The Suns are expected to waive small forward John Salmons and point guard Kendall Marshall after acquiring the pair in deadline deals Thursday, the Arizona Republic reports. Salmons was part of the three-team deal that saw the Suns receive two first-round picks while shipping out Goran Dragic. Marshall is reportedly coming to the Suns in the three-team deal that will bring Brandon Knight to Phoenix and send a first-round pick along with Tyler Ennis and Miles Plumlee out of town.
The Heat have finalized a deal to acquire embattled Suns guard Goran Dragic in a multiteam just moments before Thursday's trade deadline, Marc Stein of ESPN reports. The trade also includes the Pelicans, according to the Sun Sentinel. The teams announced the trade Thursday night. Miami shipped Danny Granger and two future first-round picks, a top-seven protected 2017 first-round pick and an unprotected 2021 first-round pick, to Phoenix. Goran's brother, Zoran Dragic, was also included in the deal and will head to Miami. The Pelicans received Justin Hamilton, Norris Cole and Shawne Williams from Miami, and shipped John Salmons, who will be waived, to Phoenix. Dragic was on the trading block for the last week after he told reporters he didn't trust the Suns' front office heading into free agency at the end of the season. Miami was on the list of Dragic's preferred destinations (Knicks, Lakers) prior to the deadline, and the deal was made with the belief that he'll sign a contract extension with Miami in July, per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. The 28-year-old posted career-best numbers in points per game (20.3) and field goal percentage (50.5) last season. This season, he is averaging 12 points, 4.5 assists and 2.2 turnovers per game while shooting 50.1 percent from the field in 52 games. According to the Palm Beach Post, Dragic's 35.5 percent accuracy from 3-point range is down from 40.8 last year, but would rank fifth on Miami's roster. Cole will be a free agent this offseason and wasn't expected to return to Miami before the deal was made, per the Associated Press. Meanwhile, New Orleans and Williams are expected to reach an agreement on a contract buyout, per Wojnarowski.
Pelicans coach Monty Williams told reporters on Tuesday the team does not expect forward John Salmons to play in the near future, reports The Times-Picaynue. Salmons missed Tuesday's game against the Suns for undisclosed personal reasons and Salmons is not expected to travel with the team to San Antonio for Wednesday's game. In 18 games, Salmons is averaging 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds.
Pelicans backup forward John Salmons will miss Tuesday's game against the Suns due to personal reasons, according to The Times-Picayune.
Pelicans forward John Salmons will return to action Saturday after missing two games to attend the birth of his child, the team's website reports. He's played just 15 minutes in two games this season, failing to score while going 0 for 2 from the field.
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