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Blazers pick up veteran Ariza in swap with Kings

Kings acquire Kent Bazemore, Anthony Tolliver and future 2nd-round picks

The Portland Trail Blazers have traded swingman Kent Bazemore, Anthony Tolliver and a pair of second-round Draft picks to the Sacramento Kings for veteran Trevor Ariza and youngsters Wenyen Gabriel and Caleb Swanigan.

Ariza has averaged 6.0 points per game in 32 games this season, shooting 38.8% overall and 35.2% on 3-pointers. He won a championship with the Los Angeles Lakers as a key role player in 2009 and has spent 15 seasons in the NBA, playing for the Kings, Lakers, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets, New Orleans Hornets, Washinton Wizards and Phoenix Suns.

Gabriel has played in 11 games for the Kings and is a deep reserve on the team, averaging 1.7 ppg on 35% shooting. He played in seven games this season with the NBA G League’s Stockton Kings, averaging 19.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg and 1.2 bpg. A second-year pro, Gabriel went undrafted in 2018 after two seasons at the University of Kentucky.

For Swanigan, this is a reunion with the team that took him No. 26 overall in the 2017 draft. Has played sparingly for Sacramento, logging 0.7 ppg in seven games with the Kings. He was dealt to the Kings last February as the Blazers picked up big man Skal Labissiere.

This five-player deal is the second major trade with the Feb. 6 deadline for deals approaching.

On Thursday, in a trade also first reported by ESPN’s Wojnarowski, the Hawks sent Allen Crabbe to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for guard-forward Treveon Graham and former Hawks guard Jeff Teague.

Bazemore, 30, is also a former Hawk. In his eighth season, he is averaging 7.9 points, 4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.