Southeast Notes: Lopez, Pasecniks, Crowder, Hawks Crowds, Bogdanovic

Veteran Robin Lopez has moved into the Wizards’ starting lineup due to the season-ending loss of center Thomas Bryant but the rotation will be flexible, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington relays. Moritz Wagner will get some opportunities and power forward Rui Hachimura could man the middle in small-ball sets. The Wizards also have Anzejs Pasecniks on the roster.

“It’s going to definitely be by committee,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said.

We have more from the Southeast Division:

  • There’s a good reason why the Wizards should take a closer look at Pasecniks, Hughes writes in a separate story. His $1,517,981 contract becomes fully guaranteed if he remains on the roster past January 31. A 2017 first-round pick, the 7’2” Pasecniks could help a defense that has been lacking in the early portion of the season, Hughes adds.
  • It has become more perplexing that the Heat didn’t make a strong push to re-sign Jae Crowder, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel opines. They made Crowder a large, one-year offer in order to protect their cap space this summer but the forward chose more long-term security by inking a three-year, $29.2MM contract with the Suns. The Heat have cycled through Maurice Harkless, Meyers Leonard, Andre Iguodala and Kelly Olynyk in the power forward rotation and could have enjoyed more stability with Crowder, Winderman adds.
  • The Hawks have pushed back the targeted return of ticketed fans at State Farm Arena to January 26 due to COVID-19 concerns, according to a team press release. The Hawks will open at 10% capacity (approximately 1,700 tickets) before gradually increasing throughout the season, pending adequate conditions.
  • A medical expert interviewed by The Athletic’s Chris Kirschner estimates that Bogdan Bogdanovic will miss 4-6 weeks due to the avulsion fracture in his right knee, assuming surgery isn’t required. In Bogdanovic’s absence, Kevin Huerter and Cam Reddish will assume bigger roles, Kirscher adds.
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9 thoughts on “Southeast Notes: Lopez, Pasecniks, Crowder, Hawks Crowds, Bogdanovic

  1. hoopsaremylife

    all u got to know from dis poster: harkless’s defense is literlally nonexistent. all he does dominate da boards and do some perimeter defense thats it.heat r gunna regret they didnt resign crowder or even grabbed a more consistent offense 4 off da market someone like cheick diallo(no relation to hamidou) or illaysova.
    wizards still piggyriding on lopez’s back doesnt wanna put in rim protectors like pascecniks and ofc bogdan is injured way too early

  2. harden (mvp),wall, and wood

    Wizards are 2-2 w/o Russ and 1-6 with him. This deal is getting worse all the time.

    • GoLandCrabs

      Rockets have 3 first round picks, two swaps, Beverley, Harrell and Lou Williams invested in John Wall who will have a 48 million dollar player option in 2 years. Dont speak on bad trades.

    • LordBanana

      I suppose rooting against Russ must be way easier than rooting for the Rockets

  3. Simmons>Russ

    Wizards trade away Bradley Beal for Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen, Spencer Dinwiddie, 2020 first round pick, 2023 first round pick, 2020 second round pick and 2023 second round pick (all unprotected picks)

    Wizards then try tank out the season for the number 1 overall pick. (I know the worst record isn’t the lock for best pick but it’s worth the shot having a bottom 3 record). Currently they are 3-8 for the 3rd worst record, so just stay on track.

    Then look to take Cade Cunningham or Jalen Suggs as your future point guard and have LeVert at SG, Avdija at SF, Hachimura at PF and Allen at centre. That’s your future 5.
    Brooklyn’s future picks, Thomas Bryant, Jerome Robinson, Troy Brown Jr, Moritz Wagner those guys make up your bench and rotation. Then just add a couple vets for locker room presence and build for the future.
    Try Russ and Bertans on the trade market but just be patient this year and hope for Suggs or Cunningham next year.

    • Simmons>Russ

      For those that don’t know Cade Cunningham is basically the same as Ben Simmons. A big point guard, great IQ, great passer, gives you about 18-10-8 with really good defence.
      So getting him to run the offence and have LeVert as your second ball handler and main scoring option

      • hoopsaremylife

        well lamelo kind of reminds me of ben simmons too but he has more of a 3 point shot unlike simmons

  4. the dude

    I just thought of this and I’m commenting in apology for talking smack about trade ideas you guys have put up….but you all think the uncertainty of this season is why there isnt much movement happening? Why trade off a big expiring contract plus picks to get an expiring bug name in return and the season gets shut down? You lost two first to have like 6 games.

  5. the dude

    I like that beal trade though. I would rather see jordan leave than allen though, but that wouldnt work.

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