Northwest Notes: DSJ, Zeller, Nuggets, Beverley, Azubuike, Kalaitzakis

Northwest Notes: DSJ, Zeller, Nuggets, Beverley, Azubuike, Kalaitzakis
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the Trail Blazers will keep Dennis Smith Jr. on their list by salary guarantee date, ensuring he gets his full paycheck for 2021/22, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link).

Smith won a training camp to earn a spot on the regular season roster and averaged 5.4 PPG and 3.3 APG in 19 games (17.2 mpg). While his shooting numbers (.396 FG%, .273 3PT%) are below his average career rates, Smith appears to have impressed enough on the Trail Blazers to remain the team’s 14th man. He will earn a salary of $1,789,256 ($1,669,178) for this season.

Wojnarowski also provides other updates on Trail Blazers, Twitter this center Cody Zeller She is expected to be available in front of Cleveland on Friday night. Zeller, who has not played since December 6, lost time with a knee injury and a stint on health and safety protocols, but it appears he has been cleared to return on both fronts.

Here’s more from the Northwest:

  • nuggets straight ahead Jeff Green And Zeke Nnagy No longer in health and safety protocols, but a two-way novice Peter Corneli entered them, Tweets Mike Singer from The Denver Post. Because the team still has one player in the COVID-19 protocols, hardship has occurred including red It can remain active.
  • the Patrick Beverly Trade was a major coup for Timberwolves, according to Jim Sohan of The Star Tribune, who said the veteran goalkeeper was a “perfect leader” for the young team. Minnesota surrendered Garrett Culver And Juan Hernángómez For Beverly Landing.
  • Odoka Azubuike He didn’t play much for Jazz Since being named the 27th pick in the 2020 draft, he scored a career high of 16 minutes on his first-ever start on Wednesday in Denver. Nikola Jokic. Tony Jones of The Athletic tells the story of the unexpected bid for the young center, who came with him Rudy Gobert And Hassan Whiteside Not available. “I’m not going to lie to you, I was a bit nervous,” Azubuike said. “I just came back from a (ankle) injury, playing against the best player? That was a lot to tackle.”
  • Georgios KalitzakisThe 60th overall pick in the 2021 draft that was waived by Milwaukee earlier this season, signed an NBA G League contract, JD Shaw recently reported (Via Twitter). The 23-year-old Greek striker joined Oklahoma City Blue and made his debut for Thunder soundaffiliate on Thursday.

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