions down the line, versatility that decision makers are always craving.

Offensively, the first thing that jumps out on Baldwin, both on his stat sheet and when watching film, is his perimeter shooting, as he's made 40.6% of his 199 three-point attempts during his two seasons in college. He's most prolific as a shooter off the catch, where he shot 42% on the season and over 43% when left unguarded, both numbers which, when accounting for the fact that the vast majority of those attempts were from three-point range, were well above average, yielding 1.246 and 1.267 points per shot, respectively, according to Synergy Sports Technology.

Defensively, Baldwin's size, with his elite 6'10 wingspan and developed upper body, gives him a considerable amount of potential to defend either guard position. When engaged, Baldwin is close to realizing that potential, as he has the lateral mobility to stay in front of his man, the length to close out and contest shots, and the strength to fight through screens. The problem is Baldwin is too frequently not engaged, and can be prone to being caught sleeping off the ball, especially ball watching looking for passing lanes to jump. Still, he has enormous potential on this side of the court, the effort is mostly there, and it's easy to envision him becoming a plus defender in the NBA.”

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Were they right or wrong?

The way Baldwin carries himself, some may think he was more of veteran player, but we should all keep in mind that this 22-year-old is still looking to make a big impact on a roster. 

So far from Baldwin, we have seen that he is that lockdown defender, but as most college scouting reports like to do- the scouts talked about his offense.  He shot over 40% from three in college, but has an NBA career 25.9% shooting from deep. So now the question is: can Wade get back to those kinds of the numbers from the perimeter? 

Baldwin: I’m the “best candidate” for backup point guard role

Baldwin: I’m the “best candidate” for backup point guard role

TUALATIN – There is quite obviously a dogfight going on in Trail Blazer training camp for positioning among the guards scrapping for playing time behind Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.

There are the veterans – Seth Curry, Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin. And the rookies – Gary Trent Jr. and Anfernee Simons.

For sure, the vets have an edge. But there are still four exhibition games to be played and a lot more practices. Anything can happen.

But if there’s a bulldog in that dogfight, I think we can agree it’s Baldwin. And he knows he’s not yet where he wants to be on the Portland depth chart.

“It’s been tough,” Baldwin said Wednesday after practice. “You want to get in and you want to be in that second group. And right now I’m not.”

That’s a confession a lot of players wouldn’t make.

“You’ve got to keep fighting,” he said. “I’m not in that second group – not through the practices and not through what’s gone on so far.

“But it’s a long season, New things come about. I just have to do what I do.”

And as Trail Blazer fans know by now, what Baldwin does is play defense. HARD.

“He’s a good defender,” Lillard said. “He’s quick, he’s strong. He’s just present. 

And with a smile, Lillard added, “He fouls a lot, too. He fouls on every play.  But that’s how Memphis was. They foul so much the refs can’t call it on every play.

“He fouls but doesn’t think he fouls when we’re playing but every time you touch him, it’s a foul.”

Baldwin’s approach to defense is hard-nosed and he doesn’t back down to anyone. 

“Defense is just effort,” he said “… understanding coverages and going out there and playing hard.

“For the most part, a lot of it is just pride. Defense is a “want.’ You have to want to get to a spot. You have to want to fight over a screen. That’s the effort I put forth that I think other players in the league don’t compare to me.

“That’s valued at a high level.”

Last season in his limited duty with the Trail Blazers and even during his summer-league stint, he was involved in a few scrums with opponents as a result of his physical play.

“I try to get in people’s head by just playing really hard, getting ‘handsy’ a lot, playing good defense,” he said.

“I’m in no position in the league right now to open my mouth and talk to anybody. I’ve proven absolutely nothing. I have no leverage over any guy like that.

“My mindset is keep your mouth shut, play hard that’s it.”

Coach Terry Stotts says Baldwin is having a good training camp.

“He’s doing well.,” Stotts said. “I think he understands his role on the team. What he can bring is defensive intensity, his athleticism. I think he understands his role on the team as far as being a backup point guard, the responsibility he has of running the offense.

“He came into camp very confident after a very good summer league.”

The rap on Baldwin has always been his shooting and he says he’s solved a problem by reconstructing his shooting form from his college days.

“The changes I made my rookie year, I had an entirely new shooting form that was kind of built into me forcefully,” Baldwin said. “I think now I’m bringing my own swagger and my own confidence back into my jump shot.

“When I got with Memphis they hired a shooting coach and I was a guy in college who was a top five three-point shooter in my league and shot 43 percent in college and got to the NBA and they changed my entire form for the entire year.

“When I got out of that situation in Memphis I got back to the way I shot. I think I showed that in summer league and last year and into this year.”

Baldwin is not shy about making a case for himself as Lillard’s backup. 

“Obviously we have a superstar point guard in Damian Lillard right there so backing him up, I think I’m the best candidate for that,” he said. “I think I get everybody involved, know how to make players better and I can guard 1 through possibly 4, the way the NBA is going.

“Defense is my calling card but I don’t want to put a limit and a box to my game. I’ve always been an all-around player.”

And training camp is certainly the time to prove it.

Wade Baldwin may have an uphill battle for playing time this season with Trail Blazers

Wade Baldwin may have an uphill battle for playing time this season with Trail Blazers

OK, so now that we know Wade Baldwin is going to be on the roster of the Portland Trail Blazers this season, where does he fit?

Will he play? Will he be in the rotation? What will his role be?

For right now, I’m not sure those questions can be answered. Training camp and the exhibition season will certainly go a long way toward solving those issues.

But at this point, I’d say Baldwin might be in a tough spot.

The Trail Blazer backcourt is going to be as crowded as Interstate-5 North at rush hour, with some veteran players in line ahead of Baldwin.

If you’re thinking about him as the prime candidate to back up Damian Lillard at the point, you might be disappointed. Don’t forget that the Trail Blazers signed free agent Seth Curry and he’s come into his own as an NBA player. He's no longer just somebody's little brother.

While Curry has never been known as a distributor, he can certainly shoot the ball – perhaps Baldwin’s weakest area.

For his career, Curry has shot 47.3 percent from the field and 43.2 percent from three-point range. And yes, we’re talking about SETH Curry, not his brother STEPH.

Now I’m pretty sure Baldwin would have an edge over Curry at the defensive end of the court and may be a better playmaker. He's also the team's biggest and most physical point guard and is capable of playing at a very fast pace.  And one more thing in his favor -- he is a player Portland got for nothing who is quickly rebuilding his value as a one-time first-round pick. At some point, he could be a valuable trade piece.

That said, in today’s NBA, the game is becoming all about firepower –- and mostly long-range firepower. Curry can provide that to a team that needs an injection of accurate three-point shooting.

It’s also reasonable to expect rookie Anfernee Simons to get some playing time at one of the guard spots. Yes, he’s young but he’s a special player who needs to play if he’s not optioned to a G-League team.

Add in the projected off-guards on this squad – Nik Stauskas and Gary Trent Jr. – and you can see that Coach Terry Stotts has some decisions to make.

He has a crowd of interesting players at off-guard and could make a little more room for them on the court by using CJ McCollum as a backup point guard frequently.

Baldwin is going to be in the same position he’s been in for most of his career:

How much he plays will be up to him. And he’s probably going to have to play pretty well to earn a regular spot in the rotation.

 

 

Credit Blazer coaching staff with a great job this summer

Credit Blazer coaching staff with a great job this summer

Moving forward, I'm not sure we can draw any conclusions about how much value -- if any -- Portland's summer-league championship will bring to the franchise moving forward. But I can say one thing for sure: it's a great tribute to the Portland coaching staff.

For the second summer in a row, the Trail Blazers assembled a roster of players who came together at both ends of the court. This year's championship team dominated every team it played and offensive execution and defensive aggression were a big part of that. And that is coaching. Head coach Jim Moran does a great job with his teams but the credit doesn't stop there. The entire Trail Blazer coaching staff -- Nate Tibbetts, David Vanterpool, Dale Osbourne and John McCullough -- contributes to the summer-league effort and these guys get only three or four days to organize and coach their squad before its first game.

And somehow, they create a solid team in a very short amount of time that plays the game hard and plays it right.

And it must also be pointed out that Neil Olshey has provided his young players a great chance to learn and improve by surrounding them in summer league with unselfish journeymen veterans who know how to play. This season it was K.J. McDaniels, Archie Goodwin and John Jenkins -- solid vets playing to land a job in the NBA or overseas -- combining with experienced Portland players Jake Layman and Wade Baldwin IV to give the youngsters a chance to succeed.

Time to say a few things about individual players who suited up for Portland's summer unit:

  • Anfernee Simons -- Way better than I expected him to be. Not intimidated and very obviously talented.
  • Gary Trent Jr. -- A pro shooter. He knows where he wants to get his shots and how to get them.
  • Wade Baldwin IV -- A legit NBA player who continues to improve. He's defending people well enough to get them mentally off their game. Man, does he need help at the foul line, though.
  • Jake Layman -- If he can bring that offensive confidence and jump shot into training camp, he's going to get rotation minutes this season.
  • Caleb Swanigan -- I'm never sure of what to expect from him. He has NBA rebounding and passing skills but struggles when playing against size.
  • Zach Collins -- He's coming along fast as a defender but would love to see him be able to consistently make shots.

In summary, you can make whatever summer-league victory parade and championship-ring jokes you want, but winning is fun no matter where you do it. And very often a lot or work behind the scenes goes into the effort.