Greivis Vasquez dealt to Bucks and Steve Blake sent to Nets, reports say
From Sun staff reports|
Jun 26, 2015 | 3:12 AM
Two former Maryland point guards -- Greivis Vasquez and Steve Blake -- are on the move again.
Vasquez was traded Thursday night from the Toronto Raptors to the Milwaukee Bucks, according to news reports. The Bucks sent the No. 46 pick in the NBA draft and a future protected first-round pick to Toronto, according to Yahoo Sports, which first reported the deal.
Blake was dealt by the Portland Trail Blazers with small forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, the No. 23 pick in the draft, to the Brooklyn Nets for center Mason Plumlee and rookie shooting guard Pat Connaughton, the No. 41 pick, oregonlive.com reported. The Orioles drafted Connaughton as a pitcher in the 2014 major league draft.
The pick protection in the Vasquez trade comes from a Los Angeles Clippers first-round pick owed to the Bucks in the Jared Dudley trade, cbssports.com reported. The pick is lottery-protected in 2017, 2018 and 2019; it becomes a second-round pick in 2020 and another one in 2021.
Milwaukee was looking for a veteran backup point guard to mentor Michael Carter-Williams and Tyler Ennis.
Vasquez, 28, averaged 9.5 points and 3.7 assists in 82 games for the Raptors last season while backing up Kyle Lowry and Lou Williams.
Vasquez previously played for the Memphis Grizzlies — who drafted him in the first round in 2010 — the New Orleans Hornets and the Sacramento Kings.
Blake, 34, signed a two-year free agent contract worth $4.2 million last summer. Last week, he exercised a $2.17 million player option in his contract for the 2015-16 season. The 12-year veteran played in 81 games last season, averaging 4.3 points, 3.6 assists and 18.9 minutes per game as Damian Lillard's primary backup.
This is the third time Blake has been traded by the Blazers. He also has played for the Washington Wizards -- who drafted him in the second round in 2003 -- the Denver Nuggets, the Milwaukee Bucks, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors.