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Arron Afflalo is perfect for Wizards backcourt

Arron Afflalo is perfect for Wizards backcourt

Arron Afflalo checks off a lot of boxes for a team such as the Wizards.

He’s 6-5, has played shooting guard and small forward, can defend three positions -including point guard - and shoots nearly 40% from three-point range.

He plans to opt out of his contract with the New York Knicks, according to a report, and will be looking to play for his fifth team in five years as an unrestricted free agent.

Afflalo was entering the final year of a two-year deal that paid him $16 million.

Economically speaking, the move is a no-brainer for Afflalo.

He'll likely get a raise with the NBA's salary cap jumping from $70 million to almost $94 million.

Additionally, the decision to opt-out makes sense for the veteran's career after Afflalo lost his starting job on a 32-win team -- to Sasha Vujacic.

The Wizards are young at small forward, with Otto Porter possibly remaining the starter, and sophomore Kelly Oubre right behind him.

Bradley Beal’s uncertain health remains a concern, thus the Wizards have to find a reserve who is capable of playing behind him.

John Wall, who had surgery on both knees to fix ailments this offseason, needs a break from running the offense from time to time.

Anyway, giving Wall and his ailing knees a game off here and there in-season can't hurt. Nor can the adding a couple ball-handlers to the roster.

Would Afflalo, who's been a starter since 2009-10, be willing to accept a jack-of-all trades supporting role?

He'd likely get starter’s minutes anyway and be on the floor in crunch time when reliability matters most.

Would the Wizards be interested in giving a raise to Afflalo, who wouldn’t take a starting role?

A $2 million-$3 million bump per year would probably be enough to get his attention. 

Still, how long of a deal would it take to lure an Afflalo, who turns 31 in October, and how long of a commitment would a team such as the Wizards be willing to make?

Afflalo's production has dipped since averaging a career-high 18.2 PPG in 2013-14 for the Orlando Magic, but playing for the lowly Knicks explains his 12.8 PPG last season.


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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, host Chase Hughes was joined by Bullets/Wizards legend Phil Chenier ahead of his jersey retirement set for this upcoming weekend on March 23.

Chenier looked back on his playing and broadcasting career and told great stories. He also shared some memories of the 1978 championship as the franchise gets ready to honor its 40th anniversary.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!

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Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue stepping away from team to deal with health issues

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Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue stepping away from team to deal with health issues

An undiagnosed illness has convinced Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue to step away from the team indefinitely, the team announced on Monday. Assistant coach Larry Drew will take over in the interim.

Lue, 40, is hoping to address his health issues in time to return before the year is out. According to a statement on the team's website, he has been under the weather for quite some time.


Here is what Lue said on the matter in a press release:

I have had chest pains and other troubling symptoms, compounded by a loss of sleep, throughout the year. Despite a battery of tests, there have been no conclusions as to what the exact issue is.

While I have tried to work through it, the last thing I want is for it to affect the team. I am going to use this time to focus on a prescribed routine and medication, which has previously been difficult to start in the midst of a season. My goal is to come out of it a stronger and healthier version of myself so I can continue to lead this team to the Championship we are all working towards.

That is scary stuff and certainly much bigger than basketball. But the surprising news happens to come at a crucial time in the Cavs' season. They are currently third in the Eastern Conference with only 13 games remaining before the playoffs.


The Cavs are just a half-game ahead of both the Wizards and Pacers in the standings. They will also have to reincorporate All-Star Kevin Love, likely sometime this week. 

That is a lot for Drew to deal with while Lue recovers and it adds another wrinkle to a Cavs' season that has been characterized by change.


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