GMsays no plans to trade Wall
Injured Wizards star point guard missed last season
WASHINGTON— Washington Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard dropped by point guard JohnWall‘ s workout Monday and they chatted. About their kids. About Thanksgiving Day plans. About their favorite
NFL team, the Dallas Cowboys.
What they didn’t discuss, according to Sheppard, was the possibility of Washington dealing Wall elsewhere.
“There’s no plans to trade John,” were the first words spoken by Sheppard during a video conference Monday, when most questions from reporters were about the five-time All-Star who was the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft.
Wall missed all of last season, and most of 201819, too, with injuries to his left heel, then Achilles tendon, and reports surfaced in recent days that he requested a trade.
Sheppard downplayed that with training camp set to begin next week, saying Wall “didn’t request” to be moved when they spoke Monday.
He said he and Wall speak “pretty much every other day” and characterized their relationship as “very, very close.”
“There’s no issues with John and I,” Sheppard said. “There’s no issues with John and the Wizards.”
And while Sheppard reaffirmed that his plan is to build around shoot
ing guard Bradley Beal — whose scoring average of 30.5 points last season was second in the league behind James Harden— the GMrepeatedly emphasized that he is eager to see his team’s backcourt combo reunited.
“We’ve been pointing to this time for a long time, to try to see how we get those guys back on the floor together, because when we were together last, they were pretty darn good,” Sheppard said. “One of the best backcourts out there.”
Portland re-signs Anthony andHood
PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Trail Blazers resigned 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony.
It was one of several an
ticipated moves that Portland announced Sunday night. The Blazers also re-signed forward Rodney Hood, who was injured for much of last season, and signed free agent forward Derrick Jones Jr.
Anthony, a 17-year NBA veteran, averaged 15.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 58 games with the Blazers this season. He signed with Portland last November after being out of the game for a year.
Anthony has 26,446 career points, ranking him 15th on the NBA’s career list. Over the span of his career, he has averaged 23.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists. He was also on four Olympic teams.
Hood, a six-year veteran, declined a $6 million player option with Portland earlier this week, becoming a free agent. He signed a new two-year deal with the Blazers, but the terms were not made public.
Hood averaged 11.0 points and 3.4 rebounds in 21 games, all starts, with the Blazers last season before he tore his left Achilles tendon. He did not play with Portland in the bubble in Florida.
Jones, a four-year veteran, averaged 8.5 points and 3.0 rebounds with the Miami Heat last season.
Lakers to re-sign forwardMorris
The Los Angeles Lakers will be re-signing forward Markieff Morris, according to a source with knowledge of the deal who is not authorized to speak publicly.
The 6-foot-8 forward is a versatile defender and solid 3-point shooter. He averaged 9.7 points and 3.8 rebounds last season while shooting 38.6% from long range.
Morris, 31, will receive a two-year deal at the veteran minimum.
His brother Marcus resigned with the Los Angeles Clippers over the weekend.
Pistons deal Bradley to Sixers for Smith
DETROIT— The Detroit Pistons traded center Tony Bradley to Philadelphia for guard Zhaire Smith.
Detroit acquired Bradley in a recent trade with Utah.
Bradley appeared in a career-high 58 games last season, averaging 4.9 points and 4.6 rebounds.
Smith was a first-round draft pick in 2018 by Phoenix and was dealt to Philadelphia.