Pacific Rumors: Bagley, Thornwell, Ariza, Cousins

Kings lottery pick Marvin Bagley III has a pelvic bone bruise and will miss the remainder of summer-league action, Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports tweets. Bagley, who suffered the injury during the Kings’ game against the Suns on Saturday, will be able to resume basketball activities after 1-2 weeks of rest. The 6’11” Bagley was the No. 2 pick in the draft after one season at Duke.

In other news around the Pacific Division:

  • The Suns signed Rockets free agent forward Trevor Ariza to provide guidance to a young team, according to an Associated Press report. Ariza left the Western Conference powerhouse for a one-year, $15MM contract with Phoenix. “We need his defensive ability and versatility, his shooting ability but I think as much as anything, maybe more than anything, we need his leadership and his winning pedigree,” GM Ryan McDonough said.
  • Sindarius Thornwell and Jawun Evans face a logjam in the Clippers’ backcourt and will have to fight for playing time, Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times notes. The duo played a combined 121 games last season but the team currently has eight guards on the roster with the addition of first-round picks Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jerome Robinson. Both Thornwell and Evans have guaranteed contracts worth approximately $1.378MM for next season. “In this game, you can’t worry about nobody else,” Thornwell said. “You can’t come in and worry about what the next man got going on and what the next man is doing.”
  • DeMarcus Cousins says he’s not bothered by the reduced offensive role he’ll have with the Warriors, as he told Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “I’m sure there will be many games where I may have, you know, four attempts. Then there may be other games where I’m the leading scorer,” he said. “I look at that as a positive. I don’t have to be the guy. I’ve dealt with that my entire career. I’ve always wanted a team where everything doesn’t rely on me. Now I’m in that position.”
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5 thoughts on “Pacific Rumors: Bagley, Thornwell, Ariza, Cousins

  1. formerlyz

    I think Teodosic and Patrick Beverly are facing a roster crunch, not Thornwell or Evans

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    • dust44

      I agree 100%… there’s room for two young guys to groom as back ups to SGA and Robinson.

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    • Connorsoxfan

      If they want to take another shot at being competitive, my guess is they keep Beverly unless they find a beneficial trade. I think they’d dump Teodosic in a second though, and then they might just go with 7 guards for the year.

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  2. Well isn’t that smart from DMC, to me seems a very articulate & intelligent guy, he knows how thing roll in Golden State & he is gonna make the best of it to his advantage, he is a top guy, definitely is a great move for GSW, they got themselves a keeper… wait what a shame they can’t keep him… otherwise they would lock in the next 4-5 rings… it would have been good though.

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  3. Connorsoxfan

    I really wish McDonagh would just say “we’re very excited to add some veteran leadership, and then we’re even more excited that we can trade him for Luol Deng, Mo Wagner, and a first rounder at the deadline.

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