Daniel Gafford thought there was a “50-50” chance he could be dealt by the Bulls before the Wizards traded for him, according to Fred Katz of The Athletic.
“I was in and out (of the lineup). I wasn’t really playing as much,” Gafford said. “So, there was a lot of stuff going on in my head, just really trying to stay as positive as I could.”
He’s thriving thus far since joining the Wizards, averaging 11.4 PPG, 5.8 RPG and 2.0 BPG in 17.1 MPG through his first eight games.
The Wizards were not only interested in adding an athletic body in Gafford. They also liked his affordable contract — he has a non-guaranteed $1.78MM salary next season, a guarantee Washington will almost certainly pick up given his production.
We have more from the Southeast Division:
- Hawks big man John Collins admits that trade rumors affected him mentally before the deadline, he told Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium (video link). “It’s not an easy thing to deal with,” he said. Collins will be a highly-coveted restricted free agent this summer, since he was unable to reach an extension agreement with the club last fall. “Very disappointing to not have something done,” he said. “I wanted to stay here, I want to be here. Now the situation being as it is, just (have to) weigh all my options.”
- De’Andre Hunter, Tony Snell and Kris Dunn missed the Hawks’ game against Orlando on Tuesday and there’s no timetable for their return. Coach Nate McMillan provided updates on the trio on Monday and noted that Hunter (knee) was unable to participate in practice, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic tweets. Snell did some light running and shooting, while Dunn did some live work. They’re both sidelined by ankle injuries.
- While Heat guard Victor Oladipo is sidelined by an knee injury, one of the players traded to Houston, Kelly Olynyk, has thrived in his new NBA home, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel writes. “It’s different for me coming from Boston and then Miami, just a different role,” Olynyk said. “But it’s been a great opportunity for me to go out there and play and help these young guys and help this team in a different way than my role was in Miami.” He had 10 points and eight rebounds against his former team on Monday.
4 thoughts on “Southeast Notes: Gafford, Collins, Hawks Injuries, Olynyk”
Collins needs to walk …… they do t want you in Atlanta. Spurs, Rockets, Mavs all of Texas wants you bro.
By “It’s a different role”Olynyk means, this is the firs time I have been on a bad team where I can put up some numbers.” Good on him. Go get another big paycheck.
There has been 10 times the amount of Collins news vs. his actual play the past 3 years.
Its not vile news.
Just, hurt, needs to get used to team, hurt, suspended peds, needs to work with team, contract, trade, Contract, hurt.
Max contract? Ugh.
Carry the team for a month, at some point. Like any other all star.
Clearly this year JC is not at the same level he was last year for whatever reason, probably for all the uncertainty that ATL caused by not offering him the max contract he earned & deserved last season, but man his play last season was, make no mistake ’bout it, a max contract season, as simple as!