With less than three weeks until the trade deadline, the Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings have reportedly agreed to a deal.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Blazers are sending Kent Bazemore, Anthony Tolliver and two second-round picks to Sacramento for Trevor Ariza, Wenyen Gabriel and Caleb Swanigan.
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
Wojnarowski reports that the deal will cut Portland's luxury tax bill in half, saving the franchise as much as $12.3 million.
Ariza, now in his 16th NBA season, adds wing depth to a Blazers team trying desperately to stick around in the Western Conference playoff mix. Ariza is averaging 6.0 points and 4.6 rebounds in 24.7 minutes of action across 32 appearances this season.
In the last year of a $70 million deal, Bazemore is averaging 7.9 points and 4.0 rebounds across 43 appearances for Portland this season. Tolliver has averaged just 3.9 points per game as he has struggled with his outside shot, knocking down just 33 percent of his long range attempts.
Portland (18-25) sits 2.5 games behind the eighth-placed Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference standings, while Sacramento (15-26) is 4.5 games back.
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