Pacific Notes: Smailagic, Adams, Diallo, Shamet

Warriors rookie big man Alen Smailagic has a severe ankle sprain, Anthony Slater of The Athletic tweets. Coach Steve Kerr said Smailagic, a second-round pick, will be out for the “foreseeable future” due to the injury.

The 18-year-old Serbian played in the G League for Santa Cruz – the Warriors’ affiliate – in 2018/19 but wasn’t draft-eligible until this year. He was shut down early in the pre-draft process and was “hidden” in Serbia from the rest of the NBA. He signed a four-year, minimum salary contract with two years guaranteed.

We have more from the Pacific Division:

  • The Kings never seriously considered trading for Thunder center Steven Adams, Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee reports.  The Thunder are reportedly seeking a significant return for their top big man and were hoping to pry away Buddy Hield or Bogdan Bogdanovic in talks with Sacramento.
  • The Suns have numerous options at the power forward and center spots but Cheick Diallo could be in the mix, Duane Rankin of the Arizona Republic writes. Diallo was signed to a two-year contract after spending three seasons with the Pelicans. “He’s a really active player,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “He can score around the basket. He’s trying to defend. … He just plays hard. Gives you a different edge at that four-five spot.”
  • Landry Shamet and rookie Terance Mann are the main backup options to Clippers point guard Patrick Beverley despite having backgrounds at the wing positions, Mirjan Swanson of the Orange County Register relays. Coach Doc Rivers believes Shamet will emerge in that role. “Landry will play point a lot this year,” Rivers said. “There’s no doubt about that. Because he can do a lot of things that very few guys can do, (Stephen) Curry-like. He can push it up, throw it and run and still score.”
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3 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Smailagic, Adams, Diallo, Shamet

  1. Shamet was such a good take from the Tobias Harris trade. Looking back at it now I wish the 6ers gave up Smith and not Shamet

    • IslandFlava

      Meeeh… Zhaire has much more potential, Shamet is just getting hyped up, but he ain’t that good, still Philly won the trade big time.

    • Hmmm philly got Harris but the clippers got the two first it needed to get PG which ended up with them getting Kawhi. I’d take Shamet over Smith. Thybulle looks better at SG, Smith just looks like has has lots of bounce and is all round average. Shamet offers versatility on both ends of the floor positionally. He can create and shoot and defend at good levels. I see him becoming a Malcom Brogdon type player and that’s better than Smith will be

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