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The Portland Trail Blazers are currently 32-11, which is good for third place in the Western Conference, so it makes sense that they aren’t interested in making any drastic changes as the Feb. 20 trade deadline approaches. If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.
Portland made their moves over the offseason, when they added Robin Lopez, Mo Williams, Dorell Wright, C.J. McCollum and Thomas Robinson among others to their already talented roster. Those moves, coupled with improvement from Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews and Nic Batum, have led to their surprising success.
The Blazers have some areas where they can improve, specifically on the defensive end of the floor, but it doesn’t sound like they’ll be doing so through a trade.
Shawne Williams has bounced around the NBA throughout the course of his career, but this would be the veteran forward’s first stint in the D-League. As the article stated, Williams would enter the D-League in hopes of landing a 10-day contract and resuming his NBA career.
Williams spent the offseason training at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL and he received interest from a number of teams as an unrestricted free agent. He ultimately decided to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers because of his relationship with Mike D’Antoni and the opportunity to have a significant role.
Entering the D-League would be smart for Williams because it shows teams that he’s willing to do whatever it takes to continue playing in the league. Other players have taken a similar route back to the NBA, including Jamaal Tinsley and Gerald Green in recent years.
Even though Kobe Bryant believes he’s going to return prior to the All-Star game, he wants to see some of the Western Conference’s young guards earn an All-Star bid over him since he has barely played during the 2013-14 season.
Bryant made similar comments during voting, advising fans to “vote for some of these younger players, the Damian Lillards” instead of him.
If the NBA forces Bryant to play, he said that he’ll only play two minutes and then sit down. His preference would obviously be to give the spot to someone who deserves it more.
This season, Bryant is averaging 13.8 points, 6.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds in six games.
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