RENO, Nev.- The Reno Bighorns have acquired guard Will Blalock from the Maine Red Claws in exchange for guard Russell Robinson, the organization announced today.
Blalock, a 6-1 guard out of Iowa State, averaged 8.5 points and 5.6 assists with the Red Claws this season. He played in 14 NBA games with the Detroit Pistons in the 2006-07 season.
Robinson played with Reno in its inaugural season last year, and returned for a second stint in 2009-10. He leaves the Bighorns averaging 16.4 points and 3.7 assists per game.
I'm going to be honest with you: I like Will Blalock more than Russell Robinson, especially as of late.
In January, Blalock's averaging 11.3 points and 6.4 assists - including double-doubles in two of his last three games. His cumulative season numbers aren't spectacular, but you've got to remember he's recovering from a stroke, and obviously getting better as the season goes on.
Robinson's season matrix is on a different trajectory. The Kansas alum who nearly made the Cav's roster this preseason is averaging just 2.4 assists this month. His 3-point shot has also failed him as of late, hitting just 14-of-46 this month after starting the season by making 23 of 53 shots from beyond the arc.
Regardless, I think Maine will be fine with Robinson. As far as Reno goes, with the soon-to-be-added DJ Strawberry, they're all of a sudden a team that I won't mind watching.